Google Now Launcher hits the Play Store, only supports Nexus and GPE devices, unless you're into sideloading
posted by Michael H. / Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 PM
The best two features of the Google Now Launcher are, not surprisingly, ways to access Google Now/Google Search faster. If you have a supported device, and you were to install the Google Now Launcher, Google Now itself would permanently fit itself to the left of your default homescreen. And, if you want to get at Google Search, you just have to say "OK Google" when you're on your homescreen. The launcher can even import your homescreen setup from your current launcher if you want.
As we noted, if you have either a Nexus device or a GPE device, you'll be able to install the Google Now Launcher directly from the Play Store. Otherwise, you can try sideloading the APK and hoping for the best. Sideloading doesn't necessarily work with every device. We can say that the launcher works on the Moto X, and reports say it works on the LG G2, and the HTC One. However, it doesn't seem to work on the Samsung Galaxy S III or S4. So, let us know if it works for you.
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It does not work on the GFlex
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 5:07 PM 1
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Google Now does not permanently fit itself to the left of the home screen. It can be disabled from its own settings, along with the battery-killer to listen for "OK, Google".
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 5:08 PM 0
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Its not a battery killer if the device has a SoC with a companion core. Qualcomm 800 and newer. Or the X8. In the future Qualcomm will release a kit to customize the companion core so that an advanced user can decide what feature they want set to be used by the low power chip.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 8:53 PM 0
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Works fine on Note 3, but i prefer touchwiz.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 5:12 PM 3
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not sure hw it is on the Note 3, but it Google Now Launcher is not as smooth on my Galaxy Mega and my Galaxy Light. Touchwiz launcher is a lot smoother. So yeah. same boat. I prefer Touchwiz, too. But man... I really hope my phones will get the new Touchwiz launcher with "Okay Google" feature like on the S5. I doubt they will ever get it though.
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 6:20 PM 1
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What's the point of having it on playstore if it only works on Nexus and GPE devices? Those devices already have google launcher preloaded if upgraded to KitKat!
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 5:15 PM 1
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I wish I could install in on my Droid Ultra without a side load of the launcher. That would of been a bit better or at least change the launcher of the droid launcher and let me keep the droid command center
posted on Feb 26, 2014, 8:22 PM 0
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