Smart Launcher Pro 2 review: clean energy
One of the most popular third-party Android interface overlays - the Smart Launcher set - recently got updated to version 2.5, and numerous extra features were introduced that warrant a brief overview. Let's dive in, and present the new Launcher Pro 2 for the uninitiated.
The beauty of the new Pro version is that you aren't limited to six of those bubbles, but can add more, and a variety of them, like single apps, folders, and even shortcuts or pop-up widgets. Entering the main menu reveals a neatly categorized app list, with folder icons on the left, which can be changed and rearranged, and the category's content on the right. In addition, Smart Launcher Pro 2 offers you suggestions for curated apps to be added in each category, sending you directly to the Play Store to get them, and assigning them to the respective folder automatically.
The Pro version also lets you set widget screens, unlike the free one, and you can up to no less than nine of those, decking each out with different grid layouts, and a wallpaper of choice. What we would like to see added in the next versions, however, is the ability to go back from the widget screens to the homescreen by swiping left or right, instead of only being able to go the other way around.
The rotary dial is undoubtedly more conducive to one-handed operation of your phone than the typical launcher layouts, which helps tremendously if you are having a big-screen handset, but that's not the only helpful feature in Smart Launcher Pro 2. It also includes two-finger gestures for devising additional ways to start apps, lets you assign different actions for a single or a double tap on a bubble, and sports numerous tiny helpers, like letting you double-tap to turn the screen off.
Last, but not least, a pop-up widget can be assigned to a single or a double tap of a bubble on the homescreen, so you can have an even faster and more direct access to the renowned flexibility of Android, brought along by its widget system.
If any of the above-mentioned niceties has piqued your interest, you can give Smart Launcher Pro 2 a shot, and tell us what you think about the latest options it brings to the table.
- Light, clean and minimalistic launcher
- Simplicity in one-handed and gesture navigation
- An abundance of theming and customization options
- Automatic portrait/landscape mode
- Extra plugins in the Play Store
- A paid Pro version required for widget screens and other must-have features to appear
- Swiping only gets you from the homescreen to the widget screens, but not the other way around