Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 are all set to launch tomorrow but almost everything about these devices including their design and specifications were already leaked online. Evan Leaks, a popular and a reliable source for smartphone leaks, took to his Twitter account a few hours back to leak the final renders of both the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 devices.
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According to the leaks, the new home screen layout on both these devices look a little different when compared to their predecessors. The image shows that Google has replaced the traditional position of the Google search widget from the top of the screen to the bottom ultimately replacing the dock area.
This change actually makes sense, considering the fact that both the devices are more than 5 inches long and it would be easier to access the search widget if it is placed at the bottom than at the top. So, here is a quick step by step tutorial on how to get the Google Pixel 2 like search widget on any Android device.
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In order for this to work, you have to first install Nova launcher on your device, if you are already using it, well and good. If not, you can download and install it from the Google Play Store.
Now open the Nova Launcher app and then remove all the app icons present on the app drawer by long pressing on them and then selecting remove.
Now drag and drop your favourite apps from the app drawer to your home screen, just above the dock.
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Since you have removed the icon that takes you to the app drawer, you have to replace it with the swipe gesture just like the one in the Google Pixel.
To do that, long press on your home screen and then select settings. Now select the app and widget drawers and then enable the ‘Swipe to open’ option.
Now if you want a setup exactly like the one in the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2, you have to hide your app name labels.
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To do that, again go to Settings and then select the Desktop option and then select icon layout. Now disable the label option here to remove the app name labels from your homescreen.
Note: This will remove the label for every app you place on your desktop. If you want to remove the labels from only the apps on the main screen, then you can manually edit and remove them.
This is the main part, long press on your home screen and then select the Nova Google Search bar widget under the widgets menu and hold it to place it on your home screen just where the dock icons where.
To customize the widget to look exactly like the one in the Google Pixel 2, just long press on the widget and then select Edit. You can also then resize the widget to fit your screen.
You can also remove the page indicator if you want by going to Settings->Desktop->Page Indicator and none.
Now for the final touch, you have to adjust the height and the width of both your home screen icons and the Google search widget so that they align perfectly just like the one in the leak.
You can do this by going to Settings->Desktop->Height Padding and then selecting medium from the menu. Also, adjust the dock padding by going to the dock settings and then selecting medium for width padding and none for height padding.
Lastly, enable the Dock as overlay option to ensure that the swipe gesture works perfectly.
That’s it. You have successfully achieved the Pixel 2 look on your device. If you want, you can also download the official Pixel 2 wallpaper from here. It might take some time for you to get used to this new layout. Let us know your thoughts on the comments below.