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Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

With the Pixel 2 release, Google enabled an automatic dark theme in the Pixel Launcher and quick settings. This was a bit of a half measure seeing as everyone has been begging Google for a dark system theme for years. Annoyingly, if you had a preference for the dark or light theme, you couldn't manually select it. That will change soon—possibly in the next Android P build.

As it currently stands, Google devices set the dark or light theme based on your wallpaper.

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Pixel Launcher to get manual dark and light theme toggle in upcoming Android release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P’s new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Android P DP2 introduced the very controversial gesture navigation during last week's Google I/O, and with it came a new interface for the app switcher (aka Overview or Recents). Instead of scrolling up and down to move between tiny cards of your open apps and swiping sideways to close them, you now scroll sideways between full snapshots of your open apps and swipe up to close one of them. One detail that slipped by us, though, is that this whole interface is now bundled with the Pixel Launcher, not the Android system.

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Android P's new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P’s new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Android P DP2 introduced the very controversial gesture navigation during last week's Google I/O, and with it came a new interface for the app switcher (aka Overview or Recents). Instead of scrolling up and down to move between tiny cards of your open apps and swiping sideways to close them, you now scroll sideways between full snapshots of your open apps and swipe up to close one of them. One detail that slipped by us, though, is that this whole interface is now bundled with the Pixel Launcher, not the Android system.

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Android P's new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: DP1’s shaded dock is gone!] Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

The new developer preview for Android P is rolling out with tweaks and new features galore. It has some goodies inside that Google showed off during the keynote, as well as some improvements to the features we saw in DP1.

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[Update: DP1's shaded dock is gone!] Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The new developer preview for Android P is rolling out with tweaks and new features galore. It has some goodies inside that Google showed off during the keynote, as well as some improvements to the features we saw in DP1. The new Pixel Launcher build is a bit of both. The rotation lock button is more useful, and the new app actions are available in the app drawer.

You might remember the rotation button from the last developer preview—we really liked it.

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Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The new developer preview for Android P is rolling out with tweaks and new features galore. It has some goodies inside that Google showed off during the keynote, as well as some improvements to the features we saw in DP1. The new Pixel Launcher build is a bit of both. The rotation lock button is more useful, and the new app actions are available in the app drawer.

You might remember the rotation button from the last developer preview—we really liked it.

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Pixel Launcher on Android P DP2 adds rotation button, app actions, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Objectively terrible] Google Feed is testing a new design with large topic bubbles and lots of wasted space

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing the same story. We've barely adjusted to Google's new Feed look and its un-swipeable cards, upcoming contextual data hidden behind a button, and 5-tab bottom layout inside the Google app, that the company decides, "no, scratch that, we're changing again." For the umpteenthgazillionthest time. And if you thought the current new layout is annoying, wait until you see the new new layout.

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[Objectively terrible] Google Feed is testing a new design with large topic bubbles and lots of wasted space was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

PSA: At A Glance widget on Pixel 2 added flight information

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

When the Pixel 2 was announced in October, the new At A Glance widget at the top of the launcher was introduced and said to have calendar events, with traffic and flight updates coming later. Then when the Pixel 2 launched, traffic updates were already there as well, but flight info was still missing. That's been there for several weeks, I first noticed it around mid-December when I was traveling to Dubai, but it could have been added even earlier.

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PSA: At A Glance widget on Pixel 2 added flight information was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google has added text to the Pixel Launcher search box for some, and nobody wants it

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Google is no stranger to testing both warranted and unwarranted design changes in its apps on normal users, so this comes as no surprise. This time Google is testing a small change to the Pixel Launcher, but it's one that nobody asked for, and seemingly nobody wants it either.

Someone at Google must think that people need reminding what the search box does. Not content with putting it prominently within reach of everyone's thumb at the bottom of the launcher, Google is now toying with putting text inside that reads either "Search apps and web..." or simply "Search..." – just in case you had no idea what it's for.

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Google has added text to the Pixel Launcher search box for some, and nobody wants it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google seems to have locked the Pixel Launcher’s install count to ‘1-5’ in the Play Store [Update]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Pixel Launcher comes pre-installed on Pixel phones, but it's also listed in the Play Store for easy updates. However, Google appears to have made an unusual change to the app listing there. It no longer shows the actual number of installs. Instead, it's locked to the smallest "1-5" group.

There are two possibilities here.

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Google seems to have locked the Pixel Launcher's install count to '1-5' in the Play Store [Update] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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