Google’s rumored new launcher for the upcoming version of Android, which is Android 7.0 Nougat, has unofficially leaked out onto the web and is now available for download, making this an app that can be installed by anyone who wishes to give the new launcher a try before Android 7.0 Nougat hits the public. Screenshots of the rumored new launcher initially leaked out just yesterday afternoon, and if for any reason you prefer to have another launcher like Nova, but you still want the look and style of the new Nexus launcher, you can download or update Nova as they offer this new look too.
While this does look just like the launcher that appeared in yesterdays leak, it’s important to mention that this is not an official APK for the launcher that was distributed by Google, and as such the name is also not official and is simply being referred to as “Nexus Launcher.” Having said that, you can download the APK for the launcher if you wish to install it on your own device, and it does not have to be rooted to install and use. It does however, need to be rooted if you want the Google Now page to be accessible by swiping the button, which also requires the app to be installed as a system app.
If you have a rooted device, you can install the app as a system app manually using apps like ES File Explorer or Root Explorer. Again, your phone or tablet will have to be rooted for this to take place. Aside from the Google Now page, it seems like everything else can be enjoyed by installing it normally through the sideload. If you missed the launcher leak from yesterday, the new launcher comes along with a brand new app drawer, which removes the traditional app drawer button and instead allows users to access it via a little arrow that sits above the app dock. The launcher does appear to be a little bit unstable and will force close if you try to access wallpapers from long pressing the home screen, of course this could just be limited to certain devices. Users will also find that the app drawer is vertical and comes with a white background, as well as a slider bar that sits along the right edge of the device. Apps are also in alphabetical order and they can be searched right from the very top of the drawer upon opening it.