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Google Pixel 3 Pixel Launcher Update Makes Minor Changes to Assistant Button

Android Pie 9 Required for the APK

Google is ready to roll out Pixel 3 but there is one aspect that is yet to be discussed by the company. So, we are left with rumors and leaked information. The latest tidbit reveals some of the changes made to Google Assistant Button through Pie 9 update.

With this brand new version of the launcher, the user should expect some changes including the Assistant icon placed on the home screen. Another change worth mentioning is the Assistant on the G pill on the app drawer, bigger spacing between icon, adaptive icons, and changes to the opaque area on the app switcher.

Interface that appears when you enter split screen mode has been changed as well, the pop-out effect is no longer a part of it. The interface also changed when a user pins the app or check its info.

You can download the new Pixel launcher via an APK Mirror. While you can download it, you need to make sure you are using Android Pie 9. Otherwise, your device won’t support it. The requirement to use Android Pie 9 means only a handful of device types can download the APK.

List of Android Pie 9 Phones

Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Essential Phone

Phones Getting Android Pie 9 By December 21

  • Sony
  • Xiaomi
  • HMD Global
  • Oppo
  • Vivo
  • OnePlus
  • Select Android One phones

More devices will get support later on.

Pixel 3 is releasing soon for $799 while the XL variant is available to pre-order for $899.  You exchange your current smartphone and get up to $300 off of the new Google smartphone. Offer is for smartphones from Samsung, Apple, LG, OnePlus, and others.

A final release date is yet to announced. Google plans to release the device is 2018 but depending on your region the Pixel 3 may not arrive until early 2019.

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