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Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Lawnchair is one of the newer names in the highly competitive Android launcher space. It's worth your attention, though, as it does have a few unique features. Visually, it's able to clone the appearance and general functionality of the Pixel Launcher, even down to including the slide-out Google Feed. It also supports icon packs, if that's your thing, and it's open source. Best of all, though, now it's available in the Play Store. 

    

I've been using Lawnchair off and on since the first few versions hit XDA and reddit, and it's been getting better with every release.

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Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel Launcher on Pixel 2 has automatic dark and light themes based on your wallpaper

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

There's a lot to like about the new Pixel phones—they're fast, the battery life is improved, and Google fixed the Bluetooth. You also get a lot of thoughtful software features that aren't available on other phones. For example, the launcher theme changes automatically based on your wallpaper.

This actually confused me quite a bit when I first started using the Pixel 2 because the light theme to which I've become accustomed just changed suddenly.

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The Pixel Launcher on Pixel 2 has automatic dark and light themes based on your wallpaper was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands-on with the updated Pixel Launcher, including the new Pixel 2 features [APK Download]

Friday, October 13th, 2017

If you spent the past week looking at videos and images of the Pixel 2 phones and wishing you could have them in your hands, well today you can have your first taste at them. We got the APK file for the updated Pixel Launcher that will ship on the Pixel 2 with its bottom Google Search bar and At A Glance widget, and it should work on all devices from Android 5.0 Lollipop and upward.

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Hands-on with the updated Pixel Launcher, including the new Pixel 2 features [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v29 adds customizable Pixel 2-style bottom search box

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Google unveiled some big changes to the Pixel Launcher the other day along with the Pixel 2, and you know what that means. Yes, third-party launchers are adopting the same features. First out of the gate is Action Launcher, which has been updated to v29 with support for a bottom search box. Not into Google's new search layout? That's cool—it's optional.

The update is rolling out in the Play Store right now.

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Action Launcher v29 adds customizable Pixel 2-style bottom search box was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds “at a glance” section to the top

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Google has just announced its 2017 #madebygoogle hardware line up, including the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. There are lots of interesting new software features to talk about, including a new always-on ambient display that tells you what song is playing in the background without you even asking, but the first thing anyone notices when they unlock their phone is the launcher. Sabrina Ellis, director of product management, took to the stage to talk about the new Pixel Launcher home screen, among other things.

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New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds "at a glance" section to the top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v28 beta is rolling out, with support for adaptive icons and light navigation bar [APK Download]

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Chris Lacy has had a busy few months updating his popular Action Launcher. Since a major overhaul in June, the app has added numerous features that mimic the way the Pixel launcher works in Oreo, bringing features such as the Google Feed, notifications dots, and shortcuts to almost any Android device. The last update, to v27, included new theming options and a Pixel-inspired weather widget. The beta for v28 is now starting to roll out, and it comes with full support for adaptive icons and a light navigation bar.

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Action Launcher v28 beta is rolling out, with support for adaptive icons and light navigation bar [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Modified Pixel Launcher for all devices hits version 2.1, brings new Oreo features and much more

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Google has a habit of keeping its launchers exclusive for its own hardware line. The Google Now Launcher was exclusive to the Nexus 5 for quite some time, and the Pixel Launcher is still only available on the Play Store to Pixel devices. Yes, installing the APK off sites like APK Mirror was an option, but not all of the features were intact.

However, us enthusiasts have a habit of getting our way with these things.

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Modified Pixel Launcher for all devices hits version 2.1, brings new Oreo features and much more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is rolling out the tabbed Google app interface to more users

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

It's been a long road, getting from there to here. Google announced at the end of 2016 that it would start rolling out a tabbed interface in the Google app - one tab for your feed (previously known as Google Now), and the other for reminders/emails/etc. But then Google only enabled it for a small amount of users, and left it at that for a few months. Then a third tab was added, and even more users received the changed interface.

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Google is rolling out the tabbed Google app interface to more users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Action Launcher v26 beta is available, includes Android O’s notification dots and new app shortcut UI

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Chris Lacy's Action Launcher got a massive update recently, introducing new branding, more free features, an animated Android O style clock widget, and more. Together with its already useful feature set, including shutters and covers, it's cemented its place as one of Android's best launchers. The latest Beta is now available, as announced by Lacy on his blog, and it includes a number of features that Google has added to the Pixel Launcher in Android O, such as notification dots and a new UI for app shortcuts and widgets.

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Action Launcher v26 beta is available, includes Android O's notification dots and new app shortcut UI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is testing a translucent Google Feed page on the Pixel Launcher

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Google has been tweaking the Google Feed (previously known as Google Now) page quite a bit recently. They started rolling out a dual-tabbed interface in December, but seemingly stopped shortly after. Last month, a new transparent Google Now pane appeared for one user, and now a modified version has showed up.

  

From left to right: Current UI, transparent UI, new translucent UI

The new design has a translucent background instead of a fully transparent one, which is definitely an improvement in my opinion.

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Google is testing a translucent Google Feed page on the Pixel Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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