The consumer version of Android 7.0 Nougat is still a few weeks (or months) away from us, but anybody who wants to taste Google’s new dessert can already do it, thanks to the new Google Nexus Launcher, whose APK has already been leaked!
Yes, we’re talking about the same launcher that will be used on the upcoming Nexus smartphones, Sailfish and Marlin, made by HTC, featuring stock Android out of the box.
Download And Install Google Nexus Launcher APK
First of all, it should be mentioned that we’re not talking about an official APK, so don’t start looking for it on Google Play. The folks over 9to5 Google were the ones to provide a download link to a beta version of the Google Nexus Launcher, so now’s your chance to see how the upcoming operating system will look like! Oh, and remember, it’s a beta, so be aware of the fact that you might deal with some bugs.
After downloading the APK, you need to make a few adjustments on your phone, heading over to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box, in order to be able to install something coming from another source than Google Play. Then, tap on the downloaded APK and proceed to install. Once completed, tap the home button or manually select the new launcher from the menu.
You will definitely observe the relatively new design, the most surprising feature being the lack of an app drawer. In order to access the app menu, you need to swipe up the bottom dock, which houses five of your most used apps.
Another important addition to the Google Nexus Launcher is the G tab on the top left corner. Tapping it will unveil a search box, which is a pretty cool feature, if you ask us. Also, in the top right corner, there’s a calendar widget, non-removable.
In order to access Google Now, you should swipe from the left to the right, but the feature isn’t working in this leaked APK, most likely because it’s a beta version.
What do you think about the new launcher? Let us know, using the comments section below!