Customization is one of the stronger points of Android. With a multitude of tweaks in UI and functionality, the platform enables users to incorporate more of their personality and needs into their devices, compared with, say, iOS. While for some, customization is skin-deep — like themes, wallpapers and graphics — others take rooting their devices as an avenue to do even more drastic customizations. But even supposedly skin-deep customizations might require root. For instance, changing icon packs in stock launchers might sound mundane, but in most cases would require root. If you wanted to change icons, you could either switch…
The Google Experience launcher, exclusive to the Nexus 5, has been renamed to the “Google Now” launcher, and now comes with the ability to import settings from your old home screen, suggesting that a launch for other handsets could be nearing.
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Download: Android 4.4 KitKat Google Search 3.1.8 app update rolling out, helps with Google Experience Launcher unofficial installation
Google is rolling out an update for its Android search app, bringing it to version 3.1.8, (the KitKat Google Search app version,) thus indirectly helping users enjoy a better experience when unofficially installing the Nexus 5-exclusive Google Experience Launcher. Google Search 3.1.8 brings several improvements to devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later, including new design and features. As listed by Android Police, you can expect “an updated UI, new refresh animations,” a fix for the “wonky” Google Experience Launcher layout on tablets, but also new Google Now cards including a Website update card, News topic card, What to…
The “Google Experience Launcher” found on the Android 4.4 KitKat is a Nexus 5 exclusive feature according to Google, and it may not become available to other Nexus devices or other Android handsets and tablets anytime soon.
The Google Experience Launcher was extracted off of the Nexus 5, and to see whether it was worthy of the Google name, we put it to the test. Read on for more!