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    Default Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Was wondering if anybody tried the Google Now launcher on their M8 and if there was any problems with it (or not)?
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    I have not tried it.

    But all you have to do is download it and set it to default once. If it doesn't work out, just uninstall it.

    Sent from my Verizon HTC One M8
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Says it's not compatible with my device, maybe it's not for international M8s
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Well you have to side load it on the sense version. It's only officially available for Nexus and GPE devices via play store.

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    I put it on and set it up. Hopefully it will work just as good as my Nexus 7. Kind of has that GPe feel to it now.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    works great... hold or swipe up on home button opens google now.

    holla!!
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Maybe a dumb question, but where can I side load it from? Wanting to make sure I download it from a reputable site. Thanks for the help and guidance.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    You can go here for instructions and the link to the .apk file:

    Heres how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet | TalkAndroid.com

    Enjoy!
    HTC One M8 Google Nexus 7
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by freddyttt View Post
    works great... hold or swipe up on home button opens google now.

    holla!!
    This is the case with the Blinkfeed launcher too.
    The Google Now launcher works fine on international devices. I live in Germany and my HTC One M8 doesn't have any issues with the Google Now launcher.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Thanks. Worked great. Will I be able to update this or have to download new versions when available from a third party site?

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by drberezin View Post
    Was wondering if anybody tried the Google Now launcher on their M8 and if there was any problems with it (or not)?
    I've tried it..works perfectly but I'm using the stock BlinkFeed launcher

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    I like BlinkFeed to much to give it up!

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Got it on mine and absolutely love it
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Been using it now for a couple of weeks. No problems and smooth as silk. HTC's BlinkFeed Launcher was also good, but I didn't really use the Blink Feed app. I use Flipboard for news/social feed reader (usually at night) and I use Google Now cards more often throughout the day.

    The one thing I really did like in HTC's launcher was the ability to create folders in the app drawer.

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by freddyttt View Post
    works great... hold or swipe up on home button opens google now.

    holla!!
    Help me out here, how is this different? I don't have the Google Launcher on my phone but I can still swipe up from the home button and get Google Now. Just wondering what advantage the Google Launcher gives you.

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by drberezin View Post
    You can go here for instructions and the link to the .apk file:

    Heres how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet | TalkAndroid.com

    Enjoy!
    Giving me a parse error even though I'm on 4.4.2 with the version of Search they say to have... Confused...
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    I like the larger icons in GL, and I like that Google Now is a swipe to the left. Also like that the folders are round with overlapping icons, rather than the "four in a box" folders in the stock launcher. Also like that the app drawer swipes side-to-side (like stock Android), rather than vertically, as with the HTC launcher. It's all pretty subjective. The nice part is Kit Kat give you the option to switch launchers on-the-fly in the personalize --> home settings, so you can try to see if you like it.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    I installed the google launcher on to my HTC One M8 (T-mobile) and have issues with my device remembering it as the default launcher. Anytime I open another app and have used it for more than a few seconds, then tap my Home button, it will prompt me to select from Blink Feed or Google Now Launcher. Even though every single time I check the ALWAYS button to always use google launcher. I have tried setting blink feed back as the default launcher and it does remember that one perfectly every time. I then manually go to setting>Personalize>Home Screen and select Google Now Launcher, then click OK and it loads my home screen with google launcher. Then going back to any other app, it will reproduce my issue or not remembering Google launcher as the default home screen.

    Any help on this? I have reinstalled Google launcher and no luck.

    Thank you!
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    Sooooo.... I just downloaded google now and am using it.
    So what's the deal? Absolutely NO customization, I already had google now with a flick up from my home button.
    It's the absolute most generic launcher I've ever used! I'm not trying to sound like a ****, but am I missing something?
    I was really looking forward to trying it out, and now I'm just disappointed lol
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    OK, so I guess I do kinda like it lol... Very smooth, and I got used to the 3x3 grid (sarcasm) in no time. I do wish you could make the grid layout at least 6x6 though. I'll use it a little more before switching back to Apex.

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by skeezix1970 View Post
    Update
    OK, so I guess I do kinda like it lol... Very smooth, and I got used to the 3x3 grid (sarcasm) in no time. I do wish you could make the grid layout at least 6x6 though. I'll use it a little more before switching back to Apex.

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    I have a 4x4 grid by default on my HTC One M8 w/ Google Now Launcher.

    One huge perk with the launcher that I use a lot, is the voice activated Google Search from any page. If you are looking at any of your home screen pages, you can say "Ok Google" and it will auto-initiate the speech-to-text google search utility.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by neurotico View Post
    I have a 4x4 grid by default on my HTC One M8 w/ Google Now Launcher.

    One huge perk with the launcher that I use a lot, is the voice activated Google Search from any page. If you are looking at any of your home screen pages, you can say "Ok Google" and it will auto-initiate the speech-to-text google search utility.
    If you are rooted, install Xposed Installer and the Xsposed GEL Setting module. This module allows customization of the Google Now Launcher, some of the features:

    Change grid size of desktop & app drawer
    Change icon sizes
    Gestures
    Hide google search bar and more.

    G.T.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Quote Originally Posted by neurotico View Post
    I installed the google launcher on to my HTC One M8 (T-mobile) and have issues with my device remembering it as the default launcher. Anytime I open another app and have used it for more than a few seconds, then tap my Home button, it will prompt me to select from Blink Feed or Google Now Launcher. Even though every single time I check the ALWAYS button to always use google launcher. I have tried setting blink feed back as the default launcher and it does remember that one perfectly every time. I then manually go to setting>Personalize>Home Screen and select Google Now Launcher, then click OK and it loads my home screen with google launcher. Then going back to any other app, it will reproduce my issue or not remembering Google launcher as the default home screen.

    Any help on this? I have reinstalled Google launcher and no luck.

    Thank you!
    Anyone else experience this issue? I cannot get the Google Now Launcher to be remembered as the default on my HTC One M8. Tried many things, please read my previous post, quoting it on this post.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    Anybody else lose most there camera options with the launcher. Can't use duo camera or record videos

    Never mind just had to remove camera app from home screen an put it bk on again

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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    No "People Widget" available, which is huge in Sense. I love scrolling through the screens of pics for easy dialing or texting.
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    Default Re: Anybody Try the Google Now Launcher on their M8?

    The google now launcher needs to be a voice activated application. without it being voice activated how can it be considered a hands free device? I work on ladders everyday and makes it virtually impossible to communicate with people via text or email without it. Makes me wish i hadnt gotten rid of my 3 year old phone that it worked perfectly on the motorola ultra. The tech actually said the HTC has cool features like turning on my tv...Yay when im working I really don't care about TV. The fact that Google has zero support for google now launcher is crazy. they direct you to forums
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