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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have an option to turn off the app drawer

For those who don’t like the Apple-like moves that Samsung pulls off now and then, an experimental option in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge might put them off a little. Both devices come with a Samsung Labs menu in the settings, and one of the options in there lets you turn off the app drawer in the launcher and put all your app icons right on the home screen. Yeah, pretty much like what iOS has done since its inception, and what manufacturer skins on Chinese smartphones do as well.

To be honest, it’s not entirely surprising Samsung is playing around with such an option. The company has simplified its software considerably in the last year, and an iOS-like system where there is no app drawer and everything is on the home screen might well be the next form simplification that comes to TouchWiz. Regular consumers just care about firing up their favorite apps and having an additional menu to access them can be confusing/not easily discoverable, so it would make sense to have everything in front of you as soon as a device is unlocked.

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It has been rumored that Android N might drop the app drawer from core Android, and the LG G5 doesn’t have an app drawer either. The fact that Samsung has an option to remove it hidden away on its new devices is a good sign everyone is moving to providing a simpler launcher experience, similar to the Easy Mode feature that is present on existing Samsung devices. If it does go away in the future, we will simply have to look to third-party launchers to separate our home screens from our app drawer.

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siddhant11911
siddhant11911

i have managed to run galaxy labs app on my s6 edge without root and i have android mm

Eki79
Eki79

Having an option to use either one is great, but dropping the app drawer completely is just plain stupid. Most Android user like it just the way it is, there’s no valid reason to mimic iPhones in this.

naranova7
naranova7

That is yet an other reason I buy not apples, nor chinese phones, nor do I install stupid chinese themes. I don’t want all of my 200 apps on my home screen, even if you tell me that they are going to be “organized” in tens of dedicated cute hello kitty folders, or minimal ios ones. The app drawer is how an android user gets to have a “personalized” home screen and not all of their apps always on their way. In addition, the article says: “Regular consumers just care about firing up their favorite apps and having an additional… Read more »

Reshock
Reshock

I like being able to arrange the app drawer, like 5.1.1 . I have read that 6 takes that away to display the most used first. Which is the only bad thing I have heard about it. To totally take it away…… Would p___ me off!!! My daughter had!!! A I phone, I don’t want one!!!

gtone339
gtone339

I’m 50/50 on this, though I occasionally use the app drawer, and if Google eliminates the app drawer in its next Android N OS update then this may cause a uproar towards current Android users.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

All the apps on the home screen is ugly. People using android are not stupid or simple. The reason people choose IOS isn’t because the app drawer is too complicated to use. At least I hope not, otherwise it kinda shows how simple IOS users are.

ahmad570
ahmad570

Is there any chance of a dual sim variant along an SD card slot?

justinsch03
justinsch03

I prefer they leave it as an option for those iPhones but keep it the way it is. Our home screens and widgets is what sets us apart from the basic experience of an iPhone

ahmad570
ahmad570

Is there any chance of a dual sim variant along an sdcard slot?

q8peace
q8peace

app drawer must be in home screen instead of in the main dock / app drawer become a button in home screen when you press that button it take you to your apps instead of taking you to different place and you have to go back to home screen

edismehmedali
edismehmedali

I think that sucks… I like to have just one clean homescreen with a weather widget, the play store shortcut, and a folder with social apps. everything else is in the app drawer and I would like it to stay that way

CsabaZz
CsabaZz

I do. I will hate if Google/Samsung removes the app drawer and put every piece of crap onto the home screen unorganized (no, sorting by alphabet is not organize me the apps). 🙁

JacoboBlandonPineda
JacoboBlandonPineda

But it says it’s an option that can be either turned on or off. It’s up to you if you want to use it.