Nov 14 AT 6:29 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

Google Search updated with Google Experience Launcher

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Google Search, which also includes Google Now for all devices with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and up, has been updated in the Play Store. It’s a pretty major update, bringing the app up to the level of the version that shipped on the Nexus 5.

The update has a few new cards for you. Website updates, news topics, and what to watch cards will now show up when needed. Traffic incidents are also included, powered by Waze. There is a new refresh animation, card dismissals can be undone, and a lot more has been added. However, there is one pretty big detail we have yet to mention.

The new Google Search app has the Nexus 5 Google Experience Launcher built in. This is the launcher with Google Now accessible through a swipe to the left, along with always listening capabilities. You can’t use it after installing the update, but it’s in there. If you want you use it, you’ll have to install the launcher APK. It will work on all devices running Android 4.1 and newer, including tablets!

If you’re interested in giving this a shot, head to the Play Store or hit the widget below to update your Google Search app. And if you want to play with the new launcher, hit the source link for instructions. Tell us what you think!


Source: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • SGB101

    I got the apks of g+ this morning, and its working a treat, I have cm10.2 back end with the Now launcher up found.


    • SGB101

      I now Have installed the Now launcher on my note2, nexus 4 and moto g, all work fine.

  • Greatness awaits

    about time…

  • CTown

    All this means is that another open-source app bites the dust. Still, it’s nice to see that Google still updated the open-source Email app to Gmail’s level; but that’s only beacuse people wouldn’t take Android seriously if it only offered a good Gmail out of the box. Anyone else not contempt with the fact that Android’s offical apps stop updating when Google makes a closed source alternative? Is the frameworks alone under a permissive licence enough? I know I would love to see a poll on this site about it.

    • Wesley

      I think it’s a good thing for Google and Android to have their own look and feel for their OS that could potentially be accessible to everyone eventually if people so choose. The open-source apps in Android now are starting points for others who want to build something with a complete OS. They have the freedom to improve them with their own code or replace them with other apps. If Google is the only one who updates the apps with each version of Android, then what’s the point of open-source? I do think Google should keep them updated for compatibility with new standards so the code doesn’t became outdated but I can understand why they wouldn’t put a lot of time into enhancing them.

      • ihatefanboys

        eh ?

      • CTown

        You make a very good point, it’s not like that source code disappeared off the face of the Earth. Still, now that their is a corresponding Google version of the app; the open-source version, Sense, TouchWiz, CyanogenMod, etc. version is will now be considered as bloatware. Even using these apps as a starting spot will only confuse users as they have two of every app category in their app draw. I think that’s the saddest part of Google making all these different apps as part of one suite.

  • Bill Lee

    Installed the launcher app on my Nexus 7 (2013) running Kit Kat. Great in Portrait, but am I the only one who has the first row of icons in landscape overlapping the Google search bar?

    • Charlie Callow

      No, I get this too. It’s really rather annoying! I just moved everything down one row for now but I hope they fix this soon!

  • donger

    This is great.

  • h0ruza

    Installed :-)

    Although the gesture features of nova prime are missed.

    Come on Google let’s get our hands on the new dialer.

  • rhy o’drinnan

    Been using it all day. It’s terrible. Lol switching back to stock cm tomorrow. The search somehow got dumber!