Review from Xinzhe Hu
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?
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.
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.
Now I remember why I didn't like this launcher. Everything is great about it except one huge flaw, they force you to use their weather app by making it permanent on the screen. You can't move the Google search or Google weather widget. Just permanently at the top of your home screen. That's a problem for me because I have a purchased weather app I like to use. If they took away this flaw even just make it so you can move it to a different screen, then this app would be a great launcher.
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.
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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