Nokia's Z Launcher is a bit different. Instead of a customizable homescreen where you place your app icons, it chooses them based on the ones you often open and you're most likely to need right now. Essentially, it adapts to your context. It has a few more tricks too, like scribbling the names of apps, contacts, and websites to launch them directly. In its new update, this scribble function is about to get a little more powerful.
Scribbling now supports synonyms, so you can launch music apps by simply writing music. Spotify, Pandora, and even YouTube should appear in the list of options.
Earlier this year, Nokia surprised everyone by developing an interesting Android app called Z Launcher. Back then, it was only available for beta participants as an APK download on Nokia's website. Today, along with its Android N1 tablet announcement at Slush 2014, the company has revealed that Z Launcher is making its official debut on the Play Store.
If you haven't tried Z Launcher before, you should think of it as Yahoo's Aviate with Google Gesture Search running on top. Basically, Z Launcher doesn't just work as a regular homescreen replacement where you organize your apps and widgets in a static layout. Instead, it will look for patterns in your behavior throughout the day, including the apps you launch, the people you call, and the websites you browse, and surface them to you to anticipate your needs.