Splay Launcher for Android focuses on simplicity, single-handed use

Splay Launcher for Android focuses on simplicity, single-handed use
If sense and simplicity are your cup of tea, especially when Android smartphones and applications are concerned, then this new Android launcher may be just right for you. Meet Splay – an Android UI replacement that stands out with its minimalist design and simplistic approach to user interaction. At the same time, it is optimized to be used with a single thumb, with buttons and other interface elements moved to the side of the device's screen.

Splay Launcher for Android comes courtesy of Else – a company that several years ago introduced a Linux-based phone of its own, the interface of which looked a lot like what you'll see in the screenshots below. The UI presents you with several menu levels: Phone, Diary, Media, and Apps, from which certain applications and functions, such as the dialer, email client, calendar, and the messaging app are accessible. But instead of tapping, the user is required to swipe their finger across the interface as each menu level unfolds. Then lifting the finger with a specific item highlighted will launch the respective application.

Overall, it's an interesting approach to a simpler Android user interface, so if you're eager to try something different, give Splay Launcher a try. It is available for free from the Google Play store.



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16 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Looks weird

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If you're using a iPhone, Windows Phone or BlackBerry device you don't even have a chance to say it's weird. I used it but it does require additional work to replace my favorite launchers. It's beta so I really can't complain. But as a long time Android user I'm surprised yet again when it comes to the flexibility of Android.

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i don't have an iphone, nor do i have blackberry, im currently using galaxy nexus as my daily driver

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Smart idea seeing as how all of these monster screens are coming out now

5. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Thats the brilliance of Android. If you don't like the launcher that came with your phone, change it. If you don't like the stock email, music or video app, change them. Choice is good.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why would you buy something you don't like in the first place?!

14. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I love my SGS3, but there are better options than TouchWIZ.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So why don't you just buy a phone that has "better options than TouchWIZ"?!

16. Josh8550

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

If you could buy your favorite car brand new and it was perfect in every way BUT had one flat tire, would you buy it and change the tire or would you settle for a lesser car with a different tire?

3. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Downloaded, used, crashed...many times. I know my Optimus G can handle this app, but it has crashed 5 times in the last 3 minutes. I might start using it when it becomes stable--it's very smooth and cool when it works! For now I'm sticking with Lightning Launcher.

4. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Oh my! I loved ELSE, I was heartbroken when they killed it, I have to get this NOW! This is awesome!

6. AcE_LoZeR

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Working great on my Note II!

9. kamranexir

Posts: 3; Member since: May 28, 2012

Amazing idea. Love the looks of it

10. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'd have to try it before I judge this one, but what about the left-handed user?

11. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I gave it a shot, but it's way too simplistic for my liking..

13. mydi.maus unregistered

cool..

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