The best Android launchers

If the visual appeal of your stock Android user interface has become stale or others are getting a more intuitive experience, then take a look at the best Android launchers for Android smartphones and tablets!

Aviate Launcher

The Aviate Launcher has a great look and offers that intuitive experience that makes users feel like the phone is working for them and not the other way around. The set up includes selecting the apps used most and the types of apps used most.

Aviate app tray

After this Aviate will make use of the smartphone’s GPS to set both home and work locations. Once the set up is complete, a swipe to the left slides in a home screen that s tailored to the time of day and the current location.

Aviate

At home there is a feed of the latest news stories and this sits beneath the weather forecast. Step outside and navigation based apps move to the fore, at work productivity apps are just a touch away and at night the alarm and do not disturb options become available.

Aviate app list

A swipe to the right sorts apps into types and a further swipe to the right sees them organised in an A-Z list.

Rating: 5 out of 5

EverythingMe Launcher

The EverythingMe Launcher is a true gem that blends functionality, personalisation and speed together. The home screen automatically groups apps into folders for quick access and at the bottom there is a clever prediction bar that learns what apps you need and when.

EverythingMe Launcher

Tap the My Day icon and enjoy a context feed that may include cards such as calendar events, photos recently taken, the weather forecast and news cards. Once again this page has a relevant and scrollable apps bar at its base.

My Day

Back on the home screen, additional app folders can be added such as weather, books and education and these join the search bar and discover folder where a personalised list of recommended apps to download can be found.

EverythingMe Launcher contect feed

It is possible to freeze the home screen if only one page is desired and the daily wallpaper option gives the launcher a new look every day.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Metro Themes Launcher

If you have been pining for that Microsoft Windows Phone look, then Metro Themes Launcher is worth a download.

Metro Themes Launcher

The home screen is filled with tiles, although they are not ‘live’, and these can be customised with colour and transparency. If the look still isn’t quite right, then 35 additional themes can be perused.

Metro Themes Launcher app tray

A swipe to the right brings up the apps in alphabetical order.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Smart Launcher 2

If scrolling home screens don’t appeal or confuse, then Smart Launcher 2 delivers one of the simplest user interfaces and it is for this reason that it appears here.

Smart Launcher 2

The set up initiates after launch and begins by allowing the user to select the preferred apps to handle web browsing, gallery access, music and emails. The home screen is then populated with five bubbles linking to these services and the camera.

Smart Launcher 2 app tray

Tapping the six dots in the bottom left of the screen brings up all of the phone’s apps, neatly categorised into categories. Further personalisation can be achieved with new theme downloads and we applaud the ‘free only’ filter for this!

Rating: 3 out of 5

iGest Gesture Launch

The iGest Gesture Launch app is beautifully simple and works over the top of other launchers. Once a gesture is created, simply tap on the gesture initiation button and draw the letter or pattern to launch an app, open a setting, go to a website or instigate any other smartphone feature.

iGest Gesture Launch

The gesture initiation button can be moved around the screen or locked to the side of the screen and a variety of sizes make it as indiscreet or obvious as desired.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Hexy Launcher 

Hexy Launcher puts the hexagon shape to good use by literally filling the screen with every app that has been downloaded onto the smartphone.

Hexy Launcher

While this may seem like an horrendous idea at first the ingenuity of the launcher wins the day by moving the apps used most often into the central hexagon for easy location. Type a letter into the Hexy search bar and a new grid of hexagons is created with every app or feature beginning with that letter.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Written by: Michael Brown

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