Android N may ditch the app drawer

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It’s never too early for Android N rumors! We just received word that Google might shockingly ditch the app drawer in the next major update.

The app drawer is one of Android’s oldest features, and 2016 may be the year Google finally does away with it. According to those at Android Authority, the app drawer is missing on an early pre-release version of Android N. However, this doesn’t mean that Google won’t add it in before the public release or beta version, which should arrive early this summer.

No app drawer could make for a totally different user experience on Android. It seems like a big risk if you ask me. This will make the operating system a lot like iOS, which fails to incorporate a variety of customization tools like those in Android. Google may be considering this move so that pushing Android updates to manufacturers and carriers is easier, and can be rolled out at a faster rate. However, this is just an assumption. Many of us wouldn’t appreciate the app drawer going missing because of the customization options that may flee with it. This is one feature Android has been highly praised for.

This report sparks lots of questions about the direction Google is headed with its next big update. Considering the fact that this past year’s Android M update was very minor, Google might have something totally new and exciting in store for this year. Let’s just hope it’s one that the general consensus likes, because I’m not so sure this is it. We’ll find out in a matter of months.

Source: Android Authority


About the Author: Doug Demagistris

Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.


  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    The app drawer isn’t part of the OS, it’s part of the launcher – I don’t know why all the tech blogs are reporting this as being Android N, if Google wanted to – they could drop the app drawer in the next Google Now Launcher update – it’s got nothing to do with the version of Android running on the device.

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      Yes, but the majority of users don’t install a custom launcher. This is a huge deal imo. Sure, I use Nova and it won’t effect me, but it will certainly effect most people that have Android phones and it would be a shock to existing users.

  • Francis L-R

    Android M was a minor update? Really?? In my opinion, it is huge! Doze is a huge game changer when it comes to idle battery life. Adoptable storage? Finally! App standby? Yes!