The best unique launchers for Android

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While most users will end up using one of the most popular launchers, it is still a good idea to take a look at a few different, more unusual offerings. Here is our list of the best unique launchers for Android.

 

Smart Launcher 3

Starting off the list is this simplistic, productivity-focused launcher. The home screen of Smart Launcher is basically just a simple, customizable pattern of icons and a clock. Opening the app drawer, the uniqueness still continues with all the apps categorised into handy, automatic groups. While the concept is quite simple, there is actually quite a bit of customization available. The launcher offers gesture support, popup widgets, themes, icon packs and more. There is a free and pro version of Smart Launcher, with the main feature of the paid variant being a dedicated widget page. Whichever version you choose, definitely check this launcher out.

 

Lens Launcher

Lens launcher is probably the most unusual launcher you will find. It places all your app icons on one page and allows you to find and open programs with the use of a fish-eye lens toggled by simply swiping on the screen. There is quite a limited amount of customization here but the basic features like hiding apps and applying icon packs are present. And in case you’re wondering, you can forget about your widgets. Navigation is actually quite simple and I can see some people liking this launcher. If you focus on simplicity, give it a try. ‘

 

Evie Launcher

Evie is a slightly more conventional offering but still rocks some interesting features. The layout is quite similar to the Pixel Launcher with a handful of tweaks to the design and functionality. Perhaps the most important feature of this launcher is the universal search bar which lets find almost anything including apps, search results, contacts, films and more. There is also quite a bit of settings for the interface. If you like to get things done, Evie is for you.

 

ASAP Launcher

ASAP is one of my personal favourites. The launcher divides you home page into five sections – the main page with a dock,  a weather page, a to do list, a frequent contacts list, and a calendar page. The dock is expandable and shows your most used apps. Additionally, there are two hidden panels which can be expanded by swiping from the edges. One is the app drawer and the other one is a quick toggles panel. ASAP Launcher features a beautiful Material Design interface and while many important features require the pro version, it is still definitely worth trying out.

 

Arrow Launcher

Finishing off the list is a launcher by, believe it or not, Microsoft. Arrow Launcher is another launcher which puts productivity first. The home page is quite usual. You can place icons and widgets on it, just like in most other launchers. The magic starts with the dock, which you can swipe up to view a panel with five quick settings and a brightness slider. There is also four special pages available by swiping left or right on the home screen which give you access to your recent documents and files, reminders and more. The settings contain a few useful tweaks but this is definitely not the most customizable launcher around. This is not what it focuses on, though. Arrow Launcher is for getting things done. If you’re this kind of person, download it.

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