Android is awesome for many reasons, but its main attraction is easily the level of customizability it offers. You can do whatever you want with this mobile OS. A very popular way of changing your UI’s look and feel is by using a launcher. Want to join the game? We will go over some of our very favorite launchers right below.
Google Now Launcher
There’s not much special about this launcher, and that is exactly what makes it so great. It’s the epitome of simplicity and has no bells and whistles. It offers a stock Android experience with no compromises or unnecessary luggage.
This is especially good for those of you who don’t like those excessive UIs that usually come with some devices. Is that Samsung UI too much for you? Just dump it and install the most minimalist launcher out there – Google Now Launcher. It’s completely free, so you have nothing to lose.
I usually go for NOVA Launcher, as a user. This is because this launcher can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. It features a wide range of features and cool little tricks, which really allow you to personalize the experience you get.
The application even supports themes and you can pay $4 to unlock pro mode, which offers gestures, actions and even deeper customization.
If what you want is a completely different acperience you will want to give Action Launcher a look. This launcher comes with a very unique interface that won’t assimilate any of the other offerings.
The cool part is that these features also make things easier to operate. For example, there’s no app launcher. This is replaced by a slide-in section you can pull out of the left side. All your apps are there, along with letters for quick access.
The pro upgrade is not cheap at $4.99, but this launcher is really worth it.
Buzz launcher is awesome in that it’s pretty much community driven. You can make your own designs and put them up for others to use them. Likewise, you can choose from a wide range of “homepacks”.
There’s more than enough for everyone, but the app makes it easy for you to make awesome-looking, simple interfaces that fit your mood.
You want to know why Android is awesome? The platform is so open you can make your UI look like Windows Phone’s! I know some of you Android purists will hate me for this. But hey! Some of us do like that Metro design.
If you are on the same bandwagon and want your phone to look a bit more Windows-like, you can download Launcher 8. It’s free and works like a charm.