Home screen replacement

Finally! Yahoo Aviate adds custom collections

This news is definitely a long time coming. Yahoo Aviate has announced the addition of a single, "small" feature that increases the launcher's usefulness quite dramatically. Now users will be able to create their own custom collections and will no longer be bound by the categories that Aviate has defined for them.

Nokia speeds things up in Z Launcher update

Nokia (yes, the real Nokia, or what's left of it) is announcing an update to its still pre-beta Z Launcher homescreen replacement. Focusing on performance improvements under the hood, Z Launcher is taking a few steps closer to becoming a more serious contender in the Android launcher race.

Blur Launcher gives devs a Google Now Launcher playground

Google Now Launcher (or Google Experience Launcher, if you prefer the older name) is seemingly becoming the new fad for homescreen launchers. After CyanogenMod's own spin on the launcher with its CM Home experiment, Klinker Apps, makers of EvolveSMS and Talon, are now making available a new launcher called Blur that expands Google's launcher to make room for third-party developers to join the party.

APUS Launcher trades features for size

Quick, name the top 5 or most popular alternative launchers. Chances are, whichever those are, no matter how fast and smooth they seem to be, they are most likely fully featured launchers that take up space in both storage and memory. For those looking for even less needier options, APUS Launcher tries to go the opposite direction and shed off as much as it can to keep its footprint slim.

Jolla Launcher Alpha hands-on

Jolla is indeed venturing into the Android world, one step at a time. After giving Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 users a chance to test Sailfish OS itself, the Finnish startup has started the closed alpha run for its Android homescreen replacement. But does Jolla Launcher have what it takes to stand out from the crowd? It's a bit too early to say, but we take Jolla Launcher out for a spin to see its potential.

Samsung’s Terrain Home launcher mixes a bit of everything

Samsung has its own TouchWiz homescreen exclusive to its smartphones so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a new homescreen launcher replacement that has been funded by the manufacturer's startup accelerator. But will Terrain Home actually be able to make a name for itself in the crowded homescreen marketplace? Perhaps it could, if the subset of features it seems to have picked off from other launchers resonate with you.

Gravity Home: A Live Wallpaper and Home Launcher in One

We all love the live wallpapers on our Android phones right? They allow us to do cool things like fly through space, play duck hunt, or even float through the clouds right on our phones home screen. Today I have something really unique and quite fun to show you. It's called Gravity Home and it is a live wallpaper and a home replacement launcher like ADW or LP but at the same time. Yup it replaces the home launcher with a live wallpaper and adds in some physics that makes your icons float around, neat huh?
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