Google recently announced the launch of its Nexus 5 smartphone, which comes bundled with a stock Android 4.4 KitKat experience. It also features the new ‘Google Experience Launcher’, which is basically a revamped Google Search / Google Now app with launcher functions. But if you are waiting for this feature to come to other Android devices, including other Nexus models, here’s an update.
The search giant has confirmed that the Launcher is a Nexus 5 exclusive for the time being and it may be a while before it is made available on other devices.
The Verge reports: “Google tells [The Verge] that the new Launcher on the Nexus 5 is exclusive to the phone — though the company may change its mind and offer it for the Nexus 4 and perhaps even put it on the Play store someday. For now, Google wants to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.”
With this, Google wants to give users a reason to upgrade to the new device and not just wait for the software update to arrive on their older device.
The company also wants to gauge users’ reactions before deciding if the Launcher is good enough to bring it onto other devices.