Xperia Z3 home launcher (7.0.A.0.14) ported to older Xperia handsets

by XB on 6th September 2014

in Tips & Tricks, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Home Launcher_1Sony’s new home launcher for the Xperia Z3 sticks much more closely to Google’s stock launcher, than compared to the current version. You’ll immediately notice larger app icons, overall the launcher looks very similar to the Google Now Launcher. The Xperia Z3 home launcher has now been ported to older Xperia hardware running Android 4.2+ thanks to Sahaab from XDA.

If you want to try it for yourself, then the download links are below. There are two versions, the first should work on non-rooted handsets but may not fully support stock widgets, transparent system UI and navbar for older Android versions. The second should fully work but you will need to be rooted. Install like a normal APK, although make sure you wipe home data first.

DOWNLOAD: Xperia Z3 Home Launcher (7.0.A.0.14) [Both Non-Root and Superuser APKs included in zip]

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Via XDA.

  • Dakota

    Would definitely download, were it not for the lack of transparency.

  • rs guest

    Yay !!!
    But the bigger icons are not upto my liking :(

  • Paopee

    just checked it out. FOR ME, i like the old Xperia Home instead of this. icons are huge in the drawer.

  • NoWay

    I think it has transparency only on KitKat, on screenshot seems to be 4.3 Jelly Bean.

  • Vadim Katznelson

    So…anyone with nonrooted xperia z1 /c/s/z2 on 4.4.4 installed it yet? Does it have transparency or not?

  • Mohammad Mansour

    But the icons are big

  • aman

    horrible is the word

  • Dakota

    I can confirm that it’s still transparent if you have 4.4
    Icons aren’t hi-res, they just don’t look nice when they’re huge
    ALSO it doesn’t replace the original Home apk, you can switch between both launchers

  • David Hvatov

    I like small icons more, than these huge ones.

  • Luca

    Help guys, i cant install the superuser version. I wiped the home data

  • baloosh

    Anyone checked it on xperia z ultra how thr icons are? (non rooted)

  • Mahmoud Yosri

    I have rooted xperia z . how to download the superuser apk ?? Could anyone tell me

  • Luca

    Update: It sucks!

  • adi

    Do you have to install it separately with the links give above or will there be an update which will release later on?

  • Jerry Berglund

    I really enjoy this new launcher, except the removal of the trashbin animation. I do miss that one. The X isnt that nice.

  • Amit Kataria

    Icons are so big…the only reason i uninstalled google now launcher…n i would prefer my old xperia home.

  • ishu

    anyone installed it on Xperia Z2 ??

  • Mike N.

    Thanks for this. The icons are indeed HUGE. No root and a locked bootloader Z2 with transparent nav and status bar. The trash can is an X and those subtle animations you get when deleting an icon or widget is gone as well. Search bar is permanant to. So this ones a pass for me. App drawer icon looks better tho..

  • Mike N.

    Yeah. Transparent nav and status. Seems to be running smoothly. Limited widget support tho like other 3rd party launchers.

  • ishu

    anyone got this update in India?

  • Bob

    U have to flash the superuser zip through ur custom recovery

  • jacob

    not bad. but I still love dodol launcher more than this.

  • Sergio

    Can’t open the file :S

  • Renanda

    I’ve installed it on my XZU but the icons are still small

  • Reza

    I just installed and then uninstall on my XZ, preferred the old Xperia home than this one, the icon look so big and I think it’s not fit the screen.

  • Lukáš Pávl

    On Z Ultra causing some sirious problems or not working at all. For example when i want to install app from SD card, the instalation end with message saying that the memory is full. And of course it’s ugly.

  • János Jenei

    The Sony Xperia E1 has the same amount of internal memory of the Sony Xperia Sony Xperia M and M Model C2004 has a dual processor and lower RAM and only 512 will receive the version 4.4 kit kat. Please listen to us users the Sony Xperia Sony dual model C2004 M and M Xperias generally give us the upgrade to Android 4.4 kat kit that automatically gives us the option to move apps to the SD card as the internal memory of Xperia M is very low as well as the Sony Xperia E1 then listen to us and give us the Kit Kat version 4.4 for Sony Xperia M dual model C2004. Thank you!

  • Confused Panda

    Less the playstation styled back home and menu buttons designs, what other changes are there?

  • Abu Saleq Rocky

    Fail!! Can’t use any of default widget. Like clock, weather, pictures etc

  • Hassandroid

    I downloaded Google now launcher and then uninstalled it because the icons were big, and now Sony comes with this :(

  • Camilo Uribe

    Icons are so big, naah ! Can someone send me the lastest home launcher 17.1.2.A.0.314 . Thanks

  • XperiaV

    it has a layout bugs. Need someone to make a better port for 4.3 users.

  • Guest

    I think it looks great on my Xperia Z! :)

  • Jiyeon90

    Wtf is this crap Sony?! That looks horrible
    Why not make something like this

  • roeshak

    Don’t understand why so many dislike the larger icons. I prefer them, really showcase the high res display. Just a pity you have to be rooted to use this with the stock widgets. I’m tempted to root but think I’ll just wait for the official 4.4.4 update for z2

  • Tjaldid

    Someone went blind over at sony and demanded bigger logos

  • FredrikAn

    Looks like the size as on iPhone.

  • GHJ

    Whine, whine, whine.

  • Börcs Barnabás

    It works fine in my Z. Thanks! :)

  • Stanley08

    Fixed icons here! :) It’s awesome, I also have the SystemUI, Walkman, Keyboard, Update center, Widgets, AR fun. All on my Z2, So I have a Z3. Well.. ish!

  • Sahaab Zahid

    umm if you are going to use my stuff, please add link to xda thread or atleast add my name

  • Alif Zack

    Yo, why the reupload? im posting as behalf of the porter as he’s my friend.

    Atleast add the credits

  • Sahaab Zahid


  • Jack

    You do realize that they posted your XDA link, don’t you? Look up again.
    I understand that this is your work but by removing the download link, it’s hard for some of us to download your work.

  • raheemdot

    How did you bypass this issue? I cannot install the app due to this issue.

  • Sahaab Zahid

    brother, that small little XDA thing doesnt work, i have in my signature specifically that sharing of my work isnt allowed

  • Sahaab Zahid

    also secondly sorry for the inconvenience but i porting is not easy work, i dont want them to add their own download link :p

  • Jack

    I guess I will just wait for this to resolve. Your work is pretty good anyway. :)

    Maybe email Xperiablog to erase their mediafire download link? I really wanted to test your new clock widget. :P

  • Sahaab Zahid

    clock widget had been added for like 5 hours now,
    well removed for now

  • Jack

    I just woke up. It’s morning here. :/

    And I just saw that you might not update the port again. I don’t see how that will make Xperiablog do something about it honestly.

  • Sahaab Zahid

    ya i doubt it will too but atleast i wont have to work my a*s off
    secondly, i can send u the widget if you give me a way to contact you (e.g XDA acc)

  • Jack

    I understand. Well maybe tweet them on Twitter? They usually listen, just saying.

    I would love too! But unfortunately no, I usually learn everything on XDA (rooting and custom roms) without an account as I don’t like asking.
    Maybe an email?

  • Sahaab Zahid

    sure email would be easier, but i thought since u wudnt want to publicly release it here :D

  • Guest

    My Xperia ZR with the latest home launcher

  • Jack

    That would be very hepful for me. I wonder if you also updated your home launcher or not? I only have an old version of your launcher.

    And no, I won’t make a download link for others or share it privately. It’s a promise. :P

  • Killian Khoo

    Just installed on my Xperia ZR KK ~
    Look nice ~

  • Killian Khoo
    if this video Z3 low-light video is true ~
    it look really nice ~

  • Hey there. Everybody appreciates your work and original posts at XDA. You also gave proper explanations there about what was bugging you – still I think you’re over reacting. Imagine how the Sony devs feel about your work? are u giving them credits too? no u don’t – still they are not bitching about it. Xperiablog serves as a great hub, they post quality stuff like your xda thread – all of us experienced readers check out the source link, we all know xperiablog is not creating much of their own content. Don’t worry that they take credit for your work, none of us sees it that way. Actually by promoting the xperia brand tirelessly, they also promote the superb work by great xperia fans like yourself.

  • Sahaab Zahid

    Sony workers get paid ;)
    I don’t, if i did, i wudnt care
    Im fine with what they did to the post now
    Secondly, try working a whole day on smali and see how much it messes up your brain XD
    Sorry if i seem rude, i do not intend to be

  • roeshak

    I just don’t understand the hatred of the large icons. I love them. Why do you want to go back to icons scaled for much lower resolution screens

  • roeshak

    Z2 was already performing that well anyway.

  • roeshak

    You can remove the search bar if you don’t want it. Google settings or long press on the bar itself

  • Luca

    I installed the non-root version and it worked, the rooted one didnt work (even though i rooted my phone)

  • bishon bishon

    this is the exact copy of the google now launcher, it looks ok, exactly like nexus devices!

  • SM

    I’d rather prefer the present one over this crappy one.

  • Killian Khoo

    nice tips ~
    The whole home screen look more clear ~
    Thank for the tips btw ~

  • Diego

    Hi, installed on Z1 4.4.4 no-root … OK!!

  • Killian Khoo

    actually 4.4.2 on my Xperia ZR alrdy have transparency ~

  • Unjealous fuck

    Not as well as the Z3 ;P

  • roeshak

    20.7mp samples from z3. Looking good. Focus seems much improved. Good clarity, detail and sharpness. Colour reproduction looks awesome also. Really hope these improvements are software related and not partly down to the new lens.
    Looks like Sony’s finally getting the 20.7mp sensor to performing to something approaching is full potential at last!

  • Abdul Ghani

    this is huawei ascend mate 7 vs z3 compact its 13mp vs 20.7

    my opinion is z3 compact got beaten with still high level of noise plus hdr is extremely poor in z3 compact vs ascend mate 7

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  • bazzidazzle

    I have a z2 with root and wanting to install the root version. Can someone please explain how I would install it as just clicking to install doesn’t install the .apk

  • Peter

    Because they don’t look good and as much as you love them – we hate them. There should be an option to at least retain the old size. Don’t be self-centered.

  • roeshak

    I was just surprised to see so much dislike for them. I’ve been waiting for Sony to do exactly this. I suppose there’ll always be modded apks to install with small icons.

  • roeshak

    From the full resolution samples posted on phonearenna, there’s a significant improvement in clarity and sharpness. Video also looks a bit better but not by much.
    Hope the z2 also gets a camera update to improve sharpness and clarity at full resolution.

  • thoughts

    Clock no root doesnt work

  • ash

    I hate bigger icons too. they should be proportionate to the screen

  • thoughts

    Sony has something special for you qx1 qx10 qx30 qx100 so there you have it big sensor big lenses big zoom emount lense system etc etc shop now at

  • Abdul Ghani

    Well you see I am buying qx30 it is a lifetime purchase but this is created by sony camera team and sony mobile team is a noob just can’t fix the damn software it would be nice if Sony mobile team ask camera team to make good software for all phones camera

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    I dont like it.. It makes my 5.2 inch display becoming 4inch display.. To big and to ” going backward “

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  • Noven

    I don’t this UI???????

  • Tanzeel

    Even huawei has launched 64 bit smartphone.

  • thoughts

    It is de work and property of sony in the first place did you credit the real developer and owner already arrogant being also de home-no-root crashes when trying to remove an app with the sidebar option

  • Killian Khoo
  • laci_csk

    I dont find the weather widget and many more.

  • ola

    How dos it works? I have root..but wehn i try to instal it: (whatch Picture)Error? Whats is ,,Home data,, ?

  • ola

    root was made with towelroot Xperia Z 4.4.2

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  • ProWeirdo

    Does it replace the system buttons’ icons for these from Android L?

  • Jacob

    Because that looks like shit.

  • raheemdot

    thank you

  • Jiyeon90

    Why don’t you show me yours, I wanna laugh

  • Ed

    No photo widget?

  • Abdul Ghani

    Lol z1 and z2 stuck at iso 3200 and z3 12800 wow sony for abandoning old 20.7 phone

  • Hello

    I think bigger icon looks more dumb or more like toy :/

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  • Sachin Gautam

    Soon the Hairline Crack will Invade

  • ashkan

    how you did that??? p;ease help me…i don’t like these huge icons :

  • If it says “you need to be rooted”, it means you need to copy the APK file over to /system/app, not install it like a regular package.

  • Tomáš Marcin?in

    Can u tell me icon pack name ?

  • Jiyeon90

    I believe it’s Cyrcle

  • Mohammad Mansour

    How did you make them smaller

  • kumar89

    can some one please tell me how to wipe home data??

  • João Carlos

    Dude, my phone is rooted Xperia SP , when I try instalatar the superuser apk mistake! But to install the apk that is not super user do not have to do what?

  • João Carlos

    But with me it never works! Even putting the correct permissions! Put the clock widget and the Z3 did not work! And to put the original back, no longer works! So what you have to do to function properly?

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  • lea lipata

    what font is using in the screenshot ? sorry for out of topic question :)

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