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14th November 2013, 04:51 AM   |  #1  
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Big news from AP:

Massive Google Search 3.1.8 Update Rolling Out, Brings Google Experience Launcher To All 4.1+ Devices, New Cards, Completely Fixes GEL On Tablets, And More [APK Download]

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11...-apk-download/

So much for all the whinging about KK fragmentation?!
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14th November 2013, 04:58 AM   |  #2  
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Big news from AP:

Massive Google Search 3.1.8 Update Rolling Out, Brings Google Experience Launcher To All 4.1+ Devices, New Cards, Completely Fixes GEL On Tablets, And More [APK Download]

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11...-apk-download/

So much for all the whinging about KK fragmentation?!

A lot of whining and it seemed likely as it was an installable app on 4.3 with no porting required.
14th November 2013, 05:28 AM   |  #3  
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And it messes with the app drawer bringing it to 4 icons across instead of 5. Arggg. Back to apex

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14th November 2013, 05:41 AM   |  #4  
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So much for all the whinging about KK fragmentation?!

GEL is still exclusive to Nexus 5 and looks like crap on most other phones and tablets (4 icon rows). Everyone else they got a big Google Now update w/ an option to install an APK copied from another phone.
14th November 2013, 05:56 AM   |  #5  
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4 Icon rows looks ok on my N4 i think? Or do you mean in the app draw?
14th November 2013, 06:49 AM   |  #6  
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I had GEL accidentally running on 4.3. I flashed an AOSP KitKat ROM and that had it, then reverted to 4.3 and it stayed... Until I wiped cache

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14th November 2013, 07:49 AM   |  #7  
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I guess, so far, I'm the only one here liking (or at least, not minding) the new 4 by 5 layout. It seems a little inconsistent at times because some app icons seem a little low-res, but I'm sure app devs will fix that sooner rather than later. Also, the one tiny annoyance I have with the new launcher, is the missing app drawer Play Store icon on the top right. I really got used to that. Oh well, something's gotta give.

---------- Post added at 01:19 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:38 PM ----------

Ok, found one glitch. I'm unable to activate Google Now from the lockscreen with a swipe up. Google Now does open in the background, but I have to manually unlock the phone for it to show.
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14th November 2013, 08:11 AM   |  #8  
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I actually like the 4 columns of the app drawer vs 5 that was on the previous version much less cluttered

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14th November 2013, 08:25 AM   |  #9  
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I actually like the 4 columns of the app drawer vs 5 that was on the previous version much less cluttered

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+1

Hopefully Google pushes the launcher part to Play Store as well.

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14th November 2013, 09:30 AM   |  #10  
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Here's a customizable Kitkat launcher based on Launcher3 AOSP (it doesn't include Google Now integration), it offers grid size change, wallpaper scrolling toggle, setting the default homescreen, unlimited items in folder. Only Search bar removal ain't free.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...kitkatlauncher

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