First released in June, the Z Launcher is one of the earliest product that Nokia has revealed to the public after its devices and services business were acquired by Microsoft. Since its initial unveiling back in June, the access to the customized Android launcher was limited to beta testers but today, the company has decided to release it to Google Play for everyone (sort of) to check it out.
As you might have noticed, the Z Launcher is the same launcher that is used on the newly announced Nokia N1 tablet which is the first product to be shipped with the launcher. Despite being released out in the open, Nokia is still calling the launcher as a beta although the latest version now has better performance and prediction capability as well as improved Scribble functionalities and the support for rooted device.
For those who are not familiar with Nokia Z Launcher, it is quite different from your standard Android launcher as it is designed to deliver a list of apps, contacts, and websites based on user’s own usage habits and location as well as time of the day. Other than that, it also allow users to search for apps, contacts and websites just by tracing the first letter from their name directly on the display.
If you want to give it a try yourself, just head on to this link to download the Nokia Z Launcher from Google Play . UPDATE: It appears the app has been restricted, and Malaysian users may not be able to download the app from the Play Store.
[Source: Nokia Z Launcher]