Google Now Launcher debuted with Nexus and Google Play Edition devices earlier this year and since then has become the hallmark for Vanilla Android experience. The launcher made by Google until now could only be installed using the right apk on devices that were not Nexus or GPE. However, as Google looks to spread the Google branded services across all the devices, they have made the Google Now Launcher available for all the devices that are on Android 4.1 and above.
Google Now Launcher has Google Now in the heart of it, and you can immediately check your Google Now feed by swiping to the right from the 1st page of the home screen. The icons are slightly bigger too when they are on Google Now Launcher and overall the experience is extremely smooth and without a hitch, given how light it is on the memory. All the widgets work perfectly well with the launcher and you can change the wallpapers by simply long pressing on the screen. Currently the only issue we have with the launcher is its inability to allow us for custom icons like Nova Launcher or some of the other third party launchers do.
The chief features of the device are as follows:
• Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
• Just say “Ok Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song.
• Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
• Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
• Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
• Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that’s stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.
You can download and use the Launcher on any Android phone running Android 4.1 irrespective of the skin on top of it to enjoy a close to Vanilla Android experience, for absolutely free.