Nokia Debuts Z Launcher for Android, Looks Stunning
After launching a more or less appealing Android phone series, Nokia is now debuting a launcher that looks very hot. It’s called Z Launcher a brings forth a home screen replacement for Android handsets. Now that Nokia sold its phone making arm, it’s free to operate onto such markets, if it wants to.
Usually an Android launcher tries to look different and do different things compared to other alternatives on the market. Well Z Launcher keeps it simple and only shows key items on the screen. At the top of the display we spot the time, date and one upcoming calendar event. If you tap the time, you’ll open up the Android clock app and if you tap the calendar event you’ll open the Calendar app.
The rest of the screen features apps, contacts and web pages. There are 5 static shortcuts shown at the bottom of the screen, while the majority of the launcher screen area is taken up by 6 extra shortcuts. These items create the above mentioned combo of apps, contacts and web pages, the ones that you use the most often. Z Launcher will offer you something that Motorola did on some of its recent phones: it learns from your behaviour.
It remembers the apps you use the most and monitors the time of day when you use them. That also applies for web pages and contacts and Z Launcher is able to display the content you usually need at a certain time of the day. There’s also a feature called Scribble, that allows you to scribble letter anywhere on the launcher screen in order to open an application. Just scribble T and then W on the screen to open up Twitter for example.
The system goes like this: you draw a letter and then a list appears with apps, web pages and contacts. Tempted by this launcher? You can get it here.