Just last week the talented developers behind Nova Launcher finally solved one of the biggest pain points of almost every third-party launcher by including native Google Now integration. The feature is clean and works great, but it does involve a bit of a workaround to activate. Now, the availability of that feature is expanding to older versions of the OS.
The best gifts for Android users
The “Google Companion” app for Nova Launcher is what enables the integration, but it was limited to Marshmallow and later on its initial release. In version 1.1, the app works on devices dating back to Android Lollipop. While most of us are running Marshmallow and Nougat at this point, nearly 30% of the Android ecosystem is still running Android 5.0 and 5.1.
The update also fixes a handful of bugs within the app to further refine the experience. You can download version 1.1 now from APKMirror as the app isn’t available on the Google Play Store for quite a few reasons.
Regardless of the Android version you’re on, adding Google Now to Nova Launcher is as simple as downloading and installing the Google Companion app from APKMirror. Once installed, Nova will automatically activate the feature.