Google Search update has the Google Experience launcher inside

Google Search update has the Google Experience launcher inside
There has been ongoing speculation about the new Google Experience launcher that is found on the Nexus 5. There has been speculation that because the new launcher is really just the Google Search app that Google would bring the launcher to more devices. Unfortunately, Google has specifically said that the new Google Experience launcher will be exclusive to the Nexus 5, at least for now.

Well, the Google Search app is getting an update right now that brings with it the Google Experience launcher. Of course, just because the code is in the app doesn't mean you can use it. In theory, if you were to install the Launcher.apk from Android 4.4, you should be able to use the new Experience launcher, but it may not work on all devices. We've tested it out on a Nexus 10, and it does work, although it is a bit sluggish moving through homescreens. Although interestingly, the update does fix the layout of the launcher on tablets, which at least proves Google is getting ready to expand the launcher to more devices. 

The update is rolling out to all Android devices running 4.1 or higher, and in addition to the Experience launcher, it also has some other updates. There are three new Google Now cards - news topic, what to watch, and a card that tracks changes on a website you're interested in. There are new notifications for traffic accidents that have been reported in Waze, options to repeat reminders, notifications for in-store pick-up of packages, and support for rugby scores. 

If you want to try out the launcher, the download links for that are at the second source.

source: Android Police 1 & 2

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6 Comments

1. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Awesome, putting it on my Gs3!

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Not putting on my S4...no thanks

3. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

"Well, the Google Search app is getting an update right now that brings with it the Google Experience launcher." Actually no, this update only brings the new KitKat search and associated cards to Jelly Bean 4.1+ devices. You'll still need to manually install the apk in order to have the new experience launcher. Misleading title should be fixed.

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Since that's what the sentence directly after what you quoted says, I think it's okay. Also, the title just says the Experience launcher is inside the app, doesn't say you can use it.

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

After I installed those APK, using the Google search became muuuch faster

6. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Still waiting for the update!

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