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Best Android Launcher

Chinese phones are dominating the Android market these days. The major problem with Chinese phones is that they all come with similar looking generic iOS like user interface and it is boring to use such interfaces. Also, be it Sense UI or Touchwiz interface, there is no single OEM provided interface that ticks all boxes (speed, customizability, lightweight, support for wide range of themes etc). Those very new to Android usually get used to these half baked and bloated UIs. Here is a list of few Android Launchers that can replace your OEM/stock Android home. Some of these emphasize on clean and fast UI while some give you extreme amount of features and customizability. Read On! Please do share if you like our post.

Arrow Launcher

Arrow Launcher Arrow Launcher

  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and above
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 5 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Bloatfree, no ads
  3. Lightweight and super fast
  4. One of the best in terms of look and feel.
  5. The best for those who use lot of apps without widgets
  6. Card based left most screen is extremely useful
  7. Homescreen icons can auto arrange based on usage
  8. Wunderlist integration gives one click access to add/see reminders
  9. Very good integration with Office cloud apps
  10. Focus on function, not on gimmicks
  1. Nothing in particular

 

Evie Launcher

Evie Launcher Evie Launcher

  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and above
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 1 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Lightweight and very fast
  3. Unread badges
  4. Swipe down for search and app launcher, swipe up for app drawer
  5. Huge amount of customization
  6. Intuitive bookmarking feature
  7. Powerful universal search can search in installed apps too
  8. Custom shortcuts
  9. Import/Export home page structure/app arrangement etc
  1. Few rough edges, being very new launcher
  2. Not as feature rich as other launchers

 

APUS Launcher

APUS Launcher APUS Launcher

  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and above
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 100 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. For those who need truckload of features, gestures and themes.
  3. Very good theme and wallpaper library (30,000 +)
  4. Unread Count badges
  5. Smartly sort apps into categories based on functionality
  6. APUS Discovery : location based people discovery (with similar interets)
  7. APUS News : Google Now like news aggregation page
  8. Very good gesture support
  1. Ads are irritating and comes in the way
  2. Lot of bloatwarae

 

Hola Launcher

  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3.3 and above
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 100 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Lot of features
  3. Built in app lock that will lock certain apps so that you only you can access
  4. Omni Swipe : quick access to apps from anywhere
  5. Hide apps from others
  6. Automatic re-organization of apps based on function.
  7. Very good support for themes
  8. Huge support for gestures
  9. Built-in battery saver
  1. Too many ads
  2. Bloatware
  3. Heavy for some phones

 

Nova Launcher and Nova Launcher Prime

  • Price: Rs.150/- for Prime while Nova is free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and above
  • Rating: 4.6/4.8
  • Downloads: 10 million+ for Nova and 1 million+ for Nova Prime
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Lightweight
  3. Extremely simple UI
  4. Highly customizable
  5. Backup/Restore settings
  6. Import from another launcher
  7. Gestures support (dock and home screens) (prime only)
  8. Widget overlapping
  9. Hide applications (Prime only)
  10. Folders in app drawer (Prime only)
  11. Unread counts (Prime only)
  1. Only work on 4.0 or higher versions of Android
  2. Should have buzz like themes sharing and one click theme install/export/import.

Google Now Launcher

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  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 and above
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 100 million+

 

The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Integrated Google Now and ‘Ok, Google’ voice recognition
  3. Extremely simple UI
  4. Search widget with ‘Ok, Google’ on all pages
  1. More difficult to customize compared to other launchers
  2. No backup or restore, cannot import setup from other launchers
  3. Purely for those who love to have Google’s own launcher

 

CM Launcher

    • Price: Free ; Rs349/- for Pro (ad-free)
    • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and above
    • Rating: 4.6
    • Downloads: 50 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Built in antivirus
  3. Multi language support
  4. Design your own theme
  5. Automatic re-organization of apps based on function.
  6. Very good theme library
  7. Huge support for gestures
  8. Built-in battery saver
  9. Built in news aggregator like Google Now Launcher
  1. Too many ads
  2. bloatware
  3. 349/- too much for Pro (that only removes adds and provides few gestures)

 

Solo Launcher

  • Price: Free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and above
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 100 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Lightweight and super fast
  3. Multi-lingual support
  4. Massive number of themes
  5. One click booster widget
  6. Built-in battery saver
  7. Gesture support
  8. Set photos as icons
  9. Handwritten fonts
  10. Weather Forecast, news etc
  11. HD wallpapers and hundreds of themes
  12. The current ‘super launcher’ on Google Play
  1. Nothing in particular

 


Go Launcher and Go Launcher Prime

 

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  • Price: Go Launcher is free, Rs.399/- for Prime; in-app purchases (₹ 53.57 – ₹ 1,643.4)
  • Compatibility: varies with device
  • Rating: 4.5/4.4
  • Downloads: 100 million+ for EX and 100,000+ for Prime
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Nothing else comes close w.r.t customizability and dev support
  2. Free to use
  3. Super easy to customize.
  4. Massively popular. 100 million + user base
  5. Works on age old Android 2.0
  6. Massive number of in-house developed apps that add extra function.
  7. Thousands of themes, icon packs, widgets, wide range of animations etc.
  8. Insane amount of customization features
  1. Heavy on memory and can slow down the phone
  2. Heavy looking UI out of the box

Buzz Launcher

  • Price: free
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and above
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 10 million+
The GoodThe Bad
  1. Free
  2. Meant for those who prefer home screens to be artistic
  3. Apply shared Home screens to your own smartphone.
  4. 100,000+ unique home screens available on Homepack Buzz.
  5. You wont see more unique home screens on any other launcher.
  6. Compatible with vearious custom tools like Zooper Minimalist Text etc.
  7. Create artistic and unique home screen using home screen creator
  8. Upload your home screen to Homepack buzz for use by fellow droiders.
  1. Need at least 4.0.3 version of Android
  2. Nothing else in particular

 

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