Nokia presents an Android launcher, not compatible with the roots
The launcher is called Launcher Z. It is currently only available as an APK download if you manage to get the download button to work. There were initially some issues getting the download to actually work. It took me an hour to try and try again for the link to finally work and for the APK to download. Keep in mind that this is a beta, so expect some bugs.
For those who can download the launcher, it is contextual in nature, similar to Aviate and heavily uses gestures to locate apps. The launcher will adapt to your day and night use to create a more personalized user experience and its purpose is to make it easier to find apps when you need them.
In their initial blog entry, they said, “At Nokia, we’ve been thinking about ways to make smartphones easier to use, and there’s one issue we’ve thought about a lot: how to find things at the right time. have an average of 48 apps on their phones, and that number is growing. When you add contacts, web content, and tasks, it’s easy to see how hard our devices have become to use. “
They’re going to accomplish this with some gesture-based research they call Scribble. Users should be able to just type the first letter of what they’re looking for and the launcher will find that app for them. It looks like they give an app drawer, so they don’t completely revamp an Android experience, but rather make it contextual.
There has been a caveat so far. If you have a rooted phone, Z Launcher is currently not supported. I got a message that they don’t currently support rooted phones and made me quit the app. So with my two rooted devices, I was unable to get a first hand view of this app. Hopefully, since this is at the very beginning of the beta and with a fair amount of comments on their comment site, they will grant rooted users the same privilege as non-rooted users.
If you were able to download this new beta launcher, let us know what you think. If you have a rooted device like me, consider going to their reviews site and let them know to allow rooted users to use their launcher.
H / T: TechCrunch