The latest Action Launcher update brings the Pixel 2′s newly designed Google Search bar to any of your devices.

Chris Lacey’s Action Launcher received a massive update this summer that made the already great Android launcher better than ever with a ton of new Android O-themed features. Just a couple days after Google’s unveiling of the Pixel 2, Action Launcher has already been updated to bring one of the phone’s most noticeable software changes to your device right now.

With this year’s Pixel phones, Google decided to move the search bar to the bottom of the home screen below the dock. The idea here is that this makes accessing search easier than having to stretch your finger all the way to the top of the screen, and it’s a subtle change that actually makes a lot of sense. With the new v29.0 update for Action Launcher, you can get that Pixel 2-style search bar without having to hand over $650 or more for Google’s new hardware.

Once you’ve got the new v29.0 update, go to Settings -> Quickbar -> Style. From here, you can select “Search box (dock)” to get the Pixel 2-style search bar right on your home screen.

Since this is the Quickbar after all, you can do much more than change its position. All of the same Quickbar controls are here, including the ability to round the corners of the bar, customize its color, and even add/remove shortcuts for apps and settings. Also new with the v29.0 update, you can now swap out the full “Google” logo in favor of a much simpler “G” design.

Action Launcher and Nova Launcher take different approaches to Adaptive Icons

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These are the lucky September winners of some cool Huawei/Honor swag.

There’s nothing like being a cool person on the internet and winning great gadgets while doing so. But with our Huawei/Honor Community Incentive Program, you can do just that! The basis is pretty simple: be an active, engaged and friendly member of the Huawei or Honor communities in our forums to win great stuff.

Here are the winners from September:

  • dpham00 — Congrats, you’ve won a Huawei Watch 2
  • fatproduce — Congrats, you’ve won an Honor Band Z
  • lumivalo — Congrats, you’ve won an Honor Band Z

We’ve already into October, but there’s still plenty of time to get to the top of the charts and win some amazing stuff! All you need to do is be active our Huawei/Honor communities!

Learn more about the Huawei/Honor Incentive Program!

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Google’s hardware loadout for late 2017 includes two new Pixel phones, the first Pixel laptop in years, new Google Homes, auto-translating earbuds and an AI-powered camera. At its event in San Francisco on Wednesday, the company unveiled a motherload of new gadgets across multiple categories, giving Google fans plenty to look forward to over the coming months.

Google’s full presentation runs for a whopping one hour and 45 minutes, so we’ve crunched it all down to a five-minute recap covering everything you need to know. Check it out above, and be sure to drop by our hands-on preview for more on Google’s latest handsets.

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BlackBerry Mobile’s next phone won’t have a keyboard, but it will have a huge battery.

According to known leaker Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, the device formerly known as Krypton will be released as BlackBerry Motion.

The phone has been making its way through certifications and is largely expected to be announced at some point this month based on comments from François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL. When it comes to specs, here’s what is currently rumored:

  • Snapdragon 625 (or newer 626) processor
  • Full HD 1920X1080 display
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Home button with built-in fingerprint scanner
  • IP67 water and dust-resistant

Needless to say, we’ll have to wait and see how accurate the spec rumors pan out but feel free to let us know in the comments what you think about how it’s shaping up and what you think of the BlackBerry Motion name, everyone always has strong opinions about the names the devices end up with, so let’s hear it.

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