Redesigned Google Pixel launcher quietly appears at Google I/O

Google is working on an updated Pixel Launcher and at Google I/O, one could already see Google Pixel phones running on the new launcher.

The most prominent feature on display is a search bar right in the homescreen. It is located in the bottom part, within easy reach, and reminds us of the Spotlight quick search functionality on Apple's iOS, where you can swipe down on the homescreen to see a similar search bar. Here, though, the search bar is always visible, which is both convenient, but also takes up precious screen space. 

Will this feature arrive to the Google Pixel 2nd generation, come via an update to existing devices, or is simply something that's being tested internally is hard to tell at the moment, but you can see a demo of the functionality and see what it looks like right below.

source: 9to5Google



1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016


2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Btw seems there's still no dark mode. I wonder why oems neglect it at the OS level. Its all the more perplexing with the emergence of oled.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

My guess is burn-in Dark themes cause the dark areas to degrade slower than the white areas/text/icons White theme causes all the OLEDs to degrade at a more similar rate Which makes it take longer for burn-in to become visible That being said, I still hope the add a dark mode and automatic switching support depending on light or time or battery

3. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

That's a good move. In fact, all the navigation buttons in each and every app should be in the bottom area.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hmm, doesn't look as nice as at the top IMO But it would make one hand usage easier on 5.5+" phones

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 2005; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wish Google would open this up to all phones, with full functionality. Right now, you can't use the app if you want to swipe left for the Google Now screen, unless you install as a system app, which requires root.

7. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

That Google bar below is really ugly.

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