Sideload the Pixel 3 Launcher on your Android phone running Oreo or Pie

Sideload the Pixel 3 Launcher on your Android phone running Oreo or Pie
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.

source: XDA



1. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If I was to get a Pixel, I still think I’d replace the launcher with Lean Launcher to at least remove that search bar at the bottom. The ‘at a glance’ widget should be on all phones by now.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Alan, you forgot the colon ( : ) in your XDA source link. Nice find though, ill probably stick with Nova it's very hard to switch from after using it for so long.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The Pixel 3 launcher provided at XDA doesn't work with LG V35. It crashes upon opening. Oh well, back to good ol trusty NL.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Works on Note 9 but got rid of it right away. Too basic for my needs

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