You can now install the Pixel 2 launcher with docked search bar on your Android phone

With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google also introduced a revamped version of the eponymous Pixel Launcher, with fresh bouncy animations and expanded dock functionality in tow. The Pixel 2 models will be here in just a few days time, but as is tradition, the folks over at XDA have already got the new launcher ripped and ready to be installed on most Android phones out there.

So, what's new in Pixel Launcher 2.0, or whatever you want to call it? Well, not much to be honest. Aside from the search bar now occupying the dock, instead of the upper portion of the home screen, there's a new, bouncy animation when opening/scrolling the app drawer, as well as an "at a glance" widget that displays upcoming events and reminders. The latter is perhaps the biggest change in the new Pixel Launcher and is stuck for good at the top of the home screen. You can't resize it or move it around, and there's only two options that can be changed currently – you can toggle "Calendar events" and "Traffic information" ON and OFF. That's it.

Still, if you want to get your hands on the new Pixel Launcher, you can do so by following the link below. Just keep in mind that there's no real Google Now integration to speak of right now, so if that's a decisive factor for you, tough luck! However, most everything else, including App Shortcuts and the new "at a glance" widget, seems to be working as it should.

Theoretically, the new Pixel launcher should be compatible with most phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up, although we've had troubles setting it up on an LG G4 running Marshmallow. On the other hand, it's been working just fine thus far on the LG V30, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S6 we tested it on.

Download Pixel 2 Launcher

source: XDA

Related phones

Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

I find the pixel 2 launcher kinda ugly First gen pixel launcher is the best ......

2. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I'm curious as to why Google would use a white background in the app drawer, if they are using an OLED display? Even if they aren't using OLED, it seems to be a terrible choice as the app tray looks ugly.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

What color you prefer ? I think white looks clean and classy

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Dark blue is fantastic. White is so cheap.

8. TimothyC

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

Black. It goes with my everything.

9. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Should have been white with a slight opacity

4. csacseg

Posts: 25; Member since: May 21, 2014

I don't like it on S8

6. dhawesome

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

This app crashes as I open it after installation :( Not working on Moto X Play. (Marshmellow) Plz do fix this :( I want this launcher so bad :(

7. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

I laugh every time know-nothing writers drool and chizz themselves over a new Google launcher or one of its fancy "new" features. Every damn launcher Google ever had was sht ugly and had severely limited half-azed features. I don't ever wait for Google's "new and incredible" features to come to my phone. I just install Nova launcher cuz it's had all these features for YEARS before Google introduced them!

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

No, Thank you

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