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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.

Kit Kat Launcher+ adds customization options to a stock-like experience

There are plenty of launcher apps sitting in the Play Store and it looks like yet another has arrived. Though, while this latest joins a rather large group, there may be some reason to pay attention. The app is called Kit Kat Launcher+ and is said to have been compiled straight from AOSP. And in addition, while some launchers bring an overabundance of features and options, this one is a bit simpler.

Themer launcher graduates from private to public beta status

Themer launched earlier in the month and as we often see with items that require an invitation -- there was quite a bit of hype surrounding the launch. For those that somehow missed that, Themer is a launcher replacement that allows you to quickly and easily customize your Android handset. While the Themer team has yet to take the app out of beta status, they have graduated from private to public.

Cover for Android offers the promise of a contextually aware lockscreen

Full-on launcher replacements have been a fairly popular topic amongst Android users lately. We have seen two launch in private beta status recently and it looks like we are now getting a look at a lockscreen replacement. This one is called Cover and while not yet available in the Play Store, it is said to be coming soon. Perhaps more important here, Cover brings the promise of being able to learn when and where you use different apps.

Aviate launcher hands-on

Launchers have been a rather hot topic for Android users lately. There has been two recent arrivals, though, they are both still in private beta at the moment. The launchers are Themer and Aviate. We took a took at Themer last week and more recently, an invite to Aviate has arrived. We have only spent about a day with Aviate so far, and while we have some issues, there does appear to be some potential.
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