Google has shifted its flagship direction and where the Nexus devices once reigned supreme, enter Pixel. Pixel is the current flagship device in Google’s lineup, and it features considerable differences in comparison to the Nexus, which means that you will have some new things to get used to, regardless of how involved you were with the Nexus beforehand. The most important thing to master or re-master for some, is the launcher. The Google Pixel launcher is a new experience in its own, therefore newcomers should fine it refreshing to discover everything it has to offer.
Accessing the app drawer
Another massive design change is the app drawer. On a Google Pixel, you do not have a designated button for accessing the drawer anymore, but instead rely on a swipe gesture to get where you want to go. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and the device should take you to the app drawer. You will soon learn that the interior of the app drawer is also new and shiny. It has its own personal search bar, as well as a “suggested apps” section. You can exit the drawer by swiping down from the top of the screen, or by simply pressing the Home button.
People using Nexus devices, which feature an unaltered version of the Android operating system, will remember the Google search bar that was embedded. You couldn’t remove it, and just had to deal with that. Pixel brings the search bar back, with a new friend on top, in the form of a weather widget that is locked on your home screen. Just like the search bar, you cannot remove it and will have to get used to the fact that it is an integral part of however you want to customize your home screen appearance from now on. Tapping on the weather widget will open up a weather screen, where you can see useful information pertaining to weather and your location, so you can see how weather is and how is it going to shift in the next couple of days.
Turn Google Now into Google Never
Google has been trying to implement Google Now into everything and it shows in the most recent devices. By swiping right on your home screen, you can access your Google Now feed. If you however do not use this feature at all, you can turn it off from the appropriate slider located in the Settings menu. To access the settings menu, just hold down your finger on any empty space on the home screen, and select Settings from the pop-up menu.
Revamped Search Bar
Let’s talk about the search bar some more. While it’s still present, it looks nothing like the one Nexus users had gotten used to. It is more like a button now and sits nicely on the top of your screen. Once you press the search bar/button, the phone will open a search tab where you can search both online and locally for what you want to find.