Download and Install the Android 4.4 KitKat Launcher on a Android phone

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Just a few days back Android 4.4 KitKat made its debut with the new Google Nexus 5 Smartphone . With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has revamped the overall look of Android . The first thing you would definitely notice in Android 4.4 , is the new Transparent notification bar . Apart from that , android 4.4 brings in new and bigger icons among a bunch of other visual changes.

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Currently apart from the nexus 5 , previous nexus devices like the nexus 4 and nexus 7 are lined up to receive the android 4.4 KitKat update in the coming weeks . Although there is still no word about whether and when the android 4.4 update will be made available by other android phone manufacturers . If you are patiently waiting to experience Android 4.4 on your Phone, then actually you can skip the queue and experience a bit of android 4.4 KitKat on your smartphone now .

The good guys over XDA-forums have already extracted the launcher from android 4.4 KitKat and made it available for all android users . But a point to note : The android 4.4 KitKat launcher is currently working flawlessly only on phones running Android 4.3 Jellybean . Although many android 4.1 and 4.2 users have claimed to make the Android 4.4 launcher work on their android phones , but some of them are still experiencing  certain glitches and bugs.

I have been using the Android 4.4 launcher on my Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.2 , so far it has been working fine with no noticeable lag and i have yet to find any bugs on it . You can follow the instructions below to download and Install the new Android 4.4 KitKat launcher on your Android phone .

Instructions to Install the Android 4.4 KitKat Launcher on your Android Phone

  • Step 1: Download the Android 4.4 KitKat launcher from this link . after the zip file is downloaded , extract the zip file and copy over all the 3 apk files on your Android phone .

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  • Step 2: On your Android phone , navigate to folder where you have copied the apk files and install then in the following order
  1. Install PrebuiltGmsCore.apk
  2. Install Velvet.apk
  3. Install GoogleHome.apk

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  • Step 3: Once you install all the apk files , you can now find a new launcher icon added to your apps list .

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  • Step 4: Tap on the Launcher icon to open it and now you will have the latest Android 4.4 KitKat launcher on your Android phone.

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Here is how the new Android 4.4 launcher look on my Samsung Galaxy S3 .

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If you need to add a new home screen , simply drag an app to the right and you will have a new home screen . In any case if you encounter any bugs then can go back to your stock launcher by simply holding the home button and selecting your phone’s default launcher .

You can also download the Nexus 5 wallpapers and use them on your android phones .

Now that you have the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat launcher on your Android phone , go ahead  and flaunt your Phone’s new Android android 4.4 Kitkat look and have fun making your friends fall for this simple trick .

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