Pixel Launcher Stories November 25

Managing timers on Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers has always been a bit inflexible, but there’s a new feature coming. For some, the At a Glance widget on Pixel phones is now rolling out the ability to control timers from Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers.

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Pixel Launcher Stories November 18

Google Pixel’s At a Glance widget now showing food & grocery delivery status

After the food and household delivery status setting appeared and then disappeared from the Pixel’s At a Glance function, the feature is now back and in working order.

Pixel Launcher Stories November 9

With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, At a Glance picked up a handful of new features, and Package delivery alerts are now rolling out to older Google phones.

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Pixel Launcher Stories November 1

With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google announced the latest At a Glance features. The Pixel 6 is now picking up daily weather forecasts in At a Glance on the lock and homescreen. 

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Pixel Launcher Stories October 6

At Made by Google 2022, a number of Assistant announcements were made across all the new devices and form factors. Pixel phones are seeing updates to Assistant Voice Typing, At a Glance, Quick Phrases, Recorder, and more.

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Pixel Launcher Stories September 8

Despite being available for most of the beta period, Google pulled unified Pixel Launcher search with the Android 13 stable launch, but it’s now starting to come back with QPR1 Beta 1.

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Pixel Launcher Stories August 22

After adding a Commute toggle for traffic, the Pixel’s At a Glance widget has now introduced a setting to get the “Delivery and pickup status” of “Food and household orders.”

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Pixel Launcher Stories August 15

After installing Android 13’s stable release today, beta users might notice that the new unified Pixel Launcher search experience has disappeared.

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Pixel Launcher Stories August 10

Google might be bringing back an old At a Glance capability on Pixel phones that shows “Commute” times.

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Pixel Launcher Stories August 8

Pixel Launcher search is getting a big upgrade with Android 13, including the ability to query the Play Store. Meanwhile, ahead of the public launch, Google continues to survey users about the capability.

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Pixel Launcher Stories July 25

With the Pixel’s June Feature Drop, Google said that At a Glance would soon show Air Quality Index (AQI) alerts, and these readings are starting to roll out.

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Pixel Launcher Stories July 22

Besides revealing work on support for Ring doorbell notifications, the latest version of Android System Intelligence gives you control over data used for At a Glance and other smart features.

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Google is preparing to expand Pixel’s support for showing At A Glance notifications from smart doorbells to also include alerts from Ring products.

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Pixel Launcher Stories July 7

As of today, At a Glance on Pixel has 14 distinct capabilities and Google is readying three more, with ridesharing status being the most notable.

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Pixel Launcher Stories July 5

Last month, Google updated At a Glance with flashlight reminders and Nest Doorbell alerts. The Pixel At a Glance widget could soon get a “Cross Device Timer” capability that integrates with Google Home.

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 16

Google is rolling out Android 13 Beta 3.2 this afternoon, and it brings more user-facing changes, especially to the Pixel Launcher, than usual for a patch.

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 15

Google officially announced that At a Glance on Pixel phones would be getting Nest Doorbell integration at the start of this month and it’s now widely rolling out.

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 14

The latest Android 13 Beta 3 build has tweaked the gesture navigation bar to be more prominent with a larger, bolder “pill” to help make it stand out. It appears that this change has been fairly divisive, but what do you think?

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 10

Announced on Monday as part of the June Feature Drop, the Pixel’s At a Glance widget now offers a very convenient Flashlight reminder and control. 

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Pixel Launcher Stories May 17

Pixel Launcher app search is broken on Android 12 for some

Ahead of going stable next month, Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 has a curious Pixel Launcher bug that breaks the ability to search for apps installed on your device. 

Pixel Launcher Stories May 10

As part of Google’s continued expansion of the Pixel series’ At a Glance features, you may soon get notifications of package deliveries spotted by your Nest Doorbell.

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Pixel Launcher Stories April 29

With Android 12, the Pixel Launcher introduced a new on-device search experience at the top of the app launcher. While it’s temporarily gone from Android 13 Beta 1, the Pixel Launcher is working on search shortcuts beyond the Google app.

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Pixel Launcher Stories April 13

With the March Feature Drop, Google announced that At a Glance on Pixel was getting a handful of new capabilities. After a slow rollout that did not start until the end of last month, the new features should be more widely available today.

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Pixel Launcher Stories April 11

It should soon be possible to use the At a Glance widget on Pixel phones to keep track of your grocery orders, including when pickups are ready and when deliveries are on their way.

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Pixel Launcher Stories April 4

Last Thursday, the first users started to see “Connected devices” info for Bluetooth headphones appear at the top of the Pixel Launcher and on the lockscreen. Google is now rolling out an “Earthquake alert” warning to At a Glance.

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Pixel Launcher Stories March 31

With the March Feature Drop, Google announced that your Pixel’s home and lockscreen would start showing more contextual information. As the month comes to an end, At a Glance is only now beginning to roll out the “Connected devices” Bluetooth integration.

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Pixel Launcher Stories March 27

With the Pixel 6 and Android 12, Google redesigned At a Glance to be left-aligned and made it just open the Weather app by default. Android 12L makes it so that tapping At a Glance’s top line opens Google Calendar again.

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Pixel Launcher Stories March 26

Following the redesign in Android 12, calls from Pixel owners that want the option to remove At a Glance have only increased. It’s unlikely that will happen anytime soon as Google is very much in the middle of justifying At a Glance’s existence and making it a pillar of the helpful Pixel experience.

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Pixel Launcher Stories March 17

With Android 12, the Pixel Launcher introduced a new “Search your phone” capability. Google is now testing search results from Google Photos in the Pixel Launcher on Android 13.

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Pixel Launcher Stories February 10

Android 12L was all about preparing “stock” Android for foldables and improving the experience on bigger screens. Now, in the first developer preview for Android 13, we’re getting a first look at the Pixel Launcher’s new ability to support multiple display layouts on one device, almost certainly for future foldables.

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Pixel Launcher Stories January 10

The Pixel Launcher’s popular “At a Glance” widget was overhauled with the Android 12 update, but it’s now gaining even more new features including doorbell camera previews, while a potential settings redesign hints at the addition of flashlight activation reminders and more.

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Pixel Launcher Stories December 7, 2021

Yesterday’s December patch introduced a slew of fixes that add polish to key Android 12 experiences like homescreen widgets. One such change addresses how Material You customization was largely incomplete due to the absence of widgets.

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Pixel Launcher Stories November 22, 2021

The Pixel Launcher has, for years, supported a special widget known as “At a Glance,” which can show contextual information such as calendar appointments. With the Pixel 6, At a Glance is upgraded to support more features, but it still can’t be removed from the homescreen. It’s time for that to change.

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Pixel Launcher Stories October 18, 2021

One of the more annoying bugs in Android 12 Beta 5 is the lack of weather in At a Glance on the Pixel Launcher. Google now looks to be rolling out a fix for this problem. 

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Pixel Launcher Stories September 29, 2021

You can quickly access Google app settings, reminders from the Pixel Launcher’s Discover feed

The Google app recently lost its “More” tab for a unified panel when opening the account switcher. That new settings menu can now be accessed in the Google Discover feed to the left of the Pixel Launcher.

Pixel Launcher Stories August 18, 2021

In June, Google redesigned Discover to be “more streamlined” by removing article descriptions and making other visual tweaks. On Android 12, the Google Discover feed to the left of the Pixel Launcher has added more Material You flourishes.

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Pixel Launcher Stories July 14, 2021

Android 12 Beta 3: Pixel Launcher adopts more colors, ‘At A Glance’ is now ‘Live Space’

The third beta to Android 12 makes some updates to the Pixel Launcher homescreen for Google’s own phones, including renaming “At A Glance” to “Live Space” and adding more splashes of color.

Pixel Launcher Stories June 10, 2021

The Pixel Launcher is one hallmark of Made by Google phones that has remained relatively unchanged over the years. Google is now letting you disable weather from appearing at the top of the Pixel Launcher in At a Glance.

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Pixel Launcher Stories May 17, 2021

“At a Glance” is a key part of the Pixel Launcher, and Google is now using that space to prominently surface important weather alerts.

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Pixel Launcher Stories April 26, 2021

Google Lens has begun to appear in the Pixel Launcher’s search bar side-by-side with the Google Assistant, in a new test.

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Pixel Launcher Stories October 15, 2020

Software is the best part of Google’s Pixel smartphones, and a lot of that comes down to simplicity. The Pixel Launcher, for example, is barebones but a pleasure to use. With the debut of the Pixel 5, though, Google is bringing an update to the Pixel Launcher that allows users to change the grid size.

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Pixel Launcher Stories August 23, 2020

Assistant is undoubtedly one of Google’s most important products today and its prominence, as well as capability, will only increase in the future. Google has made a small tweak to how Assistant visually appears on Pixel phones as the Pixel Launcher now opts for a microphone icon.

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 10, 2020

Google’s Pixel Launcher is a clean, useful launcher for the company’s own smartphones and it’s getting a couple of upgrades with the arrival of Android 11’s beta. Now, the Pixel Launcher is a bit smarter with Android 11 Beta 1, offering clever app suggestions.

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Pixel Launcher Stories June 1, 2020

Android 11’s first beta release was supposed to land this week, but it ended up getting delayed until further notice. Now, an early build has leaked, and some of the new features are being detailed, including a new option for the Pixel Launcher that puts app suggestions in your dock.

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Pixel Launcher Stories May 13, 2020

Since its second generation, Google Pixel smartphones have shipped with a handy “At a Glance” widget on the homescreen that displays upcoming events, reminders, and more. Now, Pixel owners may finally be able to integrate their work calendar with that homescreen widget.

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Pixel Launcher Stories March 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are very smart and, as Google likes to call them, helpful. Now, the device is picking up another handy trick. With the latest Pixel Launcher update, folder names will automatically be suggested based on apps.

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Pixel Launcher Stories January 1, 2020

The December security patch introduced a handful of new features for the Pixel lineup. However, it appears to include a small Pixel Launcher bug where app icons randomly disappear from the homescreen.

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Pixel Launcher Stories December 3, 2019

Google just released the December security patch for its Pixel smartphones yesterday, but there’s an unfortunate issue for users on Pixel 3 devices. Apparently, the Pixel Launcher is continually crashing on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a when using gesture navigation.

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