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 by 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...
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46 Comments

27. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I've grown tired of the different sized icons altogether. After using Tersus icons I can't go back. I wish they would normalize icon size further.

28. Ikechukwu

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

prefer the stock sony UI on my Z ultra, uninstalled

42. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Agreed. On my z ultra the icons wasn't all that great looking. Went back to nova. The sliding bottom row is too great to lose.

30. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It's ugly. I like my sony's default skin better.

33. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Agreed. it was designed for the N5, the icons are way too big, you lose stuff too like the top of screen shortcut to google play. Just too minimalistic for me, only good thing was swipe for google now.

34. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Apex Launcher is the best! Uses even less RAM than stock launcher and has more features for free! It even beats Holo Launcher HD as a low RAM user.But only for 4.0+ ! 4.1+ supports transparent status bar! Holo Launcher(not Hd) for 2.3+ still the lightest for gingerbread!

36. fabiodublin

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

Intalled in my Note 3 (N9005) with Android 4.4.2 and its running very smooth. The best is that it didn't loose the pen capabilities or split screen. The lock screen still untouched showing the camera icon on the bottom right. I think this is a good laucher for The Note 3 to get away from TouchWiz.

37. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This article is a retread of when they extracted the apk when the nexus 5 1st dropped. Old article is old. BTW it works on the DNA & DROID Mini.

38. terry_12s

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 20, 2008

Works perfect on my Droid Maxx! Love it!

39. amritmalhi

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

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40. Khalid_syfullah

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

The Google Home Launcher is working smoothly in my Walton Primo X1. My phone has a Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM. Although it's a Google's official Launcher, but I guess it's not highly customizable as other 3rd party Launcher apps. In fact, I think PhoneArena authority should start a Launcher comparison between Stock & 3rd party Launcher apps. Thanks for reading it.

41. greenmunky

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Been running it on my Moto X for quite some time now, since November in fact. It's been buttery smooth since day 1 and I love the smooth transition to my Google Now. Just wish the icons weren't magnified on my desktop moreso than in the app drawer.

43. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I have a Nexus 5, so it just runs natively :) I also installed in on my first gen Nexus 7. It's a little laggy, compared to the AOSP launcher that was originally on the tablet, but the hardware is around 2 years old, so I'm not too surprised. I have a Nexus 10 on the way, and I'm going to see how the launcher works on that. I've heard it doesn't run very well. We shall see.

44. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

My '12 N7 works smoothly with the Now launcher. Do you have the latest Android in yours?

45. stevemw

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

And, of course it runs without a hitch on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013).

46. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I placed it on my Droid Ultra but I rather use the KK Launcher that works best because it actually has adjustable icons. I worked on trying to get used to the big images again but it is hard to go from smaller images to a bigger image. Runs smooth on the device but I am good with the other launcher that I have prebuilt into it and the 3rd party KK Launcher that was on the play store for download earlier.
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