10 cool Android launchers to pimp your smartphone with
10 Android launchers
1. Launcher Pro
Launcher Pro is a simple and efficient Android launcher, and in fact, it is one of the most popular ones out there. Something cool about it is that the shortcut dock on the bottom of home screens is scrollable from side to side, giving you extra space and quicker access to your shortcuts.
Apex Launcher is another worthy replacement for the stock launcher on your Android 4.0 device. It offers 9 home screens, scrollable shortcut dock, fancy transition effects, and theme packs for further customization.
Nova Launcher is versatile and efficient while offering plenty of customization options at the same time. With it you can change the accent color of the launcher, pick a custom icon for app folders, and backup and restore your settings should you need to reset your device.
And yet another popular custom Android launcher that has been around for a while. Tried by hundreds of thousands of users, ADWLauncher EX supports themes, main dock customizations, custom colors, animations, icon sizes, and more.
With over 10 million installs, few custom launchers come even close to how poular Go Launcher EX is. The launcher performs smoothly and comes loaded with widgets, lock screens, support for themes, and lots of other customization options.
Claystone is a bit unpolished, but with a bit of work, it can turn into one pretty good custom launcher one day. In its current state, it does not replace your stock interface entirely. It rather builds on top of it with its funky effects and transitions.
TSF Shell Pro 3D is a heavily customized Android interface with a hefty price tag. Yeah, it looks awesome on those sreenshots, and those who have tried it have given it a pretty high rating, but $16.80 for something you can get for free is quite excessive.
8. Regina 3D
As the name implies, Regina 3D comes with flashy three-dimentional effects, meaning that a smartphone with a capable processor is recommended. You can set a different wallpaper for each of your home screen, and stuff you want to have exclusive access to can be thrown on a special, secret home screen.
9. SPB Shell 3D
And here comes another launcher with a three-dee in its title. Thankfully, it runs smoothly and the effects it adds to the interface are quite eye-pleasing. The widgets that come included are in 3D as well.
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
i want to try wp7 launcher :)
2. LiudvikasLTU (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
I'm using it, it's very good actually.
If you customize the status bar, make an image hub, it can look almost the same as wp7
5. sid07desai (Posts: 276; Member since: 03 May 2012)
then i guess there is no need to buy a carppy lumia when you can get that experience on android. good.
7. aaronkatrini (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
I just tried it and I don't like it... Its not as fast as an actual WP7 device and its very annoing with the ads :(
Also its just a launcher, so only looks like wp7, all the apps remain the same (well, i wasnt expecting to change!).
35. domspencer01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
Launcher 7 is actually pretty good. It's quite fast and yes it doesn't make the actual apps look different, but I love it. Popup 7 is also great, it allows you to receive SMS the same way WP7 does.
3. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Great thing too....no need to root the phone.
This is something some folks fail to realize when those of us that like and use Android talk about customization....
If a person can download a fart app and play with it.....how it is so much more complicated and extra work to download a launcher and play around with it? Dont ppl customize their desktop PC's?
Customization...out the box, no root needed....is a big pro for Android.
6. ilia1986 (unregistered)
You forgot to add the MIUI launcher! It's very popular as well. :)
11. Aeires (unregistered)
Massive theme support as well.
14. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Holo launcher, anyone? Great launcher for any version, Gingerbread through Jelly Bean.
8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I have Launcher Pro, ADW, Regina 3D, FTL Launcher.......some more expensive ones like SPB Shell 3D, TSF Shell all on my RAZR.
Used Tag Home, Helix Launcher 1 and 2, Go Launcher before.
And Moto Home fix and Home Smack to switch between them all with ease. But...I wind up using the stock launcher on my RAZR more. Even more now that its on ICS.
10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I own a Razr as well and the best launcher I could find was Apex. You should try it out.
23. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I keep hearing good things about it. Might try it today...
9. tanim (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)
Any monochrome laucher, theme??? Like the one in LG Prada
12. Aeires (unregistered)
Go Launcher has a LG Prada theme, looks just like it. There's also a Go Locker theme for LG Prada.
13. Aeires (unregistered)
I've used 9 of those, and a few that weren't listed. My launcher of choice right now is Nova Pro with Go Launcher themes. There's no shortage of launchers, each one is slightly different to fit the needs of just about anyone interested in making their phone more personal. Love Android for this.
15. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Ok.. so anyone can help me out selecting the lightest launcher out of these?? Have a phone with1GHz processor and 512MB RAM(SE-SK17i). I want performance over customization. Anyone, please?
24. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
I recommend you try Lightning Launcher. Its probably the simplest and fastest/straight forward launcher on the market. Just have to do some twee king at first. Or if you like the simplicity of the iPhone, try Espier Launcher (complete mimic of the iPhone down to the icons). These are two launchers people sleep on or haven't heard of.
34. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I personally use Go Launcher EX on my Galaxy S 4G (same specs) with a few of the wigets made for it and it runs pretty well. Smooth with a large amount of customization.
16. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I've used 4 of those, My favorite being SPB Shell 3D, It is on my old Droid X now.
18. baldilocks (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
A couple of these haven't been updated since 2010 - like LauncherPro. Not a good choice really.
19. djbuan (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
I have been using TSF launcher and it is so awesome! super smooth on my s3. never lags!
20. amkang (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Really? Launcher Pro is not only included, it's number one?!?!?
Maybe if this was a discussion of best launchers of ALL TIME it would be ok but the developer stopped developing this a long, long time ago. It FC's constantly and badly needs to be updated.
Someone should have done a little research and read the Market reviews.
I used to LOVE Launcher Pro. I even paid for the full version cuz the widgets rocked. Sadly, this app has been abandoned and my money has gone *poof* along with it.
21. Aeires (unregistered)
It's not a ranking, it's a list.
25. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
I recommend trying Espier Launcher to those switching from the iPhone to android. It basically turns android into iOS with the android market. Or if you want something straight forward I'd try lightning launcher. Both of these launchers impressed me. Definitely worthy of a download.
26. robocopvn (Posts: 213; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)
launcher pro is without an update for very long time :D
27. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)
HOLO Launcher is the Best out there, you should try...
28. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
was a launcher pro user then moved to adw then go laucher then apex and now on nova which is just the best
29. frustyak (Posts: 169; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
I've tried more than a few of the launchers on the list, and I found myself sticking with the default BLUR launcher that came with my Atrix 4G. The reason for this is that I'm not much into the widgets, and for the purpose of simply launching apps I found all the launchers to be more or less the same (I know that might start a flame war, but oh well). On my primary home screen I keep a few shortcuts to my favorite apps, for everything else I open up the app drawer and scroll to the app I need, and that's it.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i really dig Nova Launcher and GO Launcher. i don't use the ladder anymore but i use Nova on my Razr now. it has real great features but you have to buy the full version or Apex outweighs it.
36. shasoc79 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
I have developed a launcher. Its named MoLauncher. Please give it a try.
38. shasoc79 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
I wanted to post the URL but it didnt allow me to as I am a new member. Its a launcher which uses motion gestures. Please search for MoLauncher on google play website.