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Android 11 Beta 1 adds dynamic app suggestions to the Pixel Launcher home screen, and here's how it works

We knew that Android 11 was going to bring App Suggestions to the Pixel Launcher, based on reports from a handful of folks that got the update early, but we didn't actually know how that would work in practice. Now that we've had a chance to play with it, here are all the details. In short: It's pretty snazzy.

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Android 11 Beta 1 adds new ways to control Pixel Launcher app suggestions, including adding them to your home screen

We still don't know why Android 11 Beta 1 seems to have started rolling out to some folks before even the postponed Beta Launch Show, but features in the new version of Android have already been spotted, including some new options for the Pixel Launcher's app suggestions feature. And when Beta 1 lands, it looks like you'll even be able to set app suggestions to replace your persistent bottom row of apps in the Pixel Launcher.

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Nova Launcher beta adds Android 11's quirky flower and hexagon icon shapes (APK download)

Nova Launcher continues to be one of the fastest third-party app launchers to get inspiration from the latest Pixel changes. In its most recent beta version, Nova has implemented the Pixel's upcoming flower and hexagon adaptive icon, which have only recently appeared in Android 11 Developer Preview 4.

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Another Widget's first update in 2 years adds dark mode and clock

Pixel phones, or more specific, the Pixel Launcher, comes with a neat widget that gives you an overview of the weather, the current date, upcoming appointments, and commute estimates. Google even includes a basic version of this widget for everyone else, but it's not as capable as the Pixel Launcher solution — colors don't adjust to the background, and you can't change the size of the text. Another Widget changes that and adds a ton of features on top, and after 2.5 years without updates, the developer has finally pushed version 2 to the Play Store. It includes dearly needed bug fixes and new capabilities.

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Pixel Launcher now smartly suggests folder names based on which apps you add (APK Download)

The latest Pixel feature drop feels a little like a .x release of old — it packs many new features that we initially thought were slated for Android 11. The update includes additions like quick access to your digital wallet via the power menu, dark theme scheduling, and improved Motion Sense gestures for the Pixel 4, but there are also many smaller changes that aren't obvious at first sight. One of these is the Pixel Launcher's ability to automatically name folders based on which apps are in them.

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Here are all the little changes in Android 11 Developer Preview 1

The first developer preview of Android 11 is here, and even though it's just the first of many pre-release builds, there are still a ton of new features and changes. We've already written dedicated posts for most of the visible updates in Android 11 ⁠— you can see all of our coverage here ⁠— but there are also some smaller tweaks that aren't quite substantial enough for several paragraphs of explanations.

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Pixel Launcher now shows long-press options even for app shortcuts

The December security patch rolled out earlier this week to first-gen Pixels, as well as the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a. With it, came a lot of features for Google's older flagships like Live Caption, Styles, gesture navigation in third-party launchers, and a swipe gesture for notifications on the homescreen. There's also one minor but nice improvement that came with the launcher: app shortcuts get a similar action panel to regular apps.

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Pixel Launcher on Pixel 3 and 3a crashing after December security patch for some users

Google released the December security patch for its Pixel range yesterday while notoriously skipping its newest Pixel 4 duo. Some of the older Pixel 3 and 3a units running the Pixel Launcher have been rendered unresponsive after installing this latest patch. The launcher is repeatedly crashing for the affected users, leaving many with no choice but to hard reset their devices.

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Android Q could offer to translate app previews in the Recents screen

Before Android Q Beta 5 launched, details from a leaked internal build were already doing the rounds on Reddit. This gave us a glance at some functionality that didn't make it into the publicly available beta build, like an option to change the back gesture's sensitivity. Another feature from the internal build has now surfaced that offers to translate the contents of an app preview in the Recents screen.

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[Update: Works in Beta 5] You can't disable app suggestions in the Pixel Launcher in Android Q Beta 4

One of the changes introduced with Android Pie was a list of suggested apps and App Actions in the drawer and the Overview screen when you were switching between apps. However, that was a customizable setting that you could disable if you wanted. With Q's latest Beta 4, the setting is gone, meaning you can't get rid of those icons if you don't want to see them.

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