The 6 Most Original Launchers You've Gotta Try Right Now
By: Emmanuel Lund on: May 26, 2014
Android is one of the most tweakable and customizable mobile OSs. Fortunately, there’s no need to be a pro coder to entirely change the way your mobile device looks and performs. There are excellent apps out there to make it happen in just a few taps.
Launchers pull it off awesomely by modifying your homescreen with appealing themes and enhanced performance. However, there are so many launchers already on the market that choosing one over another has become a difficult decision.
No sweat. Here at AppsZoom we’ve been digging through an ocean of launchers in order to bring you a compilation of the 6 most original and beautiful launchers to give your device a makeover. Scroll down and enjoy.
Themer is nothing but a themed-based launcher. It lets you transform your homescreen, making it more beautiful, functional and personal. It allows users to seamlessly download and apply beautiful themes in a few taps. It makes it really easy to switch from one theme to another.
If you are one of those who loves changing their phone’s appearance but doesn’t want to dedicate too much time to it, Themer is a perfect solution for you.
EverythingME completely re-organizes your homescreen by grouping apps into categorized “smart folders” (social, games, news, weather, utilities… and many more). You can add as many apps and folders as you need to.
Hands down, its most innovative feature is the Prediction Bar which anticipates those apps, contacts and info you’ll need throughout the day. Weather info and news in the morning, restaurant recommendations at lunch, and recipe proposals for dinner. Neat!
Aviate Beta also features a routine-adaptive layout but with an appearance far from stuffiness. If you are ready to completely innovate the way you organize and interact with apps and widgets, Aviate Beta might just be the launcher you were looking for.
Aviate also auto-categorizes your installed apps and puts them into “collections” like music, social, news, and games. In addition, it introduces “spaces,” which is a re-organization of your homescreen. It changes your homescreen throughout the day, depending on both time and context.
A truly innovative design? A mind-blowing appearance? If that’s what you really want, Buzz Launcher is the answer.
This astoundingly well-designed launcher relies on a huge database of crowdsourced homepacks (themes). These range from classic ones that apply just a few tweaks to homepacks that make you feel as if you were running a different mobile OS. There are thousands of themes, browsable by categories or searchable by keywords. Look for Spiderman, Game of Thrones, Happiness, Family… you name it, there’s a theme for it.
Action Launcher breaks the inertia by introducing three new features (covers, shutters and a phonebook-format app drawer) that change the way you navigate, launch and display apps and widgets. Although it falls shorter than other launchers regarding themes and appearance customization, Action Launcher works like a charm in terms of performance.
In addition, it includes all the basic features that make it worth moving from the stock launcher: gestures, icon packs, full tablet support, layout importing, and many more. However, you won’t feel overwhelmed with features you’ll never use.
GinLemon’s Smart Launcher 2 is for those who believe organization leads to efficiency. Smart Launcher 2 automatically puts your installed apps into categories easily accessible from the homescreen.
Switch from one category to the next (messaging, Internet, games, media, productivity and settings) from the vertical left-side bar. Obviously, you can re-organize the apps within categories at whim. The Pro version adds a secondary screen where you can place widgets. It also includes a carousel-style lockscreen, as well as more transitions and customizations.