We saw Google introducing the Android Nougat Google Now launcher which was quite different than its previous designs and bought some really good improvements and design language. But.. Now a new leak reportedly claims that Google is working on a new launcher called “Google Pixel Launcher” which has been leaked through a set of screenshots.
The images come to us from @LlabTooFeR, a well-known HTC leaker. These screenshots look similar to the ones that surfaced back in early August, showing a new “G” tab for launching Google search and a calendar widget that shows the date and day of the week.
At the bottom of the display is the new dock, which swaps out the app drawer icon found on Google’s current launch for an arrow that sits above the dock. Tapping the arrow or swiping up on the dock will bring up the new app drawer. Also of note is that when your home screen is turned sideways, the dock arrow moves over to the lower left corner of the display.
As with most leaks, this Google Pixel Launcher isn’t official until Google says it is, so it’s possible that we could see some differences between the launcher shown in today’s leak and the one that arrives with Google’s new Pixel phones. This Pixel Launcher looks like a nice update to Google’s existing launcher, though. The “G” tab lets you see more of your wallpaper, and the refreshed dock that’s swapped out its app drawer icon for an arrow gives you an extra spot in your dock for quick access to another of your favorite apps.
In another tweet, LlabTooFeR explains that catches come from Android Nougat 7.1, confirming the arrival of the update, which should be launched in conjunction with Pixel and Pixel XL. However, some questions about this new launcher persist. We still do not know if it will be exclusive to equipment in Pixel range, or the application will be available on the Play Store as Google Now Launcher, compatible with almost any Android smartphone.
Google is expected to officially take the wraps off of its new Pixel phones (and presumably this Pixel Launcher) on Oct. 4. We can’t be more excited about the upcoming phones from Google and with this launcher, we can expect a better look and feel from the software part! 🙂 Let us know what you guys think in the comment sections below.