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Pimp my phone: the best KitKat style launchers for your Android

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Pimp my phone: the best KitKat style launchers for your Android
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.

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posted on 13 Dec 2013, 06:04 3

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

A bit different, but I use Action Launcher on KitKat and my Lawd it's a different kind of experience. Access widgets by swyping over icons, access app menu and widgets, recents, switches etc. by swyping lefr or right in any app, it's simplifies things and minimizes steps.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 06:10 1

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

+1. The shutter and cover functionality is very useful. After the update the apps menu and quickdrawer can open apps from within the apps.

Best android launcher IMO

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 08:59

5. ePoch270 (Posts: 192; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

+1 your plus one. I have tons of widgets all on my homescreen without taking up space using shutters. Best. Launcher. Ever.

I just figured out how covers work and it's genius. Great job Lacy.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:29

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

It's been a while since I used Action Launcher. Ever since I bricked my phone, I am too lazy to reinstall it

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 06:35

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Doesn't look much different from my current JB. Well there are some minimal changes but not many. The Holo theme still rocks. Just saw the gray/white icons of KitKat on my friend's nexus. They look dead.

Well I must say this is a matter of personal preference but I'd have liked the holo theme.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 08:20 5

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1272; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I am using Nova launcher, and I tried Apex but Nova appealed to me just a bit more.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:21

6. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

When you guys talk about customization, feel a little sympathy for those of us who are fans of Nokia. We had it with Symbian and now its gone :'(

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:46

8. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

I really don't like the kitkat layout. I like having multiple home screens and multiple Widgets. I think the swiping right to open up Google now is stupid and if you swipe left it does nothing. I have a galaxy S4 and I hope it never gets kitkat. If it does, thank god for nova launcher...

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 15:07 1

9. bigsimpd (Posts: 139; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

You can have multiple screens I have 4 screens on mine you just have to hold a widget down and slide to the left of screen and a new screen will popup to put your widget there and more apps it's nice

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 12:07

10. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

FIRST, you won't get the Google Experince Launcher with a Samsung update. SECOND, as said above me, you can have multiple homescreens and THIRD, with Android you have the ability to revert updates or to ignore them.

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