One of Android’s greatest strengths is the ability to customize the experience in essentially any way you would like. One of the easiest, though, is with a custom launcher. A favorite for many over the past few years has been Google’s own Google Now Launcher, however, the company has recently revealed that the launcher won’t be around too much longer, leaving many fans with no immediate alternative.
Google Now Launcher Stories February 8, 2017
Google Now Launcher Stories February 3, 2017
Launched in 2013 with the Nexus 5 and later made available to all Android devices, the Google Now Launcher is being discontinued in the coming weeks, according to an email sent by a tipster to Android Police. Existing users will continue to receive support, while OEMs are encouraged to develop their own launchers that integrate a new library that allows for easy access to the Google Now stream…
Google Now Launcher Stories September 13, 2016
One of the most-used customization features in Android is the ability to change your device’s launcher. This allows you to customize the look and feel of your home screen, app icons, as well as functionality of the app drawer and folders on your device. This comes especially in handy when you don’t like your device’s customized skin — like TouchWiz on Samsung devices or EMUI on Huawei devices…
Google Now Launcher Stories January 12, 2016
Update 1/13: In another update (version 188.8.131.52), the normalized app icons were removed and are now back to their original size. The feature was likely just a bug. This update also fixes the gap between the favorites tray and onscreen buttons in landscape and the non-grayed out buttons when the launcher is opened.
The Google Now Launcher received quite a few updates in version 184.108.40.206 of the Google app. The launcher, which resides within the Google app, now has landscape orientation and normalizes the size of app icons.
Google Now Launcher Stories August 28, 2015
One of Android’s best features is the ability to download and install custom third-party launchers. Don’t like the way your phone home screen looks or how the apps are organized? Fine. Change it. But finding the best one, or a good one for that matter, can sometimes be a daunting challenge. And which one you think is the best ultimately depends on what you value most: aesthetics, organization or productivity? I’ve rounded up what I think are some of the best launchers out there, as well as a wild card for you to consider in your quest for the perfect Android experience.
Google Now Launcher Stories August 19, 2015