Nokia updates its contextual Z Launcher with icon pack support and other UI improvements

Nokia updates its contextual Z Launcher with icon pack support and other UI improvements
Remember Nokia's Z Launcher, which recently launched as an open beta on Google Play and graces the interface of the Nokia N1 tablet? The streamlined launcher was among the more innovative that we've seen of recent - all in all, you get a single home screen with a clock widget, a short list of your recently-used apps, and a regular dock at the bottom of the screen. The main selling point of this home screen replacement is that you can search through your apps by writing their names directly on your home screen.

At first, the contextual app was devoid of any customization features whatsoever, but this doesn't seem to be an issue anymore - the latest update for Z Launcher brought icon pack support, one of the fundamental customization aspects of all most popular Android launchers. But changing the icon pack is not the sole new functionality - Nokia has also improved the long-press functionality, which now allows you to uninstall or hide an app more easily. Here follows the full changelog: 

  • Preliminary support for icon packs
  •  Long press on text - you can uninstall or hide app app from the ranked list, in addition to existing long-press behavior such as long-pressing the icon to drag it to the favorites bar
  •  UI improvements for a wide range of Android devices
  • Improved design and performance of carousel widgets
  • Improved Scribble handwriting recognition
  • Play store icon will load Play store without pre-searched text (We heard you on this one!)
  • Bug fixes
Yet, you still can't rearrange the existing dock icons. Maybe in the next update, Nokia?

Download: Z Launcher Beta (Android)



1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Good thing is that Z launcher has its own Update Checker. I use this if i get bored with the google launcher. I am still waiting for a global release of the Nokia N1 tablet.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I want to use it but its not available in my region I think so.

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Download apk from google. * beauty of android *

3. android_hitman unregistered

Doesn't work on rooted phones, Nokia dissapointed me.

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Are you sure? The screenshots above are from a rooted device, the most customized one in our district.

5. android_hitman unregistered

Well the first version of Z Launcher was not working, I don't know about this one...

6. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Hmmm, that's probably an issue with your device only. After all, the first version was alpha, it's in beta now, you might want to give it a second chance.

11. ravipotter

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

It has been supporting rooted devices ever since it became public beta. Give it a try. :)

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

It does. It was working earlier and its working now.

9. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Not an issue anymore. This version is working on a rooted G3 with a custom rom, twrp recovery and even Xposed framework. It appears they have removed all the restrictions.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn everytime i look at Android i think more and more what a ugly OS! And i use to have Android devices........never going back!

15. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

So what are you using that looks so good? Don't say iOS because that is a piece of crap designwise compared to the customizability of Android. It's designed for kindergartners and senile pensioners to use.

12. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I wanted it to be tablet optimized.....but its not... :'(

13. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

what icon pack and wallapaper are on the screenshot?

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