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Launcher Lab lets you customize your Android device home screen

The beauty of Android lies in the platform’s ability to be customized. This includes personalization of home screens and icons according to the design preference of a person. You can design your very own home screen with different editing elements and add items you only want to see when you first open your phone. Change the design of the interface following the Lollipop or Material Design theme or depending on your mood and creativity.

T9 Launcher allows you to “dial” your favorite apps

There are a lot of launchers available on Google Play and looks like more and more developers will introduce their own versions. The latest is this T9 Launcher from Dagsverket that offers quick access to your favorite apps. Just like any launchers, the T9 promises speed, predictive searches, and familiarizing of your phone usage patterns. This productivity app also allows direct dialing of numbers from the dialpad simply by clicking the Home button and clicking on it again to hide.

Updated Google Now Launcher brings Material Design to KitKat, Jelly Bean

Most of the Android devices today still run KitKat and Jelly Bean or even the older versions of the mobile platform. Only a small percentage run Android 5.0 Lollipop but not all phone manufacturers and carriers are ready to release the latest software update yet. Jelly Bean and KitKat users are missing out on a lot of Lollipop features and Material Design but good thing Google is bringing some elements to the latest Google Now Launcher.

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.
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