Google removes Rootless Pixel Launcher from Play Store over policy violation

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The Rootless Pixel Launcher app page in the Google Play Store. Google Play

  • Google has pulled Rootless Pixel Launcher from the Play Store.
  • The launcher’s creator explained that the app was removed over a policy violation “mistake”.
  • You can still download the launcher from APK Mirror and GitHub.

There are plenty of great launchers on the Play Store, but there’s one less today after Google unceremoniously pulled Rootless Pixel Launcher from its digital storefront.

Rootless Pixel Launcher first debuted on the Google Play Store just over a week ago, but has become a popular launcher alternative for many users as a third-party APK via GitHub. Now, however, the launcher’s creator, Amir Zaidi, will have to go back to the drawing board and fix a “mistake” that prompted Google to act.

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As the name suggests, Rootless Pixel Launcher attempts to replicate the UI and experience of Google’s Pixel phones.

Most of the Pixel-like functionality is ready to go as soon as you install the app from the Play Store, but to recreate the “At a glance” widget and the Google Now feed users had to install a separate APK called Rootless Pixel Bridge.

Before it was taken down, the launcher would bring up a notification box asking if users wanted to install the APK. When selected the app would then begin downloading from an external source. The problem? Google doesn’t allow apps on the Play Store that can lead to users downloading or installing other apps from unknown sources.

In a post on Telegram (via Android Police), Zaidi explained the situation further:

[Google’s policy] means I cannot have the Bridge installation popup as it is right now and need to find an alternative solution.

Also, it seems like my package name might be permanently banned which means people will have to install the launcher again and setup their home screen again when I republish it. This happened because of a mistake from me and I will try to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Zaidi also noted that he has sent an appeal to Google with the aim of removing the download prompt. If that doesn’t work he reportedly plans on starting from scratch with a new app listing.

For now, you can still grab the Rootless Pixel Launcher from APK Mirror here. Zaidi is hoping to have a fix in place for the Play Store version later today.

via Android Authority

September 4, 2018 at 05:15AM