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Wear Mini Launcher gives quick access to smartwatch apps

While smartwatches are supposed to make our lives easier by letting us read notifications and do tasks without opening our devices, it’s still in its early stages and so it’s still a pain to use sometimes. It takes users a few steps to open an app, even with the voice prompt feature. Wear Mini Launcher is a new app created for wearables, specifically to give easy access to locally installed apps on your smartwatch.

AppSpot is an app launcher in disguise

To say that Android has many homescreen replacements and app launchers is an understatement, but AppSpot could still manage to stand apart from the crowd. While it may behave like any other Android app, its sole purpose in life is to find and launch other apps. Yes, AppSpot is an app launcher that is an app.

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.

Jolla Launcher for Android starts alpha tests next week

Jolla once promised that it will be bringing both whole and parts of its rather unique Sailfish OS to Android devices and looks like it will be keeping its word. The startup has just given word that it is accepting requests to join its closed Community Alpha testing group to take its fancy Jolla Launcher for a spin on their Android smartphone.

Nokia pre-beta tests Z Launcher for Android

For heavy smartphone users who have more than 40 apps on their devices, sometimes managing them or even finding them easily can be a challenge. Nokia’s technologies group has come up with its first project since the Microsoft deal was concluded and it’s aiming to fix that particular problem for Android users with the pre-beta testing of their Z Launcher.

Samsung’s Terrain Home launcher mixes a bit of everything

Samsung has its own TouchWiz homescreen exclusive to its smartphones so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a new homescreen launcher replacement that has been funded by the manufacturer's startup accelerator. But will Terrain Home actually be able to make a name for itself in the crowded homescreen marketplace? Perhaps it could, if the subset of features it seems to have picked off from other launchers resonate with you.
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