How to get the new Google Now launcher on any Android phone or tablet


Google just released its new stock launcher in the Play Store, but it appears for download only on Nexus devices, and those Google Play Edition flagships you may or may not have. Fret not, as you can obtain the goodies that come with the Google Now Launcher on any Android device, too, though if you are running a custom ROM, you might experience some hiccups.

1. First off, you have to download the latest version of Search, and have it preinstalled on the gear, as it's an integral part of the experience.
2. Download the Google Now Launcher, and sideload it as an APK file, if you have anything different than the abovementioned Nexus and GPe devices.
3. Say "OK, Google", and start bothering the Mountain View brainiacs with quirky questions.

source: WillVerduzko (XDA-Devs)

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50 Comments

1. papss unregistered

I hate the way 4.4 looks stock. Looks very generic to me. I can't wait to see what other mfg's do with their skins though.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I honestly love it to the point that dark themes seem too dull for me

47. Joseph170

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

i have just just switched form iphone 5, to a moto g and well, i think its better and i love the black theme, but everything gets old after a while, i hated the look of ios 1-6 but i really liked ios 7 and i think that's why i love the colorfulness of this launcher, also anyone wondering from everyday use theres like zero difference in performance from the iphone 5 to moto g for me, only thing thats not as good is app load time, like playing csr racing the little loading circle freezes a bit but then it plays fine afterwards.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Seriously, setting all bias aside... I haven't seen a version of Android that doesn't remind me of my old WinMo device from last decade... ..................... It's good for some people, and I'm sure it performs well, but I have to have a more modern looking, organized, and functioning OS on my device.. But, that's just my opinion.. Not trying to bash Android, but that's just what I see when I navigate through Android..

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ever wonder why most wm users went android and stayed there even after wp was on market for eons? Now, you know why, cause we can use it, an style it to our whim, not Have to endurr forced tile crap.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Loving my typos today (And not have to endure forced tile crap)

11. papss unregistered

You must be using android while typing

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

My human side of multi tasking failed, not so much the equipment in my hands. I errored. So are you saying you and rod never let a typo post of your wp handsets? That would hold as much water as Rod or you being unbiased. C'mon.

25. papss unregistered

Just giving it back to the other side of fanboys

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You say something??.. I think most people on PA are interested in WP.. They might be coming back to the forced tile crap... Lol!............. ........http://www.phonearena.com/news/Poll-results-Which-manufacturers-flagship-are-you-looking-forward-to-the-most-in-2014_id51988

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Most people on PA are intrested in WP? I don't think so, they are intrested at Nokia.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, a Nokia without a OS... Ok.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Perfect, same hardware inside could rock a fuller more complete os, then whats currently on it.

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!!! Give it up dude.. In case you haven't noticed a Lumia device is ONLY a WP device, so if you're interested in a Lumia then you're interested in WP, or you're about to make the worst purchase of your life... Or, are you talking about the NX?.. That's the Nokia device you're saying everyone is interested in more than anything?.. ????

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You just figured that out? Cheers, wp is for you.

22. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Aside from the programs list, nothing about Android mirrors the saddest OS in history, winmob

23. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Install any launcher you like. I prefer Nova Prime. And I don't know what WinMo device you were using, but as a WinMo user for many years I never saw one that looked like any Android home screen.

24. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

ok we get it, you love wp. can you not post on every single article that you love your wp? its getting annoying really and dude i know you over from wpcentral and i get the culture there but the same thing doesn't apply here. guys here (mostly) love all platforms and tech in general

26. papss unregistered

Right.. Looking at the hate WP gets on here is staggering.. also if he chooses to post in every WP article so be it.. I'm pretty sure he can do that

31. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Doesn't mean that it ain't annoying. And its fanboys like you who see wp hate comments. Non-sheeps here love tech in general that includes windows phone. There are valid criticisms and worthy opinions like your first post there and there are worship comments like his posts in this site. And again, this isn't a wp-praise site so don't force the culture here. That's the only thing i hate about mobile nation sites - most of them there are sheeps about there os if choice (yes including android central)

32. papss unregistered

And again ill say anything because its my opinion and its just as valid as yours. not all comments by me or any other fanboy is all bias. There's a reason every other WP related article gets ran up to 4-5 pages of comments .

37. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Care to read the comments again if they aren't bias? And they sure as hell are annoying and never really foster meaningful discussion. Wp articles get many comments because you guys feel the need to defend it even if there is nothing to argue about.Plus this article isn't even remotely connected to wp. The only reason we are arguing about it is he brought it up, which he does on most non-wp articles.

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Why do they defend it? because android boys go in and well....welcome to PA. In other words derrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

2. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing this article.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm running it right now on the Nexus 4. While the always on listening (when in home screen) and easy swype for cards is cool, and it's as fluid as anything, it's quite limited compared to ActionLauncher, and you lose the innovative swype-over-icon functions. Luckily for us however, if you run the Google Now Launcher over the Action Launcher, you still retain your side swype bars, so I use this 'Action Now' hybrid for the moment. Ideal would be simply adding always-listening function to AL.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Google ftw! Happy Nexus guy.

17. rohanlbpsingh

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

not working on galaxy Note 2 ...Shows the error..There was a Parassing error....

21. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Same issue on my Galaxy S2... Any fix???

27. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You need 4.4 to make it work as well, do you have it?

48. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Then why its mentioned on ALL Android??? & i have 4.1.2.... Very Bad PA..

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