Only recently, Google launched its new Google Now Launcher into Play Store, but restricted it to Nexus and Nexus and Google Play Edition (GPE) devices only. Thus, leaving a majority of Android devices, running Android 4.2.2, 4.3 and 4.4 not eligible for the Now Launcher.
Well, worry no more, we’ve already got hands on the modified .APK file of the new Google Now Launcher, v188.8.131.529417, which supports Android 4.2.2 and above Android device. Meaning your Jelly Bean device running Android 4.3/4.2.2 can now have the latest Google Now Launcher, with OK Google! working fine.
So, it should work fine on your Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, HTC, LG and other Android device very well, if your device is running Android 4.2.2 or newer OS. Which includes Android 4.3 and 4.4 KitKat too!
Grab the .APK file of the modified Google Now Launcher from below and install it like any APK file. (Simply tap on it using a file manager app on your Android device to start manual installation, and be sure to enable Unknown Sources in Security settings.)
TIP: Be sure to uninstall any old Google Now Launcher that you may have. It will be appearing by name of Google Home or Launcher in your Manage Application list in Settings.
icon-download DOWNLOAD MODIFIED GOOGLE NOW LAUNCHER APK (supports Android 4.2.2 and above)
Note: The translucent bar is available only on Android 4.4 KitKat and the API of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 and Android 4.2) doesn’t support that.
If you need help with installing APK files on Android, follow the link below:
Btw, if you are looking for original un-modified APK file and link to Play Store, get that here.
Let us know how’s it working on your Android device.
Just make sure that your Android OS is Android 4.2.2 or above, and that you uninstalled the previous version of the Google Now Launcher, if you had any.
In case it didn’t work out, let us know your phone’s name (with OEM) and Android version.