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, 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
Themer, 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.
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We’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.
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
Icon packs in the Google Play store are a thing of beauty. A simple download can drastically change the look of your Android home screen. If you’re running a custom launcher such as Nova or APEX, then I’m sure you’ve dabbled a little bit with changing out your icons. There’s hundreds of them in the Google Play Store, but in my opinion only a fraction of them are very good. Kovdev is certainly in that group and has made some brilliant icon packs and today has launched quite possibly their best yet in NOX.
In a world where OTA updates come few and far between, Android users are constantly trying to find ways to refresh and customize the look and feel of Android on their devices. An icon change-up would certainly give any user a quick-fix without having to revamp the entire OS. Because of this, I’ve decided to compile a list of the most far-out, diverse, and sweet looking icon packs out there today.
First, what is an icon pack? Icon packs are packages of customized icons for an operating system which can be downloaded and installed, meant to replace the default icons on your OS. They can serve as a pretty neat way to show off your device to others, especially if you’ve got some crazy and wildly designed icons.
How does one go about getting an icon pack, you ask? Is there rooting or hacking involved? Sure, for some icon packs, you’ll need to root your device. But for most, a simple download and install is all that’s necessary. For some icon packs, you’ll need a third-party home-screen launcher. This can be done by simply installing a launcher such as Apex or Nova. If you need help installing your icon pack, there are plenty of instructional videos on YouTube with great information and tips. Lets get to this list shall we? Hit the break for my selections (in no particular order)
Popular launcher app Nova Launcher released a new update over the weekend that adds much more flexibility and control over app icons to go along with normal optimizations and bug fixes. While many people put their favorite apps on their homescreens, others like to access them using the app drawer. This is where many of Nova Launcher’s recent updates are focused. Users can customize app icons and titles used in the app drawer independent of the theme they currently have selected. Users can also group apps into folders in the app drawer and then drag these folders to the homescreen. This essentially means folders can be created from the homescreen or the app drawer. » Read the rest
We already knew that one of the better launchers for tablets was certainly on its way for smartphones, but the big day has finally arrived folks: the Chameleon launcher for smartphones is officially live and available for all in the Play Store. As with the controversial tablet version, Chameleon launcher for smartphones allows for a unique launcher interface that is completely based on the use of some clever widgets that take up the entire of real estate of a smartphone’s screen.
The launcher is available in the Play Store for Android smartphones operating on Honeycomb or higher devices but there’s a big catch. Potential users can either splurge on a $2.91 version that is for use with smartphones only or go for the $3.99 version which will run on both smartphones and tablets.
Last May we reported on a project from Teknision, Inc., to create a new home screen UI and launcher for Android tablet devices. At the time, Teknision was in the process of funding the project via Kickstarter. The effort succeeded with the goal of $50,000 reached in July. Today the Chameleon Launcher for Tablets was made available in the Google Play store for $10. » Read the rest