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Pixel Launcher: How to download and install the Google Pixel Launcher

Google Pixel and Pixel XL run an exclusive version of the Android Nougat system. One of the specific features of these new devices is the Pixel Launcher. Update: After the search giant made the launcher available on the Play Store, we had a number of attempts to bring the service to other models. The most interesting of these has just been announced by a developer on Reddit and does not need root access. Check out how to download and install a full version of Pixel Launcher here.

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Download and Install Pixel Launcher from the Play Store

The Google Plixel launcher is available on the Google Play Store. The bad news is that it can be downloaded only by the owners of the Pixel line. However, keep reading this article and learn how to install Pixel Launcher manually.

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Pixel Launcher is available on the Play Store, but only for the new Google / AndroidPIT smartphoens

Tutorial 1

Download and install Pixel Launcher without root

Before we get started, I need to remember that Google has confirmed that Pixel Launcher will be an exclusive option of the new Pixel models. Thus, the only means of installing it on non-Pixel smartphones via APKs, which requires a certain level of knowledge and care of users. The APK of this article is not signed by Google.

That said, if your smartphone runs on the Android operating system, even without root access, you can now have a full experience with the Pixel series launcher. Developer AmirZ was able to create an APK based on AOSP Launcher 3 capable of offering all the features of Pixel Launcher. With this APK you can get the weather and clock widget as well as the search box represented by the Pixel Launcher "G" button. Plus, you keep Google Now features on your Android.

To download APK, visit this post on the channel Reddit, and find the latest version to download directly from GitHub (currently called "Pixel-v1.2"). On your device, make sure the "Unknown Sources" security option is enabled before you can install apps from sources other than the Play Store. After that, just continue the installation of the APK.

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Pixel Launcher has never been this close to your smartphone's home screen / AndroidPIT

Tutorial 2

How to download and install Pixel Launcher

If the first tutorial did not work for your device, we have one more option. The developers who made this APK available confirm that the content is embedded during the harmless installation, so it is the launcher and its features only. We tested on some smartphones around us without any problems. But as we are not responsible for the file, we have no way of certifying whether it will work on your device.

Before proceeding, be sure to go to your Android security settings and enable the "Unknown Sources" option.

For Pixel Launcher to run fully on your device you need to install two APKs. The first is the launcher and its settings like widgets, Google Now and other features. The second is the new wallpaper system, which periodically downloads high-resolution images. Let's go to the links:

After installation, you will get the result of the image below on the home screen and in the app tray:

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Pixel Launcher / AndroidPIT

To find out more, click and press the Home screen and go to the "Settings", "Widgets" and "Wallpapers" areas. No specific widget added with this launcher, as well as shortcuts that appear when any icon is pressed on the dock or home screen. Both features are exclusive to the Pixel launcher.

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Pixel Launcher Widgets and Settings / AndroidPIT

Wallpapers are dynamic and sorted by categories. Within each category you will find in the upper left corner the "daily background" option, which changes the wallpaper once every 24 hours. Remember that this option consumes internet, as the new categories do not appear without connection.

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New wallpapers system / AndroidPIT

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The purpose of this article is to gather in one place all the ways – official and alternative – to rely on Pixel Launcher on your Android smartphone. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time.

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