Android O is the new OS in town, but at the moment, it’s only accessible to users of Google Pixel and Nexus phones as a public beta.
As usual with new software, there are a bunch of new features accompanying Android O and one of the most notable ones is the Pixel Launcher. Like it happened with Android N, users of phones that are currently not compatible with the beta version of the new OS or are simply not into using the unfinished version can still get a preview of what this OS will actually be bringing to their phones when time comes.
Using the Pixel Launcher, it’s possible to have a taste of what it feels like having Android O on your personal phone. Someone at XDA Developer Forums has come up with a very easy way of making this happen and interestingly, this person has successfully ported the launcher to devices using the older Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This also means that anyone using the newer Android 7.0 Nougat can also join the party.
To get things going, you only need to download and install the new Pixel Launcher on your phone – just like you’d do with a non-Play Store app. This will require that you allow installation of apps from Unknown sources via your phone’s Settings>Security and toggle the Unknown sources option. Make sure you go back to this setting to revert to the older setting once done with the installation of this launcher.
Go ahead and download the needed Pixel Launcher APK file and install it on your phone. Just in case you have another Nougat-based Pixel launcher installed, you may be forced to uninstall it first before this Android O version can be installed. Being a new version, you can expect to jump into some bugs and issues along the way, but these should be fixed sooner than later via an update.