Google’s latest telephones characteristic Pixel good house screens.

Google’s Pixel line, just like the Nexus line earlier than it, options Google’s imaginative and prescient for Android, and nowhere is that this more true than the house display screen. The Google Now Launcher (is that ever retiring?) continues to be one of the vital fashionable launchers on Android, although it hasn’t had an replace since 2015.

The Pixel Launcher is Google’s present imaginative and prescient for the house display screen, and that is what will probably be coming to it with the Google Pixel 2.

Search strikes south

Google has stored the search bar prime and middle on its house display screen for a few years now, and it is nonetheless a significant a part of the house display screen on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It simply moved from the ever-more-distant prime of the house display screen to the underside, the place it will be simpler for customers to faucet. I do not fairly see the necessity in having the search bar there when Assistant is a faucet away on the house button immediately beneath it, however Google needs customers to make use of Search extra, and having it proper there, between your dock apps and navigation bar, ought to elevate its visibility and hopefully its use. It additionally stays current when swiping between house screens

The search bar now has rounded edges to assist it slot in with the default round Adaptive icons on your own home display screen. It might be enjoyable to have the search bar adapt together with the opposite masks accessible to Adaptive icons, however who is aware of what the longer term will convey to the Pixel Launcher.

Get Google’s notifications at a look

With the Google Search bar on the backside, the Pixel Launcher’s house display screen is a bit of bottom-heavy. To assist issues even out whereas nonetheless permitting the great thing about your wallpaper to shine by means of, Google has a brand new, fully clear widget up prime providing you with info from Google Calendar and Google Assistant a look, like upcoming conferences and, quickly, site visitors. Google’s earlier widgets from Google Now had been daring, white, and fully clashed with most house screens. This model is rather more refined and theme-friendly. Here is hoping it makes its strategy to extra units.

Residing Universe Reside Wallpapers

Reside wallpapers, which have fallen into relative Android obscurity, are getting some lovely new life in a collection known as Residing Universe. These wallpapers characteristic motion, each while you change between house screens and motion inside the scene, like waves on a seaside. They’re fairly lovely, and we’re trying ahead to seeing the remainder of the collection. Final 12 months’s Pixel wallpapers got here from the Google Wallpapers app, after which to the remainder of Android. It is not but clear if Residing Universe will probably be Pixel-exclusive or finally come to Google Wallpapers, however we are able to solely hope.

Your flip!

Which house display screen factor from the Pixel 2 are you most trying ahead to? Does shifting the search bar throw off your own home display screen steadiness? How lengthy do you suppose it will take for these new options to return to third-party launchers? Inform us within the feedback!

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