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Vire Launcher Gains Traction With Its Fancy UI Effects, We Go Hands-on

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A semi-new 3rd party home replacement called Vire Launcher is making the rounds today because it offers some pretty fantastic UI and lighting effects that we have yet to see from another app in this category. While it may not be the most feature-packed launchers of all time, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on, as the company behind it (Vire Labs) has more on the way. 

What’s unique about Vire Launcher are the real-time lighting effects you get throughout, buttery smooth 3D transitions with incredible animations, an automatic theming engine, and an interactive widget that we hope other widget makers can learn from. It’s pretty bare bones other than those items, though, but we get the feeling that was sort of the point. Vire Launcher wasn’t created to be Nova or Apex with support for theme packs, grid sizing, screen locking, and that kind of jazz.

The point of the app is to show off the technology that Vire Labs has created that was built for multi-core support and load-balancing. To me, that means it should be slippery smooth, which it is. They have plans to release other launchers or apps in the future, so if anything, take a look at this app just to get a feel for what they are capable of. Or better yet, take a look so that your eyes can feast upon mounds of eye candy.

It likely won’t be your daily driver as you’ll notice things like drag-and-drop folders are non-existent, as are many of the core Android home screen features.

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  • Kiamo

    I suggest making a tab for Launchers under Apps. I’m always looking for a good launcher to use and being able to refer to a DL review to help me decide would be bomb

  • Pretty slick stuff. Can’t wait to see what functionality the devs add in the future.

  • raed

    other than the clock its ugly

  • BrunoGama

    Great effects…. In 1995.

  • That is a god awful clock.

    • picaso86

      I hate that clock too… ugh

    • calculatorwatch

      Yeah the whole metal thing definitely doesn’t fit the Android look. If they made the clock look like a flat pane of glass like the crystal transition I would be totally into it though

  • Drew Chapman

    How the heck do you switch transitions?

  • Uncle paul

    Merge with Nova launcher, sell for $7.99 PROFIT.
    shut up and take my money.

  • jeff laird

    When we can resize widgets i could see it as a nice alternative

  • Andrew Weckstein

    Google is gonna buy them so fast

    • Michael

      Nah, it’s to flashy for Google.

      • But they do have technology that Google would want.

    • cashclay

      If only.

  • What case is that? I dig the white!

  • RoadsterHD1

    Nice but I’ll wait till they make it better and more usable.Meantime NOVA is looking great for me.

  • ts

    I like stock home my Razr Maxx. Does that mean I have stockhome syndrome?

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  • Big_EZ

    This has a lot of potential. They need some of the standard features from Nova and Apex though if they really want to steal users from them.

  • John Burke

    Looks cool … the 3dots at the bottom bug me though. Is it just me?

    • C-Law

      I didn’t watch the entire video. Did kellex mention them? Are they permanently with this launcher? ?

      • will bartlett

        that was just his settings button…im guessing he runs his phone with it on. i know a bunch of people that do. i couldnt stand it on my nexus when i used it.

  • dam nova launcher needs that tile and Crystal transitions

    • RoadsterHD1

      You’re right, NOVA needs some more transitions for homes screen and apps. All they have is slide right, jellybean, and nova. NEED MORE!!!!

      • brett

        If you pay for it you can get more…..

        • RoadsterHD1

          I have premium paid version. App transitions are only four. I’ve asked but have not gotten a response.

    • ChuckDz3

      Now that it can be done, give it a few weeks. I guarantee they will add this 🙂 Nova is such a heavily supported app I love it.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Pretty cool, will keep my launcher for now at least

  • breadable

    I really like the shiny looking clock widget with the highlights that move with you. Pretty cool stuff. My life has been changed