Google Now Launcher has debuted in the Google Play Store months back and initially released for the Nexus and Google Play experience devices. But today it sis going to change as Google finally brought the Google Now launcher to the Play Store for all the Android devices running on Android 4.1 or higher.
Recently, ZTE has announced the plan to pre-loaded the GNL on its devices by default, which hints that the Launcher is making its way to more devices. Now Google is rolling out the update to the GNL which finally trench the Nexus/GPe requirement for good and allowing the Android devices running on Android 4.1 or higher to run the launcher.
Google Now Launcher is just a stub apk which allows the Google Search app to become the home screen, but Google is holding back its official compatibility till now. Using Google now launcher you can create the customizable number of home screen panels. When it sideloaded on unsupported devices it worked fine, so this change is just makes this Launcher available through the Play Store. Using the Google Now Launcher you can find your cards by just swiping to the left of your home screen and you can also easily access Google Now bu just saying “Ok, Google”.
As this is the most awaiting update, this looks like a wide rollout and install this launcher on your Android 4.1+ devices immediately. It also offers an option to import the layout from your old launcher as well. If you have already sideloaded this on your device the apk starts getting the updates to the Google Now Launcher apk file through the Play Store, but again all the heavy lifting is done by Google Search.