When the Nexus 5 arrived, it brought with it a new spin on the Android launcher, making Google Now just one swipe away from your home screen. Problem was, that’s where it stayed, and initially Google didn’t show any signs of bringing the experience to other devices. But then earlier this month an update to Google Search started rolling out, and it revealed a new name for this launcher – no longer was it the Google Experience Launcher, but now the Google Now Launcher. While far from a certainty, the embrace of the “Now” name had us optimistic that it could soon be becoming a larger part of the Android lineup. Today we see Google take the next big step towards bringing this launcher to the masses, releasing it for other Nexus series and Google Play edition devices.
Besides making Google Now that much more accessible, the launcher also implements those translucent status and nav bars, lets you speak “OK Google” to get your voice search started, and everything else we’ve come to expect from the software on the Nexus 5.
Maybe you’ll prefer your old launcher better, but now that this one is finally available, Nexus and GPe owners are definitely going to want to check it out, at the very least.