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Google search widget customization silently returns

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Customization options for Google's search widget first started to appear all the way back in 2017 before being unceremoniously yoinked. Hints of its return cropped up in a teardown earlier this month, and based on numerous reports and our own experiences over the last few days here at Android Police, it's back again.

The new setting is accessible not via a launcher's settings, as you might expect, but in the Google app. So far as I can tell, even phones I have running week-old versions of the Google app have the new feature, so it must have been remotely enabled by a server-side switch/flag change.

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Google search widget customization silently returns was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Rootless Pixel Launcher for non-Google devices hits Play Store as ‘Rootless Launcher’

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Discussion on the subject of home screen launchers can get downright tribal, but my recent favorite has been Amir Zaidi's "Rootless Pixel Launcher," a version of the Pixel-style Launcher3 ported for other devices. It was a bit annoying keeping it up to date, though, as updates had to be downloaded via his GitHub. Thankfully for the lazy, Amir Zaidi has just released his launcher under the new name "Rootless Launcher" to the Play Store.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher for non-Google devices hits Play Store as 'Rootless Launcher' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel Shortcuts from Chris Lacy surfaces shortcuts to hidden apps, such as Digital Wellbeing

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Sometimes you install an app on your phone then notice there's no direct way to launch it. This happens with launchers, which simply get triggered when you tap the Home button, and with other apps you use but don't need to access per se, such as keyboards. One newcomer in this hidden app category is Google's Digital Wellbeing, which started its beta on Android 9 Pie and hides inside your Android phone's settings menu.

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Pixel Shortcuts from Chris Lacy surfaces shortcuts to hidden apps, such as Digital Wellbeing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google has removed the option to reorder homescreens on Android P’s default launchers

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

It's been years since I've used anything more than two homescreens on my Android devices, let alone tried to reorder any of them in different ways. However, if switching your screens around is something you're used to, prepare yourself for disappointment with Android P. The Pixel Launcher has removed the feature, and seemingly so has Launcher 3.

When you tap and hold an empty spot on your Android O's homescreen, it transforms into a smaller card with the wallpapers, widgets, and settings options below it.

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Google has removed the option to reorder homescreens on Android P's default launchers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The terrible Google Feed UI we all hoped would die is now rolling out to more people

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Back in the spring, Google started testing a bubbly new interface for the ubiquitous content-promoting Feed. It was a confusing mixture of empty space and (still un-swipeable) cramped cards. The general reaction at the change could be accurately characterized as "revulsion" or "horror," but regardless of what our readers or we thought last time, Google has apparently decided to roll it out to a larger audience anyway.

And if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you.

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The terrible Google Feed UI we all hoped would die is now rolling out to more people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Google introduced the dark launcher theme on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, eventually expanding it to the first gen Pixels with the Android 8.1 update. However, there was no way to change the theme manually—it was always based on the wallpaper. Google recently promised a toggle, and now it's here in the latest Android P preview.

The default setting in DP4 is still to change the launcher theme when you apply a dark or light wallpaper.

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Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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