If you own a handset running Android 8.0 or up, you can now sideload the new Pixel 3 Launcher on it. Now, we have to point out that even though the APK will work with the Google Feed, it doesn't play nice with the original Pixel Launcher. And ironically, that means that those with a Pixel or Pixel 2 cannot install the APK on their phone, unless it is rooted. Not that the Pixel 3 Launcher brings a huge change to the original. The only noticeable difference is the addition of a Google Assistant shortcut on the search bar at the bottom of the screen.
As we said, the Pixel 3 Launcher can be sideloaded on a handset powered by Android 8.0 or Android 9.0. But since the App Actions API was added with the release of Android 9, those using Oreo will not be able to use the smart shortcuts feature in the app drawer.
If you're interested in getting an advance look at the Pixel 3 Launcher and become the talk of the neighborhood, you can find the APK at XDA by clicking on the sourcelink. XDA has already tested it on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Android 8.1 and Samsung Experience 9.5 installed, and on a OnePlus 6 running OxygenOS 9.0 (based on Android 9.0).
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are expected to be unveiled during Google's next event, which is scheduled for October 9th in New York City.