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13 beautiful homescreen replacements and how to get them

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13 beautiful homescreen replacements and how to get them
Everybody needs a change every now and then. If you're at all like most people, chances are that you're finding yourself truly enjoying your phone less and less with each consecutive month it has been in your possession. The reasons contributing to this are manifold, and vary wildly from person to person, but more often than not, they have to do with just how static your phone's interface is, month after month. This effect is actually so profound, that a massive niche of launcher applications has been spawned, all offering a fresh take on Android. And as more resources and interest are being fed into this particular field, so are the offers on the table becoming more and more compelling.

Back in the days, it used to be the case that a seriously customized and streamlined, full-blown homescreen replacement required quite some work. If words like theming or zip-aligning mean anything to you, you likely know all too well. That status-quo, however, has been changed profoundly, and forever. The most contemporary crop of launcher apps offer a no-frills, non-laggy experience with instantaneous and gratifying effect. In fact, they've matured enough to get even us, who consider ourselves appreciators of the stock Android experience, to become something of converts. Below are 10 seriously beautiful and creative homescreen replacement and dead-simple instructions on how to get them. There are just a taste. All strata of hardware are very likely to run these very smoothly, meaning that we took the time to test them on something inferior to a Snapdragon 800, and they ran smoothly.

Note: there is more to the launcher space than just Themer Beta and Buzz Launcher, though we've found these closest to our understanding of how a launcher needs to be set-up. Alternatives, like Apex, GO, and so on, are still something that you should consider, if you find yourself intrigued.

Download Buzz Launcher (Android)
Download Themer (Android)

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:19 17

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

The beauty of Android. :')

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:49 3

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Yes it is.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:32

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

I love number 13

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:55

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I'm gonna download one of them now, thanks for the info pa

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:00

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Those screen replacements are absolutely horrid, who gets paid to develop those screens. My grandmother (who suffers from Alzheimers) can do better. Things like this make me think about switching back to an iPhone (but, then I'd need wi-fi at home...).

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:08 3

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Are you alright?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:26 2

14. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

I agree with WHoyton1, you might need to go to an optometrist and get your eyes checked, then a psychiatrist to get your head examined.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:07

5. Shubham412302 (Posts: 453; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

they are great but themer crashes sometimes which keeps me away from it

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:30

6. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)

Themer is still in beta though. Lots of bugs and crashes.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:32

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

#11 seems like something that I don't have to force myself to adapt to, as long as I can replace the weather page.

Okay I'm too used to the normal homescreens (aka Apex Launcher, Nova Launcher, etc.), so I doubt I'll actually change my homescreen

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:47 2

8. clarkjeferson (Posts: 67; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)

Needs more Lighting Launcher.
That or you could browse to mycolorscreen for the amazing launchers.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:10 1

11. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Lightning Launcher is the best launcher ever :)

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:27

12. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I agree that Lightning Launcher is great (recently switched to it from SS Launcher), but this looks like a list of easy screen setups. Lightning Launcher is powerful, but not the most user friendly item out there for a new themer.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:18

18. clarkjeferson (Posts: 67; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)

I love LL's free mode, since I can have all my buttons in strange sizes, and some of them are upside down. Not to mention I can get the "Zune" look with LL if I wanted to.

And yes, it does take a bit of time and a learning curve to use Lightning Launcher at it's fullest.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:55

13. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

#10 is for every grandmother that has worn a holiday sweater.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 16:59 1

15. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I don't like Buzz. Most of the themes require UCCW widgets, which I can't seem to get working correctly. I'll stick with Nova

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 17:10 1

16. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

UCCW is a very powerful widget theming tool, but it does have a bit of a learning curve. The big problem with Buzz is that you need to make sure you get the UCCW skin from the theme creator in order to apply it.

I actually learned how to use UCCW (and Zooper for that matter) through Nova, as it's a lot easier to play around there than in Buzz.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:18

17. GeekMovement (unregistered)

I'm kind of on the same page as you too. Got confused with the whole UCCW customization. In the end, even though I found some themes that I really liked, I went back to Nova Launcher. I just like the look of stock android I guess.

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