New ‘Nexus Launcher’ Reportedly Debuting With Android 7.0 Nougat Nexus Flagships

A new version of Android is on the horizon, Android 7.0 otherwise deliciously known as Nougat, along with a refresh of Google's Nexus smartphone line (assuming the new phones will still carry the Nexus name) for 2016. But wait, there's more! Well, maybe. Rumor has it Google is planning to debut a fancy new Launcher for its forthcoming Nexus smartphones known as Marlin and Sailfish.

While nothing is yet official, the folks at Android Police believe they have it on good authority from "multiple reliable sources" that this is happening. Combined with "substantial visual evidence" in the form of animated GIFs and still images, the site rates its confidence level in the rumor a nine out of ten, noting that it docked a point because Google's a wild card in this situation and is prone to making last minute changes.

Android Launcher
Source: Android Police

If the leaked screenshots and information turn out to be accurate, be prepared to say goodbye to the app drawer icon in the new Launcher. The drawer itself will still be there, only in Nougat on the 2016 model Nexus devices it sits under a "frosted glass" section next to the icons at the bottom of the display, of which there will now be five of them.

There are two ways to access the app drawer in the new Launcher. One way is by sliding up anywhere in the frosted glass area, and there's an arrow for guidance. And the other way is to simply tap the arrow—doing so brings up the drawer instantly. Likewise, you can swipe down to close the app drawer or tap the back button.

As for the homescreen, it appears Google is swapping out its Search widget for a Calendar widget that can't be relocated or removed. On the other (left) side of the display there's a "G" tab that you can tap to launch search. It seems like a fluid enough layout, though will take some getting used to.

Android 7.0 Nougat is slated to arrive this month.