One of the joys of having an Android device is being able to tweak how you use your device by using different customizable apps. App launchers are popular with those who are fond of these personalized touches. And even before the Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially rolled out to various devices, these apps can give you a preview of what life would be like with the major update. One such app, following in the footsteps of other popular ones like Nova Launcher and GO Launcher is Apex Launcher.
Version 2.7.0 was unleashed over the weekend and it looks like its major update is very much concerned with the upcoming Android 5.0 (as all apps are of course). They tweaked the UI of the now ubiquitous Material Design and updated several things there, probably based on the final build from Google. They’ve also added a Lollipop drawer icon, which will also be what the official app launcher will look like (really, who needs to wait for Lollipop?). The developers have also added a fixed navigation bar color under Lollipop, as well as updates in the translations.
Nova Launcher, probably the most popular of its kind among Android users, also had an update late last week, which some say is pretty close to what Lollipop will bring to your devices. It added circle folder animation, scroll indicators and also its icon theme in build-in apps like clock, calculator, contacts, email, etc. It will still be a few weeks, maybe months for some until we actually see Android 5.0 rolled out into our devices (unless you have a Nexus of course), and so apps like Nova and Apex are very much welcome for early adapters and impatient users (like us!)
If you don’t have a launcher app yet, give Apex Launcher a try. It’s available to download for free from the Google Play Store with no in-app purchases necessary.