Google could shake up the home screen in some small but interesting ways for its next set of Nexus phones. Android Police reports seeing an early version of the software, which will be delivered with the next phone of Google, and it had to change a few key things: app drawer, Now pane, and Search widget.
In particular, the app drawer will no longer open when you press the button. According to the report, instead you’ll be able to drag from anywhere in the application dock to open the drawer and see the other applications. while the application will also look a bit different, slightly blurred effect to make the app stand out as well as what iOS does.
The other two changes are higher on the screen. Android Police reports that Google will remove the Search box on the top row and replace it with a non-replaceable calendar widget, which looks much less useful. There will also be a little “G” on it, which you offer to drag and what Google Now has to offer to you.
Changes appear anywhere from a fine is not much, considering that the useful widget is replaced by a great reminder of what day it is. Android Police’s theory is that Google wants people to rely more Now on Tap and on Google Assistant, that it can be embedded in the panel Now, instead of going directly into the Search bar. It is possible that this is what Google wants – the question is whether Google will be able to actually do these things quite useful.