Rootless Pixel launcher pulled by Google from Play Store

If you want to enjoy the UI of a Google Pixel on your smartphone then there’s an app that allows you to do the same: Rootless Pixel Launcher. I don’t know whether you’ve heard about it before or not, but if you’ve used it then most probably you might have downloaded it from its Github page. A few days back the app had become available in Play Store, but now it has been pulled by Google over violation of Play Store guidelines.

According to Amir Zaidi, the developer of Rootless Pixel Launcher, the app has been taken down by Google because it downloads the companion app required for Google Feed integration. Google has, therefore, flagged it as an app that downloads applications from unknown sources. Amir said on his Telegram channel:

“Great, my Play Store release got suspended for this reason: Apps that cause users to download or install applications from unknown sources outside of Google Play are prohibited.

So that 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 set up 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. I don’t have a lot of time because Uni started again but I will try to get it fixed this evening.”

He said that he has filed an appeal with Google, and if his appeal is approved then he will push out a new update for the app that will remove the download message. Otherwise, if his appeal is denied, he’ll create a new app listing. The later, however, will require users to reinstall the app and lose their settings.

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Right now the full version of the updated app, complete with the companion app for Google Feed integration, is available on APKmirror.

Image source: Android Police

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