Google gets Android launcher from Dutch student from Play Store

Sep

4

2018

Google removed Rootless Launcher from its Play Store because it installed software from an unknown source. The app that was made by Dutch student Amir Zaidi was in the download store for just a week. Zaidi is working on a solution.

The launcher of Zaidi is based on the software of Googles Pixel phones and for this to work, a companion app is needed. The version that recently appeared in the Play Store showed a pop-up to download the required Rootless Pixel Bridge. If users clicked on it, an apk was downloaded and installed.

On his Telegram channel , the developer says that this was the reason for Google to remove the app. Apps may not allow users to download other applications outside the Play Store. Zaidi admits that this is his own mistake and has since made a new version, in which the bridge is not automatically installed, but where users are referred to a website where they can download and then have to manually install them.

Whether Google allows the new version as an update in the Play Store is not yet clear. The developer states that his package is permanently barred. If that is the case, the app must be re-released under a different name and current users must download the launcher again to receive updates.

The app came out of the Play Store at the end of August under the name Rootless Launcher. Earlier the developer named his application Pixel Launcher and with that name he could not be released in the Play Store. Last year the Zaidi launcher came out for the first time, but then users had to get the installation file from GitHub. It is a port of Googles own Pixel Launcher, which is officially only available on the Pixel phones.

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