Aviate, now under Yahoo's guidance, has just released an update to the beta version of its smart homescreen. This time, the smarts in this smart launcher will be honing in on your listening habits and try to anticipate things you might want to know.
Just on the heels of coming out of beta, EverythingMe is now making news again but this time with a different visage. Mozilla and the Israeli startup has just revealed Firefox Launcher, which, for all intents and purpose, is practically the same smart launcher.
There is almost an embarrassment of riches in Android when it comes to homescreen launchers, but these days, launchers seem to be gravitating towards smart customization. Seeing this trend, Yahoo is announcing at CES 2014 that it has acquired Aviate, a relatively new smart launcher that is still in beta.
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.
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.
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.
Chameleon Launcher for Android, which got its start as a kickstarter project back in May has finally landed on the Google Play Store. This home replacement launcher for tablets is very pretty, polished, and looks fantastic. While it's in the Play Store right now, only those who pre-ordered from Kickstarter can actually use it.
For Ice Cream Sandwich users, launcher options are still pretty thin on the ground. Nova Launcher was one of the first, and our current favorite, and of course standard launchers from Gingerbread and further back still work. But the real competition is Apex Launcher, likewise based on the source code from the stock Android 4.0 launcher. It gets a major update today, so try the free version in the Google Play Store.
There's a ton of launchers available at the moment, but depressingly few are for Android tablets (with Go Launcher HD being the best among them). Chameleon is a new tablet launcher that uses an impressive methodology: its layout changes depending upon the time of day, connection, or even GPS location, catering itself to which apps you use in which situations. Like seemingly everybody these days, the creators have started a Kickstarter campaign to get Chameleon finished and into the Google Play Store.
If you have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich you should probably try out APEX Launcher. This home replacement built specifically for Android 4.0 ICS has tons of options, features, and more customization options than you'll ever need. Today its been updated to version 1.1 in the Play Store and they've launched Apex Launcher Pro today too so check it out below.