Google Now Launcher officially launches onto Android 4.1+ devices

The Google Now launcher is now available on any Android device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. The launcher places Google Now just a swipe to the right away on your home page. Additionally, when you're on the home page all you have to do is say "Ok Google" to trigger voice controls (the default setting is only from the launcher or when in Google Search, although you can set it to be from any screen or even the lock screen, so long as the device is turned on). The Google Now Launcher is meant to make it even faster to get into Google's services, with just a swipe, a tap, or a work to get things rolling.

It was just this morning that the Google Now launcher mysteriously started appearing as supported on new non-Nexus devices, and it's been released for a wider range of device's it's compatible with a full three quarters of Android devices between the various versions of Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Apart from the enhanced Google Now features, the launcher also features some visual tweaks, including larger app icons, a translucent status and navigation bars, and a new wallpaper picker that makes it easier to choose and position your photos.

You can download the Google Now Launcher now for free from the Google Play Store, so long as your device is running Android 4.1 or higher. Check it out and let us know what you think.