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Google Now Launcher app lands for more Androids, plenty left behind

Google Now launcher app
Google Now has become Google *Now*

Google Now has become a little more immediate thanks to the new Google Now Launcher app that became available for select Android devices today.

Installing the app makes Google's contextual personal assistant one easy swipe away from the home screen. Sliding the interface left brings up all the app's relevant information.

It also adds the "Okay Google" voice trigger to the home screen for instant voice-prompted searches.

Previously, Google Now was buried within the home screen of most Android devices. This required holding down an on-screen home button and dragging your finger up toward a Google logo.

Bringing Google Now to the forefront should give its Siri-rivaling capabilities more use among Android owners.

Google Now for some, later for others

The new launcher made its debut with the Nexus 5, but has broken out of the operating system and into the Google Play Store for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices.

That means while the new Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets running Android 4.4 are able to take advantage of the easier-to-access Google Now app, everyone else has to wait.

We asked Google when other Android phones and tablets would be compatible with the new Google Now Launcher app and will update this story when we hear back.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.