Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s launcher is available to download now

Get Marshmallow's new launcher right now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Get Marshmallow’s new launcher right now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google’s new launcher baked into Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been extracted from the company’s latest Developer Preview and is available to download now. The launcher comes with all of Marshmallow’s new wallpapers, as well as some welcome performance improvements.

As this was pulled from Google’s latest Marshmallow build, it is an official release and not a third-party clone. That means you get all of Google’s features, including the search bar and Google Now, baked right in. It doesn’t appear to be Marshmallow’s final launcher, however.

Google made a number of changes to the launcher that were present in previous builds — like adding a new app drawer that scrolls vertically, rather than horizontally — but for reasons that aren’t yet clear, those changes aren’t present in this launcher.

What you can expect, according to PhoneArena, is plenty of under-the-hood improvements that should help stability and performance, and Marshmallow’s new wallpapers. You can download the launcher APK via the source link below.