It seems all but confirmed that Android 7.0 Nougat will be launched this month. At about the same time, Google, alongside HTC, is expected to bring the Google Nexus 2016 phones to the world, but there is no specific date known as to when this will be happening.
What remains, for now, is just speculation, leaks and rumors from almost everywhere, but not all can be trusted. In fact, the latest development is based on pure speculations that are backed by unfounded images of what is believed to be the new Google Nexus Launcher. If the rumor is to be believed, Google will unveil the upcoming Nexus 2016 handsets – Marlin and Sailfish – with the new Launcher on board. However, there is no confirmation of these words whatsoever.
So, what really makes this a credible rumor? According to evidence obtained by folks at Android Police, they have reason to believe that Google will introduce the Nexus 2016 phones together with a new Nexus Launcher. While the platform only has GIFs to share, there is belief that more changes might follow the current updates. From the images, it can be seen that there are some real changes on the new launcher. For starters, there is no app drawer icon, instead, the drawer itself hangs on, but this time it hides under the frosted glass section on the bottom of the screen, which is next to a group of static icons.
It gets even better as taking a closer look will inform you that the static icons have increased to five in number, which is the result of removing the app drawer icon that usually takes up some space on the screen. If you want to check out the app drawer, you’ll either have to slide up from anywhere within the frosted glass area, even if it means starting from the small arrow icon located just above the zone, or just tap the arrow itself to bring up the app drawer. By hitting the back button or swiping down from anywhere, the app drawer will go back to its hiding position.
The Google Nexus 2016 Launcher will also come without the usual Google Search widget, whose place has been taken by a calendar widget. Still, you can start a Google search by hitting the “G” pull-tab that appears opposite to the calendar widget, however, this may not be the only way of launching the Google Search app by the time the full Google Nexus 2016 Launcher is unveiled.
Google launched Assistant at the I/O 2016 and this is something that is expected to come baked in the Nexus 2016 Launcher. If this happens, expect more changes and improvements to be added to the current stage of the Nexus Launcher just in time for the unveiling of the Google Nexus 2016 phones.
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