The 3 best Android launchers right now


Launchers are one of the best ways to personalize your Android device. Here are 3 great ones.

Action Launcher 3

Action Launcher is a standard Android launcher with a few additional and innnovative features. Here are some of them:

  • Quickdrawer – an alphabetically sorted list of apps that slides out from the left side of the screen.
  • Quickpage – an additional page that slides out from the right. It’s available from all screens. You can add shortcuts and widgets to it.
  • Shutters – swipe up from an icon to see the app’s widget and control programs without opening them.
  • Covers – swipe up from an icon to reveal a customized folder.
  • Quickbar – a custom Google search bar at the top of the screen. You can add many shortcuts to it.
  • Quicktheme – the colors of the items on your homescreen automatically change to match the wallpaper.
  • Common features – support for icon packs, widgets, changing the scroll efect, importing, gestures, scaling icons, hiding apps and renaming them.

Most of the features above require purchasing the paid version. Overall, Action Launcher 3 a great and intuitive launcher which is worth trying.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher focuses on customization. You can change almost anything on your homescreen. Here are some of its features:

  • Advanced desktop settings – you can change the padding, the grid size, the scroll effect, the page indicator, turn on widget overlap and much more.
  • Advanced app drawer settings – change the grid size, the drawer style, the colours, turn on the tabs bar, change the transition and much more.
  • Advanced dock settings – customize the background, add multiple pages, change the padding…
  • Advanced folder settings – customize the folder preview, the background, the transition etc.
  • Additional settings – select different app opening animations, add unread count badges…
  • Common features – support for icon packs, widgets, changing the scroll efect, importing, gestures, scaling icons, hiding apps and renaming them.

Some of these features are available only in the paid version but even the free one is great. Nova Launcher is smooth, customizable and easy to use. It’s a really great launcher.

Smart Launcher 3

This launcher completely changes the look of your homescreen. Here are the main features:

  • Quick Start – icons on the homescreen are displayed in a customized layout (circle, honyecomb etc.). There is only one page, giving you instant access to all of your favourite apps.
  • Categorized app drawer – all your apps are organized in a few categories. This helps you find programs faster.
  • Index search – use the search bar at the top of the screen to find apps, contacts or search the web.
  • Most common features – support for icon packs, widgets (only in pro), importing, gestures (only in pro), scaling icons, hiding apps and renaming them.

Even thought it’s not the most customizable launcher, Smart Launcher 3 is a great choice. It’s fast, simple and intuitive.

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Patrick is a student and tech enthusiast, mostly interested in UI design, Android modding and custom ROMs.
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