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Install the Google Now launcher on any Android device

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Install the Google Now launcher on any Android device
Remember the other day when we told you that the Nexus 5 launcher was changed to the Google Now launcher? While that move might signal that the launcher will eventually be available in the Google Play Store to be installed on other Android models, that is not the case currently. Still, it doesn't mean that you can't download and install the Google Now launcher on your non Nexus 5 handset, because you can.

The first thing you need to do to accomplish this task, is to download the latest updated version of Google Search for Android from the Google Play Store. Once that is done, you download the Nexus 5′s GoogleHome APK. The only settings change you will need to make is the one that allows you to install non Google Play apps on your phone.

With the Google Search app and the GoogleHome APK running on your phone, you can select the Google Now launcher by pressing your phone's home button. And while it has been designed for the Nexus 5 only, those who have tested it out say that it runs smoothly on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. If you have the Google Now launcher running smoothly on another Android device, let us know by passing along the information in the comment box below.

Screenshots of the Google Now launcher
Screenshots of the Google Now launcher

source: GoogleSearchAPK, GoogleHomeAPK via RedmondPie

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