If you were keen on the Nexus Launcher but not too excited about the force close issue when trying to launch the wallpaper picker, you’re in luck. The wallpaper picker APK has appeared that adds the wallpaper app to your device and instantly fixes the force close issue. You don’t have to flash it via custom recovery or anything either, just install as you would any other app and you’re golden.
Once installed, when you long press the home screen with the Nexus Launcher installed, you’ll be able to tap Wallpapers and bring up the standard Nexus Launcher wallpaper menu. You’ll have access to your local photo albums and wallpaper files and get a few very nicely curated wallpaper collections. Best of all though is the option to turn on Daily Wallpapers in those collections for a new wallpaper every single day.
Of course, we can’t vouch for the security of this app, so install it at your own risk, but I expect it was simply pulled from the previous ZIP file. I can tell you that it works as expected though. Check out our Nexus launcher hands-on video to get a feel for it in action.
To install it, you just need to hit your Security settings and enable Unknown sources, hit the button below to download the APK and install it from the notifications shade. It will work instantly. (There’s no fix for accessing Google Now with a swipe on the Nexus Launcher unless you flash the original zip file though).
Because this is also a standalone app, you can install it and use it normally even without the Nexus Launcher installed. It won’t show up in your app drawer, but you’ll be able to access it from the standard wallpaper picker on your device. Just swipe past the normal wallpapers until you see a circular icon with the Google ‘G’ above two mountain peaks.
Are you enjoying the new Nexus Launcher? What do you think of the new daily wallpapers?