- Pixel Launcher v9-4623511 is now available.
- Works easily on Pixel phones and the Essential PH-1.
It’s a beautiful day in Pixel Land. Just a few hours ago, Google announced the Android P Developer Preview, which was made available for Pixel phones. Now we’re seeing our first look at the Android P Pixel Launcher. Ready to give it a whirl? Great, go download Android P! Don’t want to do that (or can’t)? Don’t worry, you can download the launcher now, courtesy of DroidLife.
Not a lot has changed, it seems, but its difficult to improve on what is already a sleek, intuitive interface. The most obvious change is the lower quarter panel which now floats over the home screen can be swiped upward as a shade.
The low-positioned search bar seems to be a bit divisive among users. However, for those with larger phones, hitting a top-riding Google bar makes using a second hand almost obligatory. The lower positioning puts it within thumb’s reach. This update has added a microphone icon to the bar, making it easy to strike up conversation with your favorite internet search provider.
Other than that, there’s not much to report. We’ll continue playing with it, however, and keep you posted on any interesting new bugs or features we sniff out.
If you want to give Pixel Launcher v9-4623511 a try yourself, click the button below! So far, we’ve heard that users have been able to get it running on the Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and the Essential PH-1 without issue.