Lawnchair, the best near-stock Android launcher you've never heard of, is now on the Play Store

On the topic of launchers, we have a pretty good understanding of what makes a third-party offering better than the built-in one - customizability, ease of use, and snapiness, of course. Nova Launcher is the anecdotal default answer when you will most definitely find when you go search for Android launchers, but it's always nice to have some alternatives up in your alley.

A new entrant on the launcher scene is a niche debutant that has been doing the round in the underground - dubbed Lawnchair as a tongue-in-cheek joke, this one is closely mimicking the appearance and overall functionality of the Pixel launcher found on the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Previously, it was circulating as an APK on the interwebs, which raised some security questions, but Google Play Protect is now here to squash those. 

Unlike the default offering found on Google's former flagships, Lawnchair is inherently more customizable, though not overwhelmingly so.

You can change your icon pack, manage the appearance of your home screen by selecting the icon scale and how many columns/rows it should have, define gestures, and tweak a ton of other options. All of that is sprinkled with a nice amount of snappiness and performance that are on par with Nova Launcher or the regular Pixel launcher.



1. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


2. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

This better to me than Nova. LOVE IT

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Super happy with the default Samsung Launcher(Galaxy Note 8). Changing to another launcher just feels like adding more weight to the phone.

4. peter.k

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Hey, more power to you!

5. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

"No clever tagline needed!" Lol.

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1184; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I have Nova Prime and there's absolutely nothing which even comes close. There are few launchers which do few things really wonderfully but lack in the others. Nova launcher is the first thing I download after rooting my phone. Default launchers give me pain in the eyes lol.

7. Skizzo

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Nova Launcher Prime has been my go to for years, and it still is, all with good reason. None offer the amount of customization, buttery smoothness, and support that Nova does...BUT, it's always great to see other challengers. It's how we get progress. I may give this launcher a try.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Nova is king after the latest beta update and nothing can come close. Add Popup widget 3 to it and you don't need anything else.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'm a Prime user as well, Nova launcher rules.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Try Flick launcher too if you want mimick pixel launcher.

11. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Tried it, removed it. Went back to Nova classic.

12. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

That is what android is all about - The choice

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