Google has today opened up availability of their Google Now Launcher to the majority of Android handsets now operating in the market place.
Previously available to Nexus and Google Play Experience devices only, the launcher is now available for any device running Android 4.1 or above. The Google Now launcher of course puts Google Now a mere swipe away from the main screen, which of course means with more people hopefully using Google Now, there will be more data for Google.
This change in availability means that the Google Now launcher is available to almost 3/4 of the Android devices out there, at least according to statistics from last months Android version distribution figures.
Google put out a new video showing off the features of the Google Now launcher just prior to the update to the launcher, so if you’re unfamiliar, you should take a look.
Of course, the Google Now launcher has been available as a side-loaded APK for unsupported devices for a while now, this change just makes the availability ‘official’. The change also comes after Google and ZTE announced a new partnership to make the launcher available on their phones going forward.
Could be bigger things in the future of the Google Now Launcher, is this just a foreshadowing of things to come?
It’s a decent launcher, but not for everyone, let us know if you’re a fan of the Google Now launcher or are which one you use and why.