Posts tagged with: Google Now Launcher
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    One of the great things about being an Android user is having your pick of launcher, and you'd better believe that we've tried a lot of them. If you like rocking that pure-Android Nexus look, you may have equipped your phone with Google's own Google Now Launcher. While it's a pretty clean, useful tool, its UI has still shown a few rough edges here and there (and some of us are still getting used to that new vertical re-orientation for the app drawer following September's change-up). Thankfully, Google's willing to fix what hasn't been quite perfect, and in a new update headed out this ...

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    Last year, Google started making an effort to bring the Google Now Launcher that debuted with the Nexus 5 to a host of other devices, first starting with the usual Nexus/GPe crowd, before expanding to the majority of Android hardware. We've been keeping up with the launcher in the months since, even in the wake of new challengers, but Google's effort has remained very competitive. This week Google makes a move to help keep things fresh by delivering a number of new changes to the software, including a pretty major adjustment to your app drawer. Instead of the horizontal scrolling you're ...

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    We don't know how many of you out there have the Android M preview installed, but if you do, this could be our first public taste of what Google Now On Tap will do for us once Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes around. This is all wrapped inside an update to the Google app, version 5.3 for Android 4.4 or above. You will need developer preview 3 to get Now on Tap to not crash on start and even then, you will have to deal with the developer previews being developer previews. Bug reports ahoy! But all you have to do to get more info on what's on-screen is to hold the home button for a bit. Also, ...

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    From cruise control to do-it-yourself, the amount of control users can have over Android Back in late 2013, we covered an extensive range of Android launchers for the different people who might have wanted something a little different from their phone's native skin. Hell, even before then, we were all up in Launcher Wars.  This was back when Android 2.2 Froyo was out and HTC's Sense UI was drool-worthy. Obviously, Android's facade had a good helping of TLC over the past few years. And while OEMs trend toward cleaner appearances, the appeal of Material Design guidelines as well as the ...

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    Last month we heard how ZTE was planning to really get down with Google's vision for Android and hook its upcoming phones up with the Google Now Launcher. So far, you haven't had a shot at the launcher unless you were running the Nexus 5 (on which it debuted), or a short list of other Nexus or Google Play edition models. Was this new ZTE effort a sign that its exclusivity was about to really start crumbling down? That may just be the case, as reports come in of the Now Launcher supporting a number of additional devices. At least – that's what some users are seeing. Right now it seems to ...

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    A tide may be turning in Android waters, as heavy manufacturer skinning gives way to demand for cleaner, pure Google offerings. While in the past that meant going with a Nexus device, last year brought us the Google Play edition of handsets, not to mention near-stock efforts from companies like Motorola. And now with Android One on the horizon, this trend is set to continue. Today we learn about another OEM that's looking to get in on some of this action in its own way, as ZTE reveals plans to feature the Google Now launcher on its phones. The Google Now launcher debuted with the Nexus 5 ...

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    The Nokia X is a great little device, although it's a bit under-powered compared to what we've become accustomed to recently. It also has a very interesting launcher, and by "interesting" we mean "weird". What would happen if we could put a Google experience onto the Nokia X? Today we're going to do just that! To get started you'll need to root your little Nokia which brings with it a certain amount of risk. If you're the type who is down with that, go ahead and proceed. If you're one of those who values things like a "warranty", perhaps this is all just academic and something you might ...

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