Download: Pixel Launcher from the Google Pixel 5 adds grid size options
After months of leaks and teasers, Google finally unveiled the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G late last month. As with all previous Pixel devices, Google’s latest flagship comes with a bunch of cool new software features. But some of these features are limited to the Pixel 5, and they may or may not be released for older Pixel devices. However, we’ve managed to extract and share some of the updated APKs from the Pixel 5 that enable these new features on older Pixel phones. These include Google Recorder 2.0, Google Camera 8.0, and the new live wallpapers. Now, we’ve managed to extract the latest version of the Pixel Launcher from Google’s new flagship and you can install it on any older Pixel device from the link below.
The latest version of the Pixel Launcher brings a new grid size customization option to the Pixel 5. As you can see in the attached screenshots, the option will let you customize your homescreen app grid layout. The feature can be accessed by long-pressing on an empty part of the homescreen and then selecting the Grid tab from the homescreen customization menu. Currently, the feature includes 4 grid size options — 5×5, 4×4, 3×3, and 2×2.
You can download the new Pixel Launcher APK from the link below and install it on your Pixel device to get the new app grid customization option. We’ve tested the APK on the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4, but it should work on all Pixel devices running Android 11. The grid options aren’t showing up for everyone who sideloads the new Pixel Launcher, though, and we aren’t entirely sure what triggers it to show up.
In case you’re wondering about the new wallpaper picker UI on the Pixel 5, you’ll have to sideload the new Google Wallpapers app that ships on that device. However, doing so causes the live wallpaper picker to crash. Thus, we aren’t sharing the new Google Wallpapers app at this time. From what we can tell, the crash happens because the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G are running a slightly newer build of Android 11. This crash should be resolved when older Pixels get the updated codebase, likely with the next Pixel Feature Drop.
This article was updated at 01:00AM ET on October 16, 2020, to reflect that YMMV when sideloading the Pixel Launcher APK from the Pixel 5. We also clarified the issue with the Google Wallpaper bug and why we aren’t sharing that APK yet.