Install the Google Now launcher on any Android device
posted by Alan F. / Feb 08, 2014, 2:46 PM
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.
source: GoogleSearchAPK, GoogleHomeAPK via RedmondPie
Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 08, 2014
Added this to my LG G2, seems to lag a little bit and the icons are huge! The layout is nice and simple, but for some reason It doesn't seem to use up the screen as well as it should. Also as I originally had 6 icons running across the bottom, and the grid was adjustable, it just seems odd that Google Now doesn't allow me to make these adjustments. Good simple design overall, albeit that it lags a little.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 3:17 PM 3
Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012
just installed on my moto g, seems to be working pretty smooth
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 3:19 PM 1
Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013
Do you get transparent top status bar on your Moto G (if you run Kit Kat)?
posted on Feb 09, 2014, 12:21 AM 0
Installed on my nexus 4, smooth, but the icons are big, uninstalled, the default one looks nice imo
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 3:25 PM 2
Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013
I just installed it on my Galaxy Mega 6.3. It doesn't go very well. The app drawer icon is off to one side (6 icons total in the dock). It's also kindasluggish (I do realize the Mega has only 1.7Ghz dual core, but still...). Anyway, I would just go back to Nova launcher since big icons don't do me any justice. The original icon on this phone were already kinda big, This is even worse, lol. It makes the Mega seems like it's gotten 480p display. It's good to know that it works on various devices without Kit Kat and that it's easy to install.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 3:32 PM 0
Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013
Just installed it on my S4, it runs smoothly, but i kinda like the default launcher more customized and smaller icons, uninstalling it now :)
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 3:52 PM 4
Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012
I bought and tried a few launchers cause I keep hearing people say theirs is better.. After trying it out for a week, I still return to touchwiz cause I miss the custom feature added by Samsung. Still I like having choices, each time I handle another person android phone its will some how be different from mine.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 6:44 PM 1
Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2012
bachir how can i uninstall this?
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 4:01 PM 0
Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 30, 2013
ive used for a few minutes on my moto x. i didnt enjoy the huge icons, or losing some other features my apex launcher gives me. LOVE the slide over option for Google Now, wish i could keep that with my current setup
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 5:34 PM 0
Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011
Tested the Google launcher apk on the moto x and note 3, no problems there, just the usual hiccups that you found on the nexus 5, like swiping to google now on the left, you see a stutter at the start on all of them, but besides that, it works well.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 5:48 PM 0
Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 04, 2012
works on my nexus 7 2012 and they finally fixed the issue of the launcher size. it's back to 5x6 or 6x5 when before it was 5x5.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 7:32 PM 0
Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013
This looks gorgeous on my Tab 3 7.0. It fits perfectly, I'm guessing its since it can mimick the Nexus 7 layout. Easily replaced it from Touchwiz launcher. It also not that laggy, at least no more than my tablet already is.
posted on Feb 08, 2014, 9:58 PM 0
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