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KoalaPhone Launcher gives you bigger, simpler icons

As apps and smartphone features get more advanced but more complicated, not everyone appreciates the complexities that come with it. Some would like to have their phone display easily the things they actually need and to show them as big as they can. Phone launchers are a dime a dozen, but only very few can cater to needs like this. KoalaPhone sounds cute and fuzzy, but in fact it is big and loud, just the way some users prefer to have it.

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.

EverythingMe now officially available in global markets

After a rather successful period of limited availability and a partnership with Mozilla to be the primary interface of Firefox OS, EverythingMe is now expanding its availability to practically anywhere in the world. This means that fans of the search-centric contextual homescreen can now enjoy get the app from its official Google Play Store source instead of having to dig around for unofficial APKs.

CyanogenMod adds Protected apps, teases CMHome

Users of one of if not the most popular Android custom ROM might have something to look forward to, either in their nightly builds or M releases. CyanogenMod's weekly report has revealed a couple of very interesting features, including a super hidden app utility, a dedicated search panel for the home screen, new floating notifications, and a reorganized settings app.
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