Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jun 2014 15:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Well, this is interesting. Nokia - and with that I mean the Nokia Microsoft did not buy, but which remained in Finland - has just unveiled its very own Android launcher.

At Nokia we've been thinking about ways to make smartphones easier to use, and there’s one problem we've thought about a lot; how to find stuff right when you need it. Today, people have an average of 48 apps on their phones, and that number is growing. When you add in contacts, web content, and tasks, it's easy to see how tricky our devices have become to use.

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Finding the right app or contact - your Ace of Spades - constantly changes depending on where you are, what you're doing, and what time of day it is. We're introducing a pre-beta version of the Z Launcher to help change this.

They're only distributing it outside of the Play Store for now, and only to a limited set of devices, so it'll be hard to get your hands on it - this is clearly a case of testing the waters. Very interesting to see what this will grow into, or where this came from. Is this, perhaps, the remnant of what Nokia really wanted to do with Android?

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Comment by Verunks
by Verunks on Thu 19th Jun 2014 21:03 UTC
Verunks
Member since:
2007-04-02

apparently it doesn't work if you have a rooted phone, I wonder why

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RE: Comment by Verunks
by Morgan on Fri 20th Jun 2014 00:26 in reply to "Comment by Verunks"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

What is your screen resolution? I think that's the deciding factor, rather than a rooted device, though I may be wrong.

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RE: Comment by Verunks
by Lorin on Fri 20th Jun 2014 04:30 in reply to "Comment by Verunks"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

It definitely does not support a rooted device but you can download an Xposed module that fools it into thinking you are not rooted

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RE[2]: Comment by Verunks
by richarson on Fri 20th Jun 2014 15:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by Verunks"
richarson Member since:
2014-05-24

I never owned an Android phone (I'm getting a Moto G next week) but I had the impression that to sideload apps you had to root your phone.

Is this not the case anymore? Has it ever been?

Otherwise, how do you install this launcher?

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