As you all know there are several best launcher packs available on Google Play Store for Android devices, such as ADW Launcher, GO Launcher, Next Launcher, Smart Launcher et al. Nokia has today announced its own Android launcher app, called Z Launcher. The app is still in pre-beta release right now, and only available via the Z Launcher’s official website, and not through Google Play. Don’t mind!
Actually, launcher packs are simply are said to be transformation packs and skin packs that can change your smartphone or tablet look and feel so different. Such Launcher apps are specifically used to transform your handset home screens, widgets, gestures, and with 3D effects, it can even convert your Android devices into an iPhone, iPad running iOS 7, iOS 8 and Nokia Lumia runner “Windows Phone 8.1”.
The new Nokia Launcher app is compatible with Android smartphones running 4.1 Jelly Bean of higher versions up to 4.4.3 KitKat, just today Google has released yet another upgraded version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4.4 KitKat for Nexus devices.
Unfortunately, this Nokia Launcher app is not compatible or optimized for Android tablets, and currently, Nokia is testing the Z Launcher on the Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5. To download this Z Launcher app, users will need to sign up with their Google account.
Note: The Nokia Z Launcher is named after one of its key features that lets user write a letter in order to search for anything directly from the launcher screen. Nokia calls it ‘Scrible’, a feature that can apparently search on the phone “in as little as one second.” With Scrible, users will only need to draw the first letter of the search and it finds the related app, contact or task. Just like Panasonic P81 Gesture-based smartphone!
Although, the Z Launcher app is an independent project by Nokia, free of Microsoft. When the Launcher will be installed, users will see the time, date and one upcoming calendar event at the top of the phones home screen. Similar to other alternative launcher apps, with a tap on time will open Android’s clock app and tapping on the calendar event will open the Calaendar app. Rest of the screen is acquired by other downloaded and installed apps, contacts and web pages etc.
(Download: Nokia Z Luancher For Android 4.1 or higher Phones)