The LG G5 finally gets the built-in app drawer that users have been waiting for

The LG G5 finally gets the built-in app drawer that users have been waiting for
LG has finally sorted out the LG G5 app drawer controversy by making it possible for users to activate an old-school app drawer on their device.

Between the metallic modular design, the dual-camera on the back, and the LG Friends accessories, the LG G5 is unique in more than just one way. On the software side, the LG G5 also differs compared to most Android smartphones in a notable way: LG's new flagship doesn't feature an app drawer. 

Understandably, many Android loyalists criticized LG's decision to remove the app drawer and adopt the Apple iPhone's everything-on-the-homescreen philosophy.

Although those who couldn't be separated from the app drawer have been able to download an LG Home app from LG's SmartWorld app store, the downside to this solution was that the Smart Home app drawer is actually designed using the G4's UX 4.0 design language, and not the modern UX 5.0 design featured by the LG G5. Through this new update for the LG G5, the company is finally bringing a UX 5.0 app drawer to its flagship smartphone.

As you can note by glancing at the screenshot below, there's nothing actually interesting to report. This is the same app drawer that Android users came to know and love.

To download and activate the new LG G5 app drawer, you'll need to head on over to Settings>About phone>Update Center>App Updates. Here, you'll find two new app updates available for download: one for "Home & app drawer" and one for "Home selector". The first is the new app drawer, and the other is the intermediary tool that makes the switch possible. Just download both, and the next time you press the home button, you'll be able to activate the new app drawer.

What do you guys think? Now that the LG G5 comes with a built-in app drawer, are you likely to activate it on your unit?

source: Droid-Life

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1. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

this phone pretty much fell flat on its face..oh well at least Htc is back

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

but no matter what....the do sell in numbers specially when LG G6 comes....G5 will sell in great numbers.....seen this trend alot with LG

5. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

I asked a few mobile phone stores in my city, and they haven't sold any G5's.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The app drawer really didn't matter especially when you could easily install a launcher to get one. So it didn't matter if LG added it or not.

12. cheetah2k

Posts: 2316; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The Oppo F1 didnt have an app draw either, and it was released before the LG G5. Saying the LG G5 is unique because it didnt have an app draw is wrong. Again iPA failing to pull the facts from the fiction..

14. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

It is unique not from other Android devices but it's own previous models and predecessors.

2. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

I cant see to find that menú on my att lg g5

3. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Come on its innovation, name me one OEM that has never made a mistake

6. lilshell43

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Is it weird that I kinda like it with no app drawer?

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Why not just use Nova Launcher? Much more powerful.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, and app drawer is always optional with Nova Launcher. Don't want it? Simply delete the app-drawer shortcut...

8. Ahmad_Alhatmi

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

The icons looks old and ugly I don't understand why LG doesn't use stock android it's much better than this.

10. BobLawblaw unregistered

LG aren't even selling the G5 here in New Zealand.

13. tonyv13

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

funny 3 of my friends have the lg g5 , but some are bashing the phone

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