Last week’s leak of an apparent Android 4.3 ROM has become the source for a whole wave of news revealing features Google’s added to this latest build of its mobile platform. Today, we back away from that a little, as while we do have word of some possible new Android 4.3 functionality, this time the news comes to us by means of a slightly different path.
Some code recently posted on the Linux Foundation Labs site appears to reveal new functionality for the default Android launcher. Beyond simply listing all your apps alphabetically, there are signs that Google may be letting users display apps by the frequency of their use, keeping your favorites all together at the top.
That sounds like it could make finding lesser-used apps a real chore, so we can foresee a lot of flipping back-and-forth between this and the old alphabetical way of doing things, but this could be a real benefit for users who haven’t really taken the time to set up many home screen shortcuts or put together folders to group their favorites.
We’re still a bit uncertain about just how the next Android release will arrive, but keep your eye out for functionality like this when it does.