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Nokia’s innovative Android launcher gets a huge update and opens up to new users

Zach Epstein
July 30th, 2014 at 9:20 AM
Nokia Z Launcher

We called Nokia’s first Android app “wonderfully simple and shockingly innovative” when we gave the world its first look at the sleek Z Launcher app back in June, but the app was only available as a limited pre-beta at the time and Nokia quickly filled all available slots. Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that the Z Launcher app just received a major update and opened up to a new wave of pre-beta users at the same time. The bad news, however, is that you can only get in if you had previously signed up for access to the app.

Z Launcher is Nokia’s first big post-smartphone project. Developed by a team within the Nokia Technologies group, the app is an intelligent Android launcher that puts the apps and contacts you access most frequently front and center on your screen.

Following BGR’s coverage of Z Launcher, Nokia was flooded with requests from eager Android users who wanted to try it out. The company opened its pre-beta up to far more people than it had initially wanted to, but the requests kept coming in.

If you were among the unlucky people who didn’t get into the pre-beta back in June, however, Nokia confirmed in a blog post that you can now sign up for access to Z Launcher.

Also of note, Nokia said in a separate blog post that Z Launcher has just received a big update that adds a good amount of new functionality including the ability to drag and drop favorites, the ability to remove or uninstall items with a long press, and better support on a couple of popular phone models.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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