Remember when the launcher on the Nexus 5 turned into the Google Now Launcher? We told you at the time that its appearance on the Play store as an app for everyone was likely imminent as it included a way to import settings from your old launcher. Guess what? It arrived today, though it’s not yet for everyone just yet.
The app is indeed just like the launcher that exclusively launched with the Nexus 5 in that it makes Google Now only a swipe away. If turned on, a simple swipe from the left will bring over Google Now, so that you can keep track of your life.
At this time, the listing claims that it is only available for Nexus or Google Play Edition devices running Android 4.4. So yes, the Nexus 10 and 7 can now officially enjoy this new beautiful launcher.
When using our phones, we want to be able to perform certain tasks very fast, such as switching between apps or controlling system settings. For most users, you can press on the recent apps button and switch between whatever app you want or just pull down your notification bar and handle system settings with the preset toggles. There are users out there that don’t have that luxury though or others just want to do it much faster, and for them, there is a new app called Quickr – Action Launcher. (more…)
If the Plain Jane Android homescreen isn’t your taste, then we are sure you have already downloaded and tried out Themer from MyColorScreen. If you have not, it’s a simple launcher replacement app that automatically gives your phone an entirely new look and feel. If you don’t feel like spending countless hours constantly changing your homescreen’s appearance, then it will be perfect for you. (more…)
An update hit Nova Launcher today, which brings it to version 2.3. Inside the update is a big changelog, full of Kit Kat goodies and features. For starters, the scroll indicator from Kit Kat has been added, as well as Kit Kat style folders. Keep in mind, if you had been a part of the beta test group, then you will have seen some of these features for a little while now. Regardless, if you are a fan of custom launchers and enjoy Android 4.4, you will want to grab this update. (more…)
When it comes to third party launchers for Android, there are plenty of options, but you will find that the majority of users probably stick to either Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, or Apex Launcher. Again, there are a ton of options out there, but you get the idea. Action Launcher has cost a few dollars since its release, but for those who want to try this great launcher without paying a premium, a free version is now available on Google Play. (more…)
While the Google Experience Launcher found on the Nexus 5 is great, and adds quick access to Google Now among other nice features, it isn’t very customizable. Grid size options are non existent, adding and removing additional homescreen pages is a pain, so at times it can be a big downer. A developer has released a new version of the launcher called KitKat Launcher+. With this launcher, users can tweak the grid size, add and remove pages without having to place widgets or icons on the page, plus you can hide the Google Search bar. It’s definitely worth a look if you need more options for your launcher. (more…)
Google Search received a big update this evening to version 3.1.8, bringing with it a gang of new features. The crown jewel for most users will be the ability to use the official Google Experience Launcher that comes stock on the Nexus 5, plus its always-listening search capabilities and fancy animations to boot. But keep in mind, you will also need to download the Home apk from the Nexus 5 dump for that feature to work. You can download the additional apk and sideload it right here. (more…)
After the launch of Kit Kat, it was unclear exactly when the developers behind popular third party launcher apps would update their offerings to allow users not on the Nexus 5 to take advantage of that sexy new “translucent” look that Google introduced in Android 4.4. Well, the developer behind Nova Launcher has gone ahead and updated the beta version of Nova, allowing users to get a transparent look, while also taking advantage of custom icon packs. (more…)