The last few days, there’s been a bit of interesting news coming out. On Saturday, we heard that Android N might not feature an app drawer, and that current pre-release builds don’t have an app drawer. Then the LG G5 was announced this morning, and it doesn’t have an app drawer. Many of us thought that Samsung wouldn’t be following suite, considering we can see the “Apps” in some of the pictures we’ve seen of the device. However, it appears that there is an option in settings for users to “show all apps on the Home Screen”, also known as getting rid of the app drawer.
Where this seems to be something coming about in recent flagships being announced, it leads us to believe that it’s something that Google is mandating in Android N, which is going to be debuting in May at Google I/O. The good thing here – especially for those that don’t want to lose their app drawer – is the fact that it is an option right now. So if you want to keep the app drawer, you can do so. And if you want to get rid of it, you can also do that. It’s the best of both worlds. Seeing as some do like the no-app drawer thing, as is quite popular over in Asian markets like India and China.
The Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 were all announced today at Mobile World Congress. All of which have pretty similar specs with the Snapdragon 820 running the show, along with 4GB of RAM and QHD displays all around. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are going to be available on March 11th, with the pre-orders beginning on February 23 at 8am ET in the US (February 22nd in some other markets). While the LG G5 doesn’t have any official pre-order date or release date, although Best Buy is thinking that it is April 1st in the US.
A bit interesting to see that these three devices are going the way of no app drawer (again, on Samsung’s devices it is a choice, and not mandatory).