As Android gets updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, a couple of developers have been at work making one of our favorite, minimalist launcher experiences work. These launchers aim to give users as pure an experience as they could on a Google Pixel phone.
Amir Zaidi decided that it would be a good idea to have a fully working pixel launcher on most android phones and worked on a full port/patch job on the Pixel Launcher. With a some assistance from Till Kottmann, who publishes a similar Pixel Launcher experience called Lawnchair, they have now put up a new launcher ‘Rootless Pixel Launcher or Launcher 3‘ in a GitHub repository. Click on the link to download. However note that if you are currently using the official Pixel Launcher on your non-Pixel phone, do uninstall that before installing the Rootless Pixel Launcher as both APKs share the same package names.
The Launcher 3 version 2.1 update disables an API level check that would prevent non-Pixel/non-Nexus phones from using the launcher, it also brings Android Oreo’s notification dots to all devices sporting Marshmallow or later, Icons will be forced into circle shapes and It brings weather, calendar, Google panel to the launcher as well.
So if you are a fan of the pure android experience hit the links below or above to download the Rootless Pixel Launcher AKA Launcher 3.