If your phone has a custom interface and you don’t like it much, the Google Now Launcher is the solution. This pastes over your phone’s own interface with one based on a vanilla Android look.
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- Strong selection of voice commands and questions
- Fits comfortably within the already expansive Google ecosystem
- Requires giving Google access to a large amount of personal information
- Doesn’t do enough to set itself apart from other virtual assistants
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- Swipe right from your Home screen to see Google Now cards that bring you just the right information, at just the right time.
- Quick access to Search from every Home screen.
- Say “Ok Google” to search with your voice, or tell your phone what to do: send a text message, get directions, play a song, and much more.
- A-Z apps list, with fast scrolling and quick searching of apps on your device and the Play Store.
- App Suggestions bring the app you’re looking for to the top of your A-Z list.
Google Now Launcher is indeed for minimalists. The launcher is extremely simple and has only the most basic and useful features and settings.
There are absolutely no “bells and whistles” we know from other launchers like Nova Launcher where you can adjust every tiny detail (like the transition effect when scrolling the app grid).
Google Now Launcher, as the name suggests, is mainly the door to Google Now. All you need to do to activate Google Now is swipe right on the home screen and you will be viewing Now Cards displaying the most relevant information for you.
You don’t need to place the Google Now widget on one of your panels like you have to if you use the default launcher.
Of course, you can also activate Google Now (click to learn more about what this service is) by simply saying “Ok, Google” and giving your phone further instructions.
Google Now Launcher has a very simple home screen on which you can add app shortcuts, group apps into folders or add widgets.
If you run out of space on one panel, you can create a new one by simply dragging and dropping an app or widget into the right side of the screen.
People either love or hate the built-in app grid in Google Now Launcher. As you can see in the screenshot below, the app grid is very simple and minimalist.
You don’t have any options that let you modify the grid, change its size, layout or the size of app icons.
The order of apps that appear on the app grid is really a secret for many people. No one really entirely knows how apps are grouped in the app grid in the Google Now Launcher (based on what criteria).
Certainly one of the factors is how often you use a given app. It’s bad that you cannot order the apps in any way you want but has to rely on some algorithm to do it for you.
I really like this minimalist nature of the Google Now Launcher because I don’t need to have tons of features and customizations some of which I don’t even understand.
Here it’s extremely simple. If I tap and hold somewhere on the home screen (on the blank space, of course), I will see three basic options.
- WALLPAPERS which simply let you change the wallpaper.
- WIDGETS where you can add installed widgets directly to your panels.
- SETTINGS where you will find only the most basic settings.
This setting simply lets you change the wallpaper of Google Now Launcher. You can either use one of the presets or use your own image/photo.
If you like simple things and get lost when there are too many options, you will probably love Google Now Launcher.