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  1. jeanlucpicard22's Avatar
    Hi

    Has anyone here used the Google Now Launcher on the Moto G? I don't really like the stock launcher and was thinking to install this(I like to keep with Google/trusted apps, so I don't install much on my phone nor want to try out the other launchers).
    Is it stable as the original launcher?

    Will it be released for Moto G some day so I don't need to install it with the .apk?

    Thanks,
    05-02-2014 09:53 AM
  2. Ccota08's Avatar
    It's possible that Google may make the Google Now Launcher available to all phones via the Play Store some time in the future, but for the time being, it's a Nexus exclusive. However, you can easily download and install the APK from here: http://www.droid-life.com/2014/02/26...version-1-0-9/
    05-02-2014 10:02 AM
  3. jeanlucpicard22's Avatar
    Is it stable? I suppose on all Kit Kat 4.4.2 devices it would work just fine like it does on the Nexus?
    05-02-2014 10:15 AM
  4. colinps's Avatar
    Can't see why not as most of the newer phones are pretty much the same under the hood. I tried the GNL but after a day went back to Nova as it is far more customizable and less crippled as far as I'm concerned. However, as is always the case YMMV.
    05-02-2014 10:45 AM
  5. tube517's Avatar
    Google Now Launcher is already available in the Play Store...gotta have kitkat/4.4.2

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...droid.launcher
    05-02-2014 11:27 AM
  6. machzk's Avatar
    Google Now Launcher is already available in the Play Store...gotta have kitkat/4.4.2

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...droid.launcher
    You need a Nexus or GPE device. That said, I installed the Google Launcher APK on my MotoX and it works fine. It should do well on the Moto G as well. If it doesn't uninstall it.



    Sent from my Moto X...
    05-02-2014 11:33 AM
  7. tube517's Avatar
    You need a Nexus or GPE device. That said, I installed the Google Launcher APK on my MotoX and it works fine. It should do well on the Moto G as well. If it doesn't uninstall it.





    Sent from my Moto X...


    Nope. I have it on my Galaxy Note (1) and my wife's Galaxy S3. They both are rooted and have Kitkat/4.4.2
    05-02-2014 11:52 AM
  8. machzk's Avatar
    Nope. I have it on my Galaxy Note (1) and my wife's Galaxy S3. They both are rooted and have Kitkat/4.4.2
    I am talking about installing it directly from the Play Store. Accordingly only Nexus and GPEs can get it directly from the Play Store. The rest of us need the APK. am I incorrect?

    Sent from my Moto X...
    05-02-2014 11:53 AM
  9. tube517's Avatar
    I am talking about installing it directly from the Play Store. Accordingly only Nexus and GPEs can get it directly from the Play Store. The rest of us need the APK. am I incorrect?

    Sent from my Moto X...
    That is why I stated from my original post. You need 4.4.2 Kitkat installed to get it from the Play Store. There are some non Nexus phones that are getting Kitkat now so it's no longer limited to Nexus/GPE devices
    05-02-2014 11:57 AM
  10. machzk's Avatar
    That is why I stated from my original post. You need 4.4.2 Kitkat installed to get it from the Play Store. There are some non Nexus phones that are getting Kitkat now so it's no longer limited to Nexus/GPE devices
    OK. Its not available to my device as yet though. I am on 4.4.2. I doubt it is on the G.

    Sent from my Moto X...
    05-02-2014 12:02 PM
  11. tube517's Avatar
    Did you try the APK?
    05-02-2014 12:04 PM
  12. machzk's Avatar
    Did you try the APK?
    The APK works fine, it always worked well.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    05-02-2014 12:14 PM
  13. Ccota08's Avatar
    Copied directly from the Play Store description:

    "Available on Nexus or Google Play edition devices with Android 4.4 (KitKat)."
    05-02-2014 12:52 PM
  14. tube517's Avatar
    Copied directly from the Play Store description:

    "Available on Nexus or Google Play edition devices with Android 4.4 (KitKat)."

    My coworker just got the Sprint GS3 kitkat OTA and it shows available for her device.
    05-02-2014 01:00 PM
  15. tube517's Avatar
    How to Get the Google Now Launcher on Any Phone Running Android 4.1+

    The Google Now launcher is designed to run on Android 4.4, but if you're running 4.1 and up, you may be able to get it working with minimal (if any) bugs
    05-02-2014 01:02 PM
  16. Ccota08's Avatar
    Yeah, that post tells you to download and sideload the APK file, which is how anyone who doesn't have a Nexus or GPe device needs to install the launcher because they can't get it from the Play Store. As it says in the description, Nexus and GPe devices are the only ones that can download the launcher from the Play Store.
    05-02-2014 01:11 PM
  17. sunil hirani's Avatar
    I have to moto g and install this nexus 5 launcher. This one is better because you can say OK Google when Google search is off. The link is below. Enjoy. This is a trusted good launcher. No viruses.
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/1p...0.1.920880.apk

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-02-2014 01:32 PM
  18. marrzie's Avatar
    That is why I stated from my original post. You need 4.4.2 Kitkat installed to get it from the Play Store. There are some non Nexus phones that are getting Kitkat now so it's no longer limited to Nexus/GPE devices
    Don't listen to this guy. It clearly is not available to download from the play store for non nexus/gpe devices. I used the apk method and it works great on my moto g.

    Copy paste from the playstore about 2 minutes ago:
    Google Now Launcher
    Google Inc. - February 26, 2014
    Tools
    Install

    Add to Wishlist
    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.
    05-02-2014 05:12 PM
  19. jeanlucpicard22's Avatar
    Just installed it. Seems to work fine, but don't really like the look it much, icons are too big. I also thought maybe you could change the lock screen and home screen wall papers.
    Doesn't seem to have much options like the original launcher.
    05-02-2014 11:54 PM
  20. jeanlucpicard22's Avatar
    Is it generally hard to install a stock android rom? From here:
    https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

    Rather just have stock Android but I see I need to root the phone. If I want to recover to the original Motorola rom like I never changed the phone at all, would that be hard?
    05-03-2014 08:11 AM
  21. tgp's Avatar
    I am talking about installing it directly from the Play Store. Accordingly only Nexus and GPEs can get it directly from the Play Store. The rest of us need the APK. am I incorrect?
    You are correct. At least this was the situation the last time I checked.

    I installed the Google Now Launcher on my wife's Moto X, and on a couple Moto G's as well. It works fine. It will also get updates normally once it's installed, even on a non-supported device.
    05-03-2014 08:49 AM
  22. machzk's Avatar
    Just installed it. Seems to work fine, but don't really like the look it much, icons are too big. I also thought maybe you could change the lock screen and home screen wall papers.
    Doesn't seem to have much options like the original launcher.
    Its not very configurable. But I like the oversized icons.

    Sent from my Moto X...
    05-03-2014 09:01 AM
  23. machzk's Avatar
    I am back on Nova. Always has been the best...

    Sent from my Moto X...
    05-03-2014 06:38 PM
  24. sunil hirani's Avatar
    I know that the only downside to the launcher.

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-04-2014 02:11 PM
  25. Aryan Jain2's Avatar
    OK. Its not available to my device as yet though. I am on 4.4.2. I doubt it is on the G.

    Sent from my Moto X...
    - - - Updated - - -

    OK. Its not available to my device as yet though. I am on 4.4.2. I doubt it is on the G.

    Sent from my Moto X...
    I have a moto g and it's there on this ND working fine but u need to go to a website and then download it
    06-25-2014 11:05 AM
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