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

0. phoneArena posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:44

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's what you have to do install it, courtesy of XDA-Devs...

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posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:48

1. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:57 1

2. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:08

3. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:54

13. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Works on my l9 and nexus 4.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:32

40. austinp (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:11 1

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Works well on GS3 i9300 SlimBean 4.3.1 build 2

Also installed the new Google keyboard - it's awesome!! :)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:20 2

5. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Working on the Xperia ZL.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:28

6. MrKharming (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:53

7. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 854; Member since: 11 May 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:26

8. ashisharbola (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

everything working g8 :D

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:26

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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:31

10. khaledmh (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

Works fine on my HTC One

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:43

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:49

12. lallolu (Posts: 566; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Everything works fine on galaxy i9305 rXTREME rom

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:59

14. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 10:42

15. jskates420 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:46

16. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:08

34. MOH23 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:56

17. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:58

18. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 03:56

37. PhillipCabral (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

same here

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 13:01

19. pmg1997 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 13:44

20. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 14:38 1

21. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:44

24. jaymrock (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

doesnt work for xperia z

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 13:22

42. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:44

28. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 14:40

22. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)

Will it support GB devices..?

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 21:07

32. yowanvista (Posts: 341; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Is this some kind of joke?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 17:07

23. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

Works fine on my stock S4 4.2.2

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