Google’s Now launcher debuted with the Nexus 5 last year, which brings a fresh new interface to the table. Later on, it arrived on the Google Play Store, but only for Nexus and Google Play edition devices.
Now, the good news is that a new update has rolled out to the Google Now Launcher which makes it compatible with any Android 4.1 and above smartphones and tablets. This means that now even non-Nexus and Google Play edition (GPe) devices can rock this new Google Now launcher. With this new update, anyone can change their device’s look and feel, and make it look similar to the stock Android device.
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“Upgrade the launcher on your device to make Google Now one swipe away,” says the app’s description. “From your primary home screen, swipe right to access Google Now cards that give you just the right information, at just the right time.”
Basically launchers replace the stock homescreens on your smartphone or tablet with new ones. They give a new look and experience, and comes with some new features. There are some that are highly customizable, but Google’s Now launcher offers more streamlined approach, and gives a smooth experience to the user.
If you’re on the homescreen, then simply say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. You can now search on Google, or tell your phone what to do, such as text a message, call someone, get directions, or play a song.
How to get the new Google Now launcher
Firstly, you’ll need to ensure that you’re running on Android 4.1+. Next, head over to the Play Store and install the application.
The good part is that it offers an import function, which means you won’t lose any of your app icons or widgets. You won’t have to manually setup your homescreen with all your favorite apps and games, but the launcher does it for you.
So if you’ve installed it, then let us know your thoughts on this launcher. Would you like to keep on using it, or do you think the default launcher was better? Do let us know in the comments below.