Install Android M's awesome app drawer on any device you please

Install Android M's awesome app drawer on any device you please
Among the many improvements in Android M is a revamped app drawer that sorts apps alphabetically, keeps a convenient Favorites list dynamically updated, changes horizontal scrolling to vertical, and looks great in white! There's a very easy way for those who want it to get it, and you don't have to root, or buy a Nexus phone and go through the hoops of installing the Android M Developer preview... though if that's what you want to do, there's nothing stopping you from going medieval with a Nexus and adb prompt! 

Still, those who'd rather get the goods the easy and straightforward way only need to install the Google Now launcher, sideload an .apk file, and they'll be good to go. Here, we'll show you all that it takes!

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16 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nope I like the horizontal one better. Shouldnt have changed it at all!

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I'm on M Preview I used it for a couple days and still didn't like it I'm using Nova Prime now

8. waddup121 unregistered

Horozontal one is 5x better!

16. Brewski

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

They changed it TO horizontal. It used to be vertical and then they messed it up. They are just changing it back to when Android was first released, when it was good.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"Awesome"??? It's quite possible the ugliest app drawer I've ever seen.

4. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Just use Nova launcher, you can choose which way you want it to scroll whenever you want.

5. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Nova Launcher. Better than most android skins including Stock android. Google needs to include an option like Nova whether to use horizontal or vertical scrolling for app launcher.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Should have the options of hiding apps, sorting preference and scrolling preference like so many launchers have.

7. GoogleUser101 unregistered

Installed on nexus 5 and wanted it on other phone. Awesome.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

The M launcher is not awesome, though.

10. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

I like vertical scroll.

11. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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12. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Awesome? Hardly. I'll stick with Nova Prime where I can change the color of the background, hide app icons, and add folders.

13. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Im giving it a try, you never know if maybe it will suit you.

14. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Horizontal or vertical as you please - just don't force that "recent apps" column and large alphabet categorizing on us, it screams "fugly"! I think I'll be keeping the old version of Now Launcher unless compatibility problems arise.

15. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Ux yes but design just .. just looks to basic and boring

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