Pixel XL 2 set to introduce new-look Android launcher

The Google Pixel 2 XL phone might debut some significant changes to the presentation of the Android OS, judging by a newly-leaked image.

Less than 48 hours before Google’s October 4 media event, a render purportedly showing the Pixel 2 XL, seems to show a redesigned launcher.

The new Pixel Launcher, first previewed at Google I/O, looks like it’ll be summoned by an ‘up’ arrow at the foot of the screen.

Tapping it will reveal the Google Search bar below a floating dock of key apps.

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The homescreen shown in the image released by @ev_leaks also shows a new calendar reminder widget.

The curved edges shown in the image also give the OS a new feel, akin to some of the recent Samsung and LG interpretations. Given LG is on the hook for designing the Pixel 2 XL, this isn’t so surprising.

As has been suspected for a while, the images leaked on Monday show dual front-facing speakers. That could soothe the pain of the expected headphone jack axe.

Google’s event takes place at 5pm UK time (12PM EST) on Wednesday. As well as Pixels, we’re expecting new Google Home models and a Pixelbook laptop. A new Daydream headset could also make an appearance.

We’ll have full coverage of the Pixel event, as it happens.

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