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Got an older phone? Try Rootless Pixel Launcher with Android Go optimizations

Looking for a launcher that won't make your phone sweat? Check out the Go-optimized Pixel Launcher for low-RAM smartphones.

Published onApril 5, 2018

Pixel Launcher for Android Go

There are plenty of great launchers out there, delivering everything from extra features to improved performance. We can now add another option to the list, in the form of the Android Go-optimized Rootless Pixel Launcher by AmirZ.

The launcher, spotted by XDA-Developers, differs from the standard Rootless Pixel Launcher by using less RAM, always featuring a 4×4 app grid, disabling widgets, and turning off notification dots.

The 4×4 app grid delivers some huge icons on my Galaxy S8, but those with budget phones or older devices in general should still give it a shot if they want to claw back some performance.

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XDA reports that the launcher uses roughly a third of the RAM compared to the standard launcher. It’s a pretty noteworthy figure given Google’s RAM targets for Android Go. The Mountain View company launched the Android Go platform with minimum requirements going as low as 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

Readers can grab the launcher (choose the APK file with “optimized” in the name) via the XDA-Developers website.

The standard Rootless Pixel Launcher, meanwhile, is also a solid pick for those looking to spruce up their phone. This includes a plethora of Pixel features and was recently updated with support for tablets.

Like the look of these launchers but want even more features? The developer has listed several forked versions, including Lean Launcher, ABC Launcher, Ruthless Pixel Launcher and Customized Pixel Launcher that you can check out at the link.

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