Evie Launcher is one of our picks for the best Android apps of 2016. It’s a lightweight, fast Android launcher with some unique features. It uses the Pixel Launcher-style app drawer that you can slide up from the bottom of the screen. It also comes with support for icon packs, a no-dock mode, and you can change things like the grid size on the home screen. Evie Launcher even has things like unread badges, widget customization, and more. It’s totally free to download with no in-app purchases.
Launcher 8 is a unique launcher because it looks nothing like Android. In fact, this launcher’s sole purpose of existing is to make your phone look like a Windows Phone. Using this, you can convert your widgets into Windows Phone style live tiles and create virtually the same experience you’d find on Windows Phone. Except, you know, with a functioning YouTube app. It also comes with a handful of other features making it a very solid Android launcher app. The launcher is free to download.
Lawnchair Launcher is one of the newer Android launcher apps. It’s an open source project that mimics much of the look and feel from the Pixel Launcher. It features many similar features to the Pixel Launcher along with a few others. Those features include icon pack support, Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dots, Google Now integration (with optional and free plugin), adaptive icons, and various other customizations. It’s still new and also in beta. However, it already works better than most launchers. It’s also free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Microsoft Launcher isn’t a new launcher. The app used to be Arrow Launcher. Microsoft re-branded the app in mid-2017. The app features integration with many Microsoft services, including their calendar, email, to-do list app, and direct integration with Microsoft PCs. It also has customization features and gesture controls. This one returned to beta after the rebrand. Thus, there are likely some bugs for now. However, it’s something different and especially useful for those who want better integration with their Windows PC.
Next Launcher 3D Shell is by GO Dev. Those are the same people who do GO Launcher. It features 3D animations, a variety of transition effects. and some unique customization options. It also includes a scroll bar that lets you spin your home screens around and find the one you’re looking for. Admittedly, it’s one of the most expensive Android launcher apps out there. We wouldn’t blame you if the price of entry was too high. However, you can try out the app for free. Additionally, you can get the app cheaper if you buy it as an in-app purchase from the trial instead of the standalone app.
It doesn’t get too much better than Nova Launcher. Like Apex Launcher, Nova has been around since the good old days. It remains not only relevant, but one of the best Android launcher app options available. It has a laundry list of customization features that include gesture support, the ability to customize the look and feel of the app, icon pack support, themes, and much, much more. The app also gets updated at a breakneck pace which means bugs generally get squished quickly and new features are added consistently. It also comes with the ability to backup and restore your home screen layouts for when you eventually switch to a new phone. It’s the one we’d recommend you try first.
Smart Launcher 3 has been around for a while. It’s also been updated quite a bit. Its biggest claim to fame is the various ways that you can have your icons displayed. There’s the classic flower shape, various other grids, and more. Additionally, you can have notifications on your home screen, a contextual search, lots of themes, plugin support, and more. You can even hide apps behind a password lock if you want to. It has a good list of features. However, it does a great job to not feel bloated. You can download the app for free to try it out.
TSF Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It features a variety of customizations, including full gesture support. It can do a lot of things that look really cool. However, it doesn’t bring all that much to the table that other launchers don’t emulate to some extent. Still, it’s a lot of fun to use. Some of the extra features include 3D animations, an unlimited dock bar, batch selections of things like icons on the home screen, widgets, and more. It’s completely free to download and use. It also has an extra plugin that adds app badges.
Yahoo’s Aviate Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It’s also a bit of a wildcard. It does some helpful stuff like auto-organize apps into categories and it includes some decent customization features. However, it also doesn’t follow the traditional launcher look or behavior. Some of the other features include Smart Stream, organization features, weather integration, and some other fun little features. It’s not a top five, but it’s definitely a top 15 Android launcher.