Google Nexus launcher leaks: download and sideload the APK from here

Google is about to redefine the launcher experience on its upcoming Nexus phones with a fairly radical new look: a brand new Google Nexus launcher is coming.

We've already showed you an early look of the new Google Nexus launcher in action recently, but now, a pre-release APK file with the launcher has leaked out and if you're one who likes to tweak and is not afraid of getting their hands dirty with an APK from a shady source, you can experience the new launcher.

For this leaked new Nexus APK, there is a few things that don't work properly: swiping to open Google Now does not work currently, and the app also crashes when you try to change the wallpaper.

With that in mind, the big change comes in the launcher and the way you no longer tap to bring it up, but rather swipe to open the list of all available apps. There's also a new look for folders with a round icon that peeks into the first four apps in that folder.

We don't yet know whether this launcher will come as an exclusive for the new family of Google Nexus devices, but with Google's history of opening up its apps, we guess that the launcher will be made available to Android phones of any kind. You can find the download link right below, but proceed with caution: the source seems trust-worthy, but it's not proven by any means.

source: 9to5Google



1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Using it on my Nexus 6. Gotta say, it's pretty damn snazzy, especially the new drawer animation. I wish Google would get behind the "theme" craze, but this isn't bad at all.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think they will, but it'll be only a little bit at a time. A prime example being the Google Keyboard.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that it's probably best to flash the zip via TWRP recovery. More info on AA. It functions a lot better when you flash it (that sentence didn't sound right).

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If you're rocking a Moto X, this is as close to the new launcher as you'll get.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Do you still use yours or are you using the Nexus 6P and iPhone exclusively now?

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nope, got rid of it. Rocking the Nexus 6P and the iphone.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's cool, though if I were in your position I would have waited for this year's Nexus... unless you have something against HTC.

8. ullokey

Posts: 182; Member since: Jul 28, 2015


11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I get it.

4. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Inspired from Samsung Good Lock

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I was just about to say it runs a lot like Good Lock...maybe someone using Good Lock is running the launcher as well

9. chenski

Posts: 777; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

When my nexus upgrade to nougat I'll get it anyway right so no need to download now

13. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Link is dead :(

14. reaper61616

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Can anyone mirror somewhere?

15. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Downloaded and lovin' it! My HTC Desire Eye ran smoother with it I must say.

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