A launcher is an application for Android that is the user's homescreen and app drawer. There are many different kinds of launchers that offer many different functionalities. Some try to match designs of other operating systems such as iOS or Windows Phone while others try to offer their own unique look or features. The majority of launchers found on the Play Store are free to install, though many will have some form of in app purchases or extra paid download to get the full features of the app.
A custom home screen launcher is one of the many great features that Android offers where in they are user replaceable. Often other mobile OS’s do not allow such customization. To be able to theme, customize and tweak the look of one’s core feature of a phone or tablet gives a sense of freedom that can not be matched.
Being that there are so many launchers on the Play Store it can be troubling to find the one that suits the user best. Many come with advertisements, gaudy themes or could even cause some form of security issue by allowing a bunch of crazy permissions that are not needed. So, on offer here on Slant is a suitable list of what Android users consider some of the best and and more trustworthy launchers to be found.
|42 Recommended Products||Recommendations||Publisher||File Size||Required Android Version|
|#1 Nova Launcher Prime· · ·||159 | 14||TeslaCoil Software||Varies with device||4.0 and up|
|#2 Google Now Launcher· · ·||78 | 10||Google Inc||12M||4.1 and up|
|#3 Smart Launcher Pro 3· · ·||28 | 2||GinLemon||3.1M||2.2 and up|
|#4 Action Launcher 3· · ·||49 | 7||Chris Lacy||5.3M||4.1 and up|
|#5 Yahoo Aviate Launcher· · ·||46 | 8||Yahoo (Formerly ThumbsUp Labs)||Varies with device||Varies with device|
|#6 Apex Launcher Pro· · ·||21 | 6||Android Does||4.7M||4.0 and up|