Google's Now Launcher updated with Material Design, takes the Lollipop look to every Android handset

Google's Now Launcher updated with Material Design, takes the Lollipop look to every Android handset
Google's own Now Launcher in the Play Store used to mimic the graphical design of whatever version of Android your particular handset is running when you install it, but with the latest update to the app this is no more. Going forward, those who are primed to use the official Google Now launcher, and the Search app that is its core component, will be looking at Lollipop's Material Design language, regardless of which Android version they are running.

The Search field that stays at the top of the Google Now launcher has turned white, as it went with the latest Android 5.0, and there are new animations. Other than those you won't be noticing much head-on visual changes. The Google Now section, however, has been updated with a panel that can be swiped in from the left, allowing you to change the launcher's settings, quickly move between accounts, and set reminders.


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20 Comments

1. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Still not as beautiful and functional as Xperia Launcher!

3. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

But much smoother than xperia launcher.

4. Cyagocaliz unregistered

I bet you've never used Xperia Launcher.

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I bet you've never used HTC launcher.

8. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Htc sense is one of the best

13. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I bet you've never used TW launcer.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I prefer the HTC launcher....

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LOL NO. Xperia launcher is actually BOTH FASTER and SMOOTHER than GNL.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

i like the new update it also updated the text to voice more accurate now.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice. Treat for old version users.

6. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Wow awesome......

9. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"regardless of which Android version they are running" "Available on all devices with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or later" per Google Play.

10. ChenHui88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Got it, and I have to say I'm not a big fan of the new white background of the app drawer

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I was a bit taken aback at first, but I think I prefer it now. The semi transparent black background of the previous version was clear enough to occasionally cause some confusion when I open the app drawer over some widgets, particularly the Google Calendar widget when taking up the full display and filled with various colored events. With the new one this isn't an issue. It was a small gripe, but it was one that's no longer an issue with the new launcher.

11. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

thats why i was amazed by its look when it updated yesterday.

12. andhraking17

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Phonearena you are becoming too slow in postings.... This update was availabe from yesterday onwards.

17. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

I am toying with the GN launcher....but I like and use NOVA at the momment.

18. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Still wish I could change the icon size, they too big on my Droid Ultra and takes up most of the space. If they fix that then I would be using it over the other launchers since it runs faster than them on my phones.

20. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Still no Lollipop animation. That white background app drawer is useless without the Lollipop animation.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think you might just be stuck having to wait for your phone to get the 5.0 update before you get the animations.

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