I have tried other launchers for more customization options but keep coming back to this one because it works so well and lets me get on with life. The one thing I would like to see in future updates is a dark option for text in the launcher so that it is visible against a light wallpaper. Right now the white text only works well against dark wallpapers. Overall the best launcher if you don't want to customize the entire home screen.
Weather widget doesn't really bother me but it would be nice to have notification badges for applications while using this launcher. Currently I am using Nova launcher prime with Tesla unread for notification badges. I'm giving pixels a shot, always been an Android user and liked seeing notification badges on apps on all my other phones and was surprised when I noticed that notifications are only available in the drop down menu from the top of the screen.
Really fantastic. I love the smooth app drawer and clean placement of the weather. The circular apps feel clean and modern, and I find the simple long hold for actions more usable than the equivalent force touch on iOS. While learning how the UI worked took a few minutes at first. It really is a pleasure to use. The lack of an icon for the app drawer makes perfect sense and fits the clean no-clutter simplicity of the Pixel devices themselves.
Never seen an update with so many malfunctions. 1. Right swipe Google now is unresponsive. 2. App icons sometimes become blurry. 3. Widget setting sometimes doesn't come out. 4. The launcher appears as a running app in task menu, kind of annoying. 5. Newly installed app doesn't show in app drawer, have to restart phone. Pixel phones are great, this launcher is not.
The newest update is horrible. Why would you move the search block up to the very top? Like that's really easy to reach? And no more swipe right to dismiss is a bad decision. Personal cards are also hidden. Is there a way to roll back?
The UI change in this update (released 8/18/17) removed the swipe to dismiss function on cards. Now you need to tap tiny buttons multiple times to do the same thing. Also, they changed the main feed to news, and hid the more useful, personal, information (weather, travel time, etc.), behind another button.
As of October 2016:
• The weather appears in the top right corner for your current location
• Visual refresh of wallpaper picker
• New circular folder presentation
• Shortcuts on long-press of supporting apps
Productivity meets style. Fast and beautiful launcher that keeps you organized.