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Nougat Launcher app for Samsung Z1, Z2, and Z3 lands at Tizen Store

Tizen is, compared to the likes of Android, a “baby” OS, and it’s not surprising to see that some Tizen users have more than just a little respect and admiration for Tizen’s more massive mobile “cousin.” Google has released Nougat for the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as its current Nexus devices, and Samsung has started pushing out Google’s latest sweet treat to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge for China, UK, France, Malaysia, South Korea, UAE, and Russia. Even now, though, Tizen users won’t get to enjoy Nougat on their handsets.

Well, maybe that’s fudging the truth just a bit.

A new app has arrived in the Tizen Store called “Nougat Launcher app” that is designed to bring a little (note the words “a little”) Nougat design to your Samsung Z1, Z2, or Z3 handset. The Nougat Launcher app brings a Googlicious theme that looks reminiscent of a few Marshmallow themes you may have seen in Samsung’s Theme Store on an Android-powered handset, but, aside from the basic look, the icon design is still reminiscent of Tizen.

Android appreciators will find the multi-colored “G” at the top left of the main screen, reminiscent of the new Pixel Launcher for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL, to be a welcome addition, letting you search for your installed apps. And yes, there are some bugs you will encounter, some things you can’t do as you would on an Android device (such as close recent apps).

Finally, the app is a launcher app, meaning that the look on your main screen will only stay provided that the app remains open. Close the app and your home screen will reflect the look you set for it. Hopefully, Tizen app developers will create more app launchers and perhaps even, a home launcher at some point, to bring even more Android love to the platform.

You can download the Nougat Launcher app over at the Tizen Store, but, in the meantime, take a look at the app screenshots below and let us know if you’d like to see developer support continue for this (or see the creation of more launcher apps).

Nougat Launcher app

nougat launcher app icon list

nougat launcher app tizen app search

nougat launcher app layout

nougat launcher app app drawer

nougat launcher app recent apps

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vikydattu
vikydattu

This isn’t Samsung developed Launcher. It isn’t Home Launcher either. It’s just an app launcher…

TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

Maybe samsung should rather focus and get nougat 7.0 to devices and stop playing around on tizen. Premium devices like the s7/edge don’t even have 7.0 yet in 90-95% of the counties in the world, yet they are busy updating cheap devices. I see Google is busy giving customers with pixel devices the chance to take part in beta testing the nougat 7.1.2 version which means in a month or two 7.1.2 will be available, samsung is still busy with 7.0. I bet samsung hasn’t even touched 7.1.1 and started developing 7.1.1. By the time 30 – 40% of devices… Read more »

friss
friss

That the sad fact about Android by OEMs, worsen by Samsung having to release country by country for the same phone, different country get it differently, monthly security updates also screw up, never been once we get globally release of software updates or even monthly security patch on the same day. Samsung even make things difficult for themselves for having different hardware variants of the same model which Apple standardised the hardware worldwide and have public beta for worldwide to test, anytime just a simple enrolment ourselves. I think goooge should set a cut off date after google announced new… Read more »

luffy753
luffy753

….Tizen and Android would probably have 2 different software developent team. You are totally barking up the wrong tree.

As for Android updates, no one can argue Samsung’s updates are not slow, but for you to compare stock Android to Samsung phones..that is just, well, to put it nicely, not the right thing to do. If you have an S7, you’ll definitely get it. So chill

TodesUrteil82
TodesUrteil82

Ok seems you can’t understand what I’m saying, I will then draw you a picture and you can color it in afterwards. Doesn’t matter if there’s two teams working on different O/S firmwares, the fact of the matter is the expensive “premium” models that users pay the most for should be important to samsung, which clearly it isn’t, as first of all clients pay the most for it and secondly samsung makes the most profit out of these devices that are so-called premium models/devices. Thus if they really cared they would either employ more people to work on the firmware… Read more »

luffy753
luffy753

1) Umm did you even read the article? That is a Nougat launcher. Meaning it was made by app developers, not Samsung. But even if Samsung made it, my point still stands. Since these are 2 different OS, this means that they have 2 different departments. Meaning 2 different groups of people who are specialised on 2 different things. It is not as simple as “bring those Tizen people to Android”, that is not how it works. People who are working on Tizen, would most probably have nothing to do with Android, which is why you are barking at the… Read more »