When Google debuted the Nexus 5 and KitKat back in late October. They also debuted a new launcher, which many of us have referred to as the Google Experience launcher through leaks, even though no one at Google has called it that. Surprisingly, this launcher is only available on the Nexus 5, officially. We aren’t sure why that is, but that’s how it goes for now. Now I’ve been using the stock launcher on the Nexus 5 ever since I got it, nearly a month ago. And I just love the new launcher. Especially being able to swipe over to Google Now, and not having the widgets in the app drawer, etc. Now for those that wanted a bit more customizability, there’s the KitKat Launcher+ launcher which is now in the Play Store.
KitKat Launcher+ adds a few more options to your stock launcher. These include the ability to hide the Google Search Bar, changing the grid-size on the home screen as well as how many home screens you can have. There’s also the ability to change the grid in the app drawer, which is a big one for me. All that’s missing is the ability to make the icons a bit smaller. This app was developed by Bj¶rn Vermeule, who also developed the free Pocket Cards app for Android. This was created from Google’s own AOSP source code. So it does have Google’s KitKat launcher in the heart of it all. It really makes the KitKat launcher even better, at least in my opinion.
There’s also a paid version which will allow you to back up and restore your settings, but if you don’t want that option or to support the developer, the app is free. You can grab it from the Play Store now for free. It is compatible with Android devices running Android 4.3 and above, so you don’t have to have KitKat to experience the KitKat Launcher+, which is a great thing, in my opinion.