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Google is reportedly planning on removing the app drawer from the Android N release. While there is still a long way to go until the public release of Android 7.0 in late 2016, Android Authority has now received word from two separate sources that pre-release Android N builds currently do not include an app drawer. Google may, of course, re-add the app drawer before the Android N developer preview is distributed at Google I/O 2016 in a couple of months, but for now it looks like Android N will ditch one of Android’s most recognizable features. If it goes ahead, the move will likely be seen as undermining one of the foundations of Android – that of customization and individuality – but it is already obvious that Google is not entirely happy with the app drawer.

When Android Marshmallow introduced a vertically scrolling app drawer, it wasn’t met with much enthusiasm. While the interface actually makes a lot more sense – an endlessly scrolling list of vertical apps is faster and more logical to navigate than a horizontal set of paginated cards – Google would have heard the negative feedback.
It is already obvious that Google is not entirely happy with the app drawer.
Removing the app drawer altogether would reintroduce the preferred horizontal app icon structure while removing the step of actually launching the app drawer. It would also make finding and uninstalling apps an arguably simpler process than it is now.

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