Install Android M launcher on any device[No root required]

Install Android M launcher on any device[No root required]

During this year's Google I/O 2015, Google unveiled Android M Developer preview the successor of Android Lollipop. Since it will take a while for Android M to arrive and if you are not on either Nexus or Moto devices then it will take a long before you have it in your device.

Also Read: List of smart phones that will receive Android M update

A Developer from XDA was able to export the Android M Launcher from the Android M Developer preview so that the users can have a feel of what the next generation of Android launcher would like.
Though Android M has very fewest of new changes, Android M has a redesigned app drawer. Apps are now listed in a vertically scrollable single page and in alphabetical order. In addition, there are four app icons at the top of the app drawer, which will change, based on your recently used apps, so you can access your favorite apps quickly.The search button at the top makes it easier to find the application you want.
Also Read: New Nexus 2015

The Android M launcher works only on Lollipop devices, but you can have a go on older versions as well. To install the launcher you need 2 files(Apps) to be installed on your mobile Android M launcher(Velvet.apk) and Google Now Launcher.

Steps to install Android M Launcher 

  1. Download Velvet.apk from this link and copy it into your phones memory. 
  2. Install the APK file (Do not forget to enable ‘Unknown Sources’ option from settings menu). 
  3. Go to Play Store and Download Google Now Launcher App and set it as default launcher.
  4. (Optional)You can also download the Android M camera now available in Play Store.

You will have Android M look running on your phone. During our testing, we found the launcher to be pretty responsive. It performed way better than the original lollipop launcher. You can check out Android M launcher running video below.

Screenshots(Taken on Nexus 5):

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