iOS feature: Android borrows another iOS feature and adds app icons to the home screen during installation


If you’re using an iPhone, you must be aware of how iOS adds app icons to the home screen even before they’re fully downloaded. The ability is now available for Android users as well. As discovered by 9to5Google, Google Play now instantly adds app icons to the home screen and shows the progress of new app installs.
As soon as a user taps the “Install” button in the Play Store, they see that a black and white version of the app is immediately added to the home screen. It will have a progress ring and a ‘Download’ label. Once the download phase is complete, the label will change to Install. If you download more than one app at a time, you will see app(s) labeled “Pending…”.
Android users can also rearrange icons instantly as they appear. It must be noted that this only works for new app installs and does not include updates.
This app install progress is rolling out on Pixel and select non-Pixel Android phones running Android 11 and later. It is likely that all users will end in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Google has introduced a new integrated web view for Gmail users. The new view makes it easy to switch between critical apps like Gmail, Chat, and Meet in one unified place. Users can switch between apps from the main menu that appears on the left side of the screen. The main menu contains pill-shaped icons for Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet.
When working in Chat and Spaces, users can see a full list of conversations and Spaces on a single screen, making it easier to navigate and interact. In the inbox, users can view the full range of email and label options currently available in Gmail.


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