KitKat Launcher+ brings custom Google Experience Launcher to other devices

December 2, 2013

KitKat Launcher+

A new Google Play Store app aims to improve the Android 4.4 KitKat “Google Experience Launcher” by packing in additional features and making it available free of charge to devices running Android 4.3 or later. However, the app doesn’t include Search features such as the quick access to Google Now or the “Ok, Google” voice search.

In case you forgot, the Android 4.4 launcher offers a completely new experience, as all the features are packed around Google’s Search app. That’s why the feature is officially available only on the Nexus 5, as Google is not willing to bring it to other devices just yet, not even its older Nexus handset and tablets that are supported by the KitKat update.

That’s certainly understandable, as releasing such a launcher that’s baked around Google’s search features may enrage some of Google’s partners that make their money off Android smartphones and tablets that ship with a certain custom launcher on board. Using KitKat’s launcher instead of an OEM’s customized user interface is probably not something Google wants to offer users, at least not officially.

Unofficially, Google’s KitKat launcher is already available on other handsets that have received custom Android 4.4 builds.

As for the KitKat Launcher+, the app has been compiled straight from the AOSP launcher and will offer Android fans that own non-Nexus devices a close-to-stock KitKat visual experience even on devices running the latest version of Jelly Bean. Here are some of the features included in the KitKat Launcher+ so far:

Screen

  • Hide the Google Search Bar
  • Change grid size
  • Enable a set amount of screens (do not automatically remove empty screens)

Drawer

  • Change grid size

Behavior

  • Automatically center home screen
  • Configure home button behavior

Advanced

  • Backup and Restore
  • Access to App Ops to manage app permissions

Other

  • Optimized filesize

Have you tried the app yet?

Comments

  • Shark Bait

    Works well, good looks, has transparency and big icons. Shame there’s no Google now integration. Been waiting for something like this, now my default

  • ashishk2

    Need play store link !

  • hi

    Link?

  • Nitishwar Patil

    name of app is Kitkat launcher+ ??

    • Azeem

      Yes.

  • Alaska Ryder

    I have found the launcher that has Google Now at far left of home screen and the Google search by voice, “OK Google”
    Works great on my S3. http://www.technoxide.com/2013/11/install-kitkat-launcher-with-ok-google-command-enabled-google-now.html?m=1

  • leung cyris

    can it works on my Galaxy S4? I want to experience the change. http://www.ikinkoo.com/

  • Gurjyot Singh

    pretty clean launcher just like the other launchers available in the play store…
    http://www.yogadz.com

  • Cal Waldie

    Sounds like a wimpy version of Apex or Nova. Give me the full GEL!

  • Nathan Casas

    I downloaded the link from xda developers a long time ago for my nexus 4 and nexus 7 2013. Here’s the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2529594

  • DiPsTiCk83

    Google “Google experince launcher apk” you can get the always “on” google now, through the homescreen. I am running it in LG G2 and it works great.