With the new Android 7.1.2 beta update released yesterday, Google brought some major changes to the Nexus devices as well as Pixel C tablet. Especially the Pixel tablet that will now finally live up to its name by getting the new Pixel launcher that the two smaller Pixel devices have been enjoying since their launch.
Launched alongside the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in 2015, the Pixel C carried the same UI that we’re used to seeing on Nexus device, despite its Pixel branding. The new launcher introduced with Pixel phones launched in September last year didn’t make it to the Pixel C tablet until now when Google brought all the goodies in the latest Android 7.1.2 beta version.
The most prominent of all the changes is the navigation bar and the Pixel C will now have the same one that we got to see in both the Pixel phones and was exclusive to them. The new Google Search capsule widget is also present along with the new icons and redesigned folder icon.
Despite these similarities, the Pixel launcher on Pixel C tablet looks different from what we’ve seen on the two phones. First and the biggest point of difference is the absence of Google Assistant from the tablet as Google decided to release the chatbot only for the phones and not the tablets. This has its effect on the updated navigation keys as well.
The multitasking UI has also been tweaked to match the aesthetics of a tablet and take advantage of the larger screen estate. The updated UI can be seen in the image below. In this beta release, the Nexus 6P also got the fingerprint gesture which it didn’t get during the first beta release.
Google is taking sincere steps to streamline its UI across its devices, at least in the Pixel devices. It is worth noting that it isn’t necessary that all the features introduced in this update will make their way to the final build. But we can say that most of them will manage to do so.