Google has released the Google Now Launcher found on the Nexus 5 as a standalone app in Google Play, offering “Ok Google” hotword voice searches and a quick swipe to view contextual cards.

Other Android users have been jealous of the Nexus 5’s special Google Now features for some time, so today’s release should make a lot of people happy. It’s not for everyone, though, as the new app is only available for Nexus and Google Play edition devices.


Intrepid users have been sideloading the Google Experience Launcher onto supported devices, but now Google is officially bringing it to other Android flagships.

Google Now Launcher