The third developer preview for Android 12 was released today and in it there’s a new 4×4 app grid for Pixel launcher users.
While the 4×4 app grid itself is not new, as it’s present in Android 11, this particular version of it is new and changes things up a bit. Keep in mind that this is a Pixel Launcher specific thing. So you’ll need to be using this launcher for it to be available. Having said that, this is more than likely going to make its way into other launchers and for non-Pixel devices.
As do many things that Google tends to add in newer versions of Android. Provided they weren’t already available through third-party launchers.
The 4×4 app grid in Android 12 now has smaller icons
Adding to the already existing 4×4 app grid in Android 11, the newest version of the developer preview for Android 12 adds the same grid but with icons that aren’t as large as the other grid option.
This doesn’t allow you to add more icons to the screen just because the icons are smaller. But if you prefer a smaller-looking icon then this is the app grid for you. Interestingly enough, Google hasn’t done much to differentiate the two 4×4 app grids.
When choosing the grid you want for the home screen, both look exactly the same. So you would need to apply them and make note of the larger or smaller icons. That being said, changing the grid around doesn’t really move anything else around so you can easily apply both and then stick with the one you want.
Google may label this properly in a later release. Or it may choose to leave things as is. Either way, there’s a new app grid option there for users that want it.
The icons are the same size as in the 5×5 grid
Curious about how big the icons actually are? Well if you’ve used the 5×5 grid before then you already know. Because the icons are the same size as in that grid. But with 4 rows and 4 columns instead of 5.
In addition to the new app grid, the third developer preview also introduces a few other changes. Such as improved app links and use of haptics to highlight key events in the UI. As well as other developer-facing changes that most users won’t benefit from in the short term.
Since the preview just released today there’s also bound to be some more changes that pop up.
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