How to install the new Google launcher and apps from Android 4.4 KitKat (keyboard, Hangouts, camera, wallpapers)

How to install the new Google launcher and apps from Android 4.4 KitKat (keyboard, Hangouts, camera, wallpapers)
The new Google Experience Launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat comes with a bunch of improvements over the previous stock version. There is a new color scheme, new icons, new default apps and new functionalities like the ability to evoke Google Now with a simply swipe gesture on the homescreen. 

Wallpapers go full screen now, and if you sport something like the Nexus 5, you will be able to call Voice Search directly from the homescreen by just speaking out "OK, Google". If you are interested to take it for a spin, here are the three APKs you have to download and install:

If Google Search force closes on you when you try to use it, try changing the search language, reboot, start the new launcher, then go back to the language of choice you had initially. Users are reporting the least troubles with this procedure on the Note 3, so if you are a lucky owner, you can give it a try.

As for the new Hangouts app that threads your IM, text and MMS messages together, the new 25% more accurate Google Now, the new keyboard with Emoji, the new Camera app and the wallpaper collection, click on the links below to get them:

source: Phandroid via XDA-Devs (GEL) & Phandroid (Hangouts v2)



1. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Works on Gnex and Nexus 4 FYI. Not sure about anything else, but I've heard good things across the board.

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Works okay-ish with the LG G2, too. Doesn't seem to work on the LG G Pro.

3. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Optimus LTE2 also does not work... maybe it's because my phone's android version is 4.1.2?

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Works on my l9 and nexus 4.

40. austinp

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

how did you get the launcher to work on the l9? it says "sorry google search has stopped" when opening the launcher

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Works well on GS3 i9300 SlimBean 4.3.1 build 2 Also installed the new Google keyboard - it's awesome!! :)

5. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Working on the Xperia ZL.

6. MrKharming

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

The Launcher isnt working on the Moto HD , however Hangouts work great they just need to clean it up a lil bit .

7. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

no notceable dffrence for me :D waiting for the new touchwiz and sense 6.0

8. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

everything working g8 :D

9. GeekMovement unregistered

i'm not sure if im missing something, but the icons look pretty similar to me maybe a tiny change, but not much.

10. khaledmh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Works fine on my HTC One

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Everything works but the Google Now Voice Search. I changed the language to Spanish (luckily I know how to speak it), rebooted, and changed it back to English. Didn't work at all. Anyone having the same problem? T-Mobile (t999) Galaxy S3 LiquidSmooth v2.10 Android 4.3.

12. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Everything works fine on galaxy i9305 rXTREME rom

14. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Just downloaded everything, but Google Search crashes. Now that I've switched and use the iPhone 5S as my daily driver, I can see how laggy my Nexus 4 actually is. Hopefully the official KitKat update can fix this.

15. jskates420

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 29, 2013

Haha this guy,works flawless on my epic 4g touch which is older then the nexus 4.

16. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

So far hangouts and Google now keep force closing on my Note 3

34. MOH23

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2013

Yo Mr. White For Google now u just have to change your language from english US to ENglish UK or some other. It crashes in English US. Dont know about hangouts doesnt crash on my s4

17. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

The only thing I have a problem with is the Google Now search for voice still has problems with crashing on my Droid Ultra, anyone know the work around it for now?

18. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

This may sound crazy but the launcher actually launches apps twice as fast on my note 2

37. PhillipCabral

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

same here

19. pmg1997

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Google now works, but Home launcher is not working, keeps saying Google search is not working?. Maybe, has to do with Sony home launcher? Have not tried the other ones. BTW, I have a Sony xperia z.

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

same here and I have a Droid Ultra, might just be that the Google Search is not meant for the phones yet at the moment. Just going to uninstall it and just wait for the whole thing to come out, the hangout, camera, google now is fine at the moment for me

21. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Install PreBuildGmsCore, Velvet and Google Home and it should work.

24. jaymrock

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

doesnt work for xperia z

42. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Did the installations for it but the Google Search has problems with crashing when trying to do a voice search for something. I will try again to see if it can help with the fix but if not then I will just wait again for the actual build to come in.

28. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Same issue here with the Xperia S. Google Search crashes or something making Google Home unusable.

22. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Will it support GB devices..?

32. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Is this some kind of joke?

23. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Works fine on my stock S4 4.2.2

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