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How to give your Android phone a huge visual upgrade without Lollipop

Published Jan 14th, 2015 9:45AM EST
Google Now Launcher Update

Still waiting patiently for Android 5.0 Lollipop to make its way to your device of choice? Depending on what you own, it could be months before you receive the update, but here’s one easy way to give your phone a makeover while you wait. This week, Google gave the Google Now Launcher a visual overhaul to bring it up to speed with the look of Lollipop.

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According to Android Central, the updated launcher offers the same Material Design as Lollipop, no matter which device you run it on. It also brings updated cards to your device, as well as the new 5.0 app drawer and search bar widget. You might even see a few additional animations as you navigate through the menus on your phone.

All in all, if you’re looking for some nice UI tweaks to tide you over in anticipation of Android 5.0, Google Now Launcher should do the trick.

As for a full list of devices that will be receiving (or have already received) Android 5.0, be sure to check out our post from late last year.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.