Each year, Google releases a major platform update for Android. This year’s upgrade is Android P, and with it is an updated version of the popular stock Pixel Launcher. All Pixel devices run the Pixel Launcher out of the box, and while the latest version can already be ported to other Android devices, the next release could gain a demanded feature.
While checking out the all-new Android P Developer Preview available for Pixel and Pixel 2, a new Pixel Launcher had been discovered. The new version of Google’s in-house Pixel Launcher has been stripped from the first Android P preview, and can now be side-loaded on devices without the yet-to-be-released software via an APK download linked at the bottom of this post.
Google’s Pixel Launcher is now available on the Play Store for most people to install, even on a non-Pixel device. Up until now though, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were the only devices compatible with the launcher, unless of course you rooted and side-loaded an unofficial APK file.
2017 has witnessed a lot of innovations and announcements from Google, however, it appears that Google is not really protective of its developments as we sometimes stumble upon accidental leaks. The most recent of these leaks is the unpublicized version of Google’s Pixel Launcher which was seen on a demo phone at a Google I/O 2017 event.
For those of you unfamiliar, Google’s Pixel smartphone runs a totally new launcher by default. It’s called the Pixel Launcher, which was previously known as the Nexus Launcher. Just yesterday, it made way to the Play Store.
Just yesterday, Google introduced the Pixel smartphone. Running on Android 7.1 Nougat, the Pixel smartphone comes in two different sizes and has a brand new launcher installed and set by default, you may have heard of it. This is Google’s Pixel Launcher, the revised Nexus Launcher we told you about a few weeks back.
Thanks to confirmation on Twitter from a known leaker, the previously called ‘Nexus Launcher’ has been renamed to ‘Pixel Launcher.’ As previously reported, the Nexus branding seems to be coming to an end. Pixel will be the new brand, which has already taken effect among new Chromebooks and tablets, but will soon replace the Nexus smartphones with Pixel as well.
Did you wake up to some launcher differences on your OG Google Pixel phone? You’re not alone. Late last week, Google began to update the Pixel Launcher on Pixel and Pixel XL with some of the features previously exclusive to the Pixel 2 Launcher.