10 cool Android launchers to pimp your smartphone with

10 cool Android launchers to pimp your smartphone with
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.

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1. wendygarett unregistered

i want to try wp7 launcher :)

2. LiudvikasLTU

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 290; Member since: May 03, 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: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Mar 08, 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.

4. ps316

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

Yeah, it will make android bit fast..... :P

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: Mar 16, 2012

Holo launcher, anyone? Great launcher for any version, Gingerbread through Jelly Bean.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: Oct 19, 2011

I own a Razr as well and the best launcher I could find was Apex. You should try it out.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I keep hearing good things about it. Might try it today...

30. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah it's great.

9. tanim

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 27, 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: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 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?

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

In my experience I would say Apex or Nova.

22. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

try FTL..

24. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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: May 03, 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: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I've used 4 of those, My favorite being SPB Shell 3D, It is on my old Droid X now.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

A couple of these haven't been updated since 2010 - like LauncherPro. Not a good choice really.

19. djbuan

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 29, 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: Dec 03, 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: 443; Member since: May 22, 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: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

launcher pro is without an update for very long time :D

27. srk_srinivas

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

HOLO Launcher is the Best out there, you should try...

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