The Pixel 2’s up to date launcher is right here, and it seems to be fairly nice.
Google’s been recognized to tweak its imaginative and prescient for Android’s house display screen setup with every new launch, that is no totally different with this yr’s Pixel 2. Because of the parents at Android Police, now you can obtain the Pixel 2’s launcher onto any of your units.
The launcher on the Pixel 2 is not as drastic of a change as we noticed final yr, however there are nonetheless just a few adjustments which can be price testing – most notably the repositioned Google search bar and up to date climate/date widget.
Google’s search capsule within the upper-left nook of the display screen has been changed with a extra conventional search bar beneath the apps in your dock, and it now incorporates a clear gray shade with a white “G” (though the “G” appears to be coloured for some customers). Tapping on the search bar nonetheless brings the common Google search that everyone knows and love, and whereas its new placement does take a while to get used to, it does assist tremendously for reachability.
The second massive change is with the brand new At A Look widget. That is the centered widget that reveals you the date, time, and upcoming calendar occasions, and it is also an enchancment over what we had final yr.
Tapping on the date will open Google Calendar, and tapping on the climate will open (you guessed it) Google Climate. When you’ve got an upcoming calendar occasion, the climate icon will likely be shrunk down and the date will likely be changed by data for that occasion, together with the title, when it begins, and its period.
Together with these greater updates, there are smaller adjustments as properly. The app drawer now reveals barely extra apps than earlier than (about half of an extra row), folders have a brand new opening animation, swiping shortly to the highest or backside of the app drawer now has a refined bounce to it, and the clock app icon now updates accordingly to the precise time (much like what iOS has executed for years).
If you wish to get the Pixel 2 launcher in your gadget, you are able to do so by downloading the APK file right here. The launcher will be downloaded to the Pixel and Pixel XL with none form of modifications, however if you’d like a working Google Feed on the left-most facet of your house screens, you will want to put in the launcher as a system app.