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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.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 brings Pixel C launcher to parity with Pixel phones

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Though tablets often feel like the unloved member of the Android family, the Pixel C has gradually received features that first debuted in the Pixel series of phones. Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 carries over some features from the Pixel launcher for phones. While it seems like it should be the other way around—the Pixel C was released in December 2015, 10 months before the Pixel phones—tablets are not the realm of innovation.

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Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 brings Pixel C launcher to parity with Pixel phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v30 update includes ‘At a Glance’ widget and colored search box icons

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Action Launcher is one of Android's most popular replacement launchers, and this has a lot to do with how quick Chris Lacy has recently been to update his app with the latest features of Google's Pixel Launcher. It's much more than just a port, however, and also has original features that its loyal users swear by, such as covers and shutters.

The last two updates have added AdaptivePack icon integration and a customizable bottom search box, à la new Pixel Launcher.

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Action Launcher v30 update includes 'At a Glance' widget and colored search box icons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Lawnchair is one of the newer names in the highly competitive Android launcher space. It's worth your attention, though, as it does have a few unique features. Visually, it's able to clone the appearance and general functionality of the Pixel Launcher, even down to including the slide-out Google Feed. It also supports icon packs, if that's your thing, and it's open source. Best of all, though, now it's available in the Play Store. 

    

I've been using Lawnchair off and on since the first few versions hit XDA and reddit, and it's been getting better with every release.

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Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel Launcher on Pixel 2 has automatic dark and light themes based on your wallpaper

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

There's a lot to like about the new Pixel phones—they're fast, the battery life is improved, and Google fixed the Bluetooth. You also get a lot of thoughtful software features that aren't available on other phones. For example, the launcher theme changes automatically based on your wallpaper.

This actually confused me quite a bit when I first started using the Pixel 2 because the light theme to which I've become accustomed just changed suddenly.

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The Pixel Launcher on Pixel 2 has automatic dark and light themes based on your wallpaper was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands-on with the updated Pixel Launcher, including the new Pixel 2 features [APK Download]

Friday, October 13th, 2017

If you spent the past week looking at videos and images of the Pixel 2 phones and wishing you could have them in your hands, well today you can have your first taste at them. We got the APK file for the updated Pixel Launcher that will ship on the Pixel 2 with its bottom Google Search bar and At A Glance widget, and it should work on all devices from Android 5.0 Lollipop and upward.

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Hands-on with the updated Pixel Launcher, including the new Pixel 2 features [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v29 adds customizable Pixel 2-style bottom search box

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Google unveiled some big changes to the Pixel Launcher the other day along with the Pixel 2, and you know what that means. Yes, third-party launchers are adopting the same features. First out of the gate is Action Launcher, which has been updated to v29 with support for a bottom search box. Not into Google's new search layout? That's cool—it's optional.

The update is rolling out in the Play Store right now.

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Action Launcher v29 adds customizable Pixel 2-style bottom search box was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds “at a glance” section to the top

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Google has just announced its 2017 #madebygoogle hardware line up, including the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. There are lots of interesting new software features to talk about, including a new always-on ambient display that tells you what song is playing in the background without you even asking, but the first thing anyone notices when they unlock their phone is the launcher. Sabrina Ellis, director of product management, took to the stage to talk about the new Pixel Launcher home screen, among other things.

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New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds "at a glance" section to the top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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