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Apex Launcher improves notifications, adds app sorting

There are plenty of options when it comes to launcher apps, but even with that being said, there are a few that seem to stick around as crowd favorites. One of those happens to be Apex Launcher, and in a bit of good news for users -- there has been a recent update. Developer Android Does has released version 2.3.0 which comes with a few new features and a few bug fixes.

Facebook Home update teased in first look video

Facebook Home originally launched back in April. This was right around the same time the HTC First Facebook phone launched with AT&T and while that handset has long since disappeared from the memories of many, it looks like Facebook is not quite ready to give up on Home. We saw an update back in October that added support for a variety of other social services, and more recently, Facebook has dropped a first look style video teasing the next update.

Themer updated, makes browsing and previewing themes easier

Themer, which set the launcher craze into overdrive, has seen its first major update since launch. With the refresh, Themer promises easier navigation via a new translucent app drawer, and themes that peek through to give you a preview or what you’ll get. In our review, we noted Themer was easy to use, and this update will only add to the experience.

Cover, the contextual lockscreen now available in the Play Store

Cover was announced as a new Android lockscreen app a few weeks earlier. At the time we saw a bit of teasing in terms of features. The app was available, but only in a private beta group. Well, while not everyone was able to gain access to that group -- it meant plenty were left waiting. A set release date had not been given, but we did recently learn the app would be arriving before Christmas.

Cover for Android will arrive before Christmas

A few weeks earlier there was a bit of a rush on launcher apps. We saw items such as Themer, Aviate and Cover. These all launched in beta and it looks like one of the three will soon be graduating. The app that will be exiting beta is Cover and according to details shared on the @coverscreen Twitter account, it will be in the Play Store before Christmas.

Action Launcher 2.0 hands-on

Action Launcher 2.0 exited the beta phase yesterday evening. Version 2.0 had been in beta for sometime, but despite regularly using Action Launcher, we held off on installing the beta release. Well, after spending some time with v2.0 last evening and this morning -- we are now wishing we would have updated sooner. First and foremost though, along with some new features, Action Launcher 2.0 also brought a free and paid version.
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