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



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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7 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

But I really like the Google pill widget..

2. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Revolutionary!

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4221; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

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

5. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

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

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

6. aegislash

Posts: 1500; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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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