Google Now Launcher lands in Google Play Store for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices

Google introduced a new home screen and app launcher when it released Android KitKat and the Nexus 5 smartphone last year. That launcher is now called the Google Now Launcher and has landed for other Nexus handsets and Google Play Experience devices from Samsung, Motorola, LG, and HTC.

The launcher, previously known as Google Home or the Google Experience Launcher, allows Google to update the home screen experience without releasing new versions of Android, and it lets you access Google Now cards and notifications directly from the home screen. Just swipe from the left side of the screen. Taking from Android 4.4, the Google Now Launcher also makes your navigation and status bars appear more translucent.

The most useful changes included with the Google Now Launcher is the ability to say "OK Google" while on the home screen. That means you can prompt voice recognition and command listening, as well as voice search without having to tap the microphone icon in the Google Search widget. The new launcher also gives a Nexus 5-like experience.

READ: What is Google Experience Launcher: Why is it now Google Now Launcher?

And finally, there's also a migration tool when you open the launcher that'll import app icons from your previous home screen app and a wallpaper picker that'll select any image stored on your device or in the cloud. To get Google Now Launcher today, just download it from the Google Play Store. It's available free of charge but requires Android 4.4 KitKat or later.

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