Best Android Launchers

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Apex Launcher 

Apex Launcher helps you create a customized homescreen experience on your Android (4.0+) device.

Features :

  • Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
  • Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
  • Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
  • Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
  • Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
  • Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
  • Choose different folder preview styles and background
  • Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
  • Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
  • Hide apps from the drawer
  • Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
  • Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
  • Advanced theme engine (icon packs, skins, etc.)
  • Backup/restore settings and data
  • Optimized for both phones and tablets
  • Lots of other customization options!

ADW.Launcher

Highly customizable home replacement application

Features:

  • It’s compatible with android versions from 1.6 to 4.1!
  • It’s highly customizable, almost in every aspect you can think of.
  • Thousands of skins and themes with support for most popular launcher themes!
  • Mix and match your skins, icons, docks, folders, etc
  • Configure your applications in unlimited groups and hide unwanted apps.
  • Fast setup screen with fast access to add items or configure everything.
  • Gestures for fast operation (swipe up/down, 2-fingers swipe up/down, pinch in/out, etc)
  • Configurable Actionbar, similar to android 3.x+ tablet interface.
  • Screens editor to add,remove, swap and resize your desktop screens.
  • Configurable visual desktop indicators.
  • Easy folder tweaking and management, content previews, arrangement, colors, etc.
  • New AppWidget picker for devices running Android 4.1 and newer.
  • Icons editor to create your own customized shortcuts or edit existing ones
  • AppWidget resizing
  • AppWidget backup/restore (only for android 4.1 and newer)
  • Customizable applications dock with support for unlimited shortcuts with paginated scroll.
  • Lots of settings to play with: texts, colours, animations, sizes… you should dig in!

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you control and can customize. Change icon themes, colors, layouts, animations and more.

Features:

  • Color Theme – Set the highlight accent color for the launcher
    Also individual Color controls for labels, folders, unread count badges, drawer tabs and background
  • Icon Themes – Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store
  • Subgrid positioning – Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells
  • Customize App Drawer – Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects
  • Infinite scroll – Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continously
  • Backup/Restore – Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings
  • Scrollable Dock – Create multiple docks and scroll between them
  • Widgets in dock – Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4×1 music player widget
  • Import Layout – No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone.
  • Fast – Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it’s work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers.

GO Launcher EX

GO Launcher EX took the top spot, bringing home over 37% of the overall vote. If you adopt GO Launcher EX as your default home screen, you will use it all the time. – Androidapp GO Launcher EX is perfect for people who are getting a bit tired of seeing the same old Android launch interface.

Features:

  • GO Panel to add frequently used features with just one click (New)
  • More than 10,000 personalized themes (keep increasing)
  • Super smooth flipping and transition effects provided by 3D core
  • 25+ fancy transition effects
  • 15+ widgets available for free (weather, clock, switch, calendar…)
  • Launch apps using gestures

Holo Launcher

Simple, powerful, fast and highly customizable home replacement, based on KitKat Launcher.Not like Apex Launcher or Nova Launcher, Holo Launcher can run on Froyo, Gingerbread, ICS and Jelly Bea

Features:

  • Full ICS Style: ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc.
  • Custom Desktop Pages/Grid: Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid.
  • Custom Drawer Portrait/landscape Grid
  • Scrollable Dock: Up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
  • Infinite Scrolling
  • Gestures: Swipe up/down on desktop to launch apps quickly.
  • Customizable shortcut/folder icons
  • Customizable icon label color
  • Apply icon packs, support ADW icon pack and Launcherpro icon pack.
  • Desktop Previews: Pinch to access desktop previews.
  • Backup and Restore: Backup and restore your settings and shortcuts.
  • Other Customization Options: Keep in memory, home key action, hide apps in drawer, hide labels, etc.

Google Now Launcher

Upgrade the launcher on your device to make Google Now one swipe away. From your primary home screen, swipe right to access Google Now cards that give you just the right information, at just the right time.

Features:

Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.

  • Just say “OK, Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say OK, Google to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions or play a song.
  • Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
  • Easy access to your favourite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube and Maps.
  • Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
  • Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that is stored on your device, or in the Cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.

Next Launcher

Next Launcher 3D Shell shows you how 3D dynamic effects and highly customizable Android home screen replacement app could redefine your Android device. Time to get rid of the flat traditional launcher and embrace REAL 3D Launcher! You deserve it!

Features:

  • Extremely fancy 3D effect with buttery smooth experience
  • Real 3D Home Screen Transition Effects (Crystal, Cloth, Folding and more coming soon)
  • Stunning 3D screen preview with dazzling animation of screen switching
  • Build unique icon style by changing its size, angle, style and label (Icon Editor)
  • Combine all good parts from different themes into a single theme you really love (Theme Mix Mode)
  • Efficient and powerful batch apps management with gestures
  • Up to 8 different gestures available in home screen and app drawer
  • See how cool your phone could be by blowing all the icons and the widgets to air space (Floating Mode)
  • Enhanced shining border effects for home screen transition
  • Up to 7 rows on dock to shortcut all your favorites
  • Keep releasing 3D Next widgets, 3D themes and live wallpapers special designed by GO Launcher Dev Team

 

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2 thoughts on “Best Android Launchers

  • February 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    What about nokia z launcher and aviate?

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  • December 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    where is Action Launcher?

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