New Pixel Launcher update brings newer features to first generation Pixel smartphones

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Highlights

    • The original Pixel and Pixel XL recently received the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer’s Preview
    • A new server-side update brings various features of the Pixel 2 to the original Pixel

Recently, the original Pixel and Pixel XL devices received the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview. It brought a lot of new features from the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL to their predecessors. However, the update didn’t bring all the goodness of the Pixel 2 devices. Today, Google has released a new update for the Pixel Launcher which brings a lot more new features. This server-side update from Google was first spotted by a Reddit user and reported by Droid-Life.

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With this new update for the Pixel Launcher, the Search bar will now be seen at the bottom of the Home Screen instead of the top. Additionally, there is a new app drawer which will now let you search your history along with the installed apps. This new update is being rolled out in phases, which means all these new features will take some time to be available on all the original Pixel devices.

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During the launch of the Pixel 2 lineup, Google announced a few new changes for the Pixel Launcher one of the biggest ones was the change of placement of the Search Bar, which when tapped went up as normal search. It wasn’t received well by the public, however, the company said it was there to stay. Additionally, Google introduced a new feature by the name of ‘at a glance’, which would show upcoming events and other alerts including traffic updates and flight statuses.

Which other Pixel 2 features would you like to see on the older Pixel devices? Do let us know in the comments section below.