If you aren’t one of the elite few who owns a Pixel or Nexus phone, you probably haven’t seen the new Oreo update for Android. This new system takes the Android 7 Nougat update and tweaks it, making it better in subtle, simple ways. But don’t just take my word on it, follow these simple directions and you can see for yourself.
The first thing you will need to do is allow apps from unknown sources to be installed on your phone. Go to “Settings” and tap on the “Security” button. Then, find the spot that says “Unknown Sources” and turn the slide bar to the on position.
After you have allowed apps from unknown sources to be installed, you will want to check out this link and click the Rootless Pixel Launcher 2.1 update. From there you will pick the Launcher3-aosp-debug.apk download link, click on it and click install.
Once the launcher has been installed, you will need to tap on the home button and select the option that says “Always.” This allows Launcher3 to run every time you click the home button. In other words, it makes Launcher3 your launcher of choice. When prompted you will want to turn on notifications for Launcher3.
If you decide for whatever reason that Oreo isn’t for you, it is just as simple to uninstall Launcher3 as it was to install it.
To uninstall Launcher3, simply go to “Settings.” and then open up your “Apps” section. In the Apps section, you will need to find “Launcher3” and click on it. Select the “Open by default” option and then pick the “Clear defaults” button. After this, you will click the “back” button, and you will see an option for uninstalling Launcher3.
So what do you have to lose? If you are curious if Oreo is better than your current version, whether that be Nougat or something older, you can quickly and easily try the Launcher3, take a look and decide for yourself.