Google accidentally teased a new Pixel launcher at I/O 2017

Google I/O is great because you get to see everything Google has in store in the near future. Sometimes that’s not always intentional, either.

As spotted by 9to5 Google, the Pixel devices in the I/O sandbox feature a redesigned and unreleased launcher, which is something we haven’t heard anything about up to this point. The search bar is no longer solid white, opting instead for a transparent gray bar that sits below the apps at the bottom of the screen instead of at the top.

That search functionality is improved, too, as it will now search the Play Store for apps in addition to apps that you have installed on your phone. That sounds like it might tie into Android’s instant apps feature.

The launcher exists, but we don’t really know much about when or if it’ll make its way to public phones. It could launch with Android O, it could launch with a Pixel 2, or it could just be an update on the Play Store next week. It’s hard to tell with Google.

source: 9to5 Google


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About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Richard Dennis

    They don’t do anything accidentally