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The Z Launcher is probably the best contribution to Android coming from Nokia. It is super easy to use and it gets smarter by putting forward your likely to use apps on the home screen. Whenever you need to launch an app, just scribble the first letter and it will search through your apps immediately. The more you use it, the better it knows your app habits including your favourite contacts at specific times of the day.
With the announcement of its first Nokia N1 tablet, the Z Launcher is running on it by default on top of the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you want to try it out, the Z Launcher is now available on Google Play.
Check out the Z Launcher in action after the break.
If you’re constantly cycling through an endless loop of homescreens just to look for one app that you can’t seem to find on your phone then you might want to give the Z Launcher a try. It’s an amazingly simple to use launcher that makes it super easy to find the almost anything on your device.
Z Launcher lets you write out letters right on the screen without using a keyboard and the app gives you a running list of apps, contacts and other content that you would typically use. The suggestion changes based on where you are and what you’re doing. It’s deceptively simple and intuitive to use, and with a self learning feature the suggestions presented by the app gets better the more you use it.
We’ve installed the app in our devices and while some may argue that other launchers can do more, we don’t think there’s anything out there that is as easy to use. It’s amazing that Nokia can come up with when the company is let off its leash, it’s sad though that, for the most part, Nokia is stuck with Microsoft.
The Z Launcher is available on limited pr-beta release here. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
This right here is the reason why Android fans will tell you that Android is awesome. You can do so much with it and you don’t even have pretend to be a geek to get it done.
It’s not quite the real deal but its pretty close. You get the two pillar tile-and-settings navigation feel just like on Windows Phone 7, except that the tiles are not live, though they do offer some status indication (like number missed calls and text messages received).
There’s a great deal of customisation options with Launcher 7 as well. The app lets you change individual tile colours with presets choices or you can fully customise the colours if you want. You can create new tiles to call up apps or display widgets and you can customize the size of certain tiles too.
Best of all, at a glance, you can really trick people into thinking that you’ve somehow ported Windows Phone 7 into your Android device. Installation is easy and the app is free (ad supported), nothing to lose really. Try it out, Android Market link here.
Video walkthrough after the jump.