Remember the guys who ported the Pixel Launcher to work on all Android devices. Well, after less than a week of Android Oreo being open source, the same Pixel Launcher is now updated to v2.1 with latest Android Oreo features. As we all know, Pixel Launcher and Google Now Launcher has remained exclusive to Google’s own devices. Those who love the stock look and feel like me were delighted with the new port. The port was achieved as part of a joint effort from XDA members AmirZ and DeleteScape.
The resulting Pixel Launcher worked flawlessly. In fact, I am using it and have not used another launcher since then. It had all the original Pixel features like the Google pane on the left of the Home screen, the G Pill, the pull-up app drawer and all else. Enough of the last version. So, what’s new with v2.1. The highlights of the new version are the Oreo theme, the Notification Dots, the circled icons and some more. Here is the full list below.
- Pull down for notifications
- Oreo theme backported to older OS versions with Pixel Blue accent color
- Notification dots backported to Marshmallow
- Automatically prompts for notification access so you won’t have to dig through settings menus
- Fix Android 8 checks so Nexus devices can use all new features
- Show icon shapes on Android 8 without developer settings enabled
- Pressing the date widget opens the default calendar app
- Keyboard properly closes when returning to the home screen from any app
- Symmetrical hotseat
- Filter Google Now Launcher from the apps list
- Pinch to overview
- Samsung Secure Folder compatibility
- Backport of circle icons
Also, like the old version, you will first have to uninstall any other Pixel Launcher you are already using. The launcher has been developed using Launcher3 as base. However, AmirZ says it has new features thrown in as well this time. Finally, to download the new launcher v2.1 we will leave a link to the APK below.