Published on November 13th, 2013 | by Tim Schofield


Google Experience Launcher (GEL) on Every Android 4.1+ Device!

In a welcome Google Search update, the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) will be coming to every Android 4.1 and up device! This is great news for Nexus owners (besides the Nexus 5) that did not get the GEL after updating to 4.4 KitKat.

You can manually update your Google search application with the APK file below. This will bring GEL on every Android 4.1+ device. I also have a video below showing off the launcher!

Let me know what you think about GEL!

The Google Experience Launcher on Every Android 4.1 Device:


Directions: Install both APK files below

1. Google Search DOWNLOAD

2. Google Launcher DOWNLOAD


Source: AndroidPolice (THANKS!)

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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19 Responses to Google Experience Launcher (GEL) on Every Android 4.1+ Device!

  1. 73roderick says:

    Is there anyway to hide the dock on this launcher? Also, any way to set “shortcuts” on the screen?

  2. the Nexii says:

    Gnex with Android 4.3 can’t open the launcher apk.(have installed the google search apk) anyone got an idea of what could be wrong? thanks in advance 🙂

    • Shade Miller says:

      what’s it saying? i’m having an error saying “sorry, google search has closed” or something along those lines…

      • Nathan Westervelt says:

        Having the same issue. I have installed the associated files on my HTC One (AT&T), but when I try to run the Launcher, I get an error that states “Unfirtunately, Google Search has stopped. I have tried to change the language in Google Now, but to no avail.

  3. Dennis Caunce says:

    works great,. except for the hotword detection, which doesn’t want to work at all

  4. David S. says:

    this doesn’t work on the HTC evo 4g lte. You receive a google search error

  5. Mandynator says:

    I dont like how it works with Nexus7 (2013) and when you turn it landscape

  6. Eric Bright says:

    I installed and it worked like charm. Thank you!

  7. Grebe says:

    It’s still not fulscreen on my Nexus 10. Why?

  8. james says:

    Needs support from icon theme packs I’m using an s4 and I hate the touchwiz icon pack and can’t change them

  9. Thony says:

    The first link doesn’t work

  10. zachary says:

    its soooo beautiful
    -and it worked like a charm

  11. Brian O says:

    the launcher worked perfectly for me but when i try to install google search it just keeps saying app not installed, idk what to do

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