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    Default Google Experience Launcher for the Nexus 4

    For those interested in the GEL, here is the download link:



    Download the file on your phone and you'll have "Okay Google", swipe left for Google Now, and transparent dock, etc.

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    Last edited by charlee08; 11-22-2013 at 01:07 AM.
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    I just put this on my 4.3 and like it. Does the top notification bar go white after the KitKat update? I hate the blue and always have! Cheers
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    Yes it does go white.

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    Great cheers
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    It's a awesome browser. I recommend getting it after the 4.4 update.



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    I just installed the launcher, and I can swipe left for Google Now, also it includes the Google Now home screen bars (incl the "OK Google")...
    However, the top and bottom of my screen stay black (where I thought they would turn transparent)

    * Could this have to do with the fact that I don't run 4.4 yet, and that it will turn transparent after updating to KitKat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dx3me View Post
    * Could this have to do with the fact that I don't run 4.4 yet, and that it will turn transparent after updating to KitKat?

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    Yes. Spot on, sir.
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    Great, looking forward to KitKat even more now...

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    Is this the Official Launcher?

    Also, When i say "Ok Google" it does not work.. Am English UK.. But It works when i choose English US
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    Strange... I finally got the 4.4 KitKat
    But, I find it weird that in the Google bar, the words "OK Google" have disappeared?
    (while my 4.3 DID have those words, after installing the GEL/Search Bar)
    "Do not go where the Path may lead, go instead where there is no Path and leave a Trail"
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    That launcher works, but because the apps are increased in size, the resolution goes down dramatically. No go for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dx3me View Post
    Strange... I finally got the 4.4 KitKat
    But, I find it weird that in the Google bar, the words "OK Google" have disappeared?
    (while my 4.3 DID have those words, after installing the GEL/Search Bar)
    A lot of Nexus 5 owners have reported the same thing in the Nexus 5 forum. Some speculate that the words were only there to get you used to saying it (sort of a tutorial), while others feel it's a bug when they disappear.
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    i also installed the GEL (after sideloading 4.4) and the increase in app icon sizes makes it a pretty horrible experience.
    if there is a way to lower the icon size back to how they were then it might be more usable.
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    Works great for me. Love the transparency, doesn't mind the larger icons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chenks View Post
    i also installed the GEL (after sideloading 4.4) and the increase in app icon sizes makes it a pretty horrible experience.
    if there is a way to lower the icon size back to how they were then it might be more usable.
    How did u get the red version of the beam background?

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    I installed both the launcher and search. I wasnt prompted to select the launcher once it installed and theres no icon for it. Also theres no "say google" in the google search bar but i can swipe left for google now. WTF?
    The "infraction"
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    Quote Originally Posted by itic View Post
    I installed both the launcher and search. I wasnt prompted to select the launcher once it installed and theres no icon for it. Also theres no "say google" in the google search bar but i can swipe left for google now. WTF?
    HAve you make sure everything in the phone is set to english and download the latest offline speech recognition in Google Search?
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    There went the beautiful resolution. Yuck.

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    Some of my 4X1 widgets such as Beautiful Widgets weather, somehow changed to 3X1. I haven't figured out a way to re size them. Is this normal?
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    Guys, if you don't like Gel, try Nova Beta. Just Google it. It'll give you your transparent bars and new font and a lot of other kit Kat changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1210saad View Post
    How did u get the red version of the beam background?
    sun beam live wallpaper from the play store
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    Same here. The power toggles widget was 4x1 and centered perfectly on my home screen. Now with the Google Experience Launcher the widget is 3x1 and will no longer center on the home screen, it's ether moved to the far left or far right and there is no option to resize it or center it. I guess if I want to use the GEL I'll have to find and use a different power toggles widget, I know they're out there so that shouldn't be an issue. But yes, I think this must be normal...no resizing option available right now that I've seen.
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    I don't know why people even want this. I have a Nexus 5 and this launcher made me want to install Nova Prime asap. No customization or scrolling of the dock, big honking icons, and annoying window arrangement. If you like options, you will not like this launcher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEman19901 View Post
    Some of my 4X1 widgets such as Beautiful Widgets weather, somehow changed to 3X1. I haven't figured out a way to re size them. Is this normal?
    I had the same problem with my weather widget as well. I removed it and read did it, but it still came back 3x1, but after adding it back a long press on it gave me the resize option and I could stretch it to 3x2, 4x2, 4x3 or 4x4. Hope that works for you.

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    I had the same problem with my weather widget. Initially it was the wrong size and had no option to resize. After I removed it then added it back it still was the wrong size BUT the long press gave me the resize option. Hope that helps.

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