Google Nexus 2016 smartphones that are codenamed as Marlin and Sailfish is speculated to arrive with a new Nexus launcher. The pre-release APK file of the Nexus Launcher has been leaked and is now available for download.
New Way To Access Google Now
The new Nexus launcher has an improved appeal. The Google Now feature can be accessed by swiping on the ?G? button that sits on the top-left of the screen. Previously, users had to Google Now button at the bottom of the screen to bring it up.
Google Search Bar Removed
The Google Search bar has been removed. Instead, the G button can be used for searching on Google. On the right side of the button is a permanent date widget that only sits on the first homescreen, meaning that it does not show up on other homescreens.
A leaked GIF image of the new Google Nexus launcher had revealed that the Google Now could be accessed by swiping towards the right side of the screen by using a dedicated Google button. Since the dedicated Google Now button has been removed, the new Nexus launcher allows users to add up to five static app icons at the bottom.
New App Drawer
The app drawer can be accessed by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, users can tap on the arrow above the static app icons to instantly access the app drawer.
To exit from the app drawer, users can simply swipe down or hit the capacitive ?Back? button of the device. In the app drawer, the top line consists of frequently accessed apps.
Bugs With The Pre-Release APK
Since it is a pre-release version, the Nexus launcher tends to crash when an attempt is made to change the wallpaper. The swiping action on the leaked Nexus launcher APK file does not work. However, the button can be tapped to quick access Google Search and Google Voice search.
Speculations suggest that the final version of the new Nexus launcher will sport better animations and may allow users to swipe through the G button to access Google Now. There is no confirmation on whether the upcoming Nexus launcher will be exclusively on the forthcoming Google Nexus 2016 Marlin and Sailfish smartphones or it will be available for other devices.
According to 9to5Google, Google Nexus Launcher APK can be downloaded from this link. Have you tried the new Nexus launcher? Do let us know your experience by adding your comments.
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