Hello Guys! In one of the previous posts, I wrote about some the best custom designed UI (on ROMs)
available for Android.
Well for all that you need to root your phone and
rooting phones can sometime become really painful, especially if you own a
smartphone which is not officially supported by the ROM developer. So now
what? If you want to customise the UI of your Android phone without going
through all those complicated and time consuming methods of rooting your
phone, what’d you do? The best solution is probably to install a custom
What's an Android launcher?
terms, Android launcher is the end-user app to interact with all the other
apps installed on the phone. A typical Android launcher comes with a means
(such as an app drawer) to launch the apps along with other features such as
homescreen, wallpapers, theming, fonts, transitions and other long bunch of
customisation. It’s basically a homescreen replacement. When you have a new
Android phone, chances are that your manufacturer has shipped your phone with
a custom Android launcher on top of a custom Android ROM.
Are these Launchers Free to Download?
and No. Yes because most of the launcher are available on Google Play free of
cost. You don’t need to spend a single penny to download these Launchers from
there. Yet many of these so called free Launchers have limited capabilities
regarding customisation and performance. Then there are several Launchers
which support freemium model which are available at free of cost but requires
a pro/plus version for full functionality.
Top 10 Android Launchers
So here I have
assembled a list of top 10 Android Launchers, which are free to download on
Nova Launcher is the king when
it comes to Android Launchers. It may resemble the stock Android Launcher, but
actually boasts a plenty of customisation options. When used with a third
party icon pack, you will see completely different version if your phone. It’s
full version aka Nova Launcher Prime is all you need to rock up your phone.
## Apex LauncherApex Launcher is mere competitor of Nova Launcher. It is very
much similar to Nova Launcher, but with some limited functionality. It
supports icon packs, simple transitions, fewer homescreens etc. Apex Launcher
also has a pro version, which indeed has some more unlocked features. If
having Nova Launcher on your phone seems incompatible, Apex Launcher is your
Go Launcher is one of the most
popular Android Launcher out there. With over 100 million downloads, it has
seriously formed a very good user base. It is one of the oldest Launcher
dating back to days when Android Gingerbread was the OS standard. Go Launcher
has some pretty good features and is available for free download on Google
Play. But it is heavily ad based, which may bother few of you.
Google Now Launcher
Google Now Launcher is
the default Launcher on Google flagship phone Nexus, and the Moto series. If
you want your Android device to have a stock Android like feeling, then
there's no better choice than having Google Now Launcher as your primary
option. Google Now Launcher comes with the Google's voice assistant - Google
Now integrated into the launcher itself, allowing easy access to Google voice
search and other services.
Hola Launcher is relatively a
new player in the Launcher market, but has indeed made a very good impression
on the Android users with over 100 million downloads. It is light weight, fast
and focuses more on visual effects and ease of use. Hola Launcher is
integrated with some very cool features like Hola swipe (Ripped Down version
of Omni Swipe, by the same company), inbuilt RAM booster etc. Overall it's a
quite efficient Launcher in such a small package.
Apus Launcher is a slim and
lightweight Launcher, drawing inspiration from the iOS. It thus lacks the app
drawer and just adds every app into the homescreen, arranged beautifully in
different folders. Apus Launcher comes with variety of online downloadable
themes, which would pimp up your phone suiting your style. It does supports
variety of transitions and animations.
Yahoo Aviate Launcher
Yahoo also jumped
into the Android Launcher scenario by launching a very unique and lucid
launcher named Aviate. Unlike most of the launchers, which would sort apps on
your either alphabetically or chronologically, Aviate sorts these apps on the
basis of frequency of user's interaction with the app. For example, if you
like to read news in the morning time, Aviate would simply feed this
information into it's user data and would automatically recommend you news
apps in the morning. The same goes for whatever you do on your phone at
different times of the day.
Themer is for all those, who just
want to customise their phone visually in a very drastic way. Themer comes
with a variety of user shared themes, which would completely change the look
of your homescreen. Rather it be lockscreen, clock, wallpapers, widgets etc.
In terms of visual customisation, Themer is one of the best Android Launchers
Microsoft Arrow Launcher
It seems like
every other tech company is in the Android Launcher game. The introduction of
Arrow Launcher from Microsoft is a proof of this. Arrow is a simple and
efficient launcher. It doesn't consumes your device's valuable RAM and battery
to slow down your device. As the official description says "Unlike other
launchers, Arrow not only gives you a beautiful experience, but also keeps
your work and life organized by integrating with Bing daily wallpaper,
Wunderlist, and Microsoft Office", it sticks true to that. Overall it's a
quite decent launcher.
Nokia Z Launcher
Nokia Z Launcher changes
your perspective of using an Android phone. It uses gestures and drawn
scribbles to launch apps. You just need to simply scribble the letter on the
screen and it will launch apps, sites and other things in no time. Like Aviate
Launcher, Z Launcher also automatically suggests the right app at the right
time. Indeed, Z Launcher is very cool and innovative launcher from Nokia.
This list of
Android Launcher is actually an endless one. There a plenty of Android
Launchers available on Google Play for free. If you feel some particular
Launcher needs to be added onto the list, just drop your comments down below.
I'll add those on the list if possible.