We have a new Android launcher on the block: meet SwiftKey's Hexy Launcher

We have a new Android launcher on the block: meet SwiftKey's Hexy Launcher
When it comes to Android launchers, we've already rounded our favorite ones. Still, it's never too late to welcome a newcomer. Enter Hexy Launcher, the brainchild of the developer behind SwiftKey, one of the more, if not the most popular third-party keyboard for Android and iOS.

Hexy Launcher comes with a few features that greatly separate it from most of its rivals. Just as its name suggests, Hexy has a lot to do with "sixes" - it comes with a hexagonal homescreen arrangement that allows you to put your apps in hexagonal tiles, much like a virtual beehive. 

The launcher tends to put the apps you use most at the very top of your homescreen. What's more, it tends to predict what apps you might be using at a given time of the day and bumping them above the rest, recommending them over others. A search bar is also present, allowing you to quickly search all of your installed apps. 

You can go ahead and download Hexy Launcher for free from the Play Store and see for yourself whether the developer behind SwiftKey has came up with another successful app.

Download: Hexy Launcher (Android)

source: SwiftKey



1. RajRicardo

Posts: 504; Member since: Feb 28, 2014


2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

My eyes, MY EYES ! It hurts so bad !!!! Take it off now !

23. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I agree, take it off NOW :)

3. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

stick to keyboards swiftkey

4. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012


5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I get they are trying to be different, but there's a reason folders and icons are based around a square, it is significantly easier to work with and among the most dense possible ways to make icons.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Windows Mobile reborn

7. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

No.... Where do you put widgets?

8. waddup121 unregistered


9. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013


10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

11. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

And it was just as ugly then as it is now.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Neat idea just could never get used to the layout, like you said, ugly.

12. onthecouchagain

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Go home, Swiftkey, you're drunk!

13. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Even an android user won't design such a launcher. Wtf is wrong with you swift ppl?

15. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

The design is bad (no hexes), but the idea of a predictive app ordering is great given enough time to learn your habits, if it's half as good as skiftkey's word prediction.

16. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i don't like this type of app, listing my most used ones means it's going to change places and and is going slow me down. Why don't i just move my own apps i use all the time to the home page or the very bottom?

17. Medicdroid1

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Its not for me

18. psiclone

Posts: 11; Member since: May 22, 2015

I don't mind the design, but if you're going to predict which apps I use most, then predict where I want to reach them. Putting them at the top of my 5.5" screen means I can't do this one-handed, but as I have my phone now, I can.

19. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Aweful !

20. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

i like this. something new compared to other launchers.

21. bashartech

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

it looks like a poor apple watch software

22. Elfmonster unregistered

Ugliest screen ever?

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