Google Now Launcher hits the Play Store, only supports Nexus and GPE devices, unless you're into sideloading
17. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
"...but unfortunately, you'll still need to have either a Nexus device or a Google Play Experience device..."
2. Augustine (Posts: 882; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Google Now does not permanently fit itself to the left of the home screen. It can be disabled from its own settings, along with the battery-killer to listen for "OK, Google".
11. magnanimus (Posts: 378; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
I wouldn't count it as a battery killer. How long do you spend on your homescreen. Its pretty insignificant I can assure.
15. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
Its not a battery killer if the device has a SoC with a companion core. Qualcomm 800 and newer. Or the X8.
In the future Qualcomm will release a kit to customize the companion core so that an advanced user can decide what feature they want set to be used by the low power chip.
19. Augustine (Posts: 882; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I noticed longer battery life on my Nexus 5, which has the QCOM 800, when I turned it off.
3. Bootutu (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Works fine on Note 3, but i prefer touchwiz.
12. hurrycanger (Posts: 1469; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
not sure hw it is on the Note 3, but it Google Now Launcher is not as smooth on my Galaxy Mega and my Galaxy Light. Touchwiz launcher is a lot smoother.
So yeah. same boat. I prefer Touchwiz, too.
But man... I really hope my phones will get the new Touchwiz launcher with "Okay Google" feature like on the S5. I doubt they will ever get it though.
4. scsa852k (Posts: 323; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
What's the point of having it on playstore if it only works on Nexus and GPE devices?
Those devices already have google launcher preloaded if upgraded to KitKat!
7. Augustine (Posts: 882; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
No, they don't. The launcher is the one evident thing that's glaringly kept from Jelly Bean.
14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
No, only the Nexus 5 had it, even when other Nexus devices were upgraded to KitKat
5. Ikechukwu (Posts: 158; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
I don't know why I can't leave this sony ui for I second LOL
9. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
It does and has worked fine on my GS3, but its lacks the widgets, options and a sense of continuity found with the stock experience on my phone. I dont like using it as much
10. smacsteve (Posts: 49; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I installed a version from a few weeks ago and it works great on my VZN Note3! I don't understand how it wouldn't work with the Galaxy S4?
13. bwhiting (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)
I wish I could install in on my Droid Ultra without a side load of the launcher. That would of been a bit better or at least change the launcher of the droid launcher and let me keep the droid command center
16. 1701nino (unregistered)
Just installed it yesterday on my nexus 4,finally,this is totally awesome.Woohoo and its tottaly different from stock kit kat before.
21. garlic456 (Posts: 246; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Works on Galaxy Beam (Jelly Bean version)