The app drawer is one of Android's iconic features. The preference for using this feature on the OS causes many users to install alternate launchers on ROMs that do not have an app drawer by default, such as Xiaomi's MIUI, for example. But it looks like Google will really remove the Android app drawer, now what?
Google recently posted to its Twitter account a video about new Maps features using a Nexus 6P as an illustration. The publication would have gone unnoticed had it not been for some users of the Reddit, who noticed something at least curious in the first few seconds of the video: the Android app drawer icon is missing from the version displayed by the video.
From this observation, many rumors have been raised about the possible end of the unique application drawer that has been around on Android since its inception. Of course, nothing has been confirmed by Google, but when it comes to a video released by the company itself, we should all be concerned about the future news that should be presented with the release of Android 7.0 Nougat.
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Personally, I can't think of Google removing this handy feature from Android. However, if we look at some existing devices on the market, including recent releases of MWC 2016, we can see that there is some movement from manufacturers regarding this function in their proprietary interfaces.
The LG G5, for example, leaves the factory running with a skin that has no app drawer, disabled by default by the manufacturer. Enabling this optional feature, however, to use it must enable the easy start area between system configurations. Thus, to have the app drawer active I need to choose the interface that is intended for less experienced users.
In addition to LG's move to the G5, some manufacturers have already removed the app drawer from their proprietary interfaces some time ago, such as Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo.
Doesn't having the app drawer make any difference to you?
We are not sure if this feature will be removed or disabled by Android by default, but particularly I think the absence of the app drawer will directly impact OS usability. In addition to being a feature that sets Android apart from its competitors, the app drawer makes navigating and accessing device information easier.
Could it be that by removing the app drawer, Google was "iPhonizing" Android too much? Answer below:
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