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If you like the Pixel Launcher’s two-style dock search box as seen on the Pixel 2 but don’t like the phone itself, then Action Launcher is just the thing. ( Chris Lacy )
Google has recently introduced the new Pixel Launcher on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but the thing is, it’s more or less exclusive to two phones.
Now, developer Chris Lacy wants to spread some of the software’s good stuff to other Android phones with Action Launcher, particularly the two-style dock search box.
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To get a better idea of what’s in store, the Pixel Launcher repositioned the iconic Google search box from the top to the bottom.
In short, that’s what users will get via Action Launcher version 29.0, which has just rolled out. More than that, users can also customize the dock search bar with the Quickbar editor. That means they can change the shape, background color, and the layout with shortcuts.
“With today’s v29.0 update, Action Launcher gains the ability to use the Pixel 2-style dock search box. Even better, not only do you get to use this feature today, on your device, but with Action Launcher’s Quickbar editor, you can customize the color, shape and shortcuts of the search box as you see fit, allowing you to make this search box yours,” Lacy says in a blog post.
The fun doesn’t stop there either. Action Launcher version 29.0 is also introducing the option to use “G” style Google logos and change up the corner radius of the search box for that round look.
Action Launcher version 29.0 is already available in the Play Store.
Other Pixel 2 News
To the disappointment of many, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL came without a headphone jack, but Google has a good explanation for it.
Despite that, there are a lot of reasons to go for the new phone by Google.
First and foremost, outfit DxOMark gave it a record-breaking score of 98 in its camera tests. In other words, the Pixel 2 is number 1 in ranking when it comes to mobile photography.
Other than that, it features Google Lens, which allows users to just point their Pixel 2 at something they don’t know and get an answer of what it is. That’s thanks to the power of AI.
If those aren’t that compelling, then the core specs and features are worth noting. Under the hood, it packs a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, and USB-C 3.1. While the Pixel 2 has a 2,700 mAh battery, the Pixel 2 XL boasts a 3,520 mAh pack.
From the get-go, it runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it features an always-on display.
On top of all those, Pixel 2 owners will also get timely updates since it’s a Google phone, after all.
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