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Pixel Launcher search bar could become more customizable with Android 12

Pixel Launcher search bar could become more customizable with Android 12

While some smartphone OEMs are still struggling to deliver Android 11, the second developer preview of Android 12 is already out in the wild. In addition to a new lockscreen pattern design and one-handed mode, there are a bunch of other things that Google isn't quite ready to show off. One such currently-hidden feature is a revamped Google Search bar that could bring new customization options to the Pixel launcher.

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Pixel Launcher gets a 4x5 grid size option on Android 12

Pixel Launcher gets a 4x5 grid size option on Android 12

Android diehards love their customization, and Android 12 seems poised to introduce several new system-level ways to make your phone uniquely yours. One such (minor) way: the Pixel Launcher supports a grid size of four by five icons in the first developer preview, a previously unavailable option.

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This December Pixel Feature drop change still hasn't landed on all Pixels

This December Pixel Feature drop change still hasn't landed on all Pixels

Google's most recent December Feature Drop delivered plenty of new features for the company's Pixel phones. But one specific change is still missing for many device owners: the new grid size options in the Pixel launcher. I know it sounds pretty minor, but a surprising number of people were looking forward to the feature, which allows you to set custom grid sizes and adjust the density of icons on your Pixel's home screen. It can even help with accessibility for those without much in the way of fine motor control. But, unfortunately, the option still isn't present for everyone.

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Nova Launcher beta adds Android 11's quirky flower, pebble, and vessel icon shapes (APK Download)

Nova Launcher beta adds Android 11's quirky flower, pebble, and vessel 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. That trend continues with a fresh batch of new icon shapes, some of them lifted from the Android 11 developer previews and subsequent beta.

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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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