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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]

54 Comments

  1. I installed all 3 files and now i cant use my phone. Its all black screen everywhere and the google play service and the google search are doing force close. The previous android version was 4.1.
    What should I do with it??

  2. when I start Installation of prebuiltGms core.apk ,During installation its show this error how to fix it your help is awaited “application not installed an existing package by the same name with a conflicting signature is already installed”

  3. but i just wish the #google_search app was updated when you download it coz in my case i manually updated it to its newest version…(if the google search app wasn’t updated there will ba a repeated notice that will appear on your screen sayin “unfortunately google seach has stopped”)

  4. Only the launcher gets installed when i try to install them it does not install and says app not installed plz help i have jb 4.2.1

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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??

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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?

    • 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

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