Google Experience launcher staying as Nexus 5 exclusive for now

Google Experience launcher staying as Nexus 5 exclusive for now
Before the Nexus 5 was released and Android 4.4 announced, we thought that maybe Google was setting up to release the "Google Experience launcher" into the Play Store. After the Nexus 5 was released, it looked like the launcher could come as part of the Google Search app updates. But, Google has confirmed that at least for now, the Google Experience launcher will stay as a Nexus 5 exclusive.

And, to be clear, Google wasn't saying it would be a Nexus exclusive, but specifically exclusive to the Nexus 5 itself. The idea is that Google wants to give users a reason to upgrade to the new phone and not just wait on the software update to get the feature on an older device. Of course, Google also left the door open, and said that the Google Experience launcher could be brought to the Nexus 4 and could even be released into the Play Store eventually. 

Google says that it wants to see how users react to the new launcher before deciding on whether it will be brought to other devices or released into the Play Store. Although it seems from his tone that Google's Matias Duarte expects a bright future for the launcher, because he said it is "the single most exciting thing for Nexus 5". If others feel the same, it's fairly likely that Google will bring it to other devices. 

source: The Verge

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17 Comments

1. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

They want to keep the launcher only on the Nexus 5 so people buy the phone yet they don't advertise it, give a release date or even a press conference for it lol

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

And yet Google is still sold out of all models and I still haven’t received mine. So basically what you’re saying is that if they held a press conference or advertised it the chances of getting one would be better? Google did not need some overblown press conference. They need help in making more product because their selling like hotcakes.

8. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Selling out doesnt always mean they sold a lot. Could just mean they didnt make a lot. Kinda like the 2nd gen surface. Im pretty sure they made less inventory than last time, also KINDA same as iphone, make less so it seems you sold a lot. And you said " So basically what you’re saying is that if they held a press conference or advertised it the chances of getting one would be better? " that doesnt make any sense to what he/she said. He/she never said anything about the availability of the phone.

9. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Exactly ty

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I personally prefer the old Jelly Bean-style launcher. Transparent bars are nice, though.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That's weird, I currently have gel installed on my s3 and nn7

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow so somehow my phone is a Nexus 5 now, LOL.

6. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

But the launcher is all over the net who needs it on the play store. Lol

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Another bad move after the galaxy nexus affair… so now when we buy a nexus not only do we know that it won't be updated for more than 18 months, but also that it's not true anymore that it will always have the latest android version. Yes, it will have it, but not with all the features… just like apple does with the iphone. With these two moves, Google has just destroyed one of the major selling points of the Nexus phones and tablets.

11. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

its not android, its just a launcher. my guess is, google is trying to create a proprietary launcher/skin that google have control over since android is free and open.

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

We knew about googles device life since the nexus one was discontinued. And again we saw the nexus s die. The galaxy nexus being end of lifed was no surprise.

10. Sadman_Hossain

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

13. 1701nino unregistered

Wait what?I have a nexus 4,what does this mean?When we get kita kat,will it look different or some features won't work.I don't get it.

14. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

And yet, there's still a link to side load it on this website.

15. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

http://m.blogs.computerworld.com/android/23092/kitkat-exclusive-nexus-5?mm_ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F What are you talking about?? Of course at some point you can't update old devices because there's a hardware demand. Part of the launcher requires a low energy cpu that can operate "always on mic", like sd800.

16. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The fact that 4.4 is optimized for lower specs means more devices will be able to run it, but there's also parts that requires higher end specs. So, it make sense to break up the OS; The core will still be the same.

17. 1701nino unregistered

Still that doesn't justify why they won't include the new launcher.

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