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Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Search has always been a core component of Android — the OS is made by Google, after all. But one of the coolest tricks of the system has been reserved for Google's own launcher and widget: the ability to search through both your own apps and web search results at once. That capability may be coming to all launchers and apps in the near future, according to developer documentation for Android 12.

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Lawnchair 11 is here, rebuilt from the ground up (APK Download)

Lawnchair 11 is here, rebuilt from the ground up (APK Download)

For Android users looking to get a Pixel-like experience on their phones, the Lawnchair launcher is an easy way to do so. While development had stagnated, the new team at the helm has put its shoulder to the wheel and given us the first build of Lawnchair 11.

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Lawnchair Launcher resumes development after year-long hiatus

Lawnchair Launcher resumes development after year-long hiatus

Lawnchair Launcher is a popular third-party home screen launcher, especially for people interested in bringing a Pixel-like experience to non-Google phones and tablets. Development has stagnated over the past year, but now a new team is restarting development.

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Nova Launcher gets new features and animations in latest beta (APK Download)

Nova Launcher gets new features and animations in latest beta (APK Download)

Nova Launcher has long been a reliable option for anyone looking to rejig their home screen and app drawer. Known for offering a straightforward yet customizable experience, the launcher has been among the most popular ones out there. Now we're checking out some of its latest visual tweaks and new features, with the release of the 7.0 beta.

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Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

You know how you use your smartphone, right? Well if you thought "too much," you're not alone. There are plenty of apps out there that claim to help you curb the urges and one of them is called Ratio — it's a launcher or home screen replacement for Android (it's actually more than that in some cases) that's meant to recompartmentalize how you access and consume the things on your phone. But will it help you cut down on your screen time? Well, it turns out that I'm the completely wrong type of person to tackle that question.

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Olauncher gives your home screen an open-source, minimalist makeover

Olauncher gives your home screen an open-source, minimalist makeover

Android's open, customizable nature is one of the things that attract a lot of enthusiasts to the platform. From manufacturer-specific tweaks to third-party default app replacements, there's usually a way to make your phone look and act how you choose. Olauncher is a new home screen replacement app that endeavors to bring an open-source, lightweight, and minimal setup to your phone.

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

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

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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OnePlus tests new toggle for Shelf and Google Discover in Launcher (APK Download)

OnePlus tests new toggle for Shelf and Google Discover in Launcher (APK Download)

Most phone manufacturers have integrated the Google Discover feed into their home screen launchers for years, but OnePlus only started doing it with the OnePlus 8 series. The Discover feed completely replaced the old 'Shelf' pane that was present on previous models, but OnePlus later brought it back with a settings option, and now the company is testing an easier toggle for the process.

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ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy published a Digital Wellbeing competitor last year, ActionDash. While it's lacking the same tight system integration, the app has more features to offer than Google's project, and it even runs on Android versions older than 9 Pie. Over the weekend, Lacy announced that he has decided to sell ActionDash after receiving an offer from SensorTower, which will continue developing the app.

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