Aviate is a free Android Launcher owned by Yahoo!. Aviate tries to be a replacement for Google Now where in it smartly shows pertinent information such as traffic or appointments as well as recommend applications depending on the time of day and location.
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Pro Time and location-aware launcher
For each period of the day Aviate provides different apps and information by learning from the users behavior (similar to Google Now). This can come in handy as the apps one would use in the office will most likely be different from the ones they use at home.
Pro Groups apps by their functionality
Calendar, social, etc, and only shows the five most important apps to you at the time, keeping clutter out of the way.
Pro Minimalist design
Clean and simple visuals allow for easy navigation and understanding of how to interact with the launcher.
The Yahoo Aviate Launcher is completely free to download and use with zero in app purchases to be found.
Pro Fluid interface
Swiping to the right opens your spaces (home, work, listening, etc), swiping to the left opens up your apps, and swiping down opens useful contextual information. Luckily all of this swiping works very smoothly.
Pro Notification badges (unread count) for select apps
Aviate supports notification badges for:
- Unread emails via the Gmail app
- Missed calls via your favorite Phone app
- Unread text messages from your default SMS app
- Apps with notification badges on the default Samsung launcher
This allows the user to easily see what apps have what amount of notifications.
Pro Support for icon packs
Aviate Launcher has built in support for icon packs. this way users can theme their launcher icons to their liking.
Allows one-tap access to create shortcuts to contacts, documents, websites, and even email folders.
Con Limited customization
Aviate limits customization because it aims for a simple design. Although a little more customization would be useful.
Con Limited shortcuts
Unable to shortcut to call/message individual contact or direct access a web page.