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Pixel 3 launcher is here for your phone

Pixel 3 launcher is here for your phone

This week the Google Pixel 3 was made available for pre-order, some review units were handed out, and BANG! The APK for the Pixel 3 Pixel Browser was released, as well. Not officially, mind you - Google isn't about to give away their big Pixel 3 experience to all users that easily. But in APK form, some users can take part in the Pixel 3 fun well before the device is available to the public.

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Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

Pixel 3 Launcher with Assistant on search bar available for sideloading

With a new Google Pixel phone comes a new exclusive Google Pixel Launcher. While Android remains fundamentally open source, it isn’t news that Google likes to add some special sauce exclusive to its Pixel phones. Fortunately, some of those are easy enough to extract and port to other phones and other Android versions. One of the most popular is that Pixel Launcher, which you can now install on any other phone running at least Android 8.0 Oreo to get a very small piece of the Pixel Pie.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher is dead, long live Rootless Launcher

Rootless Pixel Launcher is dead, long live Rootless Launcher

Who would have thought making an Android app launcher would be this much trouble. Amir Zaidi probably didn’t think so when he tried to make users’ lives easier and safer by putting the popular Rootless Pixel Launcher up on Google Play Store. But trouble he did encounter and a bit of drama did ensue. The good news: Rootless Pixel Launcher is now back on Google Play Store. The bad news? You will need to do a bit more to make it work perfectly.

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Poco Launcher app now up for download, MIUI Android style

Poco Launcher app now up for download, MIUI Android style

There's a new launcher in town, and it comes from one of the most inexpensive phones in the world. Xiaomi launched the brand Poco this year to bring about some competition in the mid-range smartphone space. More specifically they wanted to bring heat to India, where OnePlus currently dominates. With the Poco Launcher, you can see what sort of Android software experience this Poco is really serving up.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher is now available on Google Play Store

Rootless Pixel Launcher is now available on Google Play Store

For all the complaining we’ve done over Fortnite’s snub of Google Play Store, there are actually some legitimate reasons why some apps can’t be there, be it legal or simply technical. One example is the Rootless Pixel Launcher which has to reuse the official Google Pixel Launcher’s package name to access some features. And since you can’t have two apps with the same package name on the Play Store, that means Rootless is out. Fortunately, that is now changing in the latest 3.8 version, making it easier and safer to install the Rootless Pixel Launcher on any phone.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher version 3.6 released for free

Rootless Pixel Launcher version 3.6 released for free

This week the developer known as Amir Ziadi released version 3.6 of his Rootless Pixel Launcher for Android. Those users that've never used this launcher before - it's good stuff. It's ready to roll with just about everything you could possibly want that's possible inside Oreo. All SORTS of features are jammed into this launcher, and it's entirely free to download and use.

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Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

This week the folks behind Apex Launcher just completely lost their minds. Or they completely lost their minds if you ask their many thousands of users, many of whom just dropped majorly negative reviews on their app on the Google Play app store. This isn't entirely without precedent, but it's a good time for a reminder. When you update your Android launcher, you're going to want to be careful not do erase user settings in the process.

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Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

One of the best things about Android has always been its openness to customization, best exemplified by the staggering number of app launcher and home screen replacements in the Google Play Store. Lately, however, that number seems to have dwindled down to a few big players. Some have been left to decay and rot. Others have been or will be shut down, like Yahoo’s Aviate launcher. There are, however, still a good number of Android launchers that offer features and options you might not find elsewhere. Here are seven of the younger and smaller ones that might just pique your interest.

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Users finding new Android experience with Rootless Pixel Launcher

Users finding new Android experience with Rootless Pixel Launcher

There's a new version of a relatively new app out right now - a launcher by the name of Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.2. That's the version number, but don't let the "3" fool you - this is new. This is the newest and easily the best version of the Pixel 2 launcher experience I've found thus far - outside the Pixel 2 itself.

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Yahoo Aviate Android launcher is the latest acquisition casualty

Yahoo Aviate Android launcher is the latest acquisition casualty

Yahoo seems to have a reverse Midas touch. Instead of turning things it touches into gold, the former Internet giant turns them into dust, intentionally or not. Perhaps except for Tumblr, at least for now. The latest victim of this death sentence is Aviate, a once popular third-party Android launcher which, unsurprisingly, silently fell out of the race after Yahoo’s acquisition. Now Yahoo is declaring it dead by the time March rolls around, advising users to just switch to the dozen or so available Android launchers on Google Play Store.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 brings Pixel 2 Launcher to all [APK download]

Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 brings Pixel 2 Launcher to all [APK download]

The Android launcher community is no longer like the Wild West but developers are just as passionate, and at time ingenious, as ever. Especially when Google comes out with a new Pixel phone with an exclusive Pixel launcher. There is no shortage of attempts to bring the latest Pixel 2 Launcher to other phones with older Android versions, but AmirZ’s new Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 has two distinct features. One, it sticks close to the pure Android launcher. But, more importantly, it doesn’t require root to use.

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Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

One of the Android platform’s biggest strengths is its customizability. Although not all parts are immediately exposed to users, some, especially app launchers, are no sweat to change. That said, getting access to those launchers, especially those from specific manufacturers, is not always easy. Even Google has somewhat withheld its Pixel, and now Android One, launchers from the rest of the world. Thankfully, there are hard-working developers like AmirZ, a.k.a. Amir Zaidi, who make things like a rootless Android One launcher available for all.

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