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SF Launcher Alpha for Android, Takes Notes From Google Now Aesthetics

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Custom launchers are a big part of Android and SF Launcher alpha looks to fit right in with Google Now-like looks. The middle image above is your “homescreen.” By swiping left you enter the settings menu and by swiping right you gain entry to the app drawer. On top of the homescreen, there are different city options (much like Google Now), with San Francisco, London, or the generic mountain range look.

Below the time, there is a “card” for widgets. By swiping either left or right on the widgets you can add or remove additional widgets, which is a neat way of doing things. Below the widgets you have your “favorite” apps. You select your favorites from your app drawer and they are permanently pinned to the homescreen for easy access. 

In terms of looks, there is a light and dark theme to choose from, plus this is still an alpha. The developer intends to do a lot more to the looks and overall feel to the app from what I read in the app’s description.

If you want to try out a new launcher, then SF Launcher is a good one to start with. If I could change something, it would be the ability to resize your cards, such as the widgets and favorite apps. There is a lot of unused space on that screen, but then again, I’m not much for having a ton of apps just sitting out. It looks messy. But, to each their own.

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  • mzmtg

    Liking it so far. Folders would be a big improvement.

  • cgalyon

    Looks very interesting! Think I’ll give it a try

  • Jon Guedj

    my favorite launcher…so far ; if there were folders, more headers to choose from, and a “smarter” access from the widgets, than it will be perfect !!!

  • sam

    really nice launcher alternative. an update to fix the bit of lagginess and to be able to adjust the favorites area would be sweet

    • http://twitter.com/DanielPFlores39 Daniel P. Flores

      Yeah, I had to remove and add favorites to get it in the order I wanted

  • Micah Gemmell

    it force closes on my paranoid android (linaro) rom for the Galaxy S3… anyone else have this problem?

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      Force closing on CM 10.1 on GS3 I747 also.

      • Micah Gemmell

        it seems it was a problem with ninepoage or whatever, it’s working now after the updates.

  • http://twitter.com/jmau5boner420 james ɯnɐqǝןddɐ

    I’m conflicted on this launcher. It looks beautiful and I love the Google Now look, but I don’t really like how it gives Android such a uniform style. The ability to customize your home screen so heavily is one of the many things that make Android stand-out

    Nevertheless, it’s a cool concept and I’ll give it a go.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

    I really don’t need anything else out of this launcher… It as a great theme and is incredibly functional… for me at least. One thing I did notice is when I changed the long press of the header to the voice search, it takes quite a while to open. It’s an alpha though and I’m sure that’ll be worked out… damn good start.

  • http://twitter.com/barkleesdad BarkLeesDad

    I love the idea of swiping through widgets!

  • joejoe5709

    I prefer the cleaner Holo/Roboto style for my homescreen especially with the new Chronus clock on CM.This design language should stay with their dedicated Google apps that show up on all platforms including iOS, not the homescreen. But this is pretty cool if you’re looking for a more cartoony homescreen look and it’s definitely a cool idea. No insults intended.

  • DanWazz

    Gonna give this one a try for a little bit. Very cool concept.

  • Matt

    How do you change the city pic on Google Now? Thanks.

    • Shane Redman

      Visit a different city. You’re welcome.

    • jathak

      In Google Now, it changes based on location. In SF Launcher, you can set it in settings under Header>City, although the only options currently available are SF, London, and the generic backgrounds, but as soon as I find more illustrated images, I’ll add them.

  • Sven Enterlein

    When I see launchers like this I have the feeling that the dev wants to make it easy for users to get a specific theme without having to mess with all the different launchers, backgrounds, and widget settings. It’s a nice idea but I think I’ll stick to ssLauncher and Nova Prime and bite the bullet of spending several hours on customization.

  • Christopher Chin

    Keeping my eye on this one. Looks promising.

  • Kr B

    This is pretty neat and a truly different design when it comes to launchers. I think I’ll give it a try. I’m hoping that you can add folders to your favorite apps section.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

      I imagine that’ll be a feature for sure.

  • mustbepbs

    It’s in Alpha, not Beta.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Well, I only said Alpha a million times. You know what I mean!

      • mustbepbs

        :>

  • http://twitter.com/Jason13L Jason Lassourreille

    That much white hurts my eyes sometimes, especially looking at my phone at night. Also, is there a significant battery hit having the screen show white on that many pixels?

    • Detonation

      If you don’t like the white, there is a dark theme

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

      The LED back light is on for LCDs no matter what the screen is showing; the only thing that impacts battery life is the overall screen brightness, which the colors on the screen don’t affect. For OLED devices, though, there is a power impact since each pixel emits light and blacks are actually turning off pixels.

  • crediblecurtis

    esta bueno como su madre lol

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      That’s what she said

  • Shane Redman

    Google Now needs a Washington DC scene….

    • ddevito

      NYC!!!

      • Kidcuda

        You would at least think they’d have NYC… I’m in CT so I’m used to the mountains

        • NexusPhan69

          Hmmm. I had NYC when visiting. It’s of the Brooklyn bridge.

        • Inquizitor

          They have an NYC one. However, it’s strictly used only in the actual city. I live in a suburb close to the city and when I’m home I just see mountains. A little annoying, would prefer the Brooklyn Bridge.

    • EvanTheGamer

      And Los Angeles!

      • NexusPhan69

        They have LA….

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      Maybe Boston?

      • Ian Ward

        Definitely Boston?

        • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

          YES

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I’d love a London scene.