Download new Google launcher and other updated apps from Nexus 5 factory image

Google apps in Android 4.4Want some KitKat awesomeness on your Android smartphone, folks at Droid-Life have extracted most of the core applications including new Google Home launcher, updated Hangouts app, and the new Google Keyboard with Emojis from the Nexus 5 factory image and shared them online.

You can download any of these applications from the links given below, keep in mind that as these apps were meant for Nexus 5, they might or might not work properly on your phone, especially on lower-resolution devices.


  • To make Google Home launcher work on your Android device, you will also need the latest Google Play services and Search apps, both of which can be downloaded from the above links.
  • If Google Now forces closes on your device, do this: Long press the home screen, select Settings. Select Voice. Select Language to change the default. Change to another language, Hit Home. Do a Google Search. Repeat the first three steps. Change back to English – US. (These instructions are valid if you have Google Home launcher)


    • Nice… few doubts thoughcould you plz tell how the colour scheme changes to let u know if u connected to the net or not??
      Like in ICS+ it becomes blue once u connected.. How does it work in KK??
      Also when u installed the new hangouts app, did it remove the default SMS app???


      • It does not remove the messaging app, it asks if we want to default the hangout app to handle the messaging services, nothing much.


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