Nokia introduces the Android flavored "Z Launcher"

Nokia introduces the Android flavored
On Thursday, Nokia introduced the Android powered "Z launcher." By writing out letters on the screen instead of typing on a keyboard, you get a list of apps and contacts that is dependent on where you are and what you are doing. On the top of the launcher is a clock and calendar and the usual Android dock is at bottom. In between is the list of apps, contacts and websites that appear after you draw a letter on the screen, using your finger.

Brook Eaton, the lead product manager of Nokia's emerging platforms group, said that the company saw a problem that people were having keeping organized, as more and more apps are downloaded and installed by device users. Instead of putting these apps in folders, Nokia decided to use the home screen for better organization.

The six apps or contacts that appear on the screen at any given time, are based on the time of day it is, your location, and the people you've been recently been talking to, according to your call history. Over time, the "Z Launcher" becomes more predictive. The launcher will be going through a beta test and will only work on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus models. You can download a pre-beta release by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: ZLauncher via TheVerge, AndroidAuthority



1. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

This is something i can use. Wonder if it is tablet friendly too

20. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Why don't you just start typing the name of the app you want to open in the google search widget? (Hint: it searches your apps too! :-) )

33. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

in some cases chicken scratching something that vaguely looks like the first letter (maybe that's just me :P ) can be faster than opening keyboard and hitting that letter.

46. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This Nokia Z launcher is tied to bing. No thank you.

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Guys, you'd bettet read their privacy policy before installing… Pay close attention to the sections about which information they collect, and how they use it.…

31. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

have YOU ever read Google's privacy policy? :)

32. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I dont think you read the entire thing it took me two seconds to find this :. You may disable the collection of information by changing the settings of the Service.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

So Nokia will continue developing for android phones?

9. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nokia coming into the android market is inevitable...

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Only makes sense. How long do you wait for Windows Phone to make a difference? I haven't heard any exciting and new in a long time when it comes to windows phone. And normally when it does the news dies quickly.

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP has made a difference . Everyone adopting Flat UI is due to WP influence. I hear exciting news about the OS, maybe you sleep a lot.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Metro UI has also improve over time. The first Metro UI release in Windows 8 does not support pictures tiles. Keep claiming the metro is perfect on day one piss me off. However, I still will continue to use some of their products. Sure glad that we have better competition compare to the 90's and the early 2000's. Technology improvement has basically rocket up post IE domination.

39. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

Man, I am tired of people saying "everyone is converting to Flat UI because of WP's Metro UI". Goddamn, if you cared about anything other than phones, you would know that the flatness in the UI isn't in anyway introduced by Microsoft. Yes, WP7 and Windows 8 are the first OSes to use a flat UI, because they planned this move earlier than Apple and Google. HOWEVER, the popularity of your "flat" has been on the rrise in modern art and web designs long before WP7 even existed. So excuse you, were you in a coma before WP7 came out?

40. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nah, he was living it up under a rock with nothing but a picture of Stephen Elop and a couple of Microsoft products...

44. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

You, I like you.

42. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

fanboy1974 where have you been ? In a cave ? Under a rock ? WP 8.1 has made a huge difference .

3. maxmppower unregistered

it is prettier than aviate.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Interesting concepts, but having a machine change around what apps are shown is perhaps not the best thing for a lot of people.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Nokia finally starting to feel the magic and customizations of Android OS which is good considering that Android is like a v2.0 of rip Symbian OS which is what made Nokia popular, i.e, no restrictions! Android was meant to be used by Nokia, but Nokia deceived it and failed! But Android got some good adoptive parents! Lol!

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The people who made Nokia could still make an Android phone and it would likely be quite good and quite popular. What becomes of these people over the next few years will be interesting. I hope they get a chance to do something together that is more along the lines of the earlier days of Nokia when it small, innovative, and close to its customers. It's a shame that Microsoft was never truly broken up by the DOJ as their moribund monoculture of a monopoly is poisoning the world.

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Explain the "monopolistic" nature of Microsoft, with PROOF!

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The world recognizes that Microsoft has monopolies in desktop OS, office apps, and is close to a monopoly in various business information app segments, such as SharePoint. If you spend a few minutes with Google search, you will find plenty of supporting information.

41. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

O.o SMH...rose-colored "windows"...

43. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Well just take a look a Google. What do you call this behemoth.

48. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes if MS needs to be broken up, then so does google and android. You call desktop dominance a monopoly, but then fail to even mention that when a company is making 95% of its profits by selling peoples information in the form of ads, that is somehow a good thing...

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ironically enough No nokia x support? O.o

10. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

who developed this? nokia or microsoft mobile?

47. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

nokia inc the one in finland

11. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

doesn't support rooted devices. whuuuuuut.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's a rude shocker after downloading and installing.

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