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Smart Launcher Face-off – Battle of the Brains

Android has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to app launchers, but there is a certain breed of them that deserves special mention. These are the so called smart or contextual launchers and today we'll be giving you the rundown on a few of them.

Aviate now supports icon packs

The Aviate launcher is not only smart but can now also be pretty. Starting with the latest update, Aviate can now use the myriad of icon themes available in Google Play Store to help turn the Aviate smart homescreen into a truly personalized experience.

Facebook Home announced: here’s how it forks Android

After all the waiting and speculation we can finally put the rumors and leaks to rest. This morning Facebook has just kicked off their "New home on Android" event and essentially announced what we knew was coming. With plenty of leaks we had a good idea but now it's official. It's called Facebook Home and will be a replacement for your standard Android home screen laden with news feeds and Facebook galore.

Vire Launcher offers 3D effects and real-time lighting [Hands-on]

As you all probably know, switching out the launcher for our Android phones is one of the easiest and quickest ways to change and personalize our devices. Today we've been shown an awesome brand new option for Android phones that's currently in beta called Vire Launcher. It has some of the best visuals and animations we've seen yet, is free at the moment, and runs amazingly smooth. Check out our hands-on video below.

Apex Launcher updated with 4.2 Jelly Bean features and much more

For all you home replacement fans looking to rid your device of HTC Sense, Samsung's Touch Wiz, or just love the stock look of Android 4.0 and above Apex Launcher is a popular choice. Being one of the most popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based launchers it has been a big hit, but today just got even better with the latest update. The developers merged what's new from 4.2 Jelly Bean, and added a huge list of awesome features.
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