Android 4.4 Launcher May in Fact be Called “Google Experience”
One of the essential apps on an Android handset is the launcher and apparently there’s already some discussion regarding the Android 4.4 KitKat launcher. The stock Android launcher doesn’t get updated as often as the other system apps, but Android 4.4 will bring some changes, apparently.
The stock launcher in KitKat will reach version 3.0, if some recent leaks are to be believed. It will also get a new name: Google Experience. Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has found some proof in that regard, supporting these ideas. Internally, the release has been referred to as “com.android.launcher2” till now, but the new version is “com.android.launcher3”, which is a pretty big change.
Android has been working with Launcher 2 ever since 2009 and since Ice Cream Sandwich we haven’t seen changes in that area. There’s a new popup warning in a recent build of Android 4.4, that mimics warnings seen in alternative launchers, that ask permissions to access widget data. The popup is the one mentioning the name Google Experience.
Apparently, one of things that the new launcher does it allow homescreens to be indefinitely expandable, as well as app folders, that will be virtually limitless.