Google just announced their new Android version called Oreo this past week and, as promised, have begun pushing the new update out to Pixel and Nexus devices.
If you don’t have one of those devices though, there’s no telling when you’ll be getting the new Android 8.0 update, unfortunately, but thanks to some crafty developers, you can try out the new launcher (and no, no root is required).
Reddit user AmirZ and another developer DeleteScape, managed to get the new Pixel launcher to work on other Android devices that aren’t able to download it from the Play Store and, surprisingly, it’s super easy to install the new launcher using a packaged APK file.
First, you’ll need to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources by going into Settings > Security > Unknown Sources (exact menu names vary but it’ll be something like that).
Then, head to the Github page where the developers are hosting the app by pointing your phone browser to this link, http://bit.ly/OreoLauncher (I’ve shortened it for you to be able to type it easier if you aren’t viewing this on your phone).
Once there, download the latest .apk file at the top of the page under Downloads and let it download to your device.
After it downloads, tap it and then tap Install.
Once installed, hit the home button and select to Always use the Launcher3 when you hit the home button to set it as the default launcher.
Then turn on notification access for Launcher3 when prompted and you’re all set.
If you want to undo this, you can just head to Settings > Apps and find the Launcher3 app.
Then tap it and tap on Open by Default and Clear Defaults.
Then you can hit back and uninstall it.
And there you go, the Oreo Launcher. Frankly, it’s not too much different than the Nougat launcher and most of the changes are pretty subtle but fun to check out regardless, I think. Enjoy it and let me know how it went in the comments.