launchers Stories July 19, 2017

Google Now Launcher is a popular way for Android users on nearly any device to get an experience similar to using a Nexus or Google Pixel, but it’s often criticized for not having enough customization options. Luckily, XDA developer Deletescape decided to create a new launcher based on AOSP called Lawnchair that replicates the Google Now Launcher and adds dozens of settings to help personalize your home screen.

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launchers Stories December 30, 2016

ADW Launcher 2 exits beta, premium unlock half off for a limited time [Video]

I personally am not very into custom launchers — I prefer a stock launcher experience, whether that means using Google Now Launcher or the new Pixel Launcher — but if you’re a launcher aficionado, you’re probably aware of ADW Launcher. The launcher was a lot more popular back in the days of Android KitKat (and earlier), but earlier this year it was resurrected as a beta in a post-Material Design world…

launchers Stories April 4, 2016

Latest Nova Launcher beta introduces ‘Night Mode’, more search bar choices

Nova Launcher is easily one of the best launchers available for Android right now. That’s mostly thanks to the fact that you can change virtually any part of the Android user interface. Whether you want to download custom icon packs, change their size, change the home screen, folder or app drawer layout, it can do virtually anything. And the latest beta version adds a couple of new, welcome additions.

launchers Stories March 2, 2016

Nova Launcher Prime for Android drops to $0.99 (reg. $4.99)

Nova Launcher is one of the best launchers available for Android on the Play Store. It lets you customize virtually every part of your smartphone user interface. While the free version is great, the premium ‘Prime’ version offers far more fine-tuning capabilities and normally costs $5. For a limited time, Nova Launcher is now available for just $0.99.

Nova Launcher Prime Unlock the following extras by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime • Gestures – Swipe, pinch, double tap and more on the home screen to open your favorite apps • Unread Counts – Never miss a message. Unread count badges for Hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more using the TeslaUnread plugin • Custom Drawer Groups – Create new tabs or folders in the app drawer • Hide Apps – Keep a clean app drawer by hiding never used apps • Icon Swipes – Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders • More scroll effects – Such as Wipe, Accordion, and Throw

It’s worth noting that Nova Launcher Prime isn’t an app download in itself, rather, it acts as a license to unlock the listed features in the free Nova Launcher app. What that means in simple terms, is that you need to download and install the free version before you can head to the Play Store and pay for the Prime version.

 

launchers Stories February 4, 2016

Over the past few months, Sony has been testing various concept software, offering it up to Xperia owners as part of a limited public beta test. One XDA Developers member was able to port the home launcher and release it as a downloadable APK which works on any Android device with Lollipop or later, and doesn’t require rooting. Needless to say, we were eager to go hands-on…

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

launchers Stories January 12, 2016

Update 1/13: In another update (version 5.8.47.19), 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 5.8.45.19 of the Google app. The launcher, which resides within the Google app, now has landscape orientation and normalizes the size of app icons.

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