Back in July, we told you about Lawnchair Launcher. It’s a Google Pixel-style home screen replacement built by deletescape in partnership with Amir Zaidi. It brings many of the Pixel’s features such as app shortcuts, the Google Now pane, and search gestures to any compatible Android device, including those running as old a version of the OS as 5.0 Lollipop. After a somewhat explosion in usage from users, the developers have decided it’s best to move the app to the Play Store – rather basing the experience around downloading and installing APKs – where updates can be delivered more timely and the launcher can reach a broader audience.
According to the app’s description, Lawnchair Launcher includes the following:
• Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dots
• Icon Pack support
• Variable Icon Size
• Custom Grid Size
• Dock Customization
• Adaptive Icons (For Nougat & above)
• BLUUUUUR (Optional Blurry UI for pretty much everything)
• And much more!
One feature we omitted from this list is the Google Now pane. Previously, the function came baked into Lawnchair. However, now that the app lives in the Play Store and Google’s policies restrict access to the Google Now pane for any launcher other than the Google Now and Pixel Launchers, this is no longer the case. Luckily, there’s a side APK you can load onto your device that enables the feature much like it does for Nova Launcher and Action Launcher. Once installed, you’ll be required to restart the launcher in order to activate the pane.
As you can see, Lawnchair Launcher is near identical to how it was just a few weeks ago, with roughly the same feature set and appearance being present. Of course, things will likely change before the app goes fully live on the Play Store as it’s currently in an unreleased format. Therefore, expect at least some bugs while using the app.
It’s also worth noting that while this launcher is based on the older Pixel Launcher, the developers say Pixel 2 features will soon hit the app alongside support for Android Oreo which has proven to be buggy with the app installed.
A few things to note:
Most importantly, it isn’t guaranteed to work perfectly on Oreo. Second, no Pixel 2 features yet. Oreo support and Pixel 2 features will come later.
If you’re interested in giving the app a swing, click here.