Google Now Launcher available for all devices running Android 4.1+
posted by Michael H. / Aug 01, 2014, 10:24 PM
The Google Now Launcher is mostly a stock experience, but there are a few very nice extra features, which are (obviously) focused on Google Now. First of all, Google Now gets a permanent home to the left of your main homescreen, which is surprisingly convenient, even if you usually use the quick access gesture of dragging up from the home button. The other nice feature is being able to use the "OK Google" hotword from any of your homescreens to automatically trigger voice commands.
As for the smaller features, you can import your homescreen layout from any other launcher, and the status and navigation bars are translucent to really let your wallpaper pop. The app description also gives some features like "easy access to your favorite Google products" and having access to a dedicated search box, but those are pretty silly given that any launcher could offer the same.
Download: Google Now Launcher
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"The other nice feature is being able to use the "OK Google" hotword from any of your homescreens to automatically trigger voice commands. " You can use the hot word anywhere, not just the home screens.
posted on Aug 01, 2014, 10:59 PM 1
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Now that's awesome. IMO Every play store app should be compatible with android 4.1+, It has the largest share currently. Ofcourse, some app features must be stripped off in case of API incompatability on older android versions.
posted on Aug 01, 2014, 11:44 PM 0
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Hmm, it transformed my Xperia Z1 Compact into a Nexus device. Who needs Nexus anymore?
posted on Aug 02, 2014, 10:18 AM 1
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I transformed my xperia V. Sony's widgets are not working, though. If you miss the wonderful clock widget get this:https://play.google.com/store/
posted on Aug 03, 2014, 5:57 AM 0
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