Android 8.0 Oreo made it into Google Nexus devices and soon official Lineage OS 15 and other Rom will start porting Oreo for a bunch of devices. If you’ve somehow managed to find Android 8 from XDA or somewhere else, the ubiquitous pixel launcher may be too mainstream for you. And if you’re looking for a replacement launcher for Android Oreo, here are they. Note that these launchers also support older android version, they did very good job when I tested them using on my phone, which is running on Android Oreo, thank’s to this post.

Best launcher application for Android 8.0 Oreo

This is how Default Google Pixel Launcher looks on Android Oreo. I used a custom wallpaper, the home screen has a google pill and weather details. The app drawer has a

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Pixel launcher / Stock android oreo

Nova Launcher

The default keyboard is good and provides a basic level customization, Nova launcher fills the gap. It also has all the new Pixel Launcher features like tap-and-hold to pop specific app functions.

Nova Launcher is the best and most lightweight Android launcher and is highly customizable. It offers separate customize options for Desktop screen, App drawer and Dock interface. It also supports Icon packs from the Play store and ability to backup and restore theme settings. The latest version (v5+) also comes with a “Quick Setup” feature, and it’s actually a three step process to get the look you want. Overall, probably the best Google now launcher alternative at this time.

Again, Nova Launcher is the best and most lightweight Android launcher and is highly customizable. It offers separate customize options for Desktop screen, App drawer and Dock interface. It also supports Icon packs from the Play Store and ability to backup and restores theme settings. The latest version (v5+) also comes with a “Quick Setup” mode, and it’s a three-step process to get the look you want.

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Nova launcher / Stock android oreo

Z launcher

Z launcher is built by Nokia even before they started manufacturing Android Phones. In many ways it has the taste of Nokia, for example, the interface is almost clutter free and easy to use and navigate. This launcher may not for everyone but a launcher out of the way. Recent contacts are visible on your desktop screen. If you slide, you can add Widgets. Also, there be one button in the bottom to access the app drawer, other than that no dock icons are present.

The desktop screen will not have any more buttons, and you can press the only button that will open the app drawer. Apps will show list-wise, and you’ve to scroll up-down to navigate. Also on the home screen, you can search for apps by drawing characters gesture.

Evie Launcher

If you believed to dump the simplicity that comes with the Nova launchers, you would be happy with this gorgeous looking launcher (that is also lightweight regarding speed). While it falls short when it comes to customizing the launcher interface. The slide-and-search option comes handy to find things easier. Alos the swipe-up opens the App drawer where you can toggle apps layout between Icons and List. The home screen may not fascinate you because it has 4-5 ugly icons, which perhaps can be changed with some Icon packs from the play store.

Amazingly built Android Launcher that got the premium look that you may not found anywhere else. The home page looks fantastic with custom Google search bar at the top of the screen. The app lock screen is also unique elements as you can quickly toggle between list and typical box style app icons. You can use this search bar to look up for its application or search on the Google. It also features that swipe to open App Drawer mode which is becoming the trend nowadays. People are dumping be the center button to display the app drawer in favor of swipe to open App Drawer style.

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Pixel launcher alternatives

The default pixel launcher offers basic customization, you can achieve the same with Nova launcher along with tons of more customization settings. Now that you can’t change the app drawer’s white background, frankly again, it has no customizations options. There are more than one thousand (if you skip the crappy ones) launcher apps that you can get from google play store.

Pixel Launcher should be the best competitor to the Nova launcher, as it is derived from the New Google Pixel phone, Google made it possible to release it for people who do not have a Pixel Phone. For sure, it doesn’t provide as many as customization options like the Nova launcher, but a strong and stable interface does the job very well. Moreover, it’s a Google product so you can always expect new features while having the simpler Interface. In other words, despite once can barely customize it and it’s quite not flexible when it comes to adapt the look a user would want. If you think it’s not for you check other launcher.

Devendra Meena

Hello, I am the person behind Quickfever.com, my name is Devendra Meena.

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