How To Install Oreo Launcher On Any Android Device

Recently Google announced the Android 8.0 Oreo with Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices getting the initial updates. One’s who own other Android devices it’s just a mystery as to when Oreo will come on their devices.
There’s no need to worry. Developers have figured out a way to get Oreo Launcher on any Android device with NoRoot required.

Installation:

1: Allow Installation from Unknown Sources (Settings->Security->Unknown Sources)

2:  Go to GitHub page at this link. Search for the Rootless Pixel Launcher 2.1 and then click on Launcher3-aosp-debug.apk and download it

3: Once the launcher is installed , make the  Launcher3 as your default launcher and allow the notification access when prompted.

Undo-Installation:

1: For Uninstalling go to

Settings>Apps->Launcher3 and click on the uninstall button.

XOLO Play tab 7 is still one of the best low cost tablet

Cheap tablet with decent configuration

Somewhere around the same time last year XOLO had launched it’s popular Play tab 7.0. This one caught people’s attention as it had specifications slightly better than the Google’s Nexus 7 (2012 model). The configuration of this tab was so good that it is still relevant in today’s market.

Micromax Canvas A1 with Android One (Magnetic Black)

Read on if you are looking to buy a new tablet for your kids or for your parents/grand parents. This tab is ideal for gaming, watching videos and surfing web. Have a look at it’s specifications.
Cheap tablet with decent configuration

It comes with a 1.2GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 12 core NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU. Impressed? There is more. 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM out of which 5.5 GB is available as internal storage. Memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD card. It also supports USB OTG which means you can directly connect your pen drive to this tablet and see files. Pre-loaded with Android 4.1 (4.4 ROM is available on XDA in case you are really concerned 😉 ). 4000 mAh  battery which will easily last for a day with normal usage, 2 MP front camera, 7 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixels and what not.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 4042.
  • AnTuTu – 13705
  • Nenamark 2 – 55 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

This is a WiFi only tab, there is no slot for sim card. So if you are looking to buy a new tablet with decent configuration for gaming or for your kids educational use then this one is for you, just go for it.

You can get this tablet from Flipkart (India) for 5999 or from Amazon India Xolo Play Tab 7 Tablet (WiFi), Black

Think there is any better alternative to this? Please share it using the comment form below.

Google’s Nexus 7 vs Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Last month Google announced launch of its amazingly cheap Nexus 7 tablet. As I am writing this Nexus 7 is now available for pre-orders. Nexus 7 is Google’s take on iPad as well as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire is the only potential rival of it in this price range.

Feature

Kindle Fire

Nexus 7

OS Android 2.3(customized) Android 4.1
Display 7″ Capacitive 16M colors 7″ Capacitive 16M colors
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Processor
Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9
Battery 4400 mAh 4325 mAh
Internal Memory 8 GB 8 /16 GB
Camera No Yes (Front facing 1.3 MP)
Video No Yes 720p
FM Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes
Price $199 $199 / $249

 

After looking at the specs you can clearly see why Nexus 7 is better than Kindle Fire. It outcasts Kindle Fire in almost every aspect. Against the customized Android 2.3 of Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 will be coming with Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). Better screen resolution, bluetooth, front facing camera, 1.3 Ghz processor, 1 GB RAM and 10 hrs of battery life are few of the highlights of this new tablet.

Nexus 7 will cost 199 USD for 8 GB model and the 16 GB model will come for 249 USD. The 8 GB model with lot more features is priced same as the Amazon’s Kindle Fire . If the rumors are to be believed we have heard that Amazon has started preparing for Kindle Fire 2 to stay in the competition. Whoever wins the battle, consumers will be the one gaining from it :).

For our Indian readers : I was thinking to add Karbonn Smart Tab along with these two quality tablets. But after reading some user reviews of it I changed my mind. There are rumors that Nexus 7 will be available in India in next 3 months. But you can never say what’s going to happen. As we all know Nexus One and Nexus S  were never launched in India. As per this article here  Nexus 7 will be made available in India from October – 12. Though the price is not fixed yet.