The launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat has underwent a major overhaul and introduces an unlimited number of home screens, new and bigger icons, and more visual changes. If you want to give it a try, the APK is already available online and can be installed on devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later.

When I recently wrote about the Nexus 5, I mentioned there wasn’t much to see in the latest Android version unveiled last week. But as my colleague has pointed out in his own post, the OS actually has a lot to offer. That, in part, has to do with the Android 4.4 KitKat launcher. Simply follow the steps below and see it for yourself.

  1. Enable installation from unknown sources. This option is usually found in Settings > Security > Device Administration.
  2. Download the APK files (contained in a ZIP file), extract them on your computer, and move them to your device.
  3. Install the files in this order: (1) PrebuiltGmsCore.apk, (2) Velvet.apk, (3) GoogleHome.apk
  4. Press the home button and select the launcher.

With the launcher installed, you can now enjoy a spanking new interface that provides an intuitive access to your wallpaper, widgets, and settings. That and there’s more features left to explore.

So that the Android 4.4 KitKat launcher will work seamlessly on your device, you will also need to install the latest version of Google Now and Google Play Services.

Note that this isn’t an official release by Google. This Android 4.4 KitKat launcher was extracted from a Nexus 5 handset by xda-developer user geoworld_200. As with all experimental installations, expect issues and bugs to arise. For instance, your Google Search may encounter force close issues. We recommend that you backup your important data first before trying the launcher.



  • Allan

    Does it work on cherry mobile flame 2.0?

    • ifrit

      sad to say nasira phone ko nung install ko yan…flash rom aq

  • Miko David Pascua

    oks ba sa flare to??

  • mark abenson

    gumana sa flare 2.0 ty

  • Bwiset

    che di naman gumagana sa cherry mobile flame 1.0 ayaw gumana yung velvet at yung Googlehome! panloloko lang yata yan eh lahat man ng steps ginawa ko BWISET!

  • Pat

    for jelly bean 4.1 or later lang pala to. so far ok naman. :)

  • Jett Andrei

    Pano natin ma eedit yung menu?? di ko malipat yung mga pwesto nila..

  • Samuel Sarto

    pde ba sa superion odyssey to?

  • Heatran Leo

    gumagana ba to sa cm gem? dual core, 4gb rom and 512 ram

  • Christian T. Fernandez

    Napilitan akong i-factory reset ang phone ko.

  • Cray Zee

    pwd po ba to sa cherry mobile flare S?

  • Zoooo

    is it okay to ALpha Style Cherry Mobile??

  • sir pwde po ba mag install ng CLASH of Clans sa Cherry mobile Gem? 4.2 jelly bean