Nokia updates Z Launcher, expands pre-beta trial

Nokia updates Z Launcher, expands pre-beta trial
You might recall the Z Launcher. This is an Android app launcher, made by Nokia. The apps that you've used the most in the past, show up on your home screen. That list of apps also changes depending on the time of day, amd your current location. Additionally, using your finger, you can draw the first letter of an app you want to load. In a blink, all apps starting with that letter appear on your screen for you to choose from. For example, scratching out the letter "Y" will call up "YouTube" and any other app you've installed that starts with "Y".

Nokia is not only expanding the pre-beta trial, it is also updating the app itself. The update will allow you to configure the way you want your favorite apps to appear on your home screen, using drag n' drop. A long press on an app will now allow you to hide it, or uninstall it, which comes in handy. The update will also improve how the Z Launcher works and looks on the Motorola Moto X and the HTC One (M8).

Other changes will incorporate Wi-Fi and SSID into the app's algorithms, allowing certain apps to be recognized and promoted on specific networks. A new feature called Data Insight keeps track of what apps you use, what contacts you click on, and basically how you use your phone. Nokia plans on expanding this feature if it receives high marks from users. And of course, the usual bug fixes were made part of the update.

As we said, Nokia is expanding the pre-trial beta. Those who previously signed up to test the Z Launcher, but could not get in as space was quickly taken, will apparently have first crack at joining the program. Follow the instructions at the sourcelink. If you are accepted, the version of the Z Launcher you receive, will include all of the new updates.


source: ZLauncher (1), (2) via AndroidCentral

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8 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

In spite of it several bugs, this launcher's concept is utterly non-productive. Android launchers should use Widgets to their advantage. Moreover, constant changing position of apps based on their usage means every time I would have different setup and it would require me to go through the list EVERYTIME ! I would have a setup where it may involve one extra press but I know where my particular app/widget is.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But looks and colors are nice.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Productivity is more important then looks

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

So don't use it!

2. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

*yawn* tell me something about android L instead!

6. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

This is very good launcher. You simply dont have to klnow what app is where - you should just know what are you looking for. If you are one of thiose users that have to much time to spend and staer at the screen and scrool all the time, then you are miniority. For those who work, the time is money. I wnat my info, app or contact FAST. So i find this launcher very promissing and on of the reasons why i would jump from windows mobile to android. And it's interesting that Nokia without the mobile bussness atracts me againe! :)

7. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Been using this on and off since the beta was announced. It takes some getting use to but I like it. I think it's better looking than Aviate.

8. Ajshal

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

its awesome all it now needs is to release beta version. i downloaded and its awesome

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