Nokia Z Launcher beta opens up to more users, app gets 'significant update'

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| July 30, 2014

Nokia Z Launcher Samsung Galaxy S 4

Nokia introduced its Z Launcher in mid-June, giving Android users a new launcher that aimed to learn from a person’s habits and try to predict the apps that he or she will need throughout the day. Only a small group of beta testers have been able to check Z Launcher out over the past month, but now more users are going to get to give this new app a try.

Nokia has announced that it’s now admitting more users into the “pre-beta” Z Launcher test. If you previously applied to join the beta test but didn’t make the first cut, you may now be able to give Z Launcher a go. Simply click here to validate your email address, and if your account is indeed part of the trail, you’ll be able to download Z Launcher.

In addition to expanding the Z Launcher trial, Nokia is pushing out a new version of its app. Nokia says that it’s rolled several user-requested features into the update and that it plans to continue to do so in the future. As for the current update, here’s what you Z Launcher testers can expect from it:

  • Configure Favorites via drag-n-drop on your home screen
    • #2 requested feature on user forum.
  • Hide apps, Uninstall apps via press-n-hold: A quick way to get rid of stuff you don’t want
    • #3 top requested feature on user forum.
  • Better support on HTC One and Moto X
    • We continue to work on adding support for popular devices.
  • Wi-Fi SSID incorporated into our algorithm
    • Aimed at improving the algorithm’s ability to recognize and promote apps used on specific networks.
  • Data Insight
    • Explore how you use your phone, what apps and contacts you access and when. If people like this feature, we’ll develop it further, but for now we kept it simple.
  • Bug fixes here and there
    • We’ve worked hard to make Z Launcher more reliable.

Nokia Z Launcher Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on

If you’re using Z Launcher and haven’t yet updated, you can do so by checking the app’s settings or just waiting for Z Launcher to notify you.

It’s great to see Nokia responding directly to user suggestions to make Z Launcher better and improving compatibility with popular devices like the HTC One and Moto X. Here’s to hoping that it’s not much longer before the Z Launcher beta is open to all, because this third-party launcher definitely looks like an interesting third-party launcher option.

Have any of you been admitted into the Z Launcher pre-beta? If so, what do you think of the app so far?

Via Nokia (1), (2)