The future of Nokia's Z Android launcher is uncertain

The future of Nokia's Z Android launcher is uncertain
In 2014, when Nokia introduced its Android-based N1 tablet, it also released its very own Android launcher. Called Nokia Z, the launcher was made available to download via Google Play, where anyone can still find it (and get it for free). However, the Z Launcher is not exactly a finished product, as it's in beta stage.

With Nokia getting ready to start selling multiple Android smartphones this year, we were thinking that the Z Launcher would perhaps be updated, improved, and made ready to be installed on the upcoming phones out of the box. But that's not going to happen. NokiaMob contacted Nokia to ask about the Z launcher, learning that the company currently has "no further update plans" for it. The launcher will remain in beta, so it's pretty clear that Nokia does not intend to use it on its upcoming handsets.

The first Nokia smartphone introduced this year, the Nokia 6 (currently available in China), obviously doesn't include the Z Launcher. Instead, it runs Android 7.0 Nougat with an interface customized for Chinese users.

Until now, over 1 million Android users have downloaded the Nokia Z launcher from Google Play. Most of them like it quite a lot, since it's rated 4.2 stars our of 5. The launcher was last updated in April 2016, and it's a bit sad to hear that Nokia seemingly no longer cares about it.

sources: Google Play, NokiaMob via



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Sad,considering its one if the few unique launchers out there. Used it for a while before going back to nova,and I was very pleased with it.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7611; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft owns and maintains Nokia Z launcher as well as their Arrow Launcher.

4. Rafishant

Posts: 408; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

100℅ false

5. Rafishant

Posts: 408; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Nokia is probably working on their Android skin. We should wait till MWC 2017 to see.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm using it right now on my Oneplus 3. Switching on and off between the default one. I like Z launcher...maybe they could use it for their Androids with a couple of tweaks.

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