Pimp my phone: 10 cool new Android launchers, switchers and interface tools for October

Pimp my phone: 10 cool new Android launchers, switchers and interface tools for October
We took a glimpse at what's new and cool at the Play Store in the interface draping department, and noticed a few launchers and interface tools that you might find useful, or at least funky to try out.

First in line are the Android Lollipop and iOS 8-style launchers, of course, as the newest editions of Google's and Apple's mobile operating systems are the hot topics in the software departments at the moment. 

There are also a few novel takes on improving on your stock HTC, Samsung and Sony Xperia device interfaces, should you be the proud owner of those, and, finally, we are ending up with a few new tools like an Android keyboard switcher, a handy S-Finder launcher, and all the CyanogenMod apps you can bear on your handset, should you be a fan of those.

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22 Comments

1. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

iOS 8 is better than all this CRAP

2. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No...

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

iOS 8 is way too simple for me (its fluid cause of that which is awesome). Not everyone like simplicity, most if not all the people like to make their phone their own in terms of software cause they can't do anything about the hardware (project ara might change that). Finally it comes down to personal preference, do you want something that is simple to use and its only goal is to show you the apps with a smooth ui then go for ios but if you like to customise and not just want one phone that is exclusive to that os then go for android. Most people don't see it but the beauty of android is in its open source nature which means it can be on anything and everything. But finally the choice is yours.

4. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Lol nice one

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Lol you must be really dumb since Ios can't do this

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Ofcourse ios8 better than these mere launchers... But loses to android OS miserably...

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My friend is a die hard Apple "fan"... borderline i$heep... Yeah I tease him all the time, just as he teases me, we get along. He is good people. I am going to get those iOS 8 Launchers so next time I see him I will blow his freaking mind away. He is literally going to trip face! lol +1

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, these are only launchers, I find it funny how by "customising phone" they mean changing icons in launchers. I admit iOS doesn't have such apps (well on Cydia it does) but launcher is just small part of UI. iOS with Jailbreak is stunningly customisable and keeps its speed no matter how many tweaks you install (unless they re not optimised). Android just has to refresh home screen everytime I press home button because of widgets and many icons.

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I always try to respect one's opinion, but could you give an actual reason as to why iOS8 is better?

11. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

simply because it is made by APPLE ! (Always the defintion of beautiful OS and innovation)

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

OK Norm, stop being a troll. BGR was not enough?

12. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Iphones are generally quicker than android, imessage is really cool when texting other ios users, and most people (teenagers because I am one) don't want to download an app like Skype to videochat (even android users) so FaceTime is cool

13. droidlogic

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Have you ever heard of Hangouts? SMS, MMS, Wifi calls, Video chat and group conversations all in one app. Anything apple does, Android has either been doing it or does it better. Apple has become a religion for some people in the fact they believe when Apple Tells them they are innovative ancreated something, people believe it is only possible on Apple. Being with Apple must be like hearing a song for the first time and loving it, only to realize it came out 3 years ago. So sad.

20. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

No teenager even knows what hangouts is

17. n00b_wolf

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

Do not say these lies

21. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Are you really comparing an OS to mere launchers? So you're subconsciously putting iOS8 on the same level as these launchers.

5. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Actually I like Google Now on my Note 3. I am going to try Lollipop.

8. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

So is it Lollipop "Epic" launcher? That is all that come up.

16. bertbert

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

The reason I like iOS is because of jailbreaking.

18. eboo3465898068363

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Ha just get cyanogen mod for android phones it's way easier than jailbreaking

19. eboo3465898068363

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Ha just get cyanogen mod for android phones it's way easier than jailbreaking

22. giri.1131

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

I use an iphone 6 and a oneplus one . . please dont compare . .Android is way better than ios 8 for customisability, its an insult to android to compare it with ios 8 for customisations. The advantages for ios8/iphone 6 lies in simplicity and camera with slightly bigger app store. Those who crave simplicity ios 8 is good for u but please dont visit this thread of superb launchers and insult yourself. Android rocks in customizability on so many levels that ios users wont have a clue

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