Many of us in the mobile tech world are dreading one of the rumored changes that will come with Android N: the tossing of the app drawer. The app drawer has been a small but useful tool for Android users, and now that it might be getting the axe, there has been a silent uproar. Well this uproar will continue as a new promotional video for Google Maps pretty much confirms the removal of the beloved app drawer. It was a video that was posted to Google MAps’ Twitter page. At the very beginning, we get a glimpse of the Google Now launcher in all its splenda and glory, but missing one key feature: the app drawer of course.
What might be happening is that, despite how useful it is to us, companies are starting to think that the app drawer is not essential. Both Samsung and LG wowed us in more than one was at MWC when we found out that they have options to toggle the app drawer on and off. But contrary to what they believe, we tech consumers oppose it with a passion.
But there may be anoter side to this coin: What if, instead of doing away with it completely, Google decides to make it an option, as Samsung and LG had done? This would make much more sense, considering the fact that most Android users find it difficult to operate most phones by Chinese OEM’s, due to the fact that they typically leave that feature out. Hopefully Google gives us the choice to activate and deactivate it at will, because if not, excitement for Android N may turn into disgust.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Would you like to see Android without an app drawer, or is it too essential to your core Android exprience. Leave your answer in the comment section below.