One of the biggest problems, connected with Androids, were the fact, that users (at least at the very beginning), couldn’t change the Smartphone in the way they wanted. Customization was not as big as today. However, now a days there are various, android launchers. A good launcher can completely change the Smartphone. Give it a different look, modifying icon and themes or even add new features and functionalities. However, to choose a proper android launcher is not an easy task. That is why this article was created. You can choose from many types of launchers. In the following paragraph I am going to share with you, my personal views on the best 5 android launchers.
Actually we can classify launchers in two categories –
- The ones that change the look, feel and design.
- The second category on the other hand, focuses more on the functionality.
All launchers described here, are considered the best, because they don’t focus only on one of these categories. Instead it provides us, with both functionality and change of design.
Let’s look at the best 5 Android launchers for your Android device:
It is perfect android launcher for people who are still lost with such products and are not as proficient in using it, as other users. By that, we can mainly understand older people, who need much more time, to become familiar with new technologies, than young people. The most important thing is the fact, that Aviate has fully automatic system of creation of your own collection of apps. It is fully based on your own activities. In other words, your screen will be filled with apps you mostly desire. Besides, it creates shortcuts to various activities.
For example, if you plug your headphones, then the Aviate, will immediately launch the menu of the music player, with your favourite playlist. However, at the same time Aviate also offers manual customization so it is good for both newbie, and professional users. It also should be noted, that Aviate is a Yahoo smart stream. What does it mean? Basically, you have a constant connection to information. As soon as you launch your phone, you will get notes with most important news. Example, if you walk around the city at the time of dinner, then Aviate will provide you with the destination to the places with the best food around. Smart Stream is the strongest thing, Aviate has to offer and it works well.
Only con of Aviate is that it allows limited degree of customization.
This is one of the best free launchers which can be found for androids. First of all, it has small impact on the system, thus it wouldn’t take too much energy and resources from the Smartphone. Secondly, it provides user with huge variety of applications which allows balancing appearance, utility, energy drain, etc. There are also other options. Colour themes, Icon packs, application drawer customization. Whatever you want to do, you can, thanks to Nova launcher. Furthermore, as it was stated before, it is free. Let me share some of the good to use features of Nova launcher for android smart phone.
- Custom Grid (Customization of rows and columns in order to fit them into apps and widgets)
- Hide apps (As name suggest, allows you to hide some of your applications)
- Icon Swipes
- Backup ( Backup of a data, can save your life)
- Drawer Groups (Make your own, nice drawer with chosen apps)
- Scrollable dock (Keep all of your favourite apps, on dock)
- Scroll Effects (A full customization of various effects, which appear when you scroll)
- Gestures (You can customize various gestures in order to make a chosen effect, for example launching your favourite app)
The size of the launcher varies and it depends on the device on which it is supposed to be used. If i am asked about not so good things about this launcher then my answer would be the fact that it has small amount of themes, widgets and plug-in and lack of special effects.
Nova launcher is available for free and paid version too. Free version has features such as themes, scroll effects, widget overlapping and placing widgets in your dock. And the paid version includes gestures, unread counts and drawer groups. It also supports different icon sets which help in customising your Android icons.
3) Apex Launcher
Another great launcher, put at the spot together with Nova Launcher is called Apex Launcher. The core (and absolutely the best), feature of this product is it’s ability to customize the home screen grid size. You won’t believe how handy it is. The most important features of this launcher are:
- Scrollable dock
- Infinite scroll
- Customizable home screen and grid size
- Home screen gestures
- Customizable apps and folder icons
- Drawer apps sorting
- Backups of data
- Hide apps
- Backup of a data
It has various features in pro version (like more transition effects, two fingers gestures or option to merge folder contents) but even in basics it has a lot to offer. The size is 4.1 MB so is much smaller than Action launcher. The biggest con of this app is it basic version.
Apex launcher is also available for free and paid version. The free version offers many customization features such as home screens gestures and themes just like the nova launcher. But the paid version serves some additional things like two-finger gestures, overlapping widgets and even the icon packs too.
4) Google Now Launcher
Another one is Google now Launcher, designed for people, who love flashy, 3D effects. Among all the launchers mentioned in this article, it has the biggest range of screen transitions as it comes right from Google. With this launcher you can also execute all sorts of hands-free “OK Google” commands. However it does not focus only on that. It also offers you a drawer customization. You can extend the look and feel of the device to almost any level. Google Now Launcher is a free app, which is actually it’s biggest advantage.
5) Apus Launcher
It is also worth to mention in this article. First of all, just like Nova Launcher it is for free. Although it does not have as much options like Nova, still it is quite good. Best feature of Apus laucher is that -It is full of wallpapers, animations, themes et cetera, so the user is not forced to download additional things. Besides, it also has smart folders, which automatically categorize applications, according to the preferences of the user.
Not as functional as previously mentioned android launchers. However, it is still free and it is certainly going to fill all needs, of various users. The most interesting thing however, is the application called Apus boosts, which accelerates the device. Power+ is also interesting. Thanks to this your phone is going to work for much longer period of time. With Apus wallpapers, you are going to fully customize your screen and icons. All in all it has everything you need.
In this article, various types of android launchers were described. However, it should be noted that these are only the best of them. The internet and android shops are full of various types of launchers. Thus, the question which one should we choose, is not an easy one to be answered. All of this should be based on the personal preferences of the user. In my opinion however, Nova is absolutely the best choice, among all of previously mentioned android launchers. Even though it is completely free android launcher it can easily compete with the best that can be found on this market.