The best 7 launchers available on Android in 2019

The best 7 launchers available on Android in 2019

If you're growing bored of the way your Android's layout and interface looks, then it's time to install a new launcher. Launchers give you the power to customize your smartphone with themes and icon packs, as well as offering near-complete control over how your phone performs when switching screens, launching apps and more. Here are the best launchers for your Android smartphone or tablet.

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Pocophone Launcher 2.0: built for speed

This Xiaomi launcher is all about speed. The Pocophone F1 turned heads in our editorial office when it launched earlier this year and the software is fundamental to this speed approach. The launcher plays a huge role in that. It is the launcher I am using right now, in fact, and the thing just absolutely flies. The option to search for apps by color is also surprisingly intuitive. Now in its second version, the Poco Launcher is even more lightweight. If you are looking for a fast, no-nonsense launcher for your Android smartphone, look no further than this one.

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Fast, simple and superb! / © Google Play Store

Nova Launcher: the gold standard of customization

We have written extensively about Nova Launcher, with a whole bunch of tips and tricks. Many say this app is the reason to buy an Android phone rather than an iPhone and it's easy to understand why. Nova doesn’t look like much when you first open it, but open up the settings menu and you'll find a trove of options for customizing a whole range of features: from app margins and sizes, to font colors and appearance, to your app drawer layout and animation effects, to screen gestures, to dock settings to unread badges; the list goes on. Essentially, as far as customizing Android without root goes, Nova Launcher offers about as many options as you’re likely to find and it offers great performance.

Apex Launcher: for the theme lovers

Apex Launcher is a feature-packed launcher which offers a huge amount of customization and doesn't contain ads or bloatware apps. Apex Launcher is in many ways very similar to Nova, offering a wealth of options for the app drawer, dock bar, folders and home screen and it even includes a backup option for transferring the same settings to other devices. So it's dense, but unlike Nova it also supports a huge selection of themes. These custom-made icon packs and wallpapers can be very impressive and show off what's great about Apex. One of the coolest features of Apex is that you can make use of several dock bars, too. You can also customize the home button to house more than one action. One press will bring you to your home screen, as usual, but a second press could be used for any number of shortcuts, like opening another app, taking you to your notifications, or launching the Apex Settings menu.

Smart Launcher 5: many choices, but not too many

Smart Launcher 5 is a total overhaul of previous versions of the launcher, which is quicker and manages to remain simple. The launcher will adapt its colors to match whatever wallpaper you set, so it requires low effort to make it look nice. Icons from Android Oreo are supported, so you'll get all the shapes and sizes your heart desires. Similarly, you can go wild with widgets by using as many as you want and resizing them without grid snapping. The launcher is easy to use with one hand, and it keeps your smartphone under control by sorting your apps into folders and allowing you to protect apps with a PIN.

Microsoft Launcher: it means business

Formerly known as Arrow Launcher, the latest iterations of Microsoft Launcher have been outstanding. If you want to customize and tweak everything under the sun, this isn't the one for you, because you're limited to theme colors and icon packs. But, if you want a sleek, almost business-like launcher that just plain works, this is a prime choice. It gives you a personal feed of your calendar, recent documents, important contacts, and more. Plus, you can use your Windows PC to access documents from the smartphone instantly. Importantly, it's bloatware-free.

Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher keeps getting better. / © NextPit

Action Launcher Pixel Edition: bringing material design to all

If you dig the material design look of stock Android with a Pixel twist, and want some of the latest features of Android Pie, it is possible on your device, even if you don't have a Pixel. In fact, you can have all of that and more since Action Launcher: Pixel Edition also gives you a ton of customization and color options, and some unique features. You can customize the dock search box and quickbar, and make use of "covers", which are a unique way to access folders and apps.

Niagara Launcher: for the pure minimalists

If you want a minimalist launcher, you can do no better than Niagara Launcher, which manages to be even more streamlined than the popular Evie Launcher that used to grace this list. On your home screen, you can have a list of up to 8 frequently accessed apps. Then, you can access a full list of apps using the alphabetized sidebar, by previewing them or by opening the full list. There's no bloat, no folders, and no fuss. Best of all, it's super speedy, so it can breathe new life into lower-end smartphones or old, frustrating tablets you have lying around.

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Niagara Launcher / © NextPit
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  • RowanRosh 7 months ago Link to comment

    Good article...!!!


  • toasting Dec 16, 2019 Link to comment

    will try Microsoft Launcher, as there are many reviews of it.


  • arkanmgerges Dec 9, 2019 Link to comment

    I've used microsoft launcher


  • Sajibuzzaman Nov 6, 2019 Link to comment

    Thanks


  • Dana Scully Nov 1, 2019 Link to comment

    Have you tried Hyperion Launcher by project.io - The developer behind Substratum?


  • Kevin Freels Oct 8, 2019 Link to comment

    6+ years on Nova Launcher and still pleased across all my devices. The export/import option saves me a LOT of time switching devices and the customization capabilities are enormous so if I decide to do something different I can change it on one device, export it, then import it to the others and voila, fresh new look across all devices.

    Interesting that this article about 2019 has comments going back to 2013. :-P


  • BenRandomNameHere Aug 31, 2019 Link to comment

    Apex shouldn't be on this list.

    Intrusive ads masquerade as text messages
    Constant notifications I haven't bought a subscription. For the launcher, for the weather, for the themes...


    And this launcher disabled swapping to a prior app, or even accessing the list of running apps (native Pie one button nav gestures all disabled)

    Whole experience felt like a damn virus.

    What the hell? How big of a kick back did you get for this supposed 'report'?


  • CJ Brown Aug 31, 2019 Link to comment

    I've been using NOVA Launcher for 2 years now (very happy with it), but every Launcher in this article is fine to use! 🤘


  • Dean L. Aug 30, 2019 Link to comment

    I normally use the stock launcher on my pixel2, but when I want a change I go to Nova and Microsoft launchers. I may take a peek at a couple of the others listed here.


  • marco sarli
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    Aug 30, 2019 Link to comment

    Microsoft launcher is a real beauty


  • storm Aug 30, 2019 Link to comment

    I miss Google Now.


    • CJ Brown Aug 31, 2019 Link to comment

      I do, too ..... but Google dropped the ball when they bailed on it (all Motorola phones come with a Launcher just like Google Now)


  • Sunny chawla May 21, 2019 Link to comment

    Nova and apex are the best android launcher but other apps you suggested in the post are also good. Btw I am also an app developer and I am building an app like Nova Launcher.


  • Skendread Dec 30, 2018 Link to comment

    Landscape aspect ratio. With the newer devices using a tall and narrow aspect ratio, almost all launchers will struggle in landscape mode.
    Smart launcher has a great home page where the top half will be the left side and bottom half, right side accordingly. So I can recommend that for landscape.
    Last but not least. Lightning Launcher is my favourite but requires a ton of configuration.
    Hopefully all Devs will start to adapt to the not so conventional aspect ratios


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    Deactivated Account Dec 24, 2018 Link to comment

    My favourite is Nova Launcher. Irreplaceable for me. 😊


  • SM Johnston Oct 30, 2018 Link to comment

    Great article. I have been using Buzz Launcher on my Gs7 for about two weeks, because I enjoy being able to personalize my phone, and this one has literally infinite possibilities of screens, icons, layouts, everything, plus a bonus: the Buzz Homepack community. Not only does it allow you to share your ideas, you can use other users' homepacks, as well as communicate with them, like a version of a social website. It's pretty cool.
    That being said, I'm still learning to use it, as I was slow to accept technology (my parents were genuine Woodstock hippies), and I've been playing catch-up since my first Blackberry in 2010.
    I wondered if anyone else had tried it, and what his or her thoughts were. It's taking me awhile to learn, but I'm not sure if it's because it's a complicated UI, or just my very basic beginner's skills.
    I'm having fun with all the options, but there are so many that I haven't finished a screen yet because I keep tweaking them.


  • Apk Webs (Shohag) Sep 27, 2018 Link to comment

    I loved your list of launcher but you missed ilauncher for android where we can use iphone feature on adnroid phone.


  • Albin Foro Sep 20, 2018 Link to comment

    I like reading comments by users who have completely different ideas from mine, like the one below saying the stock launcher is part of a new device's innovation. My opposite preference is for always the same across a phone and couple of tablets, so no learning curve or spending weeks learning whether the OEM's is any better, and no confusion among three current devices. I've stuck with the original ADW v1 set up exactly the same as on Gingerbread (and so small it's lightening fast on new hardware.) I like a single blank screen for my own photos, with tabbed app drawers, which ADW v1 perfected, current ADW trashed, and others are clumsy or can't do.


  • Jahidul Sep 15, 2018 Link to comment

    This is good ap


  • Richard Fernandez Sep 15, 2018 Link to comment

    I always use Nova Prime, I like trying other launchers though. I tried Lighting launcher about ten times, couldn't get into how long it takes to customize every single detail. it's too customizable. But it feels smooth and it can look any way you can imagine.


  • ShooterMagario Aug 8, 2018 Link to comment

    I've always used and loved Nova, but needed a change. I use a Pixel 2XL and wanted something close as possible to the Pixel Launcher; but with icon theming et al.

    Also I want my Google Now feed via swiping left on the home screen (what I'd call the 'signature' feature of the Pixel Launcher). In its defense, Nova recently saw the release of a companion app for this.

    Still, the LAWNCHAIR launcher, along w/ its Google Now companion app 'Lawnfeed', have been JUST what the doctor ordered!

    It's smaller, faster and more simple than Nova; yet more robust than the Pixel Launcher. I couldn't be happier. Again, I was a long time Nova user and don't mean to put it down. But I won't go back any time soon. IMO, Lawnchair should eventually surpass Nova in total downloads/active users. I'm really surprised its not on this list and frankly it seems like an oversight. Give it a try!


  • Dirk Gatsonides van Vlaanderen Jan 20, 2018 Link to comment

    About Smart Launcher.

    I've seen this article several times before and it is still not actual. You CAN change the different categories, the number of categories, the order and place and much, much more. You can also move apps from one categorie to another if you want.

    I am a happy user of SL 3 PRO for some years now and simply had to mention this.

    Dirk Gatsonides van Vlaanderen


  • itprolonden Jan 19, 2018 Link to comment

    I actually use Touchwiz on my S8 Plus and I've had no problems at all


  • BruinGuy Jan 19, 2018 Link to comment

    Here's the thing about launchers. You can back up and restore your settings when you get a new phone. Cool, right? But of course, over time your phone looks exactly the way it did 5 years ago making your brand new shiny phone feeling old and tired.

    Part of the benefit of a new phone is the new look and feel. So, for that reason, I don't use a launcher.


    • Shankar Prasad Nandi Jan 21, 2018 Link to comment

      That's an interesting viewpoint. But the thing is, there has to be SOME sort of launcher on your phone; if you're not using a launcher app, you're using the default launcher of your phone manufacturer. For example if you're using a Samsung phone, you're using the TouchWiz launcher by default. When you buy a new Samsung phone that'll be the same launcher on your new phone. If you want to change THAT, you'll have to switch manufacturers every time you buy a new phone. Better idea is to change launchers if you need a fresh look.


  • Mukesh Majumder Dec 1, 2017 Link to comment

    Hi,
    On my phone, I am using nova launcher. Actually, it lags phone. Can you please tell me the better one?


    • Shankar Prasad Nandi Jan 21, 2018 Link to comment

      Mukesh, any launcher would result in a slight lag. However it shouldn't bother you too much if you keep your phone clean of trash. Compared to a high quality launcher like Nova, many other launchers would result in greater lag.


  • Chris Hammond Jul 30, 2017 Link to comment

    For me it's always been and remains Aviate Launcher. By far the best and I've tried them all. Fast, no blotware, no malware and does what it says on the tin. Try it, don't think you'll be disappointed


    • Shankar Prasad Nandi Jan 21, 2018 Link to comment

      I admit I haven't tried Aviate yet. I'll take a look. Thanks for the suggestion. However, the one issue that bothers me is that Aviate belongs to Yahoo. Considering that the future of Yahoo is a little bit shaky currently, I hesitate placing my trust in Aviate, with regard to maintenance and updates.


    • NutRangers Aug 31, 2019 Link to comment

      Now that the Aviate Launcher is gone, what are you using?


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    Deactivated Account Jul 16, 2017 Link to comment

    Nova prime is one of the best launcher.


  • Dr Nobody Jun 12, 2017 Link to comment

    Too bad Buzz has so many bugs/issues/crashing & lags like crazy now. I really have loved it for quite a while. I'm in search of a replacement (which is why I came across this)


  • SunKissed Apr 28, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm having a problem finding a home launcher where you can change the font color of the weather and clock. The ones I have tried let you change the label color but not the weather and clock. This limits me on my wallpaper because the clock and weather doesn't show up. If anyone knows of a home launcher that can do this please let me know and thank you.


    • Dr Nobody Jun 12, 2017 Link to comment

      You don't need a launcher to accomplish this. Try UCCW, or MinimalText widgets. There's also Zooper & a bunch of other apps that allow you to custom design widgets to your exact specifications, easily. You can use any fonts, colors, images, whatever. Dynamically. Pretty easy, too. Just look up custom widgets or something


  • Karsten Franke Apr 16, 2017 Link to comment

    I like Lightning Launcher because you can customize everything (even implement new features yourself) and share your themes.

    There are some nice themes out there.
    Best one is called 'zunish' (just search on playstore). Microsoft ZuneHD for Android if you want, also including rss news feeds, weather widget, Dev is very responsive.


  • Nova Launcher Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

    My vote is too for the Nova Launcher


  • Samantha Cain Mar 24, 2017 Link to comment

    I have tried just about every launcher available and I tend to keep coming back to Yahoo Aviate. It offers everything I need without having to make a lot of customizations.


    • Manju Nath Apr 3, 2017 Link to comment

      Yes Samantha u r r8. Aviate and nova are fine launchers.


  • Najib Dajani Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

    The paradigm of having "pages" filled with shortcuts to launch apps and access information is useless to me.

    I use Aviate. The great launcher nobody recommends.


    • Dr Nobody Jun 12, 2017 Link to comment

      You're not the only type of person there is. Just because it's useless to you, doesn't make it useless to everyone else.


  • Travis Johnson Feb 17, 2017 Link to comment

    I've recently fallen in love with ADW Launcher 2, its an amazing little launcher and deserving of all praise it receives.


  • MegeByte Feb 8, 2017 Link to comment

    On Android launcher apps subject there are many articles around. Some of them give big list of apps with small description about it. Some of those articles have a short list and detailed description about it. I would recon that this article has bit of both above and that is why I will consider is the best one I have read on this issue till date.

    You have covered major apps for Android Launcher apps and yet you have given detailed information about all the apps you have referred. Kudos to your efforts!


  • Guido DC Jan 13, 2017 Link to comment

    I've been using GoLauncher EX now 4 a few years and still like it. On my Galaxy S4 after a while and a new version of this launcher I could increase the number of homescreens from default max. 9 to 14
    homescreens. Now that I'm using a Galaxy S7 the number of homescreens is reduced again to max. 9. But the same version of GoLauncher still allows me to use 14 homescreens on my Galaxy S4. How come ? Since the Nova Launcher on the Galaxy S7 still can use over 9 homescreens ?


    • PsyintZ Apr 1, 2017 Link to comment

      Is this a complaint, or an observation? Who needs 14 home screens? Do you actually use 14 home screens? Maybe the launcher isn't so much the problem, as are your organizational skills? :)


  • Dave Sheriff Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    One word - LIGHTNING


  • arivendu Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    Pixel launcher can also be tried


  • Tech Mate Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    I think you should consider AP15 launcher as well. It's the simplest and cool looking launcher.


  • Andrew Burgin Jan 6, 2017 Link to comment

    Atom Launcher is the One i use,and its not a battery draining Launcher,an its so easy to customize,use Nova on my Samsung Tablet


  • Robert Shreve Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    Nova all the way


  • Andria D. Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    I just got my Zmax Pro on Dec 15, and had the free version of Nova installed by the 19th -- I am so pleased that I happened on what may be the very best Launcher out there, right off the bat. I used the free version for a couple weeks, and for simply customizing the look and feel of your phone's screens and behavior, it's hard to beat. Then I found TeslaUnread, and suddenly had a reason to look into Nova Prime... and was delighted and shocked and pleased beyond words to find it's only 99 cents. I don't do much with the gestures, I'm still a newb to smartphones, but being able to see an unread count on my gmail is terrific. It doesn't seem to work too well for missed calls, though, or maybe I'm not testing it right or something.

    But Nova itself is just downright amazing, the degree of control it gives you over the whole interface. I used to do web design, so I'm really picky about color, and Nova satisfies that degree of pickiness admirably, and even offers transparencies, and being able to adjust the size of the icons themselves, and import alternative icons from literally any source, even make them yourself and upload them! It's perfect.


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    Deactivated Account Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    Indeed Nova was updated in December. Nova might not look like much but add KLWP to it and you can change your device's theme into anything. There's excellent designers out there and you can create your own as well nothing stops you.


  • gotjosh Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova Launcher was last updated: December 23, 2016

    Deactivated Account


  • Leonidas Sokoridas Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

    If the main problem is to modify the fonts maybe you can think about root. After rooting you can use apps like IFont or Fontfix to make font modifications


  • Marla Price-Maust Nov 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Any help w be appreciated!! Looking for a launchers that lets you change font sizes I am visually impaired and had to get a replacement for my note 4 and all Verizon had was the galaxy note 5 and the font sizes are so small that I can't see anything on it!! I am so Frustrated I could throw it against the wall! My daughter and son in law just upgraded to the Galaxy S7 Edge and the font sizes are huge and I'm stuck with the Note 5 I can't see for another year! Please Help! Thanks


  • Marla Price-Maust Nov 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Does any of the above launchers let you increase font size? I had to get a replacement phone for my galaxy note 4 through Verizon and all my daughter could get me to replace my note 4 was the Note 5 and the font sizes are so small I can't see anything on it. I am visually impaired and you can't get apps through the Play store anymore I am so Frustrated I could throw it against a wall. Any help would be appreciated!!


  • Double Oseven Nov 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I use the paid vesion of Nova on my phone and tablet. You can spend weeks tweeking options because there a so many. It makes my phone look bad ass and I want to show it off to everyone. The best part is Novas options change the functions of icons, app docks, widgets, and gestures so your phone is really yours.
    No one can just pick my phone up and operate it. Nova is so powerful that nothing looks or works like my stock android phone.


  • Ashley Brewer Nov 6, 2016 Link to comment

    BUZZ LAUNCHER CHECK OUT ITS AWESOME


  • a grasit Oct 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I tried many launchers. Tired by thousand effect and widget of traditional launchers finally i found in My apps Selector the app that allow me to organize and access all my apps easy and fast.


  • rick Oct 2, 2016 Link to comment

    i like Nova launcher, and Buzz launcher. Buzz launcher lets you have up to 9 home screens, each can have its own background . And customizable icons, use your own photos for icons if you like. or live icons, gifs.


  • Jake J. Sep 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I have used every significant launcher in the past 4 years... Always defaulted to NOVA. BUT..... After discovering LIGHTNING LAUNCHER I can't deviate away from it. I try all the big launchers again after they get an update but after learning Lightning (about 2 days of tinkering to get a grasp) even Nova seems way to limited. It is without a doubt a launcher for a "Hardcore" Android Enthusiast, but if that is what you are I promise you that if you give it a chance you will be stuck. NOTHING COMPARES!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Manju Nath Sep 21, 2016 Link to comment

    I have used many launchers on my 3 Android smartphones.no 1 is NOVA launcher.2) apex launcher.3)aviate launcher.if one knows how to customise the smartphone, then even a simple launcher like google Launcher is o.k.


  • Oldiesmann Sep 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Your article is incorrect. Nova Launcher does support themes. Install an icon pack then go to Nova Settings -> Look & Layout -> Icon Theme to change the icons or Wallpapers -> Apps & Themes to pick a wallpaper included with a theme.


  • Ayan Mukherjee Sep 2, 2016 Link to comment

    LINE launcher, Former DODOL launcher.. Its been a while I'm using it, after trying a lot. I found it best till now.


  • Anuj Jaiswal Aug 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I have tried all the above launchers. All are fairly good having their own strengths. Nova launcher however has a major irritating issue - i arrange my apps in folders in the app drawer and if i drag one of the folders say Photos on my home screen and if i remove any app from the folder (say camera, gallery) these apps are removed from the PHOTOS folder in app drawer too.

    The two highly recommended launchers that are not listed here are the Line Launcher and Aviate Launcher

    I have been testing many launchers but keep returning to these two


  • AExpert Fernando Jul 27, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm using a Smart launcher but not the Pro 3 version. Apps were groups with related things have a try and you for you to experience having this launcher.


  • Ivan C. Jul 25, 2016 Link to comment

    1- Nova, 2- ZenUI and 3-Apex


  • Arnab Pari Jul 24, 2016 Link to comment

    ASAP launcher!!! Anyone?


  • Madeline C Baxter Jul 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I use cm launcher been using it for a while now and I like it Best But see you don't have it on your list. I like it best because it's completely customizable to the way I like it I tried all the other ones couldn't get the hang of them


  • Android D. Jul 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I use Nova Launcher, its best for all android phones.


  • Sridhar Blaze-r Mcrea Jul 7, 2016 Link to comment

    Htc sense launcher deserves a try i suppose, it has some cool features other launchers lack.


  • Simon Mouer Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I use Nova launcher premium on my cell phone, and on my tablet. If they had a PC version, I would use it. I originally sought out a launcher for my phone, which runs on Lollipop, and came with a User Interface that didn't have an app drawer. I tried out several launchers, but Iiked the flexibiity and options available in Nova Launcher best.

    I don't really care about themes, as there are jillions of free pictures on the internet one could easily make into a wallpaper and/or lock screen. But I make my own -- solid black background with white text, with a single logo in the middle. And I like folders on the home screen to organize my favorite apps -- sized and positioned like I want -- in a oval around the wallpaper logo.

    I get the same look and feel across my devices, and across OS's. Nova Launcher -- If you don't have it, get it!


  • Lewis Carlsen Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    You must include Yahoo Aviate Launcher. It's the best launcher I've ever seen. (3D Touch in Android...)


  • GrimJimCrowley Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm glad you've finally included ZenUI in this list. For those who don't want to pay for a premium launcher, ZenUI is really the best launcher out there. Tons of customization, themes, extremely functional and user friendly, no annoying ads at every turn. Developers are pretty responsive too. I use it from time to time, but my default is Nova Prime (like the rest of the world).


  • uthkarsh Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I had been using smart launcher for almost two years and after coming across this article I decided to try zen uI. It was love at first sight. Thank you very much. It is a great app.


  • Ahm AD Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova Launcher is always best


  • Kunal Narang Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova Launcher is love. Nova launcher is life. Can't live without it.


  • a220 Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    LightLaunch


    • Ants Ward Jul 12, 2016 Link to comment

      cheers , really like this , nice and quick and i like the pinch option to change how many icons you want on your phone's screen ,thumbs up nice one ;)


  • Corey Kirkwood Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm new to android and love customization. These launchers look great! I have long been an iPhone user; jailbroken of course. For iPhone there is an amazing gesture rich tweak called activator. Are there any launchers that are remotely comparable with Activator in terms of gesture customization?


    • Matt Wass Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

      Actionlauncher 3 has gesture activations and bunch more


  • Jeffrey Riggs Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I have been searching for a better launcher than the default on my Note 3. I actually like Next Launcher 3d and do not see it in the list. Bit pricey @ $17 though.... wanted to throw this one out there...


  • SnorriChinchilla Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I switched to SmartLauncher 3 Pro yesterday from Nova and I quite enjoy it. It runs better on my Asus Zenfone 2 with 2 gb of RAM, (having no stutters or freezes so far) and I love the different icon layouts.


    • GrimJimCrowley Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

      If you're on an Asus device, why not stick with ZenUI?


  • a220 Jul 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova Prime is best by far but I've been taking a break. Arrow is remarkably smart especially for those busy days at work when staying up to speed with your contact activity and tasks. ASAP Launcher is new and reminds me of Arrow but at the moment lacks the features Arrow has,nevertheless, I'm a happy beta tester and it's growing wonderfully.
    LightLaunch is great when I'm home just surfing around. I love how you can tweak the physics of it all.


  • Alexander Hardy Jul 4, 2016 Link to comment

    I was searching out of curiosity, if is there really a decent home replacement application, and I came across with DecentHome by a great mistake. Yes, it has not have a great number of users,and it's relatively too new. It doesn't have bunch of customization options, it doesn't have ads or 3rd party services, it's so pure android. And I can order my apps on application drawer, I always hated the alphabetical order or order by favorites. I'd buy that for a dollar.


  • Ram SIngh Jun 27, 2016 Link to comment

    I am using Smart Launcher Pro 3 its workes best for me but guys do let me know if you know more better than this one.


  • Brian Bowes Jun 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Isn't the last photo in the article near Apex launcher actually Atom launcher running Dark Mechanic?


  • Parvind Chahal Jun 27, 2016 Link to comment

    do you know about nova launcher???????? nova is king of launchers......other launcher sucks


    • tariq Jun 30, 2016 Link to comment

      Nova is the king lol


  • Albin Foro Jun 27, 2016 Link to comment

    Read elsewhere this evening that ADW is back in development as a beta - worth a look. I still use it on an old Jellybean device.


  • Arpit Saini Jun 26, 2016 Link to comment

    I've used every launcher in this list since my 5 year android journey.

    I can say the best launcher for me every was definitely smart launcher 3. It makes even the weakest of phones and tablets fast, battery efficient and neat. surprisingly I converted atleast a dozen iPhone users by showing them this launcher.

    2nd best is nova launcher because it has infinite customizations (came before apex launcher I think) and always had the features of the upcoming android launchers.

    3rd best I would say dodol (or line launcher since a few months ago) it packs a lot of perfect themes in it which you cannot get from any other launchers


  • stef ks. Jun 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Well you forgot to mention Total Launcher. It is similar to Buzz in that it is very deeply customizable and create your own themes from scratch. As I am speaking, the developer doesn't have as much themes as Buzz. He does have other theme developers create some. Total Launcher is actually an upgrade to its former launcher- SSLauncher. He has implemented some of my feedback. I am in the process of designing some themes to sell on Google Play Store.


  • Geeky Jb Jun 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Superb article ...thnx for keep updating the people from www.trendinginfo.net


  • uthkarsh Jun 21, 2016 Link to comment

    I have been using Smart launcher for almost 2 years and I love it. I am glad to see that it was notice atleast you guys as no one had mentioned in their reviews of launchers. The launcher is very simple yet robust with innovative plugins like double tap to shut down the screen or if you place the phone on flat surface it will turn off screed. I particularly dont like the nova launcher I feel it to be very tacky.


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    Deactivated Account Jun 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Nice article.


  • Alwin Smith Jun 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for good information and way of explaining, Nice post. Thank you for sharing your experience with the android launcher. . I love launchers.. Tried all of them and the only one I've been able to live with for more than a week is Arrow Launcher from Microsoft - beautiful & functional! please check julyrapid.com for more informations.


  • ulendo roode Jun 20, 2016 Link to comment

    I love launchers.. Tried all of them and the only one I've been able to live with for more than a week is Arrow Launcher from Microsoft - beautiful & functional!


  • CJ Brown Jun 20, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm quite content with my Google Now Launcher, however, after reading this article? I'm interested in the Apex Launcher (especially because it looks like Tron Legacy) :)


  • WickedSweetDreamz Jun 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I've tried every single launcher on this list as well as CLauncher and Go Launcher, but my all time favorite is Buzz launcher. Buzz launcher has thousands of themes that other people have created to choose from, as well as many different icons and widgets.. I'm not a fan of the minimalist look and I get bored easily with even the coolest themes after a while. You can also make your own themes, and change the look of the ones other people have made if you are so inclined.Buzz launcher comes with a section for you to change how your folders look, an unread badge option, swiping options, memory cleaner ,and my favorite, backup and restore. I love the way you can redesign a theme to your heart's content and save it for use whenever you want to use it again. And you can find just about anything, under a search option in the launchers ' main page that you can think of.


  • Shihab Hasan Jun 19, 2016 Link to comment

    My favorite is Launcher 8, Duplicate of Windows phone, it's awesome. Recently i read this article BEST 5 ANDROID APPS form limereview.com


  • Kenny Sigat Jun 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I chose Google now launcher....


  • Peter Harwood Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Tried them all but keep going back to the Sony ui and there themes still think there the best.


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    Deactivated Account Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Asus Zen UI is excellent.


  • Srinivas Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Mr. Scott, please try TSF LAUNCHER for once, it provides better 3D EFFECTS then NEXT 3D LAUNCHER and is completely free in comparison..........


  • Vinicius. G. Romero Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    I know I been posting this very question frequently, but lucky me: Finally a subject about my question!

    So here's the thing: I really love Nova Launcher. I'm thinking of getting the paid full version, Prime. However I'm really paranoid that all my settings and icon packs I made will vanish once I get Nova Prime. Even if I backup the data I'm scared that it won't load to the paid version of the app. I just don't feel like starting over again...

    Long story short: I'm a lazy man.


    • GrossDad Jun 20, 2016 Link to comment

      Nova Prime is an unlocking app. All it does is unlock certain features of the launcher app itself. You shouldn't lose a thing.


  • Kunal Narang Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    I have used so many launchers over the years and none of them even compares to Nova. It's the best launcher I've ever used.


  • Mikael Hammarlind Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Aviate is best. 😆


  • CJ Brown Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Google Now

    I will stick to this as it's simple does the job and doesn't come with bloat

    Apex Launcher

    I have been recommended this launcher as it does come with a customization to create a nice Tron legacy effect

    Another well-written article :)


  • Michael Bryner Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I say the default is the best plus you have many wallpapers to choose from. Plus, you don't have all the extra crap added and nags about installing games or other apps like all the launchers have. I tried many of them mentioned here and even though they look very nice but the nagging to install stuff is annoying as having banners added to them. Until there is there is a complete launcher that does not have all that nagging and without ads or banners, then I am staying away from them but if someone here knows of one that is like that I am looking for without the extra crap then email me at utahman1971@gmail.com.


  • friend friend Apr 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I think GO LAUNCHER is Best . GO LAUNCHER, GO SMS, GO KEYBOARD all should be there in all android mobiles as default inbuilt apps.


  • Chéryl Bhatnagar Apr 7, 2016 Link to comment

    I have been using Aviate Launcher for about a year now, and it's the best I ever had. Absolutely easy to personalize .


    • Parvind Chahal Jun 18, 2016 Link to comment

      ur doing only watsapp n fb on ur phone so this shit is good for u otherwise worst launcher


  • Wendy L Apr 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I used to love C Launcher, until I could no longer get into the theme shop. I lost all of the themes I made. Several people have this problem and they don't seem to care. Their customer service doesn't reply to emails or Facebook posts.


  • Aditya Sharma Apr 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Why is TSF Launcher not included in this list probably the best and most customizable 3D launcher available in playstore


    • Ronillia Williams Jun 1, 2016 Link to comment

      I too think TSF is the best thing out there and I'm quite baffled it isn't on here..


  • Mohamed Mujees Apr 4, 2016 Link to comment

    I WILL TRY THESE ALL


  • Barron Bird Apr 4, 2016 Link to comment

    If you like Google Now, you need to try L launcher if you have lollipop, and KK launcher if you're on kitkat. They have everything GN has, with much more customization. I LOVE the Google Now cards, but I don't like the search bar at the top of my home screen. L launcher has that.


  • Nick Force Apr 4, 2016 Link to comment

    In my personal opinion Nova is the better app but a lot of these apps are great apps I just like Nova best !


    • DR L Jun 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Nova is my pick with the Google voice search bar on top, followed by Google Now. I admit Next launcher 3D is fun to play with.


  • Adam Apr 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova launcher is not on sale. $4.99.


  • Awah Prince Collins Apr 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Nova launcher still remains the best due to the features it contains


  • Umer Sarwar Apr 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Read a comparison of Apex vs Nova Launcher to find the best launcher.
    blogging-guide.com/apex-launcher-vs-nova-launcher-review


  • Dwarfer66 Apr 1, 2016 Link to comment

    I am happy using GO Launcher for the past 3 years on my S4 now S6 Edge.


    • Hunter Apr 2, 2016 Link to comment

      in Go launcher why cant i see the notification popout over icons about incoming messeges and missed call?


  • Zeek Z. Apr 1, 2016 Link to comment

    TSF Launcher 3D Shell is the best. I'm not joking, the Widgets are incredible.


  • Dave Sheriff Mar 31, 2016 Link to comment

    lightning launcher anyone?


    • farhan Apr 28, 2016 Link to comment

      you can check this post, i think the best guide for lightest launchers. Litest launchers Androidfunz.com


    • Jonathan Churchman May 22, 2016 Link to comment

      A little complex, but amazing customisation. Love it.


  • Johan Svartdal Mar 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Well, i am pretty excited for the Parrot BETA: h t t p s : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = s f R 3 z p q - w i M


  • Huong Phong Lan Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Version 1.0.7
    * fix runtime error on android 2.3.3 and nexus (old)
    * add function freeze history
    * support search providers: google, duckduckgo, wiki,...

    Let's use "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" :)
    Simple - Fast - Amazing - ONLY 400KB

    You can search key on play store. This is the second search. :)


  • Tong Cell Mar 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I like the stock default google android launcher. No need to change everything great and simple.


    • Huong Phong Lan Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Great and simple? Have you tried to use
      "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" version 1.0.7
      Simple - Fast - Amazing - ONLY 400KB
      You can search keyword "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" on playstore. :)


  • Zeek Z. Mar 7, 2016 Link to comment

    What about Atom Launcher? It's the most customizable and powerful! And TSF Launcher 3D?


  • Mike Thibeau Mar 2, 2016 Link to comment

    I hate promoting Yahoo as much as the next guy, but Aviate launcher is my favorite by far. One of the fairly minimalistic and straight forward launchers I've used.

    Maybe just me


    • Chéryl Bhatnagar Apr 7, 2016 Link to comment

      My favourite too. I just can't stand other launchers anymore.


  • Pragash Siva Mar 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Like Cube Launcher by siprdev. It runs smoothly and stable. It has an integrated voice command system.

    You can add the apps that you use frequently to an area and open them from any screen.

    Moreover you are able to choose your favourite color as your theme color.


  • Starr V Feb 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I installed the Nova launcher but the prime version does say 4.99 not .99 cents


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    Deactivated Account Feb 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Flow Home beta from Larva Labs Ltd. Unique design.


  • Akinwale Ariwodola Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Just launched Magnesium Launcher which lets you search through practically everything on your device: apps, contacts, files, phone calls, SMS messages, emails and social media posts from added accounts. It's available for free on the Play Store.


  • Deron Wagner Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Thanks for the great article. Much more comprehensive and diverse than other articles on launchers. I've now got five new launchers downloaded that I'm excited to test.


  • Jon Patch Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Has anyone tried aviate? Haven't seen anyone put it in their list, but it's a great launcher


    • Mike Thibeau Mar 2, 2016 Link to comment

      Love aviate. have been using it since just after it launched.


  • Pragash Siva Jan 17, 2016 Link to comment

    I like Cube Launcher by siprdev because it has an integrated voice command listener and a field where you can add your favourite apps. You are to see that field on any screen. It does not disturb you.


  • Steve Clark Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I like Google Now launcher the best. Zero launcher is a good launcher.. You alt to give it a try. I like it better than Nova launcher witch l hate


  • Knut Dec 28, 2015 Link to comment

    whats the name of the themes as used in the rewiev of apex


  • Markay DeSaad Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    She ain't cheap, but next launcher probably has more customization options than any other. If the high price tag puts you off, go launcher is a cheaper option. I've used both. Some of the best on the market, in my opinion.


    • Pushkar Terwadkar Dec 25, 2015 Link to comment

      The best custimization options are only in Lightning Launcher...check it out and you will forget all these


      • Algis Mar 22, 2016 Link to comment

        Best for customization: Apex Launcher???? Are they serious? Lightning Launcher is better BY FAR!!!!!


      • Huong Phong Lan Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

        Have you tried to use
        "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" version 1.0.7
        Simple - Fast - Amazing - ONLY 400KB
        You can search keyword "FAST LAUNCHER 2016" on playstore. :)


      • Jake J. Oct 2, 2016 Link to comment

        yes. Lightning and even Total Launcher for customization, but more for hardcore type users as the learning curve is the steepest. which is expected from a Launcher that can literally mimic/ produce any feature from any other launcher. IMO


  • Saad Shaikh Dec 20, 2015 Link to comment

    TSF Launcher is the best I've come across


  • Dar Nelson Dec 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Z Launcher beta. So incredibly efficient. no frill.


  • Timothy Cook Dec 11, 2015 Link to comment

    I had a phone I bought off amazon that came pre-loaded with something called Du launcher. I didn't like the phone much but I kinda liked the launcher and the apps that came with it. I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with this launcher.


  • Alexander Pál Dec 11, 2015 Link to comment

    Arrow launcher. Believe it or not but i find it the best yet


  • CarlosLeslie Martinez Dec 9, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm totally new to customization & personalization of my Android phone. I got curious/bored one day, and I've been researching about it...I have drippler & the Android central app/news. I must've tried a dozen launchers. Go, hola, smart, everything, apex, adw, apus...I came to LOVE the C Launcher! My phone looks nothing like it did prior. (LG). I discovered things I didn't know my phone was capable of. I've stick with it for the past 2 months, rather than uninstall before the end of the day. Recently I downloaded the phone app for the HTC phone. With mine, I was missing all kinds of calls. It barely rang. Now, I can send sms, call, & more from within my phone app. Happy learner.


  • Mark Mayhew Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    dodol launcher has been bought by Line Messenger and is now called Line Launcher.


  • Rafey Iqbal Rahman Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Google Now does not offers customization, the reason it's not included in the list. You should also add Aviate launcher for its productivity.


  • Kaleb Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Google now forever


  • Popa Florin Nov 17, 2015 Link to comment

    try scout launcher ( in beta right now but is something else) ...


  • storm Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Google Now for the Win.


  • Bruce R. Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Sorry to see that Google now was not included. Loved it on the Nexus and changed to it on other phones.


  • Chad_Higgins Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    I have been using Hola Launcher and really like it. I would say give it a try, because of all the different ways to customize it to your own liking. It's got so many options!


  • candy1988718 Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm using APUS launcher now. I think it is easy to use. I love its booster feature. It makes my phone fast. Also love APUS themes and wallpaper.


  • EsferaSoft Solution Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing such a great Forum. Well Done


  • Gokul Raj Nov 11, 2015 Link to comment

    You people are posting the same content for a long time every month.. Try updating the post.


  • Yechiam Weiss Nov 10, 2015 Link to comment

    I've used a most every single launcher in the market. If you liked Next Launcher 3D, you should also give a try to TSF SHELL 3D. An amazingly costumizable and freakingly cool 3D themed launcher. If you're more into speed and reliability, just get the Nova and that's all you need. Google Launcher is for those Googlers and those who really wants to get their Now cards right away. If you want time-based or content-based launcher (which is pretty cool) give a try to Yahoo's Aviata Launcher. The only thing I can say for certain is you most probably want to get rid of your stock launcher.


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  • Christopher Tilley Oct 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Tried lots of launchers and I always end up coming back to Google Now and Everything Me. Mostly, I use Everything Me. It does a great job of keeping the apps I'm using front and center and adjusting them as my usage changes.


  • Brian Dooley Oct 29, 2015 Link to comment

    Lucid launcher, every time.


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    Deactivated Account Oct 28, 2015 Link to comment

    " Dodol Launcher " has changed its name to " Line Launcher ". It's one of the best launcher in available in play store. But I suggest everyone to check out " EverythingMe Launcher ". It's simple launcher and fast and easy to use. Though it doesn't have extra themes , it's one of the best launcher for android !!


  • Karen Antush Oct 28, 2015 Link to comment

    I use Atom Launcher by DTLO. The function is flawless & they have lots of designs (clean & fun) that can be used as a screen/icon combo or mix & matched with your own photos. One screen option is to load 6 photos for screens that change everytime you turn on your phone. They have designs that spread the screen over multiple pages which is fun too. My favorite option is using my own photos for app icons. Nobody knows what any of my apps are except me. You have the option of traditional, designed or your own photo. You have the option to remove titles. Another stealth feature allows me to hide all the apps on screen & in the tray which then showcases my screen photo & not all the icons. Filters, icon size, transition options, action shortcuts, colors, widgets...the list is endless. If my Samsung S4 internal launcher did anything, I was completely unaware. This launcher is incredibly intuitive, IMO. Acess to all it's features are launched by holding down a finger on the screen or in the top notification area. Next to SideSync, this is my favorite app/feature. Not even a little curious about any other launcher. My phone is visually an extension of my personality thanks to Atom Launcher.
    I set up my friend's 9 year old's Samsung Tablet for Christmas last year and found a super cute Atom/DTLO design that made her tablet standout from all her friends. All the icons were cutesy & the page changed everytime she opened it. Extremely personal & fun.


    • Apolzan Marius Oct 28, 2015 Link to comment

      i guess that u work on that launcher project or u have a friend in that project to make this nice commercial, ty anyway for the info about it


  • Apolzan Marius Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

    ihave to say something in here,all launchers on the market,that this ppl will never talk about coz they r more stupids than a chicken,all got ppl to use them,it's hard to fight actually about which 1 is the best coz none of us have same tastes in everything,i do love a launcher too,but i do try all i can get even those that r only in beta and will get soon on market,coz i always loved to try all,well,all launcher do have something special or something different,even tho some only the name coz r the same way under that,but is the thing to make some of us to like it,i like something from here,something from there,some r more in just 1 launcher and some have what we would love from another launcher,but that's the thing,they dont make them all the same for the same reason,it would be boring to see just 1 launcher but under a different name,so ppl,stop arguing about what is the best and so and ANOTHER THING,IMPORTANT,when u try a launcher,really look into it to see all it can offer,not just on the surfice,it is true that some launcher do suck the battery more than others,1 of them is in this article but is not NEXT launcher as 1 in here did said so,are those that use the location all the time,to see where u r so it will present to u more options for the place u r,now that is a lot of battery consuming,so,i think is best for all of us if we would stop fighting about others tastes,even tho some times i do that too,but i have my reasons wen i see that ppl just don't look into a launcher or a booster and they say is the best or the worst without actually look into it,search for the options it gives u,the things that can do or not,if it help or make things worse,try all the options a launcher can give u,about the idiot with this article,hey,r many launchers in the market that already come with the thing that Action launcher offers here,and r part of the launcher,so look around and learn be4 u come with this stupid things


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    Deactivated Account Oct 26, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova Nova
    Nova..........I'm a fan.. it's cool, easy, looks great, almost perfect...


  • Krissa Swain Oct 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Wow - I just tried Apus and did NOT like it. It automatically "boosts" your device as soon as you activate it, and has an intrusive "headlines" feature that mimics the "you may like" sections of many websites.

    Next is impressive, but it does use resources, and actually i prefer a more minimalist design. Not a fan of most of the available themes.

    Nova is the best combination of performance, features, and customizability. I also like Action 3 - the automatic theming to match your wallpaper is very nice, and the interface is easy to use and intuitive.


  • aviral dhodi Oct 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Next 3d is a monster battery eater if you try the paid version; Nova, Apex and ADW are fast. Those who want a change try Aviate and those want just to keep everything simple (elderly people) can go for "Wiser" launcher it has got bigger fonts and icons which they can use with ease.


    • Apolzan Marius Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

      actually u r an idiot,is not a battery monster eater,u r just an idiot really,if u looked in the settings,u will see 2 options in the advance and performance section that can solve the memory and battery problem,but u r just a stupid with stupid comments,i use this next 3d launcher from a very long time and i am a fan of it,and i never got a problem neither with the memory nor with the battery,pfff,all idiots commenting about things that they don't actually know how to experience


  • Daniel Colon Oct 2, 2015 Link to comment

    After trying pretty much all of them, I'm gonna go ahead and say that ALL LAUNCHERS SUCK. We have smart phones but our launchers continue to be inefficient and poorly designed. Can someone tell me why I need to organize my own apps when they are already categorized in the app store? Why do I need an infinite number of homescreens AND an app drawer?? Why do folders use the screen real estate in such an unappealing and cluttered way?? App docks don't have enough space to be useful without adding folders and icons to the screen--so what's the point?? IMO a launcher's priority should be to simplify and organize a phone's visual layout. Next, it should take advantage of the technologies that our phones have to add useful and automated functionality. A bunch of launchers get one or the other ok, but none get them both.


    • Apolzan Marius Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

      then try a more complete launcher and with more options than those posted here,which non the less r not all the launchers on the market,but ,try TSF shell 3d,maybe u will find those both things u r looking for,i agree in many of ur points,especially with that first 1,why the hell almost all launchers wanna organize my apps that r already organize ? and some of the launchers even make new directors and put the apps in there,why the hell r they complicating the things ? how is more organize to start looking for something thru directories ? it is much simpler to just scroll til the app u want than start looking where the hell the launcher put it and try to even remember in which directory it was afterwards,lot of this developers r just a bunch of stupid ppl coming with so many idiotic ideas that they find it easier,for them maybe it's easier to scratch ur left ear with ur right hand,who knows


    • Brandon Mußiq Dec 9, 2015 Link to comment

      you might like Z Launcher. No folders, one widget page, you just spell out the name of the app you want (using its built-in swipe). Fast, simple, light.


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    Deactivated Account Sep 28, 2015 Link to comment

    I used Nova on my old Samsung and must say it was okay for a while but Touchwiz have a better layout and is just easier to use in my humble opinion.


    • Dave Oct 7, 2015 Link to comment

      I use Nova on my Samsung for two reasons... One, it allowed me to copy my existing Touchwiz layout so that I didn't have to re-set everything up again. Two, it allows me to back up everything so I can restore it later. I wish Touchwiz could be easily backed up so that we didn't need to use launchers at all. You're right that the stock Touchwiz is just fine.


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  • Salomon Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

    Zero launcher is the best. Very fast, beautiful design, almost every day new theme and wallpaper and easy to boost the phone.And It takes very little place in the storage. It is really perfect


  • Rusty Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

    Do you guys have something against CM apps? They are never mentioned when you do these articles, I have em and I know a lot of other people do too but they are never mentioned!


    • Paolo Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

      You do realise that apps from CM are part of why Android has a questionable reputation for safety (user data and privacy) and quality, right?

      Deactivated Account


      • Rusty Sep 28, 2015 Link to comment

        I have not heard that but I am interested as to why though


      • Salomon Sep 28, 2015 Link to comment

        Download and try it


      • Rusty Sep 28, 2015 Link to comment

        No, why is CM connected to Android security problems ?


      • Ceelos Oct 26, 2015 Link to comment

        Bloatware.. Stay away from cm products

        Deactivated Account


    • Apolzan Marius Oct 27, 2015 Link to comment

      well,coz they r stupid,i mean who write this articles,they only look at a few that are always the same once and they keep saying the same thing about them all the time,is nothing new,just copy and paste of the same article,but anyway,i do have something against CM,i have a really big trouble with it,first of all is that always pop up of the other CM products that r getting extremely annoying,about the booster,it's even worse,that thing takes 30% of the memory when it functioning,and it is functioning nonstop,i figure that out when it was showing me always around 80 % of memory ocupied and funny,when i uninstalled all the CM i had on my phone,and i will say again,only the CM apps,and installed another booster,SURPRISE,my memory was always around 60% full,wow,now that i call a really big problem for a booster and i told them about it too and they said that they work on it,still,in a year that didn't changed,so,no more CM for me ever again


  • Jean David Philippe Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't think any body have tried dodol (line) launcher cause if it so, I don't think that any body would talk about other launcher cause dodol is the best and I'm not ready to stop using it


  • Mike Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova for me


  • Chai Ming Shi Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova Launcher FTW!


  • Sofiane DeAngelis Sep 26, 2015 Link to comment

    No Aviate launcher in the list, r u serious


  • morteza mohammadi Aug 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Pwrsonaly and technicaly, I think adw launcher specialy adw ex beats them all

    It is super simple with so much thems visual transitions and it is insanly configurable


    • Geron Phillips Sep 1, 2015 Link to comment

      I used to really like adw on my tablet running ics but it doesn't seem to have had a ui update in years. I use nova now as it has pretty much the same functionality but with a lollipop theme


  • Tex Ican Aug 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Atom is the cleanest i've found, have tried most on this list.
    It is plenty flexible but with the lightest footprint in my experience.


    • Pradeep deviSri Aug 19, 2015 Link to comment

      very true buddy.. i tried almost every launcher and nothing is better as atom. Its simple, elegant and clean and the same time with plenty of flexibility and features that too with the minimal memory usage.. i liked launchers like buzz, but after using any other launcher for one or two days i always comes back to atom. Its amusing why i dont find it in any of the best launcher list.


  • An Droid Aug 3, 2015 Link to comment

    Action Launcher is light, stable and fast. It also increases battery life by a substantial margin.


  • chase montgomery Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    Every thing is garbage except for nova launcher. A little secret though if you activate developer mode on s5 by going to about phone tap build number seven times and go back and right above it there is a new tab enter and go to drawing and disable all animations and it will load so much faster its like a flash.


    • David B Aug 30, 2015 Link to comment

      I've used Nova for awhile and for some reason, took your advice on how to make it better and faster and wow, best tIp I've had since somone told me how to jailbreak an iphone 3g. Any others for the S5? Tips I mean. Thank you very much. David.


  • Mike Russo Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm lookin for one that'll help with the of my s5 any ideas?


  • Gagan Singh Jul 9, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova is the perfect choice for me when it comes to stability and usage. It has everything i need in its pro version + beta version also offers new things to try on.
    Other than Nova i think TSF Shell is a nice launcher and with its Gestures and app bundles it's different than others. Maybe the problem with it is, that it's a little expensive and so doesn't have that much hype, but it's a nice launcher with a different style and look.


    • Iftikhar Ali Aug 27, 2015 Link to comment

      totally agree with you gagan singh, am been using this launcher from past one year, and i did not find any match of it, perhaps the best on google play store i say.


  • Krupal Ashok Jul 2, 2015 Link to comment

    Anyone tried HomeUX Launcher? Will be there in top 10 when its released.


  • Colleen West Jul 2, 2015 Link to comment

    I HAVE TRIED MOST OF THE LAUNCHERS ABOVE & SOME HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR MY ANDROID DEVICE & SOME AREN'T THAT REALLY 'FANTASTIC LAUNCHERS'


  • Umer Sarwar May 25, 2015 Link to comment

    Find reviews of top launchers


  • Daremo Sensanome May 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Launchers... KK Launcher... the same Google Now launcher with lots of options.
    Awesome piece of software.


  • MzTech May 16, 2015 Link to comment

    C launcher is also a great launcher.


  • JRB May 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Anyone besides me try Lucid Launcher yet? Just different enough to earn my keep right now. Plus it doesn't come preset up with junk. You get to start from the ground up somewhat and build it like u like.


    • Brian Dooley Oct 29, 2015 Link to comment

      I agree, easy, fast and it has it's own browser. Does not come with any bloatware and is not a ram hog.


  • Blue Carbon Analog Watch Face May 15, 2015 Link to comment

    One reason that some users prefer Android based smartphones compared to iPhones is their high level of customization. you can style it according to your taste and preference.


  • Rogue Tomato May 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Smart Launcher is version 3 now, not 2. And "if you delete an icon, the app is deleted too" is not true. You can remove icons from the home screen, but it doesn't (and shouldn't) uninstall the app. In the drawers, the long press lets you move the icon to another category, hide the app or uninstall it (and even rename, start or stop the app from the long-press menu).


  • Mohammad Al-amin Mia May 14, 2015 Link to comment

    In those Launcher, i like Hola Launcher.It helps me to easy and comfort.Everyone can use it.


  • Aron May 14, 2015 Link to comment

    How can you possibly leave Actipn Launcher off this list?! It is hands down top 3. Nova is more customizable, but almost to a fault. AL3 has many of tje same custom features and it has covers and shutters. You can have dozens of widgets on your desktop on one flick away. Super helpful and maintains a clean homepage.


    • Jason Haley Jul 8, 2015 Link to comment

      Action launcher was the first one mentioned in this article.


  • Douglas Nolan May 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova running perfect on my S4, CM12.1,5.1.1..!!!


  • Ismet Şen Apr 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Nova is the best launcher.


  • Bob Brown Mar 30, 2015 Link to comment

    Very interesting article. And I think Launcher 8 is the best for me!!!


  • Vektoo Mar 26, 2015 Link to comment

    The best: Launcher Lab
    -Various editing elements and options
    -Your editing shows in real time
    -User friendly with simple gestures
    -Support Layers
    -Support Wallpaper editor (visual editor)
    -Support Animation
    -Support custom "widget" creator (can not force him to install plugin eg: UCCW or Zooper)


  • Brian Olmstead Mar 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I've tried most of these and i keep Nova around like an old friend. No mention of Lucid Launcher, which between Action 3 i switch back and forth to quite often.


    • Scott Adam Gordon Mar 26, 2015 Link to comment

      I don't know Lucid Launcher! I might have to check that out. Nova is too intense for me but yeah Action 3 is pretty sweet!


  • Techie Gen Mar 16, 2015 Link to comment

    ENJOY THE latest Free Launchers to Customize your Android mObile in stylish way
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  • Jorge Barake Jan 27, 2015 Link to comment

    I am using Yahoo Aviate and love the interface. However, it feels as if it is a huge battery hug on my device.


  • graham jorgensen Jan 10, 2015 Link to comment

    Hi yo all , I have 5 launches running on my s4 . Love them all I'm the kind that changes like the weather so one would not do for me .got.... smart - next - aviate -google now and atom launcher all on board and I got no lag problems all ways running with 700 mb of ram free .will try out the others in due course .nice list Mr .


  • Vertito Sta Maria Jan 9, 2015 Link to comment

    i use all the launcher so far but
    splay wins my heart
    splay v2


  • A Speer Jan 8, 2015 Link to comment

    I use dodol and it has been working great for me. Lots of themes to chose from.


  • Michael D'Angelo Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    No love for the Google Now launcher?


  • Lee Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    It has to be Nova Launcher Prime for me, I do also use Themer Launcher by MyColorScreen from time to time which has some great looking setups/styles.


  • Eric Aiyidu Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Aviate is the best! Other launchers seem to be alike namely: nova, apex, GO etc. Really enjoyed nova and never thought I would change until aviate came along and am really stuck with it now!


  • Buck Nekid Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    I keep waiting for someone to build a launcher with some functionality that moves me off of Nova Launcher and it just doesn't happen. Best way to minimize your exposure to TouchWiz.


  • Dwarfer66 Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Why is is every few weeks you rehash this post?


  • Muhammad Abdullah Dec 24, 2014 Link to comment

    Launcher 8 and Holo launcher are also one of the best. :)


  • Danchapman Dec 11, 2014 Link to comment

    Try out App fetch. It finds any app without scrolling


  • Sam496 Nov 25, 2014 Link to comment

    I agree that Nova is the best! :)
    Only downside is that u have to find new themes manually, which isn't really a problem.


  • Merra Merra Nov 20, 2014 Link to comment

    Thank you so much for your article .


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    Deactivated Account Oct 24, 2014 Link to comment

    Aviate, without a doubt, is the best. Can't imagine my phone without it anymore.


  • Reg Joo Oct 23, 2014 Link to comment

    360 launcher is great for older phones, can do as much as most of these launchers, is lightweight, doesn't crash like holo launcher( not updated anymore), and doesn't get in the way. Some of these launchers, can affect the performance of the phone, if they try too hard to satisfy(built in cleaners, battery savers, etc..). I'd rather have non-launcher functions , off the launcher, xposed modules are a better way to have what you need, especially the android tuner module, tinted statusbar, etc.. Having too many launcher functions, makes the launcher stress too much.


  • Arun karthikeyan Oct 20, 2014 Link to comment

    You missed one awesome Mobo Launcher. Even apex cant match the features... so many inbuilt features like battery saver (really works), files manager , Cleaner , even more features... i used many launcher before but mobo launcher is the best one among all other launcher...


  • Craig Lewis Oct 19, 2014 Link to comment

    I have been using Terrain Launcher for quite some time now. It has a card based left side bar that allows for the addition of feed content as well as some system controls. There is a right side bar that alternates between widget selection an application choice. The application choice bar is alphabetized allowing you to select the first letter of the app you wish to start. I highly recommend it.


  • Risky Wahyu Nugroho Oct 18, 2014 Link to comment

    i love nova launcher


  • steve Oct 17, 2014 Link to comment

    I love aviate


  • corey spell Oct 17, 2014 Link to comment

    U sure u put the right description to lightning lol its honestly the most powerful customizable launcher made and widgets in folders swipe any direction on an icon for any action.. It's extremely complicated and hard to learn but once u do wow! I swipe icons to popup widgets all kinds of crazy stuff custom fonts everywhere every aspect of this launcher is tweakable in any way.. The old lightning launcher and lightning launcher extreme are jus as capable.. Jus saying lol


  • Amir R Oct 16, 2014 Link to comment

    nova is best


  • Kamal Oct 16, 2014 Link to comment

    the best launcher is the nova launcher, am i right or there is another launcher more faster, lighter and simple launcher as like nova launcher,
    i my opinion with the nova launcher the best icon pack is belle ui icon pack


  • John Tribolta Jun 30, 2014 Link to comment

    New android launcher pre-released from the company Jolla, officially opened access to its installation launcher for the Android operating system to those who held a special reception at the official site. As expected, the popularity of real estate development community portal XDA did not sit idly by and published the original installation file.

    When you first hear about something called «Jolla Launcher», then the application - the interface add-on for the operating system Android, representing a complete copy of the user interface of the mobile OS fresh Jolla - Sailfish. By the way, the official port "Sailfish" is available for the latest version of the smartphone LG Nexus 4.


  • Shubham Gothi Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

    Tsf sheel is the best launcher i have ever used...


  • Shubham Gothi Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

    Tsf shell is the best launcher i have ever used so try that...
    U will really love it...


  • Ariston Collander Jun 23, 2014 Link to comment

    I've been using Terrain and it's been working quite nicely so far. It's in Beta and is US only, but it's pretty nice.


    • Kris Carlon Jun 25, 2014 Link to comment

      Hey @Ariston, we just wrote about Terrai n Launcher. I haven't checked it out yet but I like the interface. How do you think it compares to Google Now?


      • Craig Lewis Jan 28, 2015 Link to comment

        I have been using Terrain for months now. It is far superior to Google Now, which I have also tried.


  • paulo Jun 23, 2014 Link to comment

    action launcher. just because I love minimalist launchers also with one screen and lots of shutters ands covers.


    • Kris Carlon Jun 23, 2014 Link to comment

      @Paulo, did you know Action Launcher Pro is discounted at the moment? if you don't already have Pro, now is a great time to grab it!


      • paulo Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

        yes and I have it. thanks


  • Byron Garay Jun 22, 2014 Link to comment

    NOVA Launcher 👌 Super Smooth, never had any problem so far.


  • Mohammed van de Kraats May 15, 2014 Link to comment

    A star rating for an app is nice, but more important is to look at how many users rated the app.

    A rating of 5 stars, rated by say less then a hundred users is less valuable then a 4 star rating by several thousand users.

    Another important detail, I am missing here is how healthy the app is.
    In other words, how good is it maintained.
    How frequently is it updated
    How old is the latest update (is the app still alive ??)
    Which Android versions are supported
    Does it support the latest Android versions
    How good is the response on issues


    • Kris Carlon Jun 23, 2014 Link to comment

      You can grab most of these details in the Play Store listing in the Additional Information section. You can see when the last update was posted and take a guess at how frequently it gets looked at based on the version numbers in the What's New section. if the developer has a website you can check to see how often they post about updates too.


  • Mohammed van de Kraats May 15, 2014 Link to comment

    Holo Laucher
    Another good launcher with a good reputation.
    1.000.000 downloads and rated 4,5 by almost 50.000 users


  • Kayla McKinney Feb 22, 2014 Link to comment

    I love android, but have been craving a new look lately. So I decided to find a windows 8 launcher. After a couple of days of research, downloading, and customizing, I have finally landed on Launcher 8 Free (fake wp8) by QiHang Dev Team. Granted this launcher could still use some work, but of all the windows 8 launchers this is my favorite. Its the most customizable and offers plenty of features. Definetly worth sticking around for. This launcher has the opportunity to go far.


  • Shane Shaheen Feb 17, 2014 Link to comment

    Apex Launcher ..The Best. and consume less RAM comparing to others. The best part about Apex and Nova is that, it retains the default Android user interface with some additional features. At first glance anybody will think that it is the same default android launcher , but they will wonder when i show the unique features. For some reasons, Apex stands higher than Nova for me....


    • Kris Carlon Feb 17, 2014 Link to comment

      Me too, although I came to Apex before Nova and then just couldn't find enough about Nova to make me think it was any better than Apex.


  • Virgil Bates Jr Dec 29, 2013 Link to comment

    I have the cover launcher, works perfect, has Customable screens and the right app tray for what I do the most....


    • Kris Carlon Jan 2, 2014 Link to comment

      Very true @Virgil, the only reason it didn't make the list is because technically it's a lock screen. But you're right, it's awesome.


  • iMaC74 Dec 29, 2013 Link to comment

    Nova! I've purchased them all and kept the best. Nova Launcher running flawlessly on my GPE S4 4.4.2 👌😉


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    Deactivated Account Dec 22, 2013 Link to comment

    Apex need to fix their cardstack scrolling. It lags like hell.


    • Kris Carlon Jan 2, 2014 Link to comment

      Hey @Guy. What card stack scrolling is lagging for you? In Google Now or another app? I'm running Apex now and haven't noticed the problem.


  • bisot p. Dec 22, 2013 Link to comment

    nova and smart launcher are good for simple navigation :)


  • David D. Dec 22, 2013 Link to comment

    GEL?


  • Asad Ali Dec 21, 2013 Link to comment

    Nova is best of all.. because it is super smooth and user friendly


  • Shanaka Fernando Dec 21, 2013 Link to comment

    Nova Launcher is the best


    • Daniel Westerdale Jan 7, 2015 Link to comment

      I installed Nova Launcher Prime... on my Note 4 and it is good. I wonder if there is decent tutorial on getting the most out of it..


  • colsec Dec 20, 2013 Link to comment

    you need to mention Aviate launcher! it may be invite only still but is fantastic!


  • Avinash Naik Dec 20, 2013 Link to comment

    nova is Best.... ha kitkat style


  • Amat Mulisha Dec 20, 2013 Link to comment

    nova launcher is the best.friendly ui.anf easy to use.you never regrets with nova.

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