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Google Now Launcher Now Available to All Android 4.1+ Devices

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A new update is rolling out to the Google Now Launcher, making it available to just about all devices running Android 4.1+. That’s right, if you have been frustrated at the lack of compatibility for Google’s own launcher with top devices, you can finally relax.

For those new to the Google Now Launcher, think of it as the name suggests, a simple launcher that allows you to easily access Google Now. With the GNL as your launcher, Google Now can be accessed with a swipe from left-to-right. It’s also buttery smooth, gives that stock Android look, and has extra large icons for those needing a pixel explosion. To see it in action, check out Google’s new promo video for the launcher below.

The update just went live for all today, so go grab it. 

Update:  Google made the news official – all Android 4.1+ devices are supported.

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  • ;P

    Sweet.

  • rsquaredg

    Installed and then uninstalled. Too much time to rebuild all of my screens in Gnow. Like them the way they are on my Touchwiz interface on my Note III.

  • jim

    ill stick with Nova

  • shecalledmejay

    I wonder if Nova can just add this feature into their launcher

  • sk3litor

    is it just me or does google look very childish? well i guess ios does too. the icons and what not .it all looks like baby toys

  • Raffi Arabian

    After installing Launcher, My Direct dial Widget is not working, it says app not installed…. I’m currently using a Galaxy S4 running Android Version 4.4.2… Can anyone help?

    • Tom Kemp

      Same issue…Samsung Note 2 with KitKat 4.4.2, Verizon. It’ bad enough since KitKat was installed the bluetooth system in my car can no longer assist with placing calls, now my shortcut doesn’t work.

  • http://blog.sudhirkhanger.com/ Sudhir Khanger

    Is it just me or the Google Now Launcher makes Google Music widget go 3×1 instead of 4×1?

  • ScoobySnack

    How is this different from my stock Nexus 7 launcher? Should I install? Or is this for non-nexus devices?

    • Aboud Scott

      It was meant for the non nexus devices.. nexus 7 already comes with Google Now Launcher..

      • Jprime

        No it doesn’t

        • mike

          YES it does as does the nexus 5.

          • Adrynalyne

            Nobody was talking about the Nexus 5…

          • Jprime

            i have a nexus 7 and i had to download it from the play store

  • miri

    Does anyone still have the wallpaper bug where if you reboot half the wallpaper gets blacked out? Happens on both my Nexus 7 and Moto X (Though, not with the stock or live wallpapers).

  • Bryan

    I tried it out on my Moto X. It wasn’t for me. It looks cartoony and there was some occasional lag when leaving the Google Now screen, scrolling in the app drawer, and exiting to the home screen. With Google Now just a “swipe up from Home” away, swiping from the left to get to it didn’t gain anything for me.

    • Leon Borin

      try turn off hotword detection for best performance

    • KleenDroid

      Everybody with a moto x seems to say it looks terrible.

      Is it the low resolution on the x?

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Makes me miss my Nexus 5 just a little bit less while I use a Moto G.. Just a little bit though

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    You still can’t use icon packs with it.

    • John

      Try Trebuchet from Cyanogenmod. It has the same ui yet more customisation but no Google Now.

  • Pam Oakea

    Works on the LG G3 but you lose the ability to “knock off“ your screen. Knock on works as long as you are using stock lock screen. :(

    • Elliot Kim

      You can “knock off” by double tapping the notification bar when using GNL.

  • Allyn K C

    Okay, I’m new to GNL, still playing around with it … for those more experienced – am I correct that it only supports having apps and widgets on the homescreen? no shortcuts? I can’t seem to see a way to add those. I like many of the features, but without shortcuts, it takes away a little piece of Android that I would miss too much to give up.

    • crazed_z06

      Like I said, this launcher is actually pretty plain. I understand the appeal to people who are like, “OMG STOCK ANDROID”, but honestly, it’s kinda bland.. not many features at all.

    • KleenDroid

      Yes you can make shortcuts.

  • Chris Wallace

    Now I don’t have to sideload it on my G3 anymore..

  • Linc

    Works on my g3

  • crazed_z06

    This launcher is kinda boring. No pinch to zoom, etc… Going back to Nova

  • Michael Chediak

    Says that it’s not compatible with my G3

    • Charlie

      ?? i just downloaded it onto my G3, it installed, and it works fine. (try using the direct link above. when i did a search in Play Store, it didn’t come up – but, clicking the direct link took me to it and allowed me to install.)

      when i initially got my G3, that was one of my biggest gripes – that i couldn’t use GNL. but, i gotta say, i have really become accustomed to LG’s Home launcher. i definitely don’t use the “swipe left” G notifications/smart tips screen (where Google Now is on the GNL), but i like the launcher in many other respects. the bigger grid is nice, altho it is bothersome that i can’t resize some of the 4×1 widgets to 5×1, so they stretch across the whole screen. adding more shortcuts to the launcher tray, and adding more functions to the navigation bar is pretty handy.

      i have been a pretty vocal opponent to OEM skins, but i gotta say that LG’s skin is really pretty well done.

      • Michael Chediak

        I got it to finally download, and I must admit, I prefer the LG ui on my G3 better.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Wow…just tried to download this on my oneplus 2 hours ago… and was annoyed, started looking for the Apk…I guess I’m good now. Thank you BASEDGOOGLE

  • gorkon

    Bzzt. Wrong. Galaxy Note 3 can’t see it.

    • gorkon

      Direct link worked though.

  • chris125

    Doesn’t work on my tab s…

  • GS5

    Same problem as if it were sideloaded onto a Galaxy S5…turn on/off ultra power saving mode, then you lose all your homescreen layouts/shortcuts.

    • Rob Platt

      I was just wondering.. damn. You saved me from having to rebuild my homescreen.

  • Ryan Dombroski

    Doesn’t work on the Moto X

    • Damian

      Works on mines…..

      • Ryan Dombroski

        Now it works I had to restart my phone before it would download

    • Silver Veloz

      I didn’t like the way it looked on MotoX. I will try it on my Nexus 7 (2013) when I get home later.

  • JSo

    I got this update about 20 minutes ago and was wondering what the changes were. I figured Droid-Life would report on it so I waited. lol

  • morteum

    I’ll stick with Nova. The icons look like garbage on my Moto X with GNL.

    • PoisonApple31

      Nova all the way! Icons are hilariously big with GNL and there is so much jank!!!

    • fallenyogi

      It looked good on my old M7 but the Moto X’s on-screen nav buttons make it too crowded. Everything is too close together on the Moto X’s app drawer. I wish it took that kind of stuff into account and spaced it better.

    • XvierX

      You can use icon packs with GNL if you download Beautiful Icon styler from the play store. I’m using the Lumos icon pack with it and it looks good.

  • Eric James Salcido

    Wait, So GEL=GNL?

    • cadtek91

      Yep, long time ago.

  • Daistaar

    Now that’s how you go off into the weekend! Have a great Weekend Droid-Life!

  • http://plus.google.com/+TaylorGregory Taylor Gregory

    I’ve had this sideloaded since XDA was able to rip it from the Nexus 5….

    I guess the plus side is that it will auto update once I download it from Google Play.

    • Paul Hansen

      Me too on my G3

    • HarvesterX

      I think I’ve had this on my G2 since it was ripped as well…just never used it for more than an hour at a time. Not sure why I leave it in every ROM that I flash. I always go through and delete all the crap I don’t want before flashing but for some reason I feel compelled to leave this one in even though I never use it… (I even delete LGHome.apk and LGHome.odex (and themes) as they arr NEVER used. I leave the hone selector app installed though for quick access for changing the default (which almost always comes back to being Nova)

  • Michael Kane

    Mmmmm