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Apex Launcher updated with material design

One of the things that many people love about Android devices is the ability to customize the device to suit their needs. An app has been updated called the Apex Launcher that promises to make customizing the homescreen of your Android smartphone or tablet a snap.

App Swap brings instant access to apps with QuickSwipe

App launchers on Android are quickly becoming more popular and a number of similar apps are being released. We recently updated the Aviate app by adding search and here's another one: the App Swap. This productivity app developed by Emmanuel Boudrant, is a simple app that acts as a drawer containing your most favorite and frequently used applications. Apps on the drawer can now be found more easily and quickly. No need to swipe several pages of your apps when you can simply swap up from your navigation bar or home screen to show the App Swap launcher. You can also swipe from the bottom edge of your phone or tablet even without the navigation bar.

Yahoo brings Search to Aviate

Yahoo is adding a not so new but very functional feature on Aviate. Search on Aviate now allows searching for things that are more specific. You can start searching for stuff on the Web, contacts, and your apps on your mobile device right on Aviate. No need to launch another window or a separate web browser because you can finish searching on Aviate. Search results will be displayed on your homescreen.

Action Launcher 3 launches with new Quicktheme feature

As promised, or forewarned, Chris Lacy's Action Launcher 3 has just been pushed to Google Play Store. Claimed to be more than just a simple "Action Launcher 2 with Material Design", this version is said to be a complete re-write and re-design, but still with the core features that have drawn users to it. It is, however, not without controversy, especially surrounding the new and perhaps slightly confusing pricing scheme that have also drawn a bit of ire against the developer.

Flow Home: Re-imagining the Android home screen

It’s been done a couple of times before, but most people tend to go back to the old tap-your-icon-and-swipe-to move home screen. Flow Home is a different proposition altogether. It takes the things you usually want to check on your phone – Facebook feed, Twitter, Instagram, the weather – and puts it on your home screen in a timeline flow.

Nokia Z Launcher for Android now on Google Play

Hey, did you know Nokia is getting some more Android lovin’? Actually, it’s more like the other way around: Android is getting a lot of Nokia stuff these days. Nokia may not be getting back into the handset business and will focus on other important stuff but an Android tablet by Nokia has recently rolled out. The Nokia N1 was introduced a couple of days ago complete with the Nokia Z Launcher homescreen.

Sloth Launcher triggers what you need when you need it

No, the Sloth Launcher is not an app that will give you an adorable (or scary) mammal or will force you to move when all you want to do is laze around. It is actually a launcher that helps trigger actions or apps that you would need when you really need them, without having to go through the same steps every single time.

Apex Launcher update: Material Design tweaks, Lollipop drawer

One of the joys of having an Android device is being able to tweak how you use your device by using different customizable apps. App launchers are popular with those who are fond of these personalized touches. And even before the Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially rolled out to various devices, these apps can give you a preview of what life would be like with the major update. One such app, following in the footsteps of other popular ones like Nova Launcher and GO Launcher is Apex Launcher.

ZERO: the launcher that feels like it’s barely there

There are literally dozens of Android launchers and home screen replacements, each one vying for your attention or your money or both. Some compete on a wealth of features while others go for utter simplicity. Some try to go the middle route and adhere to both, like this new launcher called ZERO, one that is advertised to be super lightweight, super fast, and yet still also super customizable.
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