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You can now use Android P beta's Pixel Launcher if your device runs Android Oreo

The launcher does not include many Android P features, though it still allows those without Pixel devices to experience some Pixel-exclusive features.

Published onMay 8, 2018

  • A port of the Pixel Launcher from the Android P beta is now available for Android Oreo devices.
  • The ported Pixel Launcher does not require root access.
  • The Android P beta is now available for Pixel devices, as well as seven third-party smartphones.

If you wanted to try out the Pixel-exclusive Pixel Launcher from the Android P beta, today is your lucky day. According to XDA Developers, Rootless Pixel Launcher was ported from Android P and is now available for Android Oreo devices.

As before, the Android P port of the Rootless Pixel Launcher lets you turn notification dots on or off, change the icon shape, add icons to the home screen for new apps, and more. The differences are mainly visual, albeit subtle.

For one, Rootless Pixel Launcher now shows suggested apps at the top of the app drawer, as well as separates your personal and work apps. The launcher also includes redesigned shortcuts when you long-press on a home screen, as well as a redesigned panel for your widgets.

The Android P port of the Rootless Pixel Launcher does not include the new Google Search bar at the bottom, though you can install it as a mod if you wish.

Also, keep in mind that this is just a port of Android P’s Pixel Launcher. It does not include many of the other Android P features announced during Google I/O 2018, such as new navigation controls, updated Do Not Disturb, Slices and App Actions, and plenty more.

On the bright side, the Rootless Pixel Launcher gives others a chance to play with a few Pixel-exclusive features and not buy a Pixel for themselves. Also, as the name subtly implies, you do not need to root your device to download and install the Rootless Pixel Launcher.

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For now, it seems that the Android P port of the launcher is only available for Android Oreo devices. We do not yet know if devices that run Android Nougat will support the port, though you are more than welcome to try at this link.

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