We got an unofficial look at Google’s upcoming Nexus Launcher earlier this week., The leaked Android launcher is available now if you’re willing to do some sideloading, but a new update to the popular Action Launcher 3 makes it even easier to try out some of the same new features.
The latest Action Launcher 3 beta adds the redesigned app drawer, which slides up from the bottom of the display. It also includes the new G “tab,” replacing the old search bar widget. Tapping the pill-shaped tab launches Google Search. Swiping right on it would normally open Google Now, but that function is not available in AL3. That’s about it, at least for now.
The new Action Launcher 3 beta was cobbled together in just a few days and it might have a few issues, though it should continue to improve in the coming weeks. You can sign up for the beta and download AL3 via the source links below.