Earlier in the week, we reported that the new Pixel Launcher with the search bar on the bottom from the Google Pixel 2 is available for most phones. The only hindrance with the app at that time was that it required installation as a system app to get Google Now and Weather to work. That made the features pretty much exclusive to Nexus and Pixel devices, along with those who have root access.

Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher

Luckily, XDA-Developers user, paphonb, has released Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher. RP2L allows you to enable Google Now and Weather on the home screen without having to install it as a system app. It also brings notification badges to devices on Android 7.0 Nougat and up, and several other nifty little features.

There’s just one caveat here: You’ll need to be on at least Android 7.0 for Rootless Pixel Launcher to work. Support for older devices hasn’t been implemented yet.

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  • Enable google now and weather without installing as a system app
  • Enable notification badges for N
  • Add pull down to open notifications drawer
  • Fix blue folders on Xperia devices
  • Change accent color to Pixel blue
  • Add circle icon shape for Nexus on stock O

I can’t embed the video here, but you can check out Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher in action at this link. You can download and install RP2L on your Nougat and up devices by visiting the link below. I’ve already got in on my Note 8 review unit, and it seems to run pretty well so far.

Download from XDA-Developers

As a reminder, you’ll need to enable installation of apps from unknown sources in your settings. Once you get it installed, stop back and let us know what you think of Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher in the comment thread.