Monday, March 3, 2014

Google Now Launcher for Nexus 7 2012 Edition (aka Grouper)

I read in the news that the new Nexus 5 launcher is available in the Play store for the Nexus devices that have Android 4.4.

I tried to download it for my Nexus 7 but couldn’t find it in the play store. I went to the play.google.com website and search for the new launcher and found it, but it said that it is not compatible with my Asus Nexus 7. Hmmm…. Strange since I installed the update for Android 4.4.2 some time ago.

After some research I found out that you need the newest google search installed on the device in order to be able to install the new launcher. I checked for app updates on my device and it seemed that everything (including google search) is up to date.
I went back to the google play website and searched for the Google-Search app. According to the website it was installed on my device. I clicked on the install button (just to see what will happen) and to my surprise I got a message that it will be installed on my device.

During the installation on my nexus 7 I got an error message that, because of my content filters, the app could not be updated.

I looked in the playstore settings and saw that I had some content filters enabled (only "Everyone" and "Low maturity" rated apps where allowed).
After I enabled "Show all apps" some app updates popped up (Google Maps, Google Hangout, Google+) and after I installed these updates I finally was able to install the new Google Now Launcher.

So if you can’t see the new Google Now Launcher in the Play Store, check if you have enabled content filtering in the Play Store settings.

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