Nokia Z Launcher

Predicting what apps you use is all the rage for third-party Android launchers these days And there's something to be said for that, given how few "normal" users (as in most folks out there, not us nerds) actually customize their home screen. And we now have another launcher of this sort, from none other than Nokia — at least the part of Nokia that Microsoft didn't purchase.

Dubbed Z Launcher, it's a stylish launcher that, well, sees what you're using and then floats it to the front. It's in limited beta now (you'll need to sign up here), and it's available on just a handful of phones.

So if you've got a Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3, Moto X, HTC One (it doesn't say M7 or M8) or Sony Xperia Z1, you can give this guy a shot. It's English-only for now and will hit wider release later this year.

 
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lornaevo says:

You have to be un rooted.

A895 says:

Lol.

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21plays says:

never! root ftw

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dzcrabb says:

I don't understand this limitation. Why would they care whether you're rooted?

I wish I would have read the comments first. BOOOO to Zlauncher.

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What is this? Verizon? ISIS? Come on, the people most likely to download and try this are the ones who have also rooted their device. Boo...

Also works on the LG G3...which of course Nokia probably wouldn't know right now :P

Kevin Oates says:

does it work for the LG G2?

Ahmed Djent says:

Brilliant idea

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Problem is, if someone's too lazy/ignorant/uncaring to customise their home screen, are they realistically going to use a custom launcher?

I hate predictive launchers.

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turdbogls says:

same here.....i have all my apps exactly where I want them...i could get there without looking at the phone if I wanted to.

I dont want a phone changing up my home screen when it thinkgs I am going to want a certain app....its just un-necessary.
I tried Aviate, and that one lock screen just to check them out, but uninstalled after about 6 hours because I was far more efficient on my typical set-up

I have tried a few predictive launchers. Never really worked out for me. I like things to be where I put them. That said, this one looks super clean.

It does look really nice on a high res display. It's pretty simple though so it might not appeal to the power user among us

I feel the same way. I'd rather have apps launch after certain triggers. Tasker is great for that.

speculatrix says:

Me too.
I hate programs which move things around.. I rely on "muscle memory" to tap or click on buttons and menus. For example, versions of MS Office which hide and move menu items.

ddot196 says:

So it looks like the Aviate launcher. Basically pulls your most recent apps onto your homescreen lol. Don't see the huge deal with this and the video didn't help sell it either.

aitt says:

Just goes to show where Nokia real interest was at. Damn Elop

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21plays says:

No Nexus 4 support? odd

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aitt says:

Can't seem to download on M8

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grydlok says:

Sign up not working for me 404 error

DJCBS says:

Nokia is still a fairly big company, Phil. And they *did* keep ALL the patents, even those Microsoft will need to build phones. Their "Technologies" division retained the R&D, the patents...and it has as a goal to develop new technologies to use in, quote, "future devices and services".

So you shouldn't be surprised to see these things coming from Nokia. And you shouldn't be surprised either if in 2016 you see them re-entering the smartphone business even if in a smaller (more affordable) scale than before.

I'm happy they're correcting the "mistakes" that idiot Eflop made and betting on Android applications and services. Let's see what the future holds.

Who's surprised?

DJCBS says:

"from none other than Nokia — at least the part of Nokia that Microsoft didn't purchase."

This sounded like it was a surprise ;)

Sounded factual in an explanatory way.

Mr.Raviteja says:

Unable to download on Note 3

Dizfunctions says:

Looks interesting but I'm going to stick with Nova Launcher.

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neonworm says:

Same.

onsoku says:

I moved on to CM Launcher; same concept, but lighter.

It seems to work fine on my Nexus 5. The problem is, in its current form, you pretty much give up widgets. I will say that it looks very nice and works well, for what it does. Its too bad there isn't any customization at this point, but maybe that is coming, along with widget support. Overall, I like it, but it won't replace Nova Launcher Prime on my Nexus 5 yet.

TomW093 says:

I may give this a try on my Nexus 5 just for kicks and giggles. And on a side note, did "this" Nokia keep Here Maps, or did that go to Microsoft?

The kept all of there HERE services. But that Maps is actually pretty darn good.

TomW093 says:

I'm hoping they release a Here Maps Android app. I've been playing with some offline navigation apps the past few weeks but haven't found any I really enjoy using.

Jolla will also release their Jolla Sailfish OS Launcher for Android next week and they are looking for Alpha Testers. http://www.thejollablog.com/jolla-launcher-android-arrive-next-week/

I'm using this one currently and have signed up to the Jolla test! (shame they declared they learn towards testers with Nexi(?) 4 and 5)

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quailallstar says:

Sign up page is broken. Won't let me log in; tried on IE (yuck!), Firefox and Chrome. Anyone have luck in down loading the apk?

aitt says:

I did finally. But the site took many attempts. You just have to keep hitting refresh

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quailallstar says:

Got it! Also bypassed the No Rooted phones allowed crap :) See my post below.

ctk4949 says:

Can someone post the APK, i cant seem to get it to download on my M8.

Thanks!!

aitt says:

Just keep trying

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jgeiger312 says:

heres a site that has it and it works.
search tuttoandroid and find the story there

aitt says:

This thing is very buggy and extremely laggy on the app drawer.

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Anyone have an APK I can borrow?

quailallstar says:

Works with rooted devices with a little workaround :) Install RootCloak via Exposed and manually add ZLauncher to the list. Reboot and you are golden. Tested and working here.

Works fine on my N4. Try it for today.

Shoutout to Action Launcher.

user7618 says:

Finally, after 5 attempts at downloading and it failing I got it installed on my m7.

Android: It will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me.

jcochran1977 says:

I wanted to try it but I can't get it to let me download it on my S5 :-(

Heath Ross says:

Works on galaxy note 3

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WolfpacDAR says:

Thanks for posting! gonna check it out...

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oal3co says:

Working with the Moto G xt1028

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WolfpacDAR says:

I think this is officially the first app i've seen that had a lot of Sammy support yet not the Note 3, since it's launch... bummer

it was a fear i head when buying, due to the unique screen size, but has yet to be an issue... til now :(

WolfpacDAR says:

Just noticed in other comments, guess it's a go on my phone :)

Kurt House says:

After testing it I have to say for me it wasn't worth the effort of installing it and bypassing the root check. Its just too minimal for me.

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Working fine on my note 3

i have to say im really liking this, works great, im really surprised as im usually ocd over my icon placement

gonna try this on my g pad also

wnspot says:

You can directly Download Nokia'a Z Launcher APK for Android Device directly via http://www.gn2day.com/2014/06/19/z-launcher-apk-download-android-phones/

sdc1 says:

I love Nokia and used Windows Phones for a while just because that's what Nokia were doing but this launcher sucks. It's very very minimal and you can't see all the apps on your phone in any form other than in a list.

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Laura Knotek says:

I'd like to try this on a Nokia Windows Phone.

mech1164 says:

I tried it, seems nice but what a pig. Launch an app and wait then wait again. Oh look it's finally there. Nope still loading. Bailed out of this faster than Obama and the VA.

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mn1225 says:

No support for rooted phones. Bummer.

tigerchilly says:

Don't use launchers anymore because i don't use samsung anymore...

moved from nexus 5 to HTCm8

enaybee says:

I wanted to try out Zlauncher but it says doesn't work on rooted phones. Not good. Anyways, predictive launchers don't really work for me because its hard to predict what I am going to do next. ;)

Juanito216 says:

Two words: Root Cloak.

enaybee says:

lol. thanks man it worked.

kozmonaut says:

If you're going to support GS3, might as well have gone ahead and added support if Note2 as well.

In any case, I understand there is a unrooted-only clause here? That's that then.

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Srj harry says:

It doesnt work on nokia xl. :( :/