Although Google still has to unveil the first Pixel handsets, it looks like everything is settled - the Nexus brand is as good as dead. Nexus Launcher has just become Pixel Launcher, and those interested can grab it already and take it for a spin, thanks to ROM developer LlabTooFeR.
The first Pixel Launcher version is almost the same as the last Nexus Launcher iteration available, but it carries a different version number and a few minor changes. For example, the Calendar icon is now dynamic. However, the UI does not come with any noticeable changes overall.
In the end, it looks like Google will simply move forward with Pixel and will drop all Nexus-related products. For now, nothing is official yet, but the debut of the Pixel smartphone family is expected to take place in early October. We will probably hear more about them in the meantime, so stay tuned.
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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.