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Nokia introduces the Android flavored "Z Launcher"

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Nokia introduces the Android flavored
On Thursday, Nokia introduced the Android powered "Z launcher." By writing out letters on the screen instead of typing on a keyboard, you get a list of apps and contacts that is dependent on where you are and what you are doing. On the top of the launcher is a clock and calendar and the usual Android dock is at bottom. In between is the list of apps, contacts and websites that appear after you draw a letter on the screen, using your finger.

Brook Eaton, the lead product manager of Nokia's emerging platforms group, said that the company saw a problem that people were having keeping organized, as more and more apps are downloaded and installed by device users. Instead of putting these apps in folders, Nokia decided to use the home screen for better organization.

The six apps or contacts that appear on the screen at any given time, are based on the time of day it is, your location, and the people you've been recently been talking to, according to your call history. Over time, the "Z Launcher" becomes more predictive. The launcher will be going through a beta test and will only work on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus models. You can download a pre-beta release by clicking on the sourcelink.


source: ZLauncher via TheVerge, AndroidAuthority

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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:18 2

1. elroy (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


This is something i can use. Wonder if it is tablet friendly too

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 15:52

20. boosook (Posts: 1086; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Why don't you just start typing the name of the app you want to open in the google search widget? (Hint: it searches your apps too! :-) )

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:36 1

33. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


in some cases chicken scratching something that vaguely looks like the first letter (maybe that's just me :P ) can be faster than opening keyboard and hitting that letter.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:23

46. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This Nokia Z launcher is tied to bing. No thank you.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:49 3

24. boosook (Posts: 1086; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Guys, you'd bettet read their privacy policy before installing…
https://www.zlauncher.com/privsupp.html
Pay close attention to the sections about which information they collect, and how they use it.…

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 00:22 3

31. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


have YOU ever read Google's privacy policy? :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 01:27 1

32. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I dont think you read the entire thing it took me two seconds to find this :. You may disable the collection of information by changing the settings of the Service.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:19 7

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


So Nokia will continue developing for android phones?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:04 5

9. CyberFalcon (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Nokia coming into the android market is inevitable...

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:21 3

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1288; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Only makes sense. How long do you wait for Windows Phone to make a difference? I haven't heard any exciting and new in a long time when it comes to windows phone. And normally when it does the news dies quickly.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 18:24 5

27. Liveitup (Posts: 1567; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


WP has made a difference . Everyone adopting Flat UI is due to WP influence. I hear exciting news about the OS, maybe you sleep a lot.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 19:14 1

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 3215; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Metro UI has also improve over time. The first Metro UI release in Windows 8 does not support pictures tiles.

Keep claiming the metro is perfect on day one piss me off. However, I still will continue to use some of their products. Sure glad that we have better competition compare to the 90's and the early 2000's.

Technology improvement has basically rocket up post IE domination.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:27

39. dr.c33 (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Man, I am tired of people saying "everyone is converting to Flat UI because of WP's Metro UI". Goddamn, if you cared about anything other than phones, you would know that the flatness in the UI isn't in anyway introduced by Microsoft.

Yes, WP7 and Windows 8 are the first OSes to use a flat UI, because they planned this move earlier than Apple and Google. HOWEVER, the popularity of your "flat" has been on the rrise in modern art and web designs long before WP7 even existed. So excuse you, were you in a coma before WP7 came out?

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:46 2

40. corporateJP (Posts: 1820; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nah, he was living it up under a rock with nothing but a picture of Stephen Elop and a couple of Microsoft products...

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 10:49

44. dr.c33 (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 May 2014)


You, I like you.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:38

42. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


fanboy1974 where have you been ? In a cave ? Under a rock ? WP 8.1 has made a huge difference .

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:23

3. maxmppower (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


it is prettier than aviate.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:27 2

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3696; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Interesting concepts, but having a machine change around what apps are shown is perhaps not the best thing for a lot of people.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:44 5

5. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Nokia finally starting to feel the magic and customizations of Android OS which is good considering that Android is like a v2.0 of rip Symbian OS which is what made Nokia popular, i.e, no restrictions! Android was meant to be used by Nokia, but Nokia deceived it and failed! But Android got some good adoptive parents! Lol!

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:50 6

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3696; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The people who made Nokia could still make an Android phone and it would likely be quite good and quite popular. What becomes of these people over the next few years will be interesting. I hope they get a chance to do something together that is more along the lines of the earlier days of Nokia when it small, innovative, and close to its customers.

It's a shame that Microsoft was never truly broken up by the DOJ as their moribund monoculture of a monopoly is poisoning the world.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:03

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Explain the "monopolistic" nature of Microsoft, with PROOF!

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 15:15 3

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3696; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The world recognizes that Microsoft has monopolies in desktop OS, office apps, and is close to a monopoly in various business information app segments, such as SharePoint. If you spend a few minutes with Google search, you will find plenty of supporting information.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:49

41. corporateJP (Posts: 1820; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


O.o

SMH...rose-colored "windows"...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:41 1

43. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Well just take a look a Google. What do you call this behemoth.

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 06:43

48. elitewolverine (Posts: 2052; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes if MS needs to be broken up, then so does google and android. You call desktop dominance a monopoly, but then fail to even mention that when a company is making 95% of its profits by selling peoples information in the form of ads, that is somehow a good thing...

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:02 5

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ironically enough No nokia x support? O.o

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:08 2

10. tadaa (Posts: 257; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


who developed this? nokia or microsoft mobile?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 02:18

47. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


nokia inc the one in finland

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:10 3

11. tadaa (Posts: 257; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


doesn't support rooted devices. whuuuuuut.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:45 1

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2955; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That's a rude shocker after downloading and installing.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 03:13

35. josephnero (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I used Rootcloak from xposed and checked launcher out.nothing much.Gestures everywhere by femblack works better

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:38 1

13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 850; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


It doesn't even allow me to click Download, guess its due to my GS4 being rooted?
Whatever...

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:17

23. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1217; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


nope did not work on my s3 kitkat unit even when it says it will

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:46

15. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Have on my HTC m8 pretty neat try it for a week

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:48 1

16. seanska (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Have on my Droid Razr Maxx HD for about 3 hours. Seems very cool, but runs a little slow. Not sure if it's because it's beta or hardware limitations on my phone.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:53

17. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 850; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Got it working on my GS4 I9500, despite being rooted! :D

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:16

22. jetlooper (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


please share how you did it?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 17:03

25. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 850; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I just installed it as the guide says. I'm guessing it's not working for those who used Towelroot, I used a very diff root method and it seems it doesn't affect it. :)

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 14:58

18. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


It's fast plus there is an update on it already

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:06

21. jesusnexo (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


How to make it work on rooted devices?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:51

30. elite3d (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Download rootcloak

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 07:56

38. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Rootcloak isnt helping me! :/

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 17:41

26. jetlooper (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Thanks to Tspez_GP for his assistance. I found another way to make this work. Install Rootcloak from the Xposed Modules in the Xposed Framework and add "com.nokia,z" to the first option in the app "Add/remove apps". i had to uninstall z launcher, then reinstall it and then add it to the list of apps in Rootcloak to work for me.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 18:57 3

28. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


this is the path Nokia decided to go, to become a software company, at least for the time being, I wouldn't be surprised if someday this luncher would become a Nokia Apps suit, which would contain all the services Nokia provides, with this luncher.
in addition to that, Nokia is heavily involved with the graphine research, which is a future technology, so building mobile phones is out of its scope, especially that now Chinese phone makers started selling high end specs in a relativly cheap price...I would say Nokia is a visionary company, they would be thinking ten years ahead...my 2 cents

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 02:37

34. DogeShibe (Posts: 942; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I just want them to make a Space Impact,Snake & Bounce sequel :3

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 03:58 1

36. Alex123 (Posts: 227; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Make it available for wp8 please Nokia. I feel boring my live tile now.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 05:20 2

37. gaara6775 (Posts: 511; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Lmao . get android,you won't get bored of customization. If you ever get bored there is a launcher to make android look like wp8 :D

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 13:07

45. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So, the other half of nokia has a better android UI/UX than the one that become microsoft mobile division... this is like a drama...

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