The Google Now launcher is the home launcher used in stock Android. Previously it had been themed as holo. With Android 5.0 update, it has been updated with Android material design. The Google Now launcher has a special feature of Android integrated into it; Google Now. It is used to complete daily tasks with ease. The Google Now integration at Home Launcher is only adopted by Google in Nexus devices. If you are using a device other than Nexus, then you will miss this feature. It can be installed on other devices using a Google Now launcher.
The latest version of Google Now launcher is way more stylish and flaunting. The flat interface is dominant in material design which gives a neat outlook. The rest of the launcher remains pretty much the same. Unlike other OEMs, Google likes to add only the most essential and useful features. Just like other apps, Google Now launcher of Android 5.0 Lollipop also contains the basic and most needed functions. If someone had been using Galaxy’s TouchWiz, a huge difference will be noticed.
By installing on Galaxy S5, we were able to use the Samsung’s widgets in Google Now Launcher as well. It makes it pretty much useful. The app drawer has white background. When all other launcher are adopting transparent background, it seems pretty dumb thing to do. However, it is a finished move and it makes the app drawer much more clear and distinguishing.
To install this Google Now Launcher on your device, make sure that it is updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. It can be checked from Settings>About Phone. The other requirement is root access with a custom recovery. This is a flashable zip, which can be flashed from a custom recovery. Root access is required as well. Download it from the link given below:
After downloading it, copy it to phone’s internal or external SD Card. After that reboot to the installed custom recovery. Select this option to install zip files. Navigate to the folder where the zip file is placed and confirm its installation. There is no need to wipe cache, or factory reset. Once done, reboot the device. To make the flashing process easier, use TWRP Manager app. It reboots into recovery, flashes the zip and file and boots back into OS automatically.