Google Now Launcher no longer Nexus/GPe exclusive, now available for all Android devices 4.1+

Google Home Experience Launcher

Heads up, everyone! Once exclusive to only Nexus and Google Play edition devices, Google has quietly opened up availability of the Google Experience Launcher to a handful of new devices in the Play Store. Although a full running list isn’t available (the Play Store listing still lists the Nexus/GPe devices as the only ones compatible), we just noticed that the launcher is supporting everything from our HTC One M8, to our Sony Xperia Z2.

We’re noticing some reporting back that’s it not available on their versions of the same device, so we’re wondering if this might not be region specific or one of Google’s staged rollouts. We’re sure there are even more devices, so if you feel so inclined, be sure and report back with any of your findings. You may remember a few weeks back when we told you guys about Google and ZTE’s new partnership to include the Google Now Launcher as the stock launcher on a handful of their new devices.

In the meantime, if you’ve been dying to give the Google Now infused launcher a shot without having to jump through any hoops, you can find the Google Now Launcher via the Google Play link below.

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  • Barry D.

    It shows it’s available for my Boost Mobile S3. I’ve already used it though on some custom Roms and will be sticking with the customization of Nova Prime.

  • John Seidner

    What about Galaxy S5? Is there still that weird bug if you enable battery saver and it wipes out your homescreen layout? My wife has the S5 so I will have to test it when she’s around.

  • Haggie

    No love for my S5.

  • King_James_The_Wicked

    I have read other articles that say that the LG G3 has it but I can only side load it on my G3.

  • Rob Johnson

    Still not available for any of my phones.

  • Havoc70

    Not Available for Note 3

  • Geekdad

    Nova Prime for the win!!

    • Max

      Very incoherent and heavy … definitely not for me

      • Geekdad

        Not heavy at all. Tons more customization. Not sure what you mean by incoherent.

        • PoisonApple31

          Must be talking about his girlfriend.

  • J Cav the Great

    T-Mobile GSIII- Your device is not compatible with this version. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

  • Cubanito1967

    I have the HTC One M8 and it says not compatible.

    Edit: Just tired again and it worked.

    • J Cav the Great

      I know..some people with my phone have it…but for some reason my device is not compatible WTF?

      Edit: tried again 2 hours I got it.

  • Jay Holm

    Google sure is picky about which smartphones this will work on, sheez!

  • IRG3

    No dice for m8 on at&t

  • Max

    I’m using it on my Nexus 7 and I think it’s the best launcher on the market

  • Defenestratus

    I had it sideloaded on the Tmo Note 3 and it just popped up as needing to be updated so I guess it works. Also on my Tab Pro 12.2 wifi.

  • victor montez

    Oh happy day

  • DDroid45

    It says my device isn’t compatible… I have a regular M8 through att

  • Mike

    Compatible with a Sprint G3, Droid Maxx, and Droid Razr MAXX HD, oh and of course the Nexus 10.

    • Jeffrey Tarman

      Strange. I have Droid Maxx & it states it’s not compatible with my device even though it’s been side loaded for quite some time

  • John Hammer

    I just successfully installed it from the Play Store on my Verizon M8 in the US.

    • Cubanito1967

      I too have Verizon M8 and said not compatible. You downloaded it straight from Playstore?

  • DanielHedgecock

    I can safely report it is not compatible with my iPhone 5s. I’m bummed.

  • coolbreeze03

    Downloading it now on the note 3

  • Frawlz

    not available on the Moto X

    • Medion

      Installed fine on my Moto X XT1053.

    • Derek Ross

      Took all morning, but finally showed up on my unlocked dev edition. Staged roll outs are lame.

  • irishrally

    Nice, works on Z2. I’ve strangely become accustomed to Google Now being a left swipe away.

  • not_brooks

    When are the stock launchers going to allow users to remove the app labels?

    Why do I need my Chrome logo to be labeled as “Chrome”?

    Sticking with Nova Launcher until Google adds this option.

  • Daniel Schless

    Just installed it on my LG G3 …. working fine

    • PoisonApple31

      It studders like crazy with my LG G3 when launching the app drawer – back to Nova Launcher for me – none of that crap.

      • Daniel Schless

        No stuttering on my phone

  • youareme7

    i wish the widget picker worked better, scrolling through so many pages is annoying; plus if i scroll on my n5 too fast it blanks out and crashes. that happen to anyone else?

  • Michael Johnson

    Installed on my OnePlus One… O_O

    • Michael Johnson

      Still prefer Nova Launcher or Action Launcher though…

    • Colts5609

      Directly from the Play store? I side loaded it a week ago, but still does not show up as being available on Google Play

      • Michael Johnson

        Yes, directly from the Play Store. I also had it sideloaded before, but had uninstalled it.

  • Delmar

    Icona are still too big for the note 3 …it looks like an advanced smart phone for the elderly

  • J Cav the Great

    At the time this article posted.. My GS3 was not compatible… Now I tried again…and I got it!!!!!

  • Rob DeMillo

    It wasn’t available for my Sony Xperia Z2 phone (d6503) this morning, but now it is (1:30pm PT)

  • fechhelm

    Didn’t even know my old Galaxy S3 was special. It’s been running flawlessly for months now, thought any device could use it.

  • michaelwfisk

    Installed it to my Xperia Z1S, thought it worked pretty well, but it was making my phone run quite hot and was draining battery life like crazy. Uninstalled it for now.

  • toomuchgame441

    Looks stupid on my M8, back to Sense 6 which looks beautiful

  • np6s4x

    Works on the LG Volt. It’s nice, but LG has spoiled me with all the options, vs the option-less GNL.

  • dhinged

    Why would I want a launcher that removes the #1 distinction between Android and iPhone? A center home screen with surrounding screens to the left and right is much easier to use.

  • dhinged

    What is PlayBoard, why would I use it, and why is linked before the Play store (and why did Google choose such a stupid name for their store which just confuses people I talk to when the Google Market didn’t)?

  • Medion

    Used it last night and this morning on my Moto X, then reverted. I was using the Now Launcher exclusively on my S4 GPE for awhile, and was slightly bummed out that my Moto X wasn’t compatible at first. I’ve since gotten used to the X’s launcher, which is an ever-so-slightly tweaked version of the AOSP launcher. Moto put some nice touches in there, to include black backgrounds for the folders (better for battery life on the Moto X’s AMOLED display, my LCD Moto G has white backgrounds). The icons are also HUGE on the Now launcher, which is good or bad depending on your personal tastes. I was ok with it. There’s also that ever so slight frameskip when you swipe into the Google Now frame on the left. I also don’t like the way that it allows you to select wallpapers from the launcher.

    Since you can’t disable a phone’s built-in launcher without root, I opted to keep the stock launcher over the Google Now Launcher. That may change after the “L” release occurs.


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  • apex

    Works on my ATT M7 in AK