Review from Jessica Yankulin
Overall I like it. However, along with many other people, I would like the ability to delete the weather widget on the home page. I hate having it and it bothers me that I can't change it at all!
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.
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.
Can't move Time / Weather widget. Such a waste of space. If another home screen could be set as default it would cure the issue... I guess since I have paid for Nova Prime it's back to old trustworthy...
The most recent update to the Google now screen has destroyed the ux of the feature. Previously easy to dismiss cards, and proper prioritization has been dumped for no gain. News is now front and center, available at a quick glance (news is never something you need at a quick glance). Stocks, game scores, weather. These are all relegated to hidden depths. What a step backwards.
Not digging the new "Feed". Miss my cards that I can swipe off. Besides that it's a very very very basic launcher. Also newest Pixel 2 style search bar and widget up to is horrendous. Wish you made new design changes optional via a settings switch.
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.
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
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