Aviate Launcher updated with custom icon pack support

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Are you a fan of Aviate Launcher? You’ll be glad to find out that the developers behind Aviate Launcher recently released a new update which adds support for custom icon packs. This means that you can now use the same icon packs that you use with other launchers.

To enable custom icons, swipe left through Aviate to get access to the spaces menu and go to settings. Once you’ve opened the settings, you can tap on the “Set Icon Pack” button. You will then be brought to a menu where you can set an icon pack, download new packs, or go back to the default Android icons. It was reported on their blog that most icon packs that work with the popular launchers such as, Nova and Apex, should work fine with Aviate Launcher as well.

This is a major update for Aviate Launcher and if you haven’t grabbed the latest version yet, click on the download link after the break.

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Firefox teases its upcoming Android launcher

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Today Firefox announced that they are currently working on an Android launcher. While they didn’t really reveal too much on its features, they did give us a screenshot giving us a small sample of what it looks like. According to the Firefox team:

Firefox Launcher for Android makes it easy to discover the content you want in any moment and is optimized for the way you use your phone. The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive.

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EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play

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EverythingMe hopes to get in on the market for alternative launcher apps that work in place of the stock interface on Android devices. Continuing a trend that we see with launchers, EverythingMe tries to be predictive in nature, changing homescreen components based on factors like time of day. Moving from beta to an official release, the EverythingMe Launcher does include a few additional features in addition to the homescreen replacement function. » Read the rest

Facebook updates Home to improve lock screen functions

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You may have forgotten all about Facebook’s Home launcher that was released earlier this year and was even pre-installed on a few phones, but Facebook still remembers their attempt to get in front of more users. More importantly, Facebook decided to make some improvements to Home and an update to the launcher is now available in Google Play. » Read the rest

Updated Nova Launcher includes elements of 4.4 KitKat in new version 2.3 update

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Nova Launcher is one of the more widely used launchers on the Google Play store, and for good reason. Updates are of plenty, and the developers continuously bring great content to devices.

Today, Nova Launcher received update 2.3, which adds the genuine KitKat “look and feel” to the launcher— this includes the KitKat scroll indicator, KitKat folders, and more. Beta testers have been using these features for a while now, so the rest of you can finally get your hands on it!

The full changelog and a link to the app in the Play Store are after the break.

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Epic Launcher brings some KitKat sweetness to Android 4.0+ users

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In the world of launchers, a frequent strategy developers use is to mimic the look and feel of the latest stock launchers. In the case of developer Nikao, they have released a new launcher called Epic Launcher that is based on the AOSP for Android 4.4 KitKat, but will run on any device with at least Android 4.0 or higher. If you have an older device not scheduled to get an update, you can at least get some of the look and feel of KitKat even if you can’t get all the under the hood improvements. » Read the rest

Themer takes another Beta step in latest update

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Themer, a new custom launcher from MyColorScreen, has taken another step on the way to being an officially released app. For the past four weeks, users who wanted to try out a beta build of Themer could enter their email address on the MyColorScreen web site in order to receive an activation code to be able to use the app. MyColorScreen has reported they have had 550,000 users apply for a code to be part of the quasi-open beta program and those users downloaded over 1.5 million themes. The update released yesterday removes the requirement for an activation code, so anyone with an Android 4.1 or better smartphone can install the free app and start installing themes immediately. » Read the rest

Customizable Themer launcher graduates to open beta

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themerThemer, the excellent theme based launcher, has graduated from closed to open beta. This means that all you need to do is enter your email address on Themer’s website, and you will immediately receive an access code without waiting. As a refresher, Themer lets you completely modify your home screen in seconds by choosing beautiful pre-setup themes. It’s a great alternative for those who want to personalize their devices, but don’t want to mess around too much creating their own themes.

Source: The Next Web

 

Innovative new home screen Aviate enters private beta

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aviateWe’re a fan of innovative home screen replacements. Aviate is nothing like we’ve ever seen before – a replacement home screen launcher that builds “Spaces” that change depending on what you need, when you need it. It’s goal is to make your phone easier to use by simplifying things. For example, it can show news and weather information and shortcuts when you wake up, changes to travel-friendly apps and check-in shortcuts in the afternoon, and then entertainment options in the evening, if that’s what you’re into.

The launcher will learn about you as you go, and suggest new apps based on popularity and the user’s preferences. Plus, the beautiful app is card-based and fits in will with the design of Google Now. Being in beta, Aviate is currently only available to alpha testers, each who have five invites to give away.

Check out a gallery of screenshots and a Play Store download link after the break.

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Top Android launcher applications [September 2013]

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We’ve already gone over some of our favorite launcher apps for Android tablets, but there are just as many great home screen replacement apps for phones. If you’re not a fan of the stock interface that came with your phone, like Samsung’s TouchWiz or any version of HTC’s Sense, these launchers do an excellent job of giving you a more customizable experience, including altering icons and widgets and applying some great looking themes. We’re going to go over a few of the top launcher replacements available in the Play Store to get you started. » Read the rest