New leaked images from Android Police show new home screen and launcher design for upcoming Nexus devices.

The screenshot shows that the app drawer is no longer assessed by a button on the favourites tray.

Instead, users can either pull up the app drawer by sliding a frosted favourites tray or by tapping an arrow icon just above it.

According to 9 to 5 Google, “Five app icons now fit on the tray and the drawer itself has been slightly redesigned with a button on top to search apps. The white app drawer also shows the status bar icons in black, like many other Google apps are moving towards today. Google also appears to be returning to app folder design first seen in the N Developer Preview 2.”

The screenshots also show that the new design has a locked date widget that is right aligned that replaced the original Google Search bar from the home screen.

Since the leaked images are from a device not running the new Google Assistant, the old Search bar appears when tapping the multi-colored ‘G’ icon to the left.

The good folks at Android Police believe this redesign is part of Google’s strategy in efforts to get users to leverage Google Assistant, a conversational virtual assistant similar to Siri.

Source: Android Police

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