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Nokia Launches Z Launcher, an App That Surfaces the “Stuff You Use Often”

Nokia – yes that Nokia – released an app today called Z Launcher that hopes to make your life simpler by predicting or learning from your patterns. The app is only in beta right now, and not through Google Play, but most of you can give it a shot by following a quick sign-up procedure.

So what does it do to make it worth that shot? Well, like many other launchers of today, it tries to learn from your patterns to help bring you apps or contacts or suggestions as you need them before you realize you need them. By using your phone as you always do, Z Launcher takes the information gathered from that and then presents you with the apps you may need to use right now. 

If prediction doesn’t sound like something you care for, the other main feature of Z Launcher might interest you. By simply drawing out the first letter of an app you are looking on the screen, Z Launcher will bring up a list of apps that begin with that letter. So rather than scrolling through your massive list of apps, hoping to find the one you need, you can quickly search for it with a simple scribble.

The pre-beta download is available for Android users running 4.1 or higher, but has been optimized for the Galaxy S5, S4, S3 and Nexus 5.

To sign-up and give Z Launcher a shot, head over to this site.

  • [Acme]

    Sorry… One question.
    What phone is photo´s phone???

    Thanks in advanced and sorry about my english.

  • shiva moorthy

    Just waste of time ///

  • Comi Lee

    not working on rooted devices 🙁

  • Azi

    Looks Good

  • ashyam

    Damn! Doesn’t work on rooted device! :/

  • Jason13L

    I don’t want people to know how much I am on Reddit when I take out my phone for a business meeting. Or heck, even some of the more embarrassing apps I may or may not use.

  • CitizenKane

    Some people reported on other sites they manage to get it working on their root devices with Root Cloak app.

    • 0l1v3rof

      Yeah Root Clock works… Just add the app to the list and it is perfectly fine

      • Robert Bray

        Bit tough to find on the list When adding it, it’s near the end, but not AT the end. Just go to the end of the app list and start reading upwards.

  • trixnkix637

    Giving it a shot.. Doubt it makes it past 30 mins. Contextual launchers aren’t necessary in the least (most can’t even compare to what Nova has been doing). It’ll take one hell of a experience to pry Nova or GEL from my hands (just wish GEL would do icon theming).

  • Enthasuasticalogocalism
    • John Motschenbacher


      • collinpage

        Doesn’t work on rooted devices 🙁

    • Nashet Q

      Thank you!

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      You are the Mannnnnnnnnn!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^11111

  • John Motschenbacher

    hell i cant even get chrome to get to the download site

  • jonzey231

    Do I hear an Aviate Launcher knockoff. By the way, I loved aviate back in the day. The only reason I switched is because I love having Google Now on my GEL.

  • RSS70

    Over thinking the problem. Forget the predictive stuff for now. Just create a launcher that has multiple profiles for me. Let me decide what I want on my home screens when I am at home, at work, in may car or elsewhere. Then allow me to switch profiles through a toggle button, NFC, GPS location or by joining a specific wifi network/bluetooth connection.

    I use different widgets and programs at work than I do at home. I want my work calendar, todo list and evernote front and center at work. I want more entertainment and social widgets and apps on my launcher screens at home. Mapping and multi-media in my car.

    • cizzlen

      Totally agreed!

  • Alex Boro

    I thought it said Nova Launcher Z for a second haha

  • I feel like this is what homescreen icons are for…

  • Enthasuasticalogocalism

    somehow, the galaxy S4 looks beautiful

  • Colton

    Launcher won’t even start for me:
    “Sorry, we don’t currently support rooted devices.”


    • Droid Ronin

      Man, that’s cold.

      • Colton

        Yeah no way around it from what I can tell, just a button that says “Exit”

        • flosserelli

          I think there is an app or Xposed module that can hide root from other apps.

    • John Motschenbacher

      lol i towel rooted but do not have a su app on it and it works. perhaps you could try deactivating your su app.

      • Colton

        Oh really? Will def look into that, thanks for the heads up!

        • Siddharth Pai

          Install Xposed Installer.
          Activate it.
          Go to the download section of the Xposed Installer.
          And install an app called RootCloak.
          Activate root cloak in the in the Xposed Installer
          Add Zlauncher to the app list in root cloak.
          Reboot your phone and launch Zlauncher.

          • Ajinkya Marathe

            Will it work for non-rooted devices?

  • digitalicecream

    Anyone have a link to the APK? I signed up but the download link is borked.

    • Colton

      I had to click it like 10 times and it finally started

      • Peter

        That was very annoying…I ended up debugging the tab on my desktop to launch the download handler….

        • Colton

          Yeah it took a bit to get it to work then I found out it doesn’t work with rooted phones anyway. smh

  • I don’t get the contextual launcher craze. I know where icons are on my launcher, and I often launch apps without looking at my phone. If the icons are moving all over the place, that’s actually a problem rather than a solution for me.

    (yes, I realize have other preferences, not saying you’re just, just giving voice to mine)

    • Would 100% agree with you. I know where things are on my phone. If they are changing and moving around constantly, that’s confusing and not something I want.

      • digitalicecream

        Having used Aviate for awhile now, I’m very accustomed to having the right icons front and center depending on where I am or what I’m doing. like anything else, it takes a little getting used to. But it is actually pretty cool not to go three pages deep for an app.

        • TheDrizzle

          Agreed. Aviate implements the “smart launcher” very well. Your apps are organized and stay where you put them, but it also gives you a group of apps based on where you are. I really love using Aviate.

    • j

      Agreed. I can take the 30 seconds to organize the apps that I want up front. I don’t need things changing, or some algorithm thinking it knows best and bring up some stupid app just because I used it a couple times.

    • James

      Right with you on that one. I haven’t looked closely at the permissions on these apps, but they strike me as a good way to data mine for the companies involved.

  • Michael

    Using a samsung device to promote their app?

    • JSo

      I’d be embarrassed of the Nokia X too if I were them.

      • JLIT99

        The Nokia X is from the part of Nokia which ended up in Microsoft.

        This is the part which remained as Nokia.

    • ovi

      I guess this is what’s left of Nokia, not that Nokia that was bought by MS.

    • Grayson

      Yeah, they should have at least used a Nexus. Google isn’t so much thought of as a direct competitor to Nokia as Samsung is, not to mention Nexus devices don’t have any branding on the front.