Install the Google Experience Launcher now [Update]

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So, you can't wait to install the all new Google Experience Launcher from the Play Store? Well you're in luck because some serious digging work was done overnight and we've got all the components you need to get the juicy new KitKat launcher on your phone right now. Here's how.

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''Ok, Google,'' I'll take the Google Experience Launcher. / © NextPit/Google

The Google Experience Launcher, aka Google Search Launcher, gives you voice search capabilities without having to tap a button. Just say ''Ok, Google'' from any home screen and Google will look it up for you. Google Now can now be found as a home screen as well as via the old swipe up gesture. There's other changes to screen management and settings but you can discover those for yourself. It'll all add to the experience.

First, just download the following three APKs to your device (or PC, in which case you'll need to transfer them to your phone with a USB cable):

PreBuiltGmsCore (Google Play Services 4.0)
Velvet (Google Search)
GoogleHome (Google Launcher)

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Download the three APKs, and install each one. / © NextPit/Google

Once you've downloaded the three components, just install them in turn and you should be all set up with the Google Experience Launcher on your device. If your first experience with the Experience Launcher is a force close of the voice search, don't despair, all you need to do is change your default language for search, do a search and then change your voice search settings straight back to your original language. That's it.

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Google search permissions and the new Settings. / © NextPit/Google
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The Google Experience Launcher tutorial upon first launch. / © NextPit/Google
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A long press brings up new options and Google Now lives on a home screen. / © NextPit/Google
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The new Holo design (left). Don't forget to set Google Search launcher as default. / © NextPit/Google
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If voice search crashes on your first try, just go into settings and Voice. / © NextPit/Google
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Change your language to something else, do a voice search, then change it back to your original language. And that's it, welcome to the Google Experience Launcher with voice search. / © NextPit/Google

[Update: 12:30 PM 01.11.13 Berlin time]

The force close of voice search will need to be dealt with again every time you reboot your phone (via the same method). If this is too much for you and you have root access on your device, you can complete the following fix pulled from XDA Developers to permanently solve the voice search crash issue.

Download the from the XDA link above and extract the ZIP file. Move the ZIP file to /system/lib on your device and the next time you try voice search the force close you get should be the final crash you'll see.

Have you got the Google Experience Launcher on your device already? What other features have you found?

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  • insuusvenerati Dec 21, 2013 Link to comment

    Does this work on any android version?

  • mangesh Nov 14, 2013 Link to comment

    is it compatible with nexus 4 ????

    • Kris Carlon Nov 15, 2013 Link to comment

      Hi @Mangesh, it sure is (I ran it on my Nexus 4), but there's no need to run these APKs anymore, as the new Google Search update is available in the Play Store and you can simply add the GEL APK to that to get a much smoother experience. Check out my ''official Google Search update'' article from yesterday - it has the links to the Google Search/GEL APKs. I've installed them both and GEL is working great, along with 'Ok Google' voice search and Google Now etc.

  • Kris Carlon Nov 6, 2013 Link to comment

    Hi all, there's been a few strange bugs in these APKs. Part of it is due to the launcher being designed for the Nexus 5, not other devices. This is also why different users get different issues. To address some quickly though: make sure all three APKs are installed and follow the language change steps listed above. Some people are experiencing crashes when doing voice search from Google Now, others can't get voice search to work at all. It seems voice search is only supported in English but there's both the temporary fix mentioned in the article and permanent fix via root access. Supposedly the launcher will not be coming to every Nexus device, or every device at all, although voice search should be. I've had various force closes, freezes and non-responses, so this is definitely a temporary and fun fix, not a permanent app replacement. I'll let you know what happens when 4.4 arrives officially OTA.

  • Mohamed Suleman Nov 5, 2013 Link to comment

    Still not working for me.
    I'm gonna just wait for Android 4.3 to become available....

  • MYHarmony Muhamad N. Nov 5, 2013 Link to comment

    Yes its work...awesome !

  • neil rees Nov 4, 2013 Link to comment

    I keep getting "there is a problem parsing the package",what can I do?

  • Rob Nov 4, 2013 Link to comment

    I installed Velvet and PreBuiltGmsCore but when I installed the launcher, the screen went black and all I could access was the notification shade. How can I get the launcher to work?

  • Lex dePraxis Nov 4, 2013 Link to comment

    tried this, and the force close hack, it's working fine.. sweet. :D

    anyways just wondering, should I uninstall PreBuiltGmsCore (Google Play Services 4.0) if I decided to uninstall the launcher?

  • Faiz Ahmed Nov 3, 2013 Link to comment
    Check out this video to resolve force close of ok google
    voice search

  • Dandi Satria AP Nov 3, 2013 Link to comment

    i can not install this app, whether this app does not support in android ics?

  • tekf33k3n Nov 2, 2013 Link to comment

    FOUND A BUG. While this isn't a deal breaker by any means, I found that after installing the GEL on my Note 2, I used the built-in Favorites Widget to put my Favorite Contacts on one of my home screen and it came up blank. I could manually add people to it but the widget did not pull any Favorites from my Contacts. I'm guessing that this has more to do with the fact that the launcher was not installed as a system app (I'm not rooted on this phone). One other issue, not a bug, is that the icon size and arrangement makes my Note 2 feel like my old OG Droid. The icons are unusually large and the grid spacing is really spread out. The rest of the new GEL and other N5 apps has been spectacular. I'm really digging the Google Email app. Having ALL of my mail (Gmail, POP3, IMAP and Exchange) in one place is fantastic. It doesn't come with Exchange but several blogs have posted the download service that adds Exchange capability to the app. Since it follows the newer Gmail app layout, there's already familiarity on how emails will be handled.

  • Kai R. Nov 2, 2013 Link to comment

    I downloaded it and it is really nice. But the voice search doesn't work. I'm from germany.

  • Amat Mulisha Nov 2, 2013 Link to comment

    wow.look gorgeous.maybe i'll wait fir.the official from sony.dont dare to take the risk of brick

  • udaykumar Nov 2, 2013 Link to comment

    I am from India and using galaxy grand duos.Will it work.In case issue how to uninstall the apk

  • Wellington Freire Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Mohamed, I changed the language, the search is working, but the launcher don't open.
    Try to download to download to offline recognition, go settings > language & input > Voice Search > Offline speech regocnition, then download the language you want.

  • Micheal Graham Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Could this be installed on ICS?

  • Mohamed Suleman Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Have you tried changing the default language?
    I'm having a different issue, I installed everything but it doesn't respond when I say "OK Google"
    Any ideas?

  • Wellington Freire Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    HI Kris, i couldn't open the launcher, it says that Google Search stopped.
    But, it is working... this issue is just when i open the launcher, when i try to do a voice search or use the google now, it works perfectly. can you help me ?

  • Kris Carlon Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Good question Mahamed, the battery and memory optimizations that will come with KitKat will undoubtedly address this issue, but at the moment I'm not sure, especially since only the Moto X has the special language core for listening. I've only had it on my Nexus 4 for a few hours and the battery discharge seems normal to me. I'd suggest trying it out and if the battery consumption is bad just revert back to the old system. I have to say I do really like it though.

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