Get the Pixel 2 Launcher with the Backside Search Bar & Google Now — No Root Wanted « Android :: Gadget Hacks


Replace 10/14: Developer paphonb has added rootless Google Now integration to the leaked Pixel 2 launcher, so now, anybody working Android Nougat or Oreo can get the total Pixel 2 house display screen expertise. For these working Lollipop or Marshmallow, we have left the unaltered leaked model linked out beneath, however we have added a brand new hyperlink for the tweaked model with Google Now integration.

Google’s Pixel 2 flagships are full of new upgrades like enhanced front-facing audio system and class-leading cameras. As nice as these handsets are, many will discover it laborious to justify an costly improve, contemplating the Pixel 2’s specs aren’t radically totally different from final 12 months’s Pixels. Fortunately, you possibly can nonetheless get a chunk of the Pixel 2 expertise with a leaked model of the Pixel 2 launcher.

The advantageous of us at XDA uncovered a leaked version of the redesigned Pixel 2 launcher, full with the search bar within the dock and some different goodies. Better of all, the brand new launcher may be put in even when your machine is not rooted. So if you would like to attempt the Pixel 2’s new house display screen with out dropping $700+, we have you lined.


As I discussed, this mod would not require root, however you have to to be working Android Lollipop or higher to attempt it (or for the Google Now model). We have examined it on the Galaxy S8 and the first-gen Google Pixel, and it runs flawlessly on each gadgets. Nevertheless, some customers who meet the model necessities have nonetheless reported points.

In case your cellphone says “App not put in” after working the APK beneath, you could be out of luck, sadly. However when you expertise the opposite main bug reported by some customers the place the launcher crashes, you could possibly repair the problem by sideloading this ported version of the up to date Google Wallpapers app. The wallpaper app will solely run on Marshmallow or greater, nevertheless.

As a ultimate be aware, when you’re utilizing the primary technology Pixel or Pixel XL, make sure that to put in the “No Google Now” model linked out beneath. It’s because the modded model has a special signature than the Pixel launcher that got here pre-installed in your cellphone, so it will not set up. Fortunately although, the “No Google Now” model installs as an replace to the inventory first-gen Pixel launcher, that means you’ll proceed to have Google Now integration when you set up it on a 2016 Pixel or Pixel XL.

Set up the Pixel 2 Launcher

Earlier than we get began, ensure you have “Unknown Sources” enabled. After that, uninstall any earlier variations of the leaked Pixel 2 launcher (if any), then simply faucet the next hyperlink to obtain the most recent model of the launcher. From there, open the APK out of your notification tray or utilizing any file browser, then press “Set up” when prompted.

After the Pixel 2 launcher is efficiently put in, faucet on the house button. From there, you will be prompted to decide on a brand new house display screen app, so choose “Pixel Launcher” from the listing, then select “All the time” if prompted.

You are now free to benefit from the Pixel 2 launcher expertise — most notably, its new search bar that is simpler to entry, alongside an app drawer that you would be able to entry by swiping up from dock on the backside of the display screen. There are a couple of extra ending touches, like some nifty bounce animations and the brand new Google calendar and climate widget, so there’s lot to love.

How are you having fun with the brand new Pixel launcher thus far? Tell us within the remark part beneath.

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