Pixel Launcher [APK Download] Now Available on Google Play Store

In essence, the Pixel Launcher allows Android users to try out the home screen experience that Google implemented in its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, bringing several refinements, such as improved navigation and a bunch of new features. As the first release in Android's new "regular maintenance schedule", Google calls 7.1 an "incremental release".

The hardware makers at HTC manufacture the Pixel and the Pixel XL.

When it comes to blurring out the background and focusing on a specific object it is easier to do on the iPhone rather than the Google Pixel.

However, questions of how Google will infiltrate the market further have been raised as the tech titan does not have retail stores similar to Apple (AAPL).

The Pixel Launcher, previously known as the "Nexus Launcher", has been floating around as an APK for months, and works on most devices. Google apps like the maps and trips, especially the Project Fi. They have shared some secrets how to use the apps of Google Pixel better. For Nexus owners, you can start getting a taste for the new enhancements (sans Google Assistant, of course). Also, another example is enabling 4k for your photos and videos.

Although exclusive features will be optimized for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, users may have to wait a bit before full access is possible. "Nevertheless, people want to see it and feel a brand new phone they are unfamiliar with and I think it's going to take them some time", Mossberg added.

However, Wall Street Journal's writer has a different opinion.

Google's Pixel phones aren't expected to reach the same level of shipments in the beginning, but considering that they do come with the latest specs and software, the popularity of these phones will surely increase gradually. Google Pixel XL is available for purchase on October 20, 2016.

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