Spotlight: Peek Launcher is a lightweight, no-frills Android launcher


Developer: WaffleWareDownload: Android
Category: CustomizationPrice: Free 

We love custom launchers. We even have a neat selection of the very best ones you can get on Android. And yet, we are always on the prowl for an exciting new take on that launcher business.

"Exciting" might not be the correct word to describe Peek Launcher, but this one's definitely among the more intriguing and well-made new apps of the type. This one's centered around simplicity and ease of use. There are no overwhelming features, outworldly customization options, encumbering tutorials, or flashy animations.

No, this launcher is nothing like that. Right off the bat, Peek greets you with a numeric T9-style keyboard which lets you quickly search for an app and quickly launch it. It's easy to get around, especially if you remember how those predictive T9 keyboards of old functioned. You simply key in the letters of the app you want to launch in a consecutive order and it should quickly appear at the top of the search bar. 

Peek Launcher does come with a neat all-black app drawer which is accessible by swiping the keyboard up. Doing the opposite, e.g. swiping the T9 keyboard down, opens a Google search. A simple and time-saving to get around!

We also like the fact that swiping down (or up) an app's icon opens those helpful app shortcuts that were launched alongside Android Nougat. What's good here is that you don't need Nougat on your phone to make use of these. 

Aside from that, you can pin your favorite apps, contacts, and app shortcuts to the home screen, where they will appear regardless if you search for them with the T9 keyboard or not.

Weighing in at only 2MB in size, Peek Launcher lets you customize a few aspects of it, like the keyboard's color and its text color. Overall, a dead-simple app that just works.

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11 Comments

1. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Using the peek launcher right now, very smooth, minimalistic design, thanks PA for the recommendation.

2. Furbal unregistered

Indeed. Very nice launcher

3. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Smooth but "No Fun Launcher".

4. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Will try it out.

5. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

There is an app called "Appdialer" which do the same thing on any launcher

6. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Anybody here that can compare it to Trebuchet? I'll give it a shot soon.

7. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Using it now, very quick. Still not sure if I like it's limited interface.

8. Frogger

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Same here, I appreciate the simplicity and the clean interface, but I started missing Nova launcher and the widgets.

11. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Yep, I feel bad for not even giving it a day, but I missed my widgets... too useful to abandon. Trebuchet (Lineage OS's launcher (previously Cyanogenmod)) was just as fluid so no love lost I guess. Cool idea though. Would like that to be my home screen but be able to swipe left or right to other user made screens.

9. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Oh, iPhone Arena, us android users actually still know how to use t9 search thanks to contact search built into our dialers. In fact, we save tons of time vs ios users while dialing

10. tech_mate

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 30, 2016

I think you should try AP15. It's the simplest one I have ever seen.

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