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To the excitement of many, Google has finally made the Google Now Launcher available for all Android devices running Android 4.1 or later.

The GNL is what Google thinks your Android device should look like, in a basic sense. A dedicated Google Now homescreen pane, a permanent Google Search shortcut at the top of every screen, and a very bare-bones app drawer. It's simple, fast, and Google-y. What's interesting is that, despite some degree of love for the GNL in the wider Android community, it's really not an enthusiast's launcher at all. You can't configure it in any real sense, and aside from customizing your Google Now experience, app shortcuts, widgets, and wallpaper, the GNL is really quite rigid in terms of what you can do with it. It's basically the polar opposite of something like Nova Launcher.

GNL is much more of the Google fan's launcher - not the Android enthusiast's, necessarily. Which leads us to today's poll: what camp are you in? Are you using (or have you been using if you have a Nexus / GPE / ROMed device) the Google Now Launcher? Cast your votes.

Are you currently using the Google Experience Launcher now that it's available for all 4.1+ devices?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    So, I'm using a G3 as my daily driver at the moment and installed the GNL... and then switched back to the LG launcher. I quickly found out that the GNL doesn't think a 5.5" display is enough for 5 icons across, which is something I've sort of come to really like having on the G3.

    Worse yet, it disables turning off the screen with KnockOn. :( That second part is pretty much a deal breaker.

    I have it on an S5, too, though, and I think I'd be much happier with it on that device than Samsung's launcher. It's quicker than Samsung's TW launcher for sure.

    • twiz0r

      I also hate the fact that is only likes 4 icons...

      • maysider

        yes, the launcher is very limited, the google product managers should be fired, so many crippled services: maps, play, launcher, docs
        the biggest mistake is that Google executives use iLimited devices from Apple, not Android

        • myepicyear

          Get over yourself. Most users don't want a Nova-like launcher. What you consider "crippled", most users consider stable and uncluttered. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that everyone involved with creating should be fired.
          Google is cleaning up Android; and users that think like you are going to have to either deal with it, or you're going to need to hold out for Ubuntu phone, Firefox phone, Tizen, lol---or whatever you think has greener pastures waiting.
          With mainstream success comes a large number of users. When you have such a wide audience, as well as such a diverse set of OS functionalities, eventually, you need to clean up and streamline. That's called good business. You might find a thousand little options per menu appealing as a user, but the greater majority don't.
          Stop worrying about every single you can't do. Use your phone, enjoy it. Stopping calling for heads to roll every time Google improves the user-experience of their Products. Be a real hacker and figure out how to do all the things that you apparently require.
          Don't expect Google to read your mind and meet every need that you have. No OS/software is built like that.

          • maysider

            what are you talking about?
            SGS5 samsung/LG/HTC launcher is non-limited, fast, stable and fluent, these users bring money to Google
            Google launcher is for people who don't care about anything, don't care about money giving to Google, these users are worthless for Google

          • Pooka-kun

            Now I'm unsure whether TouchWiz is slow or GNL is. They're both quite fast though. After all... This is a DOWNLOADABLE launcher. Google doens't force Android makers till now to use this launcher. If you want it you'll get it. If you don't want it, you'all leave it. After all its not being forced on you.

    • james fuston

      I used it with a G3 as well. The half-disabled KnockOn was a bummer, but having Google Now to the side was worth it. For some reason, I'll never open Google Now if dragging up from the home button is my only option.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Yep, I feel the same re: Now. Open it way less with it hidden under the home button.

    • Bram Kaandorp

      Same here for 10 inch tablets. Somehow, the launcher thinks that 8 across is too much, for the dock and the main screen.

    • yungtris

      Some valid points. Really wish it would show more icons on bigger screens. Feels like it's wasting the space somehow.

    • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

      You probably know this already, install Nova and have the "Double Tap" gesture to turn off the screen with this app.
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katecca.screenofflock
      You also get up to 7 icons on the dock. The Google Now homescreen (GNL) seems pointless when you can just swipe up or hold down a button to access it.

    • Android Developer

      The knockOn feature is a feature of the launcher itself - double tapping on an empty space on the launcher would shut down the screen...
      You could have the same gesture (and others) do this operation (and others) on other launchers (like Nova launcher).

  • Wodge

    Gave it a go when it first came out, sideloading on my stock HTC One M7, went back to Smart Launcher soon afterwards, don't have time to fiddle to make it look nice, so the nice and simple circle of icons Smart launcher offers was good for me.

  • Lupe Fiasco

    It's a good launcher but I prefer using Nova Launcher because of the features/options it provides compared to GNL.

    • Sebastian Carewe

      Same here - but only since yesterday :D

    • Frà

      I think I'll use Nova forever 😁

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I prefer NOVA still. But it's not like I'll never use another launcher it's just that nova (for me) is the best there is.

    • rcrow490

      Someone needs to create a Google Now 4X4 widget so I can install it on Nova.

      • Jesse

        Just resize the regular Now widget with stock Nova.

        • rcrow490

          What Now widget?

    • Taylor

      I'm curious, what other features/options do you regularly use on Nova that you can't do on GNL? I'm not trying to make a claim that GNL is at all comparable to Nova when it comes to customization, I just personally have never run into a case where I needed my launcher to do anything that the GNL can't. I want to know what specific Nova features people use on a regular basis.

      • krudl3rx

        The swipe down gesture is great for getting to set to notifications. That helps with one handed use. Then I set swipe up for recent apps which is hard to reach with my thumb one-handed.

      • AOSPrevails

        How about swipe down anywhere to pull down your notifications(& double tap/swipe up to launch quick settings)? It is one of the most basic gestures I use in Nova and it is not available in GNL.

  • TheRunner024

    I'm still sticking with Action Launcher.

    • VFXX

      Same

  • Tom Harman

    I have a nexus5, of course i'm using it, lol, that's only cause i prefer stock though.

  • NBMTX

    Official availability of GNL has me strongly considering a Z1 compact, or better: the rumored Z3 Compact... (4.55"ish like a ZR instead of 4.3" like a Z1c), but first I'm waiting for confirmation that everything from Motorola and Google(Nexus) are in fact devices larger than my current Nexus 5.

  • Grog

    No. I don't like a search bar on my home screen. If I could remove it. Yep I'd use it.

  • Matt McNair

    the deal breaker for me on non Nexus devices is compatibility with widgets. Sense widgets and touchwiz widgets do not work on the Google now launcher. There are of course always 3rd party widgets but since ok Google everywhere I can have the best of both worlds.

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    Nova is so much better. More functionality.

  • irtechneo

    Tried it once....not for me. Don't like the persistent search bar and it made all the icons huge. Not to mention the lack of options that Nova or SS Launcher provides.

  • Mark Slavin

    Been using it for ages. Happy that I can now use it officially and get updates without having to side load.

  • Carl Dale

    I use it from time to time BUT I got a HTC with sense and BlinkFeed so I use sense more.

  • Phil

    I wish google would sort out the layout on the N10, only having 6 columns is just awful on a screen that size!

  • ChrisM40

    No, too limited and the persistent Google bar is annoying.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      What exactly were you expecting from a launcher called "Google Now"?

      • ChrisM40

        Someone other than the most basic and limited launcher there is. It's the internet explorer of launchers.

  • ElfirBFG

    Nope. I need my gestures. I also love the ability to hide the notification bar and dock.

  • JPB

    Still not up to what Nova Launcher can do. Google Now on a page is nice but that can be approximated with a widget and no, I really don't want to have to manage XP plugins to get what should be there in the first place.

  • Leif Sikorski

    No, I gave it a try and deleted it pretty quickly. Even with the TouchWiz launcher I feel much more comfortable because I prefer to have a list instead of a grid and I prefer horizontal scrolling over vertical swiping. Sometimes it might be good to have a minimalistic approach, but on a launcher I like to have some settings to customize it the way I prefer.
    It's just a personal taste, but I can't get used to the GPE Launcher at all.

  • Will S.

    Overrated. Nova is far superior.

  • Dan Lesser

    I'm still using the Sense launcher (Blinkfeed) because I like HTC's widgets, and they don't work in the Now Launcher.

  • Android Developer

    No matter which launcher I try, I always go back to Nova Launcher.
    There are plenty of cool launchers, but Nova is still what I prefer.
    Only one there resembles it is Apex Launcher.

    • saf1927

      Indeed, Nova still is the best. Superb in everything.

      • Android Developer

        Yes, it even works with my app when I choose to uninstall an app:
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lb.app_manager
        This way I can uninstall an app right from the launcher, and in the background (using root).
        I can even launch my app by choosing "manage apps" from the launcher.

      • Android Developer

        Hey how did you delete my reply to your reply?
        and why?
        Was it something I said ?

        • saf1927

          I didn't do anything and I still see it there. Did you minimise it?

          • Android Developer

            No. here's what I see.

          • saf1927

            Strange, this is what I see: http://i.imgur.com/vv85WmR.png

          • Android Developer

            weird . maybe refresh the page?
            I can't see the deleted reply even on "Discus" website.

          • saf1927

            Refreshed, still able to see it. That's really strange. It can't be gone so suddenly.

          • Android Developer

            ok, I've opened it on another web browser and I can see it, but that doesn't explain how come I don't see it on Discus website.
            weird indeed. Wonder what will happen if someone replies to the post I've written.
            Anyway thank you for your help.
            and thanks for not deleting my post without any explanation ... :)

    • Paul M

      when I got my Xperia Z Ultra, I nearly put on Nova launcher (which I did on the Note 2 which was my previous phone, to get away from touchwiz), but Sony's launcher is actually great because it's simple and effective.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    I used to be the guy who wanted to configure every pixel on my device. I later realized I was spending way too much time doing this for absolutely little to no gain. Not to mention the stutter, lag and quirky bugs over-configuration inevitably introduces.

    So about a year ago, or around kit kat, I abandoned third party launchers and just used the default launcher from Google. I immediately noticed transitions and animations were smooth and consistent. But most importantly, things were reliable and stable. I don't understand why most third party launchers have buggy recent menu implementations.

    A couple of months ago I was listening to an Android Development podcast, where the Android framework engineers belabored the point that they spend an obsessive amount of time optimizing the launcher to run at 60FPS.

    I believe them. No other launcher I've tested runs as consistently as the default launchers from Google at 60FPS. Somehow, this has become more important to me than configuring every pixel on my screen. Maybe I'm getting old. But I like not having to configure stuff as much. I like simplicity. I like big unmissable icons. I like search. I like Google Now.

    So the Google Now launcher it is for me.

    • jak_341

      I know how you feel. I used to root, ROM, theme, and tweak everything. Now, I just want to work out of the box; first time, every time. I really don't want to download launchers, even the great Nova. My default launcher is TouchWiz on my Note 2. I am giving GEL a chance though.

    • Treyen Udall

      I just gave GNL another try to see if my mind had changed at all and I'm still sticking with Nova. I can see how you wouldn't want to configure everything which is cool but I disagree with GNL being the smoothest. There's a stutter for me when swiping between screens and opening the app drawer that I don't ever get with Nova. Nova has always been the absolute smoothest launcher I've used. I also hate GNL's huge icons. They make me feel old haha. Not being able to change icon packs is also a deal breaker. I really like the swipe left for Google Now and wish Nova could do that but it's not worth switching for. Nova is still #1 for me.

      • joser116

        Yeah I can definitely see the stutter, especially the app drawer animation when opening it and also swiping outside of the drawer. I have also found that Nova is smoother.

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      • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

        And I also need to organize my app drawer which GNL cannot do.

        • Marco Persson

          Once again, XGELS is the answer! ;)

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Last time I used it, it had lots of graphical glitches. Has it improved??

      • vgergo

        the answer is XGELS, best of both worlds. I set an 7x9 grid

      • sy

        i think it all comes down to what device your using it on. i have used nova on my gs4 and it ran great but when i use nova on my nexus 5 i find that it has a bit of a lag and for some reason when i set my wallpaper the way i want. it will enlarge its self for no reason. but of corse i have all animation turned off on my nexus 5.

      • tonypanduru

        You can assign swipe up or any other gesture for Google Now in Nova. I really don't see the what else you want from Nova.

    • Taylor

      I feel the same. My Nexus 5 remained unrooted and untinkered with since I got it. But when the L Preview was released, I couldn't help myself. While I really enjoyed L, the bugs were just too much for my daily use phone. I just reverted back to stock 4.4 Kitkat and holy shit I really missed the simplicity and ease of use of a stable ROM.

      Customizing is fun and all, but I'd more often like things to just work without problems. It got really annoying when maps would crash mid navigation on the L preview. Or when I had to race Netflix when trying to chromecast a movie before it crashed.

      • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

        I'm running crDroid and it's stable on my Nexus 5. Maybe you were romming wrong lol

        • JD_26

          pls re read he said he flashed the L preview .. which is irritatingly buggy !

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I think I only like customizing most things in my phone because it is a Galaxy S3 - so everything I want (and didn't know I wanted when I bought it back in the day) I have to put it there myself, from the "AOSP" experience I get from CM to the build.prop edit that gives me virtual keys and so on. But I really like the Moto X, for one, and I think that if I had one I wouldn't want to use Cyanogen.

      On the subject of launchers, I like Action Launcher because of its features, mostly the shades one and the awesome sidebar. But if it wasn't for that I don't know if I'd use GEL or Nova...

      • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

        When I had the Nexus S, I couldn't stand having software buttons and hardware buttons. How do you stand that?

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          You know, I also thought I wouldn't like the inconsistency, but I guess after some time envy speaks louder. I _really_ want virtual keys =(

          I disabled the menu hardware key... The hard back and home buttons still work. I use the hard home button nowadays for an easier wake up button, because sometimes it feels like the side one was pressed when it wasn't actually, and I keep waiting for the screen to come up and it doesn't, it's really annoying...

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            Not to make you mad but I upgraded to the N5 from the N4a couple weeks ago. I was browsing android forums, android sub reddits, android site's comments looking for someone I could donate my N4 to. I wish I still had it cause I would pick you. I found someone who was on a S2 and was really happy with his S2 and really loved Android. He couldn't afford a newer phone, but still was really happy with his S2. He was even happier when I told him I wanted to send him my old N4 (mint, fully working).

            I do this with all my old devices. =)

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            That is so nice! I _could_ buy a new device if I wanted to (and wanted to sacrifice a portion of my budget for the next few months - I live in Brazil and gadgets are really expensive), but I want my S3 to last at the very least 2 years - much more if possible... Since I paid around 880 dollars for it. I'll never pay such an amount for a device again... But then on the other hand the android scenario one year and a half ago, in Brazil, was very different, so it was kinda justifiable if I wanted to go for a top tier (and I wanted that precisely for future-proofness).

          • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

            No family in the states? Or friend?

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            Nope. Nothing.
            I didn't want to go through the trouble that is here ordering something internationally.

      • Sequoia46.2

        Action Launcher FTW

    • black

      I used to be you. Then I retired.

      GNL :thumbsup:

  • Ashwin

    I'm not using it. I even didn't use it when it was launched. I just tried it and was disappointed.

    Very important, the launcher has no icon pack support or at least it can follow the pure android icon system. But, all it does is just inherit the stock system ui icons which is fine for nexus and gpe devices but looks odd in other android devices. And, no customisable layout in the app tray.

    So, when the Google Now Launcher gains these improvements I will surely make it my default launcher.

  • TimmyB

    Been using for a while, combined with Xposed GEL settings to bring all the tweaks the other launchers, including Nova, allow - Icon Packs, custom grid sizes, etc etc etc. Superb.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Nova FTW

  • Walter Black

    I'm using GNL for my 2012 Nexus 7 but NOT my HTC One M7. Sense 6 is way too beautiful to just be masked like that.

    • Ricardo Neves

      I feel the same way, the Sense launcher just fits much better, and blinkfeed is really usefull. And with OK Google everywhere it's even better. I might give GNL a try when Android L comes out for the M7 GPE.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    I prefer the default Nexus 7 2013 launcher

  • http://digitalphilm.com Phil

    Smart Launcher Pro 2 for me. Simple, minimal with just enough customization for me.

  • ProvoAggie

    I've really liked it on my Nexus 5 so I just installed it on my Shield Tablet. It's working great. I like having Google Now be just left of the home screen.

  • Ender

    I have a Nexus 7 2013, and I was using stock Android up until the article published yesterday about how it's available for all 4.1+ devices. I knew it existed and I could've used it before then, but I decided to give it another look, and I'm very happy I did. When KitKat was introduced, and when I saw Nexus 5 reviews, I was so excited for KitKat to come to my device. Transparent nav bar, transparent notification bar, better looking app drawer and button for accessing it, and Google Now to the far left. I installed KitKat and I got... none of that. I was very angry, and wondering why all these features weren't on my device, and I still don't know why the Nexus devices didn't get this with 4.4. But, once I installed this, I got all the features and functionality stated above, and I'm loving it.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Ran it on my N7 as soon as it was released. It comes with OmniROM for my SGS2

  • http://www.plus.google.com/+TommyNunno yodatom10

    Nah I have nova set up just how I like it on my GS5 and Galaxy tab s. Once you go the custom icon route you can't go back :)

  • chris125

    Using it on my tab s now that it's finally available without needing side loaded

  • bearballz

    I like it for the most part. Only that really bugs me is that icons are pretty big on my G2. Wish there was a way to scale them down a bit.

  • DennisHeffernan

    I'm using Apex and OmniROM on my NoteII. I tried GNL but didn't like the lack of flexibility.

  • DanteMoon

    With root access and the xposed framework you are able to get around the lack of customization that comes by default with the google now launcher. The xposed module is called xposed GEL settings: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.theknut.xposedgelsettings

    Whenever I find myself trying out other launchers I always miss the convenience of having google now one swipe away and the module makes the launcher much more usable.

  • Fl4v

    GEL + Gravity Box is a perfect combo.

  • Allen Cross

    Dont get me wrong; Google Now Launcher is great. I enjoy having a fast, reliable way to access Google Now, especially with no variation between devices.

    But if I must give up just a couple little tweaks that won't seriously affect frame-rate (e.g.: custom icons, hidden apps), then GNL is dead to me.
    .

  • Trevor Colt

    Tried it and then immediately went back to Nova, the icons are comically oversized for a phablet like mine and there's absolutely no customization options at all

  • Allen Tanguay

    When GNL first became available, I switched from Action Launcher (which is the best third party launcher by far imo) on my GNex. It may not seem like it at first but GNL is very efficient and you really don't need anything more than it offers. I understand the fun of customizing, and for some that is a deal breaker, but it is not a necessity and that's why you install a third party launcher to do so.

    With GNL I use just one home screen for shortcuts in the dock, the default Google folder, and an "apps" folder. Google Now basically makes widgets obsolete, which most of the time were less efficient than just going into the app because you'd have to swipe through multiple screens to get to one.

    I almost don't even leave the Google page anymore. If I want to get to an app, I use multitasking, and if I want to launch a new app, I search for it which is way easier than navigating the app drawer.

    I've said this before but Google Now needs two things:

    1. A dock, like in HTC Blinkfeed
    2. Expandable/collapsible cards

    We are living in the age of information and imo it is much more useful to have my information constantly being displayed rather than a wallpaper that I can see on my lockscreen and get sick of anyway. Google Now does this in a clean, petty, and efficient way. I'm looking forward to the L update of the GNL that was rumoured months ago.

    And for those who love their icon packs, it is very simple to do in GNL

  • Ricardo Kummel

    I do hate TouchWiz (S4 Active - main phone), love sense 6 (M7 lost to water damage), but I won't be using GNL anytime soon. Why? Because I love the widgets from sense and the Samsung calendar.

    Sure, hd widgets would take care of sense's clock widget and Jorte would be close to the Samsung calendar but what's the point of having to configure every app again when you change your phone if you can get most of the job done with the stock launcher you get?

    I wish it was possible to 'rip' widgets from stock launchers. :(

  • Stuart Anderson

    Nope. Nova before (on an N5), and haven't changed.

  • http://about.barronroth.com Barron Roth

    Aviate works for me. Love the categories aspect and it's been tremendously better since leaving beta.

  • thartist

    I'm using Trebuchet, which sort of is GNL...

    • tintin.92

      Can I get Trebuchet on TW?

  • steelew

    I like my icons to look a certain way and I need everything on one page both on my home screen and in the app tray so I'm sticking with Nova.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      I use the Google Now Launcher on my Nexus 5 but I wish I could change the icons.

  • dethduck

    Nope, I'll stick with Nova Launcher at least until it supports landscape mode. 90% of my phones time is on my desk cradled in landscape mode and I don't feel like tilting my head to read the time.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Four reasons I don't use GNL. Changing individual app icons, renaming apps, hiding apps from the drawer, and most importantly, landscape mode

  • deltatux

    I don't use Google Now so this launcher is pretty useless for me. I use NovaLauncher instead...

  • Michael Parsons

    Just disabled the "TouchWiz" fail launcher and started using Google now launcher. Took a few minutes to configure and I already love it.

    • tim242

      Why would you have been using TW launcher?

      • Michael Parsons

        Was being lazy with my S4. Haven't rooted the device yet as still within warranty for a few more weeks.

  • MeanDroid

    Google Now is very useful for me.
    Have GNL installed on my old work phone "Galaxy Ace 2 JB 4.1" since last year to be able to use "ok google" voice activation and Google Now.
    Boosted with "xgels" to reduce the icons size to 80% and changed the grid size to 5×6.
    😆 Looks great and the voice activation makes the difference.

    😂 The irony is that I see no need to use GNL on my unrooted "Moto G LTE" KK 4.4.4
    Because the "Ok Google Everywhere" works on any screen and the shortcuts to Google Now are very responsive.

    So I opted for the first time to install the "Nova Prime launcher", just to be able to reduce the enormous icons in the phone.

    The GNL is great but needs to be customized!

  • Karan O

    the lack of ICON PACK is the most important thing that i refuse to use it and the second reason must be that i don't like it's app menu i lean toward action launcher and aviate more !
    aviate is awesome if you try it you'll love it !

    • Allen Tanguay

      It is very easy to use icon packs in GNL

  • robert

    I like this on devices with on screen buttons, but it's good that its available on more devices

  • Pooka-kun

    I've installed it before through the unnoficial methods on my Samsung Galaxy Win and it had two bugs that kept me off: sometimes when I open a folder, the folder would be opened but otherwise near invisible. The next tap near the folder could be a tap to an app inside the near invisible folder. Another issue was that some of the later homescreens near the 5th one randomly disappears.

    I couldn't find either bugs after too many reboots and folders opened. My only gripe is that the music volume gets lower when I am able to speak OK Google, but that isn't a big issue. Since both of the above bugs were fixed, I'm now using the good Google based launcher it is! Until I change it away that is.

  • tim242

    Nova. End of story.

  • AndRoid

    Been using GNL since I upgraded to CM11 at the beginning of the year. Didn't realize it was supposed to be Nexus-only before this last release, as it's been showing up in the Play Store on my S3 for quite awhile.

    I used Nova Launcher for years and it's still great, but GNL is "good enough" and I'm a bit of a minimalist -- I prefer to use as few third-party replacements as possible (Launcher, keyboard, browser) if the default is sufficient.

  • billykent1972

    I've been using this launcher, known as GEL then, on my Evo lte, then I bought the moto x when it came out and installed it on it. Love it. Don't really see anything new in the update other than a name change, but it is a simple launcher, and it's perfect for my needs.

  • whispy_snippet

    Option one and two are both applicable to me. I have a Nexus 5 and 7.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    So I found out that 41% of AP readers were/are using a Nexus. I guess the number of Nexus users is around 10-20% among general Android-using populace.

    • GraveUypo

      i don't think nexus sells nearly as well as that.

  • MikeOxlong

    Been using it on pretty much all my android devices for a long time now. It's always worked just by manually installing the apk.

  • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    Using it on my Nexus 5, but wasn't for awhile... Two things I don't like about it... No folders for the app drawer, and no gesture controls... Other than that it's nice...

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    HTC one m8 used it and it removed some settings in camera

  • mark1

    I would love to use it on my lg g3 but it doesn't do double tap for sleep. I do really miss the Google now window, got used to it being there.

  • Aabhas

    Google experience launcher with the xgels module is nothing less than a blessing for me.
    All the smoothness and all the customization!

  • http://goo.gl/uBDrsj Jeremy Michael D’Lima

    One word... BlinkFeed

  • http://www.gregpak.com/entries/002275.shtml D.Smithee

    Fired it up on my M8--instant stock goodness.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Can't get away from Nova Launcher.

  • fzammetti

    Nope, still won't use it, I'm sticking with Next. Biggest feature I can't live without is folders in the app drawer, followed closely by multiple sets of dock icons. Oh yeah, and the eye candy ain't bad either (and runs perfectly on my S5 and N7). To each their own of course and I'm certainly glad GNL is available for more devices now, but it's still not my choice.

  • Marcin Ćwikła

    Poll does not have right answer for me. I have Nexus and I use Nova. :-)

  • Ichibanmugen

    Not phablet optimised unfortunately so no.. using Nova Launcher atm

  • Barend Stapelberg

    The main reason I'm not using it because I keep on swiping away my "cards" because of trying to swipe the screen over to the right... Cards should have a lock.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      me too ahahhaha

    • FrillArtist

      You can undo accidental swipes by trapping the gray undo button that pops up at the bottom of the screen.

  • Nathan J

    I put the Google Now Launcher on my wife's Moto X, and she likes it, it's more or less what she's used to, plus Google Now is right there. But there is so much my phone can do that makes it way more advanced than anything held back by the stock launcher or GNL:

    1. My app drawer is tabbed by type of app. Communication, Media, Games, Office, or System. So the thought process goes, "I want to open some app," so I swipe up (gestures ftw, dock ftl) and then click the tab. Now nothing that does something other than what I want is in my way, once I choose a category. It's very simple.

    2. For faster access, my favorite apps are in six categorized folders that run down the right side of the screen. In the middle is Contacts+, so three folders above, three below. There's no dock. Status bar, folder bar, nav bar. I admit there's a fault in having different categories in the folders from the ones in the drawer, but somehow it works.

    3. Those folders, plus Contacts+? All themed with MetroStation (no longer offered) icons. Not the ones in the drawer/folders, just the folders and Contacts+. White icon, black shadow (MetroStation let you configure colors). Uniform look, really makes the wallpaper pop. Beautiful top to bottom.

    4. I don't have to reach for the status bar and use two fingers to get at quick settings. Swiping down from anywhere does that. Up from anywhere opens the drawer. I don't have a drawer icon. I use the Honeycomb/tablet Google widget, which isn't a launcher widget per se, it's just always up there. Can't move it or make use of that space (but I can disable it). And that does have an app drawer icon at the end. Wish it didn't.

    5. One home screen. Don't need any more.

    I don't think it's about configuring every pixel. That's a common argument from the iPhone crowd, and I'm a little surprised to see it come from the Nexus crowd now as well. Rather, I think it's about making your device your own. I've been using this exact UX now on two different devices, for a little over a year. I've experimented with a bunch of configurations over the years, from Eclair to KitKat. This is what works the best for me. GNL doesn't have the options, would provide a lesser experience. It's a pretty clear decision for me.

    • Yahren

      Interessing tips thanks, I keep some ideas ;-)
      I'm using Nova Launcher.

  • Idle Time

    Aside from not being as customizable as a Nova or Go launcher, GNL is a battery and data hog. So no.

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  • Rod

    I would, if there was a way to disable the search bar, and using the middle screen as main one.

  • alexguitar

    While I think that the Google now launcher is fantastic, it's fast as hell and super clean, I still find myself going back to Aviate. I don't particularly care for the extra Yahoo add-ons in the recent update but it just works at grouping my apps for me so well I can't give it up.

  • Marco Persson

    I love the config of GNL with its speed and XGELS on top to compemmsate for the absence od customization Google offers. GravityBox together with these two makes for one powerful phone!

  • Big Tony

    Nova Launcher Pro

  • ksavai

    from comments I can see most of them have problems with grid in app drawer and I am sure google will come out with it in future (with L) for custom grid

  • mirekk

    The majority of GNow functionalities is not available in Poland - so no, not using GNow at all.

  • unhappybirthday

    Poll option 4: I had already side-loaded the APK on a device that was not officially compatible.

  • Jason B

    I did for a bit, but the stock launcher works fine for me on my Moto X. Also tried Nova, and that'd be the way to go for icon packs and such, but I'm really not that into customization any more. I'd rather have reliable performance.

    The GEL might be better for devices with a physical home button (you know who).

  • http://liveinalux.com/ mankulito

    still using Apex

  • Rhys Boswarva

    Ironically, I was immediately turned off by the Google Now Launcher because I could no long have a shortcut to Google Voice Search. Currently on my S4 I have an app icon in the bottom right corner that I tap and it launches Google Voice Search. This is a must for me and I couldn't do it with GNL.

  • Paul Williams

    To quote Treyen - "I just gave GNL another try to see if my mind had changed at all and I'm still sticking with Nova." I want it to integrate with Nova Launcher - have my home screen with notifications set up how I like it, swipe left for Google Now and swipe right for apps.

    NOVA - Is this a possibility?

  • Flip Jumpman

    Using it on my Note 10.1 tablet which I like. Tried it on my Note 3 and a couple of other phones and didn't care for it. Icons were/look way too big on phone's...

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