Blur - A Launcher Replacement

Blur - A Launcher Replacement

50,000 - 100,000 downloads

Pros
  • Customize pages to appear when you swipe right
  • Choose which info cards you'd like to see
  • Open ended for devs to work with
Cons
  • Not enough options on board... yet
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Expert's Review
7.1
Great

"What you want when you want it on your Android"

Reviewed by / Aug 20, 2014

Customizable alternative to Google Now

The Google Now launcher offers information at your fingertips based on context. However, that info is restricted only to what Google wants to tell you. The Blur Launcher offers a customizable alternative: a launcher similar in function, but with a Pages feature that developers can modify into full-screen widgets immediately accessible with a swipe of the finger.

Choose which pages you'd like to appear when you swipe right. The default options are just standards like a calculator and a weather widget, but the possibilities are wide open for devs to make of it whatever they'd like. You can also modify what info cards appear for you when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Appearance is all totally tweakable too, of course.

The Blur Launcher is a good idea in concept, but more devs will need to get on board in order for it to provide sufficient added value to sway users away from the standard, pre-installed Google Now Launcher.

Developer's original description available here
Welcome to Blur, our launcher replacement!

** Please note that this project is 100% free, the in-app purchases are solely for donate functionality. There are no ads either **

Blur is a custom launcher designed by Klinker Apps Inc. to bring you the most innovated experience on Android. With Blur, any developer can go in and create a "Page" for their app that can be displayed right on your homescreen, just a swipe away. Think about it like the Google Now Launcher, but instead of being limited to just Google Now on the side, you can use any app with a supported "Page"!

Out of the box, we have created pages for both of our newest apps, EvolveSMS and Talon for Twitter. We also have a Google Now style "Info Page" that other developers can plug into and create custom cards for.

To get the EvolveSMS page, just download the app: http://goo.gl/i4mzvB
To get the Talon for Twitter page, follow these steps:
1.) Download Talon for Twitter from the Play Store: http://goo.gl/Jfcpzw
2.) Download and install the Talon Launcher Page: http://goo.gl/rXRkhG

The reason you need to download the seperate launcher page app is because of system limitations preventing us from reading the correct data from the normal Talon app (since it is paid).

As I said, other devs can also create their own "pages" or "info cards" for Blur! Just search the Play Store for "Blur Launcher" and they should start to appear once developers start to make them!

To apply pages to your launcher:
1.) Long click an empty space on the homescreen, then press settings.
2.) Go to the page picker, and just hit the add button on an open page (swipe left and right to get to other pages)
3.) Next time you return to your homescreen, it will restart itself and the pages will be there!

To apply info cards to the "Info Page":
1.) Add the info page to your launcher with the above steps
2.) Go back to settings and click the card picker button
3.) Pressing the "Add Card" button on that screen will then bring up a list of all the available cards

The page and card settings are just the beginning though. Diving into the rest of the settings, you will find things like:
- Custom icon pack support
- Simple gesture support
- Dock toggle and options
- Icon scales
- Scroll effects
- Font options
- "Android L" style option
- Search bar toggle
- Grid size selection
- And many more!

A few other features that are included:
- "Ok Google" hotword detection (4.4+)
- Unread counts (Experimental)
- Ability to edit icon names and select icons individually
- Move, delete, and create "All Apps" buttons
- Hide apps
- Lock the homescreen
- Adjust orientation
- Resize any widgets
- And much more!

** Using the unread counts (Requires Android 4.3+): **
They are currently housed under the "Experimental Settings" section of the app because they are very new. You can get to this section from the 3-Dot overflow menu in settings. There you will find information about how it works and steps to getting them going.
Here are some steps to get it enabled:
1.) Install "Blur - Unread": http://goo.gl/Gi0x18
2.) Go to "Experiment Settings" and enable the "Unread Badges" setting.
3.) Click on the notification listener option and enable the "Blur - Unread" listener.
4.) Return to your homescreen, it will restart and counts will begin to appear as they come in.

Hope you enjoy our project, I know we have had a lot of fun making it!

Here are some helpful links for the project as well. Remember to check out the Settings -> Help -> Frequent Questions section first! Many of your issues will be solved or explained fairly quickly there, without worrying about waiting for us to respond!

Google+ Beta Community: http://goo.gl/bTrWIL
Twitter Support: https://twitter.com/lukeklinker (@lukeklinker)
Website: http://klinkerapps.com
Email: support@klinkerapps.com
YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/HD66-8a3J1w

** For Developers **
Extension API and example projects: https://github.com/klinker-apps/blur-launcher-apis

Recently changed in this version

[1.1.0 Beta]
- NEW: Vertical Scrolling App Page
- NEW: Extra page (on the right) to set from the Page Picker
- Revamp of gesture, home, and back button support (under workspace settings)
- Bug fixes
- Crash fixes


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  • (59)

    by FlowJoe Victor Angelo on 04/09/2014

    Perfect

  • (59)

    by Sharfudeen Raffi on 04/09/2014

    Awesome app

  • (59)

    by M Rawash on 04/09/2014

    While I'll not be switching to this launcher yet, I'll be closely following it. One thing I don't understand though, why do I have to choose between Portrait and Landscape modes? If a launcher has Landscape capability, I'd expect it to switch between orientations automatically, or at least give us that option!

  • (59)

    by Angel J. Nieves on 04/09/2014

    I absolutely love evolve and talon. I use them everyday. As much as I want to UAE Blur I cannot because it just slows down my phone to much for some reason. I currently own a lg g2 so hardware shouldn't be an issue at all. I normally run nova launcher. Hopefully performance will improve over time and I can then revise this review! Really looking forward to the future potential of this launcher!

  • (59)

    by Miss Ayye on 03/09/2014

    This thing looks EXACTLY like the Google Now launcher down the icons. Pretty shameful to steal Google's app and then charge for it on top of it.

  • (59)

    by lyonya ellisor on 03/09/2014

    I don't why do they give you calculator option exted of phone dial but that ok and also it freezes often

  • (59)

    by Matt Dyer on 03/09/2014

    I have an LG G2 and normally run Nova Launcher. I loved the UI of blur, but it REALLY slows things down. Even for simple things like opening my all apps "drawer". It has a polished look but just doesn't feel nice to use because of its unresponsiveness.