If you want the stock Android aesthetic on your phone, you’re in luck – someone’s made a 100% functional Pixel launcher for download
Stock Android is a beautiful thing. It’s clean, beautifully styled and looks WAY better than any of the custom skins used by Samsung, LG, HTC or Huawei.
Thing is: in order to get Google’s Pixel launcher on a phone, you kind of need to buy a Google Pixel… or download a launcher like Nova from the Play Store.
Nova doesn’t feature ALL of the Pixel Launcher’s features, however, as it is a design copy, not a full on clone of the software. This means, while it does look the same, it is missing some features.
There is now a fully functional version of Google’s Pixel Launcher, however, and you can download it right now – on ANY Android phone. This version features ALL the software attributes you get on a Pixel phone as well.
The great thing about this way of doing things is that you don’t need to unlock your phone’s bootloader or perform any tricky workarounds. Simply download the APK and run the file and, BOOM, your phone is running Google’s Pixel Launcher.
This APK features the native Google Now feed integration, the Google search pill button, and the default weather widget. It even features the Pixel’s long-press function on certain, compatible applications.
The port works flawlessly on the Galaxy S8, according to 9t05Google, though it might not work 100% on ALL Android phones, so you’ll just have to download it and see whether it works on your phone.