Google Now Launcher |

Google Now LauncherGoogle Now Launcher (previously known informally at the Google Experience Launcher) has been made available into the Play Store. It is an updated stub app that will enable the home screen functionality in the Google search app on most Android devices. However, this isn’t a universal release, only Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Google Play edition devices can have access to this home screen launcher app. Devices running custom ROMs based on KitKat (like CM 11) may also be compatible.

It’s a visual update with larger icons, relocated widget preferences, and other tweaks that will make it easier and faster to use. Not visually perfect on our HTC One Google Play Edition (there’s some weird spacing), but this can be fixed if Google released an update.

Upgrade the launcher on your device to make Google Now one swipe away. From your primary home screen, swipe right to access Google Now cards that give you just the right information, at just the right time. Also includes new wallpapers, a transparent app drawer with large app icons, and a transparent status bar. Launchers replace your phone’s built-in home screen and app drawer, but phone settings menus or notification drawer remain same.

Key features in Google Now Launcher are:

  • Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
  • Just say “Ok Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song (available in the US, UK, and Canada).
  • Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
  • Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
  • Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
  • Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that’s stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.

Here are its screenshots

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User reviews: It’s well-received on the play store. Has a rating of 4.7/5 star on the play store.

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