Posts tagged with: launcher wars
  • by | February 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    I love showing off replacement launchers on my devices. Why? Any Android user can quickly and easily change the entire look and feel of their home screen experience just by installing a new app. Android is the only OS in the top three that can do that. Today I want to show you Vire Launcher, currently in beta, that takes how launchers look and their overall experience to a whole new level! Vire Launcher is a fast and very fluid launcher replacement that the developers say will make even "low-end Android phones feel like high-end" devices. Vire and adds realistic 3D effects right on your ...

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  • by | February 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    They say you can't have your pie and eat it, too... or was that cake? No matter, LMT Launcher is an app that augments your built-in launcher -- it doesn't replace it -- by letting you pull a pie-shaped quick-launch panel from the edges of your screen. In that pie you'll see the current time, date, some animating status indicators, and one or two rows of icons, depending on how you've set it up. Though I don't show it in the video, you can change the colors and even the spacing and radii how ever you'd like. Each wedge can be set to launch an app or toggle a setting, and can have a ...

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  • by | January 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    One of the complaints we have here at Pocketnow is how the iOS experience is getting someone "stale." Over time people may want to change the way their smartphone or tablet looks.  On Android, it's not difficult to refresh your experience just by installing a new launcher to give your device an entirely new feel. If you don't like it, or tire of it after a little while you should be able to change it. With Android, you can! Today we're going to take a look at Tile Launcher Beta, a launcher that attempts to emulate the look-and-feel of Windows Phone 8's tile-based home screen. The tiles ...

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  • by | January 15, 2013 12:38 PM

    We've said it before and it won't be long before you'll probably hear us say it again: one of the things we like best about Android is it's ability to be customized quickly and easily through the installation of a custom Launcher. The Launcher is the app that holds your homescreen, widgets, wallpapers, and app drawer. Having a fast Launcher is vitally important, otherwise your entire smartphone or tablet will feel "laggy". Sometimes in the interest of speed, developers will remove various bells and whistles such as animations, custom icons, and the ability to be themed. Other developers ...

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  • by | November 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    Some time ago we ran a series called "Launcher Wars" where Brandon Miniman and I showed off various third-party Android launchers. Although new launchers continue to be released, we keep going back to the classics. Today we're going to look at the latest version of ADWLauncher EX which has been recently updated and includes many cool new features! The first item to note is that ADWLauncher EX will run on Android 1.6 Donut through Android 4.2 "another flavor of Jelly Bean", and brings many of the features of the newer operating systems to the (much) older versions. ADWLauncher EX is ...

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  • by | June 21, 2012 12:36 AM

    The downside of custom ROMs is that one must root their phone, erase its contents, and flash the new ROM -- which typically requires a fair amount of technical expertise, not to mention abandoning your warranty. MiUi is an amazingly beautiful custom ROM, based on Android, for various smartphones. It almost entirely re-writes the UI to something that has hints of iOS, but has a flavor all its own. Custom launchers, though not as deep-reaching as custom ROMs, can provide a certain level of customization, without having to root or give up your warranty. Such is the case with MiHome Launcher. ...

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  • by | June 13, 2012 11:54 PM

    One of the things we love about Android is the ability to change the look and feel of the launcher just by installing a new app. There are lots of replacement launchers, so many in fact that we've devoted an entire series to them: Launcher Wars. In this episode we'll walk through Regina Launcher, a very 3D, smooth, and animated launcher. Regina Launcher comes in two flavors: standard, which is free; and pro, which costs a few bucks.  It also has more than a few add-ons that you can download from the Play Store to add extra widgets and functionality to the launcher. There are a few ...

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  • by | May 30, 2012 8:31 PM

    The easiest way to customize your Android-powered phone or tablet is to install a 3rd-party launcher to replace that which comes pre-installed on the device. In previous episodes of "Launcher Wars" we've shown off various launchers, each with their own advantages. Today we'll dig into Trebuchet by Cyanogen, the launcher that comes pre-loaded in the CyanogenMod9 custom ROM.

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  • by | April 23, 2012 7:06 PM

    You might recall that we're not particularly fond of HTC Sense 4.0, because in a lot of places, it holds back Ice Cream Sandwich, which is already elegant, functional, and fast. With Android's fantastic ability to change the launcher (meaning: the entire homescreen/app drawer experience), those running Sense 4.0 (or any undesireable stock launcher) can opt for something better. We've shown you options in the past such as Laucher Pro, ADW Launcher EX, Go Launcher EX, and others. Today, we're going to add a new one to the list: Apex Launcher, which is free in Google Play. What's great about ...

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  • by | May 9, 2011 7:04 PM

    Open Home was one of the first launcher replacement apps that I saw in the Market that allowed a deep level of customization. You could add skins and custom icon packs, much like StarDock had done with WindowBlinds on Windows PCs. To do much of anything one had to buy the app, which honestly cost more money that I was willing to spend at the time. Now, with version 6 of the app available and a pocketnow reader asking about Open Home, I had a reason to spend the money and give it a try. As with the launchers I've previously reviewed, I wanted to jump in and use Open Home as my stock ...

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  • by | April 28, 2011 12:18 PM

    One of the things we like best about Android is the ability to replace the launcher. Doing so can change the look-and-feel of your phone, and add new features and functionality. In our previous videos we've looked at ADW Launcher EX and LauncherPro. Today we look at Go Launcher EX. Go Launcher EX is free and highly extensible. Like the two other launchers we've featured, this app lets you apply custom themes, resize widgets, and configure a lot of settings to help make your Android look and feel exactly like you want. Where this app differs is in the amount of supplemental apps and widgets ...

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  • by | April 25, 2011 4:43 PM

    You've seen our Launcher Wars videos in the past, and we've made mention that developers of both LauncherPro and ADW Launcher are working on ground-up re-writes of their apps. Recently Brandon talked about some of the new features coming in the next version of ADW Launcher. Those new features include the ability to long-press a widget to bring up advanced options, a cleaner way to add shortcuts to your homescreens, plus application management right from your app drawer. What's included in this early look is very slick and polished. However, this shouldn't be considered a replacement for ...

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  • by | April 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    There are a lot of fantastic launchers for Android. Launchers can give your Android smartphone a fresh look and feel, allowing you to customize the homescreens and the app drawer. The two that we talk most about on Pocketnow are Launcher Pro and ADWLauncher EX. The latter is undergoing a significant overhaul for the second version of the software, and it's currently in beta and available for your testing. New features include the ability to long-press a widget to bring up advanced options, a cleaner way to add shortcuts to your homescreens, plus application management right from your app ...

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  • by | April 15, 2011 9:45 AM

    The Android launcher wars are heating up! Recently we showed you the newest entrant, Spb Shell 3D, which left us impressed, but also broke, thanks to the high $15 price tag. If you're looking for a 3D homescreen launcher that offers some visual pizzaz but for free, Regina 3D Launcher might be just what you're looking for. As you can see in this video, Regina 3D Launcher offers multiple homescreens, each of which can be moved around or deleted, or customized with their own wallpaper or title. If you swipe from one screen to another, you're taken to an interesting 3D view, or you can use the ...

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  • by | March 30, 2011 11:47 AM

    Spb Mobile Shell has been around for a while, but not for Android. For about a full year it idled as a beta, only available to carriers and OEMs. We took a look at Spb Mobile Shell 5.0 for Android a few weeks ago, and really liked it. The final version of Mobile Shell 3D (called simply Shell 3D) is even better, and it's now available for $14.95. It's a complete homescreen replacement that goes up against the venerable Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher. If you like eye candy, you're going to love what Spb has done. You can add a near-unlimited number of homscreens, four of which are pre-made by ...

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