In this week’s news, we covered several updates coming to Google applications. In the lead up to Google I/O 2018, during the event and ever since the show, Google has been pouring app updates on us all. We reported on a few of the major ones this week, some which are rolling out now and others which will arrive on devices very soon.
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.
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.
Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are less than one week away from becoming available in stores near you. But you don’t have to wait, nor buy one of these devices if all you want is the new version of Google’s Pixel Launcher.
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.
In what may come across as the sad news of the day, Google is said to soon kill off its Google Now Launcher. A trusted source claims that Google will move forward with the likes of its new Pixel Launcher and permanently discontinue its Google Now Launcher.