Only compatible with KitKat-running Google Play edition and Nexus devices
Google has finally released the Google Now Launcher (previously known as Google Experience Launcher) in Google Play. The launcher, which was earlier only available to Nexus 5, can now be installed on all KitKat-running Nexus and Google Play edition devices.
To remind you, Google Now Launcher comes with a dedicated home-screen for Google Now on the left and users can trigger automatic voice-search/ actions just by calling the hotword “Ok Google” when on home-screen. “Ok Google” is currently supported in US English, UK English and Canadian English.
Here is the full feature-list of Google Now Launcher
- Google Now on home screen
- “Ok Google” hotword support: 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 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.