Top 5 Launchers For Your Android Smartphone
Unlike the iPhone, Android smartphones provide their users with (almost) limitless opportunities to customize them. This means you can change almost everything in the way your home screens, themes or icons look like. All you need is a third-party launcher installed, and it will transform the appearance and functionality of your phone’s home screen and apps.
In case you’re conservative to the very roots of your being, this article won’t touch the strings of your soul but it will be interesting to know something new. But, if you’re craving for changes, just read about five most popular Android launchers on the market.
First of all, APUS Launcher will give your mobile device a new set of icons and HD wallpapers. Then it will organize all your apps into several categories - Social, Entertainment, Games, and so on and sort them alphabetically. Users may explore APUS Discovery store to find the apps, games and themes you like. The gallery gets updated on the regular basis. Activate the APUS Know feature by pulling down to open the News Feed with trending stories and see the important calendar events. The Power+ utility is aimed to extend the battery life while Free Swipe opens the recently launched apps and Settings menu by swiping right. The launcher supports Android 4.0.3+ devices and is rated 4.5 stars on the Play Store.
Hola Launcher is one of the best of the kind for devices that run older versions of the operating system (2.3.3+), making them look more modern - like Android KitKat, to be more specific. It’s stable and smooth. Hola Launcher reorganizes the apps into thematic categories: Shopping, Education, Media, etc. One will also find new packs of icons and the app drawer organized in the alphabetical order. Users may choose themes and high-quality wallpapers from various categories or enjoy the live ones. Moreover, there are over 10 thousand icons available. Additionally, use the Hola Boost option for a one-tap speeding up your device, Hola Shine for having a quick access to frequently-used apps, and double tapping for locking the screen. The app shares its rating with the previous launcher.
To use Solo Launcher, your smartphone should be running at least Android 4.0+. It’s also a good app manager as it automatically places the most frequently used applications on the home screen and offers to lock some of them for a higher level of data security. All the apps will be once again organized alphabetically but won’t be grouped into any thematic folders as in other launchers. Furthermore, any image from your gallery may be used as an icon. The app controls your phones' battery consumption via the Battery Saver option and speeds up the whole system thanks to Speed Booster. Tap the Shuffle icon on the home screen for the random changing of wallpapers. We have an assumption that all the launchers share the same 4.5-star rating somehow, no matter how hard they try.
Nova Launcher won't run anywhere below Android 4.0+, offering insignificant changes in the look but a couple of additional features and options. They are dozens of new icon themes and scrolling effects, color and transparency controls for the home screen items, grouping widgets for quicker access, choosing of screen orientation, layouts importing from other launchers, advanced backup-and-restore system, etc. The Prime version costs $4, offering gesture control for almost anything, counting of unread messages, custom swiping, and even more scrolling effects. Surprisingly, this app is rated 4.6 on the Play Store.
One of the most interesting features of the GO Launcher is the ability to hide and lock applications to protect your smartphone’s security. Besides, you’ll find a lot of sweet-looking animations for app widgets. In fact, it’s a rather basic app that works well and supports simple gestures for controlling. For example, a long tap on the home screen activates the editing mode, which allows to change the settings, to add/remove apps, and change wallpapers with a possibility to apply a filter. The GO Launcher has two paid versions: Prime (about $4) and Super VIP (almost $20 at the moment). The first one removes advertisements, allows switching between active tasks, and supports more transition animations and gestures. The latter also gets rid of ads, unlocks the paid themes and wallpaper filters.
The Bottom Line
To make a conclusion, we would like to mention that you can choose any of the launchers that fit your demands best - the aforementioned ones are just our recommendations based on personal user experience. Just remember and consider the fact that some of them only add extra features while others may transform the UI completely.