Nokia releases Z Launcher Beta for free - grab it now from the Play Store

Nokia releases Z Launcher Beta for free - grab it now from the Play Store
Nokia has announced the public release of its Z Launcher beta. It is now available on the Google Play store for anyone to download and try out.

The Z Launcher was originally announced back in June. It is an innovative solution from Nokia's emerging platforms group, which aims to omit the use of multiple home screens. The launcher only has one page, which displays a list of apps that it "thinks" you might need for the particular time of day. Of course, as with every prediction-based app – this one will need some time, before its guesses get more accurate.

Secondly, the launcher allows users to look for specific apps by scribbling letters on the screen. For example – if you are looking for the "calculator" app, just scribble a "c" anywhere over the screen, and you will be presented with a list of apps, starting with the letter. Typing out a second character (in our case - "a") will further narrow down the list of choices.

How useful would that be in real life? We are unsure really... Is it faster to finger-type a couple of letters and then click your app, or to just scroll through a couple of screens and choose it that way – it will probably be a matter of preference between users. We would say that it definitely sounds like a more viable option for tablets (and Nokia's just-announced N1 will come with the Z Launcher pre-loaded), since users often operate these with 2 hands, whereas scribbling on the phone with just one's thumb doesn't sound as comfortable.

Want to test it out and tell us what you think? Download link here.

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23 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Nokia Z >

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its been free since day one. There are much better launchers out there then this one.

23. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This, and Sony's Xperia launcher, seem to be the only unbloated ones.

2. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

The real nokia... without trojan horse!!!

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Heheh....lol +N1

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Awesomeeeeee.....

4. souvikroy1111

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Not available in India -_-

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And still NOT available to the rest of the world....jeeez

19. GROBARIZACIJA

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

try w vpn

6. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i need apk please

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Why, if you don't have play store on your phone...just search Nokia z launcher apk and you may find it..

25. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

it's not available where i live and most of the world

8. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Nokia: I'm back bitches! Microsoft: *mouth wide open

9. hypertonik

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Grab it? Why?

10. thanhabz

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

the nokia is back again i love nokia

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice...

13. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Good but it's quite hard to get used to

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm glad Nokia hasn't given up. Grats Nokia!

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Nokia does not give up. What are you taking about?

15. sherkhan

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Tried on my Z and Z3... Works flawlessly but takes time to get used to

18. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

It's not my style. I prefer Nova launcher or stock google launcher.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

At the very least, this is a good indicator that Nokia still wants to differentiate itself. Had they gone Android 4 years ago like we all wish, this might be the result.

24. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I like the simplicity of this launcher. Gonna try it on my z3 compact after the beta testing.

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