How To Install Android 4.4 KitKat Launcher On Any Jelly Bean Device

Last year’s Nexus 4 was an awesome device that proved LG can definitely make goodlooking phones. This year’s Nexus 5 is no different, offering the best specs and the most svelte design a $350 phone has ever offered. But it’s not just the hardware where Nexus 5 really shines; the new Android 4.4 Kitkat that it ships with is every bit as impressive. We’ve already covered a summary of new features in Kitkat, so you might want to check that out as well. Those who’ve been eyeing on the latest version of Android would be aware about its new Google Experience Launcher. The search engine giant has kicked up another notch by presenting the best looking stock Android launcher yet. If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, we’ve got some good news for you. The launcher files have already been uploaded to the internet, and you grab them to try it on your own device running any version of Jelly Bean. Just follow our full guide to get it up and running.

It’s worth noting that Google Experience Launcher may not work on all phones, and you may face force close issues. In our own testing, the launcher didn’t face any problem whatsoever on the international variant of Galaxy S4, but your mileage may vary depending on your device. We advise that you create a backup before proceeding.

Requirements

  • A phone running Android 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Google Experience Launcher files. The archive contains:
    1. PreBuiltGmsCore.apk (Google Play Services 4.0)
    2. Velvet.apk (Google Search)
    3. GoogleHome.apk (Launcher)

Files Installation Launcher


Procedure

  1. Again, to be on the safe side we recommend that you create a backup first to avoid any issues
  2. Next up, download the ZIP fie provided in the link above and extract its contents to an easily accessible location. You can download the file to your PC and transfer them to your device, or you can download it straight to your Android device and extract the archive using any file extraction app.
  3. Now, install all three files available in that folder one by one by simply tapping on them, or sideloading them via ADB form your computer.
  4. Once done, simply press Home and select the new Launcher as default.

Google Experience Start IntroHome Screen App Drawer Settings

Note: If you face Google Search Force Close issue, just long-press the home screen in the new launcher, select Settings and then tap Voice. Select Language to change the default. You can change to any another language and then again back to your own language by following the same procedure.

[via XDA-Developers]

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  • http://www.geekypinas.com/ Wayne P

    cool!

  • jk69

    its great. works well. easy to install, just make sure to allow third party application installation

    • jk69

      update: after using it for a few hours, I have deleted it. it lacks full experience, a lot of things are not customizable, for now, I’ll just stick to the stock launcher

  • Tom

    is it safe? No viruses?

    • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

      Yes. It has been taken directly from the Nexus 4 dump, and we have tested it on our devices to be free of any issues.

      • http://www.hseved.blogspot.com/ Devesh Prabhu

        Is this from the Nexus 4 dump or the recently leaked Nexus 5 dump….

        • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

          Oops, that was a typo. I meant the Nexus 5 dump.

      • Joy

        Hi, which device or stock rom you are you using?

  • iboalali

    it doesn’t work on my Sony Xperia P with android 4.1, it always crashes

    • http://www.hseved.blogspot.com/ Devesh Prabhu

      You need to install these apps fully for it work,

      PreBuiltGmsCore.apk (Google Play Services 4.0)
      Velvet.apk (Google Search)

      Or maybe it may not work on JB 4.1

  • HosseiN From iran

    “ok google” is not working!!!any body has this problem??

    • hemant pant

      Change your language to English – UK or US.

  • xperia

    Does not work on Xperia S 4.1.2

  • DrAllreeds

    Will this work on my Samsung Galaxy s4 with Sprint as my carrier? I already have jellybean 4.3 on my phone. Thanks for the help. Or should I just wait for the OTA download?

  • Noah B

    I’ve got two issues with this that are killing me, I went through a few special steps to get Google Search to work fully. But now whenever I got to my homescreen from anywhere, a keyboard opens up? It’s really in the way, does anyone have a fix? Also my app icons never changed too the new ones even after various reinstalls and attempts to fix them. Thanks anyone who can help! Other than these issues for me, this is amazing! Really like it!

  • Shashank

    Ahhh!! Google Search Force Closing What to do ?

    • Sir. Minion

      Note: If you face Google Search Force Close issue, just long-press the home screen in the new launcher, select Settings and then tap Voice. Select Language to change the default. You can change to any another language and then again back to your own language by following the same procedure.

      • Chuy Sanchez

        I have the same problem with my Galaxy Note 8″. I switched to Spanish and it works, but when I switch back to English the forced closings continue.

        • Chuy Sanchez

          Well, I switched language to English (UK) from English (US) and that does the trick… no “Ok Google” though.

  • sadd

    Please help!!! I downloaded all of the apps, installed the apps and opened the launcher and it crashed. it says that it crashed. what should i do??

  • EE

    Everything is good except launcher please fix!

  • Panos

    googlehome launcher crashed and i cannot retrieve my original xperia homescreen!!! PLEASE HELP!!! (Xperia P Android 4.1.2)

  • juay

    Hi, i have a question: Does this launcher allows you to hide apps from the main app list? I am currently using nova launcher because of this but this launcher seems pretty neat and i’d like to change.

  • Christopher Bolton

    It doesn’t work on the LG Spectrum 2 either. It crashes Google Search and won’t open.

  • twtww

    PreBuiltGmsCore.apk cannot be installed…sad…

    • clancy

      That’s the same problem I’m having
      The prebuiltgmscore.apk and velvet.apk

  • abra makatanghibang

    Will it work on ice cream sandwich?

  • Iacob MaRio

    Android 4.1.1 Google Search force close..:(

  • imrankhan

    Dear,

    I am most awaiting to upgrade my galaxy grand duos …kindly send me the link and instructions to update. imrankhan.mohd@gmail.com

  • madhu

    after upgrading to this it wont be problem when we install original kitkat Right?

  • premchand

    already updates to 4.2.1 kitkat p edition through XDA developers Zip.Its awesome n smooth to my micromax a110

  • regimar

    Icons doesn’t change. Any solutions to this?

  • Eilon Vinter

    it is not work i only succeed to download the googlehome.apk file and when i try to download the others it say : “x application not installed. i try alot of times please answer my comment !!!!!!!! i have a glaxy s4 i9505 with 4.3

  • http://www.facebook.com/pierre.murray.7?ref=tn_tnmn Peter Murray

    unfortunately google play services has stopped :(

  • markizooo

    i have alcatel pop C5,,is it goin to work on it ??

  • markizooo

    considering my alcatel pop C5 is a jelly bean 4.2.2