Google had recently launched the latest smartphones in their newly launched Pixel lineup which are the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. These smartphones are the successor to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones which were launched in October last year by Google. These smartphones are especially interesting as the smartphones have been marketed by the company as being “Made by Google”. Google has already mentioned that these smartphones have been designed and manufactured in-house. Now, the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are nearly ready to be available for sale and the smartphones have already been available for display at Verizon stores in the US from yesterday.
The Google Pixel 2 comes with standard bezels and a design similar to the original Google Pixel smartphones but the smartphones have two front-facing speakers. The Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, comes with a bezel-less design and Quad HD screen with a POLED display. Now, the one interesting thing about the latest smartphones from Google is that they come with the latest version of Pixel launcher which has undergone many changes from the company after it was first launched as a replacement to the Google Now launcher last year and came exclusively with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
If we look at the changes in the Google Pixel’s redesigned launcher, the biggest change in the latest version is that the Google search bar which was usually found at the top is now located at the bottom. Other changes include a new weather and date widget located at the top.
There is still the regular ‘Swipe Up to App Drawer’ gesture present as seen on the original Pixel launcher. The App Drawer is now a little translucent where the background gets lighter or darker according to the wallpaper as seen from the screenshot below.
One more thing we noticed in our testing is that there is a subtle gradient in the latest Pixel launcher which can be seen if you set a Pitch Black or Solid Color background. We have set the Black wallpapers from the Google Wallpapers app in the screenshot below and you can clearly see the gradient.
Talking about the redesigned Pixel launcher on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, we are now able to provide you with the APK file for the latest version of the Pixel launcher which we have also linked down below for you to download and install as a normal apk from the Download Links section below.