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Action Launcher v46 is rolling out now with enhanced customization and automatic cloud backups

Apple may be adding more flexibility to the homescreen layout with iOS 14, but Android's ability to set custom launchers remains unmatched. Action Launcher has long been one of the most popular options for replacing default home screens, and now developer Chris Lacy is releasing version 46 with some handy new features.

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Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

When Google first introduced its take on gesture navigation with Android 10, one navigation option die-hard Android fans are used to disappeared — there was no longer a way to quickly jump back from a secondary homescreen to the first page, which you could do by tapping the home button. Android 11 is looking to fix that.

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Lawnchair Launcher v2 beta arrives on Play Store with some of your favorite Pixel features

There are more than a few Pixel-style third-party launchers out there, but one of our favorites here at Android Police is Lawnchair. While it almost perfectly replicates all the base functionality you expect — including Google Discover integration, thanks to Lawnfeed — it also packs in some actually useful improvements, like a better At a Glance widget, extra gesture support, and more customization options. And after what seems like ages, the beta version of Lawnchair v2 is finally available on the Play Store, which means no more downloading almost daily alpha updates from APK Mirror (unless you really wanna).

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[Update: Sony support page] Google is experimenting with sponsored channels on Android TV home screens, and users are pissed

Much to the chagrin of users, some Android TV boxes and television sets have been surfacing home screen channels with a whole row of sponsored content. A similar feature that shows featured Play Store apps is switched on by default, but it's easy enough to disable it. The new sponsored channels are proving a little harder to get rid of.

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Android Q's Pixel launcher lets you undo accidental home screen icon removals

Ever accidentally removed an icon from your home screen? Well, neither have I, but should it ever happen to you, Android Q makes it easier to fix on Pixel devices. When an item is removed, a little pop-up will present the option to bring it back.

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Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

This won't be the most important thing you'll read all day, but we're getting so many tips about it that we had to write a post. Back in April 2018, Google was spotted testing changes to the Chromecast ambient mode/home screen, and the new UI is now rolling out more widely.

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[Update: Out of beta] Action Launcher v38 adds Pie styling, more granular Quicktheme settings, and more

So, your stock home screen is getting you down? There are plenty of great alternatives in the Play Store including Action Launcher, and it just so happens there's a new beta build of Action Launcher popping up online. This one adopts more of Android Pie's look and feel—plus there are new settings, theme options, and more.

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Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]

Google began rolling out the traditional friday night update to the beta channel. Like so many other updates, this one brings with it minor tweaks to the interface. Of more interest are the topics for a teardown, which includes changes to Voice Match, migration of more settings for the home screen, and a bit more about KITT.

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Google app v8.33 beta gets closer to opening up notes and lists, prepares personalized news and home screen settings, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest Google app update is rolling out to the beta channel, but as usual, you're probably not going to see much in the way of changes after installing it. The version number lept from 8.27 to 8.33, which looks odd, but I assure you, it makes total sense if you think about it. Today we'll be talking about a new page for home screen settings, more about linking services to notes and lists, personalized news settings, and more.

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Poco Launcher for Pocophone F1 finally gets stable release

Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 has become a popular point of comparison in the Android flagship space, but no less popular is the Poco Launcher, with nearly half a million installs via the early access program on the Play Store, plus an extra third of a million via APK Mirror. Well, it looks like the Poco Launcher has seen enough testing over the last couple of months for Xiaomi to consider it stable, as today's update has lost its previous "beta" label.

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