Nokia has released a new Android homescreen launcher app called, Z Launcher.
The app is still in beta, and has not been released in the Google Play Store, but on its own website.
The Z Launcher has a beautiful UI, which has your most recently used apps on the screen. There is a dock with shortcut icons for Chrome, Dialer, App Drawer, Messaging and Camera. there is a clock/calendar widget on the top of the screen, with another one beside it, which displays calendar events.
You can access the launcher’s settings from the App drawer icon, and tapping the settings button on the top right corner. There aren’t many customization options available at the moment.
You can scribble a letter on the screen and the launcher will display apps installed on your phone, which have the letter in the app’s name.
You can also scribble four letters to make a search on Google.
How to download Z Launcher:
- Visit https://zlauncher.com/ from your Android device.
- Sign in using your Google+ account.
- Click on the download button on the next page. This might take a few tries as the site is quite buggy.
- Once downloaded, install the Zlauncher.apk on you device. Make sure you have allowed the installation of apps from third party sources.
How to use Nokia Z Launcher on rooted devices
The app will run on devices running on Android Jellybean and above. The app does not work on rooted phones. But we have found a simple workaround for rooted phones to experience Z Launcher, without un-rooting or any complex steps.