One of the things that Android excels at is being customizable, and everyone who has tinkered with their Android-powered device know how true that statement is. Just think about it: not only that you can throw a whole bunch of useful widgets
on your home screens, but you are free to alter the entire interface.
In order to do that, however, you have to use a custom launcher. For those not familiar, think of an Android launcher as the interface with its animations, icons, and widgets all put together in a neat little package. And you know what, we have hand-picked more than a few of them – 10 Android launchers
that you can use to change how your smartphone or tablet looks. Note that root is not required
, so fell free to check out every single one that catches your eye. Of course, in case you know a great Android launcher that we have somehow missed, just let us know by dropping a comment below.
10 Android launchers
10 Android launchers
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.
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.
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.
And now for something completely different! Windows Phone 7 Launcher brings the Metro UI to your Android device, along with its simplicity and ease of access.