Google’s newest phones feature Pixel perfect home screens.
Google’s Pixel line, like the Nexus line before it, features Google’s vision for Android, and nowhere is this truer than the home screen. The Google Now Launcher (is that ever retiring?) is still one of the most popular launchers on Android, even though it hasn’t had an update since 2015.
The Pixel Launcher is Google’s current vision for the home screen, and this is what will be coming to it with the Google Pixel 2.
Search moves south
Google has kept the search bar top and center on its home screen for many years now, and it’s still a major part of the home screen on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It just moved from the ever-more-distant top of the home screen to the bottom, where it’ll be easier for users to tap. I don’t quite see the need in having the search bar there when Assistant is a tap away on the home button directly below it, but Google wants users to use Search more, and having it right there, between your dock apps and navigation bar, should raise its visibility and hopefully its use. It also stays present when swiping between home screens
The search bar now has rounded edges to help it fit in with the default circular Adaptive icons on your home screen. It’d be fun to have the search bar adapt along with the other masks available to Adaptive icons, but who knows what the future will bring to the Pixel Launcher.
Get Google’s notifications at a glance
With the Google Search bar at the bottom, the Pixel Launcher’s home screen is a little bottom-heavy. To help things even out while still allowing the beauty of your wallpaper to shine through, Google has a new, completely transparent widget up top giving you