While you are waiting on your phone manufacturer and/or carrier to bring over the sweet KitKat bar to your Android handset, you can try and achieve the same look on the device as it is. We don't mean sideloading the Google Experience Launcher and the new Google Now app
, eventually messing up your battery life, but rather the good ol' coat of paint.
Grand and popular launcher names like Apex, GO or Nova have already issued subscription beta versions that bring the KitKat look,
but several newcomers have swooped in right into the Play Store, to fill the void until they iron out the kinks. Thus if you want to get the stock KitKat look, including the full-screen wallpaper, the icons and menus of Android 4.4, check out the launcher collection below. With some of them you will be getting a few extra perks like landscape interface orientation, too, which the original KitKat doesn't offer.
Android KitKat-style launchers
Android KitKat-style launchers
It's free, it has no ads, and yet is one of the most customizable KitKat launchers, that is why the KK Launcher is easily your best pick when looking to pimp your phone with the Nexus 5 interface. Besides the translucent status bar and navigation bar for Android 4.4 devices, it sports icon packs compatible with the themes of most popular launchers like Apex or Nova. It also supports gestures, unread messages counter on the home screen, you can hide apps in the drawer, or swipe right to evoke Google Now. On top of it, just about everything can be tailored to your heart's desire. You can:
+ Max rows and columns of a folder
+ Multi Dock pages
+ Number of Dock icons
+ Dock icon size
+ Hide search bar
+ Infinite scrolling option,
and many more, so make sure you take it for a spin.
Simply named KitKat Launcher, this overlay sports the transparent status and navigation bars from Android 4.4 on the Nexus 5, and the obligatory KitKat icon pack, plus a landscape UI orientation, but lacks in terms of customization possibilities, compared to the others.
IT doesn't sport unread messages notifications in the free version, but Epic by Nikao lets you do wonders with the scrolling options, including elastic scrolling. Other than that it offers most customizations of the KK Launcher, and then some, like the ability to set the intensity of the haptic feedback (vibration), for instance. The premium version costs $3.99 and unlocks the following options:
+ Unread counts
+ Folders in drawer
+ Gestures support
+ Dock icon swipe gestures
+ Customizable swipe right action
+ Add/Delete folder items quickly
+ Support Apex Launcher/Go Launcher/LauncherPro icon packs
+ 1x1 widgets in dock
Kcin Launcher doesn't sport a notification counter, even in the paid $2 Prime version, but flaunts an abundance of tweaks to make your head (or the interface) spin, as it allows auto rotation of the homescreens and app drawers in landscape mode, and you can resize the search bar to fit more icons and widgets, too.
That's the most basic but arguably the most realistically drawn KitKat launcher in the collection. Basically it only lets you change the icon sizes to very small, small and normal, or adjust the grid size, but also you can move the home button around, hide the Search Bar, and that's about it.