According to an exclusive report published by Android Police, Google could debut some renovations to the home screen of new Nexus devices slated for release within this year. Specifically, the renovations will include redesigns to the home screen as well as enhancements to the mobile app drawer and other key functionalities.
As indicated in Android Police’s report, Google is reportedly planning to eliminate the mobile app launcher button at the bottom part of the home screen. This launcher button currently allows users to open the app drawer that shows all software installed in the device. What the newest changes, what happens instead is that users will be able to open the app drawer by swiping up at the bottom part of the home screen or tapping on a small arrow graphic that will be displayed above the app dock. In order to close the app drawer, users can either swipe down on the home screen or tap the back button. By doing away with the app launcher button, some additional free space is made available, enough for another icon in the app dock.
When a mobile user activates his handset, basically the first thing he interacts with is the home screen. This is why a renovated home screen matters in an increasingly mobile dependent world. The overall aim here is to allow mobile users easy and quick access to key features without them needing to swipe from one screen to another.
What used to be a search widget at the top section of the new home screen has been replaced with what appears to be a non-removable calendar widget. On the top left side of the home screen is a tab labeled with a letter G, which when tapped will launch a search field, at least based on what sources have shared to Android Police. It is quite possible that Google may be looking to transition from the regular search field located at the top section. It is likely that the tech giant is encouraging Android mobile users to make full use of Google Assistant and Google Now on Tap in order to generate relevant info.
While Android Police believes that the reports are true, the renovations could still evolve into something else by the time the new Nexus handsets are released later this year. The new launcher could turn out to be not exclusive to the Nexus releases, and could make an appearance in other Android powered mobile devices as well. Moreover, if Google Assistant and Google Now on Tap get significant upgrades, then the home screen redesigns could be affected, too.
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