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Nokia releases Z Launcher Beta for free - grab it now from the Play Store

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Nokia releases Z Launcher Beta for free - grab it now from the Play Store
Nokia has announced the public release of its Z Launcher beta. It is now available on the Google Play store for anyone to download and try out.

The Z Launcher was originally announced back in June. It is an innovative solution from Nokia's emerging platforms group, which aims to omit the use of multiple home screens. The launcher only has one page, which displays a list of apps that it "thinks" you might need for the particular time of day. Of course, as with every prediction-based app – this one will need some time, before its guesses get more accurate.

Secondly, the launcher allows users to look for specific apps by scribbling letters on the screen. For example – if you are looking for the "calculator" app, just scribble a "c" anywhere over the screen, and you will be presented with a list of apps, starting with the letter. Typing out a second character (in our case - "a") will further narrow down the list of choices.

How useful would that be in real life? We are unsure really... Is it faster to finger-type a couple of letters and then click your app, or to just scroll through a couple of screens and choose it that way – it will probably be a matter of preference between users. We would say that it definitely sounds like a more viable option for tablets (and Nokia's just-announced N1 will come with the Z Launcher pre-loaded), since users often operate these with 2 hands, whereas scribbling on the phone with just one's thumb doesn't sound as comfortable.

Want to test it out and tell us what you think? Download link here.

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posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:29 3

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Nokia Z >

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:43 1

17. sgodsell (Posts: 4416; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its been free since day one. There are much better launchers out there then this one.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 09:23

23. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


This, and Sony's Xperia launcher, seem to be the only unbloated ones.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:31 3

2. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


The real nokia... without trojan horse!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:59 2

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Heheh....lol

+N1

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:33 1

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Awesomeeeeee.....

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:33

4. souvikroy1111 (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Not available in India -_-

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:37

5. sip1995 (Posts: 1644; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And still NOT available to the rest of the world....jeeez

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:47

19. GROBARIZACIJA (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


try w vpn

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:38

6. kent-gaga (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i need apk please

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:40

7. sip1995 (Posts: 1644; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Why, if you don't have play store on your phone...just search Nokia z launcher apk and you may find it..

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 00:38

25. kent-gaga (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


it's not available where i live and most of the world

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:03 9

8. steodoreben (Posts: 354; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Nokia: I'm back bitches!

Microsoft: *mouth wide open

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:09

9. hypertonik (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)


Grab it? Why?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:17 4

10. thanhabz (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


the nokia is back again
i love nokia

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:26

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:00 1

13. trung_ero (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Good but it's quite hard to get used to

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:10 3

14. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm glad Nokia hasn't given up.

Grats Nokia!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:38 3

16. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Nokia does not give up.
What are you taking about?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:15 1

15. sherkhan (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Tried on my Z and Z3... Works flawlessly but takes time to get used to

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:20

18. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 304; Member since: 13 May 2014)


It's not my style. I prefer Nova launcher or stock google launcher.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:05 1

21. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


At the very least, this is a good indicator that Nokia still wants to differentiate itself. Had they gone Android 4 years ago like we all wish, this might be the result.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 17:09

24. dimas (Posts: 2451; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I like the simplicity of this launcher. Gonna try it on my z3 compact after the beta testing.

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