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Sadly, there has been no indication that this feature will come to any Android phones other than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but it turns out that you can replicate the feature on any phone, including an iPhone, with a free app.

Thanks to XDA's senior member paphonb, you can use a modified version of the Pixel 2 Launcher on non-Google devices and also use the Google Now panel.

When the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL models rolled out previous year, Google promised owners of the two devices unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos in Google Photo. Additionally, the option for Face Retouching and maybe even Portrait Mode should be there. The "At a Glance" widget is only located on the screen's homepage, while the Google Search Bar is displayed regardless of the page you are on. This particular functionality existed in numerous camera apps over the years, though the highly automated nature of the Google Camera app's feature makes it a somewhat unique offering; smoothening out your skin textures is as simple as tapping a button and letting the service do the rest while you worry about framing. The all-new Pixel 2 Launcher is now available for download via APK Mirror. Unfortunately, the update is only available for Pixel and Nexus users (as old as Nexus 5) and that too only for who are residing U.S.as it is the stock battery management app for those devices.


One of the Pixel 2's top features is its camera, which scored an unprecedented 98 out of 100 from the camera quality testers at DxOMark.

The top toolbar containing shortcuts for flash, autofocus, HDR+, and other functionalities now spans nearly all the way to the hamburger menu in the top left corner of the user interface.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a lot of must-have features, and with the help of some talented developers out there, a few of them are slowly making their way to other Android phones.

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