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Google Now Launcher Spreads to LG G3, One M8 and More

by Todd Haselton | August 1, 2014August 1, 2014 11:00 am PST

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It’ll take a bit of work to get the Google Now Launcher up and running on a device other than a Nexus or Google Play Edition product. That’s changing, because Google recently updated the Google Now Launcher and it’s starting to list support for other, non-Nexus and non-Google Play Edition devices. Some sharp-eyed Android Central readers first noticed the change.

Some folks are seeing support listed for the Verizon Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, the LG G3, the Huawei Ascend P7, the HTC Desire 816 and the HTC One Mini, according to Android Central. Typically, the Google Play Launcher in the Google Play Store will say that your device is not supported — if it’s not a Nexus or a Google Play Edition.

We tried searching for the app on our LG G3 and noticed that it wasn’t available direct from our device, but it did allow us to download the Google Play Launcher from the Web store. Once installed, it started working perfectly, providing quick access to the Google Now cards on the far left panel. If you own one of these devices, hit the source link below and give it a whirl.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...