Amir Zaidi
Last updated on September 3rd, 2018

To see the Google Now Feed on the left, and make full use of At A Glance, installing the Rootless Pixel Bridge is necessary. This is due to restrictions set by Google.

Installation instructions
1. Go to https://github.com/amirzaidi/AIDLBridge/releases/latest
2. Under assets, click on "pixelbridge.apk"
3. Let your phone download the file
4. Install the file as an application
5. Go into the settings of the launcher
6. Enable the "Display Google app" option

Optional
7. Go into your phone's security settings
8. Disable "installation from unknown sources" if you enabled it for the installation

Why do I need this?

All of my older GitHub builds until version 3.7 included all the functionality in one app. However, this meant a Play Store release was impossible. If I wanted to make this possible, I had to follow Nova and Lawnchair and create my own additional app that would make it work. So I started programming, and created Rootless Pixel Bridge.
The technical details for why this additional app is necessary are interesting. The Google App creates and shows the Google Now Feed used by launchers. Launchers can request the feed to show up and then the Google App acknowledges this request. Unfortunately, it only does this for system apps and debug apps. System apps require root to install, and debug apps are not allowed to be published on the Play Store. Therefore sideloading is the only solution. Previously my launcher took care of this on its own, but this got it banned from the Play Store by Google. Everything has been moved to this website since then, to prevent another suspension.

Some people, like Pixel and Nokia users, might not be able to install this. They will get an "App not installed" error. This happens because these people have the real Pixel Launcher installed as a system app. The Pixel Launcher conflicts with my Rootless Pixel Bridge, and cannot be installed at the same time. My older versions of Rootless Pixel Launcher can also give this error on other devices. Make sure all third party Pixel Launchers are removed from your device before trying to install the Rootless Pixel Bridge.

UNDOCurrently not supported