If you use a recent Android device, you’ll know that Google allows you to install Google Now Launcher. Now it looks as though Google is scrapping this at the end of 2017’s first quarter according to a report from Android Police.
The plan is to get Google Now Launcher off the Play Store by making it unpublished and stop new devices from shipping with the launcher with the cut off being March 1st. The company plans to continue supporting the launcher for devices with it already and will allow devices that are set to launch prior to March 1st to have the launcher on the system image.
Google could have a replacement launcher or the newer Pixel Launcher—released with the company’s Pixel line—could make it to other devices in a way similar to Google Now making it to other Android devices from Nexus. There are possibilities here, but for those who don’t use Google there are plenty of other efficient, battery saving launchers out there.