The December safety patch rolled out earlier this week to first-gen Pixels, in addition to the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a. With it, got here a whole lot of options for Google’s older flagships like Reside Caption, Types, gesture navigation in third-party launchers, and a swipe gesture for notifications on the homescreen. There’s additionally one minor however good enchancment that got here with the launcher: app shortcuts get an analogous motion panel to common apps.
In case you have a Pixel on the December patch, faucet and maintain on any launcher app shortcut in your homescreen. By that we do not imply common app icons, however shortcuts created via an app. Examples embody Chrome bookmarks, Play Retailer’s my apps part, YouTube’s subscriptions, Calendar’s new occasion, and so forth…
It’s best to see the choices panel with Pause app, Widgets, and App information. So even in the event you’ve changed YouTube with the subscriptions shortcut, or the Play Retailer with the shortcuts to your apps, you continue to get to carry out just a few actions proper from the icon in your homescreen. Going to app information and pausing the app are the 2 most helpful additions right here.
Left: Faucet-and-hold on an app shortcut on Pixel Launcher, November patch. Proper: December patch.
On the November patch and beneath, the Pixel Launcher did not do that. It allow you to transfer the shortcut or delete it, and that is it. That is the case with my Pixel 4, which continues to be on final month’s patch and is not anticipated to get the December replace till subsequent week.
There is not any sideloadable model of the Pixel Launcher or Google app to set off this variation in the event you’re utilizing the Pixel 4. It is nonetheless v10 of the app, however one thing concerning the December patch provides this characteristic. It is only some days of wait till we get it, although.
- Sergey Lipman