Nokia launches Z Launcher for Android smartphones

Nokia launches Z Launcher for Android smartphones

In a surprising move, Nokia has been working a third-party launcher for Android smartphones. The launcher, called Z Launcher, is currently available in its pre-beta stage and allows users to get “the right apps at the right time”.

Nokia Z Launcher

Nokia Z Launcher

Brook Eaton, Lead Product Manager, Nokia said, “Finding the right app or contact – your Ace of Spades – constantly changes depending on where you are, what you’re doing, and what time of day it is. We’re introducing a pre-beta version of the Z Launcher to help change this.”

The Z Launcher is designed to learn how users use their smartphones, especially which app they use the most or which contact they call the most at a certain time. After learning the usage pattern, the launcher provides the same apps and contacts right on the homescreen.

The apps and contacts which users use the most are available as widgets on the homescreen unlike other launchers, which provide apps within an app drawer.

Apart from learning the user behaviour for providing right apps, the Z Launcher has a feature called Scribble. The feature limits the need of rooting through folders, swiping and scrolling, and simply allows users to draw the first letter of what they are looking for. This includes contacts as well as installed apps.

Nokia has released the pre-beta version of the Z Launcher for a small number of users in its initial stage with compatibility for Android 4.1 or above. However, the launcher will get some updates in the next coming months with new features and tweaks.

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