A leaked APK of what’s dubbed the Pixel Launcher has appeared, taking the place of a previously leaked add-on called the Nexus Launcher.
|The Pixel Launcher gives a more distinguished look with some new design tweaks.|
The new Pixel Launcher reworks the home screen’s performance in a few noticeable ways: It replaces the omnipresent Google search bar with a pull-out tab that takes you into Google Now. There’s also a date widget that, for now at least, you can’t replace.
There are a few other aesthetic changes, like a slide-up entry into the app drawer, which gives you room for five apps and replaces the All apps button. Additionally, you’ll find a new design for folders, with the cascade of one behind another replaced with a snapshot of up to four different icons.
The APK is obviously pre-release software, so it’s bound to have bugs and other hiccups. You can download it here at your own risk.