Google Now Launcher

Update: It's now officially available on any device running Android 4.1 or higher.

The Google Now Launcher has received a small update today, and while there's nothing obviously new in the app itself, we're seeing some interesting changes to the launcher's compatibility listings on Google Play. While the changes still seem to be rolling out, we're now seeing compatibility for devices like the HTC One M8, One E8, One Mini 2, Desire 816, Huawei Ascend P7 and LG G3, among others. Android Central readers on Twitter have said they're seeing compatibility with phones the LG G3 and Verizon Galaxy S5, too. Previously the Google Now Launcher, which brings Google Now to users' home screens as an extra panel, was limited to only Nexus and Google Play edition devices, though it was easy enough to sideload on many other phones and tablets.

There's been no official announcement from Google, and the description for the app still says it's only compatible with Nexus and GPe devices. What's more, certain devices are showing as compatible for some on the AC team, but not for others. So there's a chance this is just a momentary hiccup, however it's equally possible Google is finally letting its launcher loose. Such a development wouldn't be surprising — the Google Now Launcher works on most modern Android devices despite official compatibility being limited to Google-branded gadgets. And Google's launcher will soon be making its debut on certain ZTE phones as well.

We'll keep you apprised of any further developments. In the meantime, hit the Google Play Store link above and see if you're able to install the Google Now Launcher on any non-Nexus/GPe devices you own. As usual, be sure to share your findings down in the comments!

Thanks to everyone who helped us track this down on Twitter!