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We got to see plenty of the redesigned Pixel launcher at Google I/O

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While I was collecting video footage of Android Instant Apps, the Googler who was helping me out said, matter-of-factly, "What do you think of the redesigned Pixel launcher?" He was so nonchalant about it that it did not even occur to me it was something new that would make the interwebz would go all abuzz.

Fortunately, I had gathered several minutes of the launcher in action while we looked at Android Instant Apps, and while I did not dig deep to see what extra (if any) functionality it offered, I can say that I think the design is a winner.

First, it offers up a better use of space. Second, it makes even a larger-screened device more accessible for quick searching since it eliminates the need to reach up and across the screen to begin typing a search (assuming you cannot just talk to it), though I wonder if anyone at Google has observed a higher incidence of erroneous thumb taps on search instead of the apps that are docked for quick access.

What do you think about this idea? Another Googler told me that this redesign is only an experiment, but perhaps he was just trying to wave me off the trail.

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posted on 19 May 2017, 23:50

1. DavMor0069 (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)

But I really like the Google pill widget..

posted on 20 May 2017, 01:27

2. IosDroid (Posts: 94; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


posted on 20 May 2017, 05:22 6

3. cmdacos (Posts: 651; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)

Search bar is one of the first thing I get rid of. Just takes up space.

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:15 1

5. daddyd302 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)

Same here, it's a waste of space for me as well. I never use it.

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:11

4. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

hmm, not impressed. in any case i replace everything with Nova.

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:21

6. aegislash (Posts: 1038; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)

Nova user here too.

Makes me wonder if Google feels ashamed that their own launchers tend to be so garbage that a lot of Android users look to downloading third party ones.

posted on 21 May 2017, 08:59

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I wouldn't say that. Some people don't like anything in terms of launchers that come preloaded. Most any preloaded launcher, be it Pixel, Google Now, TouchWiz, Sense, LG's launcher, etc., are not going to be as customizable as third party launchers. If third party launchers weren't customizable, they'd be pointless, it's their main advantage. I have a few of them (Nova, Launcher pro, Apex) but I haven't gotten into setting them up for my past few phones. I will say I liked Nova the best of the ones I have.

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