Download the new Pixel Launcher that was bundled with the recently released Android O Developer Preview 2. This is similar to the last one we covered when the first developer preview of Android O was launched. This updated Android O launcher can be easily installed on any Android phone running Android Marshmallow and above. This launcher is exactly that runs on Google Pixel with a few updated tweaks here and there. This Pixel Launcher APK from Android O Dev Preview 2 has been modified and patched to run on older Android devices.
Android O Launcher (Pixel Launcher O-3952143) is extracted from Android O Developer Preview 2, the upcoming Android release later this year. Most of the features work fine and are fully compatible with phones running Marshmallow and Nougat. To make Google Now work on your device, you need to install this app as a system app. It looks and feels pretty much the same as the previous release, but for those who like to stay updated to the latest version — you can download it from below.
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In our tests, it works perfect on the Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge running on Android Nougat while adding an extra row on the screen. You can see that in action in the screenshot attached above.
Download Android O Launcher APK
The following is the APK file that you need to download on your phone / tablet to install Android O – Pixel Launcher. Like we mentioned earlier, Google Now will only work if you install this APK as a system app. We will get to that later on, for now download the APK file and install it the easy way.
NOTE: If the download fails for any reason, leave a comment below and we will upload the APK file to another mirror website.
After you download it, install it like any other APK. If you are installing this APK file for the very first time, you will have to allow “Install from Unknown Sources” option in Settings. Continue reading below on instructions on how to install an APK manually on your phone.
How to Install Android O – Pixel Launcher APK
As mentioned before, you need to be running Android Nougat for this launcher to work on your device.
Step 1 – Download Android O – Pixel Launcher APK:
Step 2 – Locate the APK you just downloaded and open it to install it.
Step 3 – If you are installing an APK directly for the very first time, you would be notified to enable “Unknown Source” setting. If not sure about this, see link below on where to find this setting.
Step 4 – After enabling, the app should install. You can open it by pressing your HOME button and then select the “Pixel Launcher” option.
That’s it! You can now set the Android O / Pixel Launcher as your default app and use it on your Samsung Galaxy S7 or any other phone running Android Marshmallow or Nougat.
If this instructions / guide was not clear enough or you are stuck somewhere, you can read our complete guide on how to install APK files on your Android device here: How to Install Android APK Files Manually.
How To Enable Google Now in Android O / Pixel Launcher
To get Google Now working on your phone, you need to install this app as a system app on your Android phone / tablet. How to do that? There are several ways to do it. Easiest method is to move the app APK directly to \system\apps directory with a rooted phone.
We have a detailed tutorial here that you might want to check out: How to Install App as System App on Android.