Android is a powerful operating system that allows deep customisations on every level, the platform comes with several opportunities for both the developer as well as the consumers. The world has more than a billion Android users all across the globe, while some stick to the normal, factory appearance of the phones, others go overboard to ensure complete customisation and bring out beautiful looking homescreen designs.
Today we are going to look at different Android launchers and help you pick the best one according to your taste; Android launchers are the integral part of any Android device, all the devices come with a pre-installed launcher from the OEM but they don’t offer any deep customisation. However, with the use of third-party launchers, you can do a lot; you can change the icons, increase or decrease the size of your icons, add numerous widgets without running into any issues and, increase or decrease the grid size which allows for more icon/widget placement on the screen.
Let’s take a look at how to pick the best Android launcher for your phone, in order to keep things simple, we have divided the launchers in 4 different groups that will suit different needs so you’ll have plenty to choose from.
In this section, we will discuss the simplest launcher that is available for you to download. The launcher that fits this category perfectly is Google’s own launcher called Google Now, the launcher first surfaced when Google started pushing this launcher with Nexus phones, soon Google decided to push it out as a stand-alone launcher for all the phones. Google Launcher is extremely simple and there is absolutely no bloatware. No matter what launcher you are using, switching to Google Launcher will noticeably increase the performance mainly because you will no longer be using the bloat-filled launcher anymore
Another launcher we are going to discuss is EverythingMe launcher, as unconventional as the name sounds, it is quite a simple and powerful launcher at the same time and doesn’t have any drastic impact on the performance of your phone. Everything is neatly arranged in this launcher and as soon as you fire it up, the launcher categorises all of your apps neatly in folders and label them accordingly. For example; Twitter, Facebook and other social apps will be put in a folder named ‘Social’ so you don’t have to worry about scrolling your way through the app drawer in order to find the app you’re looking for.
This section takes 2 launchers in account; Z Launcher, and Aviate. Z Launcher first showed up in Nokia X; the first ever Android phone, the launcher was extremely popular among the people who are always looking to have contextual information available at hand and soon it was made available for everyone. Despite being in beta stages, the launcher is greatly improving and getting new features (widget support). The launcher will also show most used apps right on your home screen.
The other one is Aviate, for those who don’t know, this launcher is by Yahoo and is gradually getting popular among the people who love to have the contextual information without any additional hassle, it’s free, it’s easy to use and it’s filled with all sorts of contextual information that you need.
In this section we are going to discuss the launchers that will automatically create gorgeous home screens for you, as soon as you install and launch these; you will be presented with preset home screens with different themes and aspects you can choose from. All you need to do is just select the desire home screen and it will download and install itself and everything will be in order.
You can use either the Buzz Launcher or Themer, both are available for free on Play Store and are highly powerful. Though you should keep in mind that these launchers are filled with features and will have some negative impact on the battery life of your phone.
For The Power Users
In this section we are going to discuss the launchers that are only good for the power users, these launchers present the users with nothing but a home screen that requires a lot of working, after that, everything you must do is completely dependent on you. However, if you properly get around the steep learning curve, you will be able to make some beautiful home screens without giving much time.
Nova Launcher Prime and Action Launcher 3 should be your choices if you are willing to have everything in your own control, these launchers offer deep cusotmisations and will let customise every aspect of your phone without giving you a headache, apart from that, you won’t have to worry about the launcher draining your battery.