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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.

Aviate Launcher promises simplicity and intelligence, currently sits in private beta

There are plenty of available options for Android launcher apps. In fact, it seems we are having a run on launchers that are arriving in beta form. Just recently we took at look at Themer and while we haven't gotten hands-on with this other just yet, we are looking forward to taking it for a test drive. The other launcher is called Aviate and it has just recently arrived in the Google Play Store.

Themer hands-on: the newest launcher for Android

Themer, the popular new app/launcher, has a waitlist approaching several hundred thousand people. The promise is simple: theme your device easily, making it appear fresh on a whim. Accomplished via a link to their MyColorScreen site, which houses various themes for you to use (as well as a tool to build your own!), Themer wants to make the fussy task of theming a device as simple as looking through a picture gallery. No wonder the wait list is so long.

iLauncher will have your Android device looking like iOS 7

When iOS 7 arrived, some loved its melodic use of soft colors. Others derided it for being too, well, colorful. The flat icons, the chromatic color scheme, the blinding blue-ish background -- it was too much for some. Android fans were no different: they either loved it, or loved to hate it.

Action Launcher 2.0 update teased by developer

There isn't any shortage of options when it comes to launchers. A quick search of the Play Store will turn up numerous results and each seems to have their own group of diehard users. As for us, since taking a deep dive into launchers over the summer, we have been stuck on Action Launcher. The app is currently sitting at v1.9.1 and while things are stable and comfortable, we are anxiously waiting the big 2.0 release.

Google to remove black bar in favor of new “App Launcher” soon [Update]

This morning we're getting multiple reports that Google has changed up their usual black navigation bar on their homepage, and replaced it with a brand new Android-style app launcher. The horizontal black bar for navigation to Search, Images, Maps, Gmail, Play, YouTube and more have all been moved to an app launcher menu. Blending the lines between Android and desktop even more.

Omate TrueSmart home launcher detailed in first look video

Samsung and Qualcomm each unveiled a smartwatch last week. Samsung had the Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm had the Toq and while each had some good points and bad points, we cannot help but keep looking back towards a recently launched Kickstarter. Or maybe more accurately, the folks at Omate won't let us forget due to the rapid series of updates they have been providing. And with that, the latest Omate Kickstarter update is offering a look at the launcher.

Action Launcher update brings a “wealth” of optimizations and improvements

Action Launcher has recently been updated and while this one may not be considered a huge update by everyone, it did provide some worthwhile new features, changes and improvements. To begin with, those using Action Launcher will now be able to hide the notification bar. This option is hidden away in the Labs section, which does mean it is still considered experimental.
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