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Video: Splay Launcher is a New and Very Interesting Way of Navigating Your Android Device

Splay Launcher

We came across a new launcher today titled, Splay Launcher. It is still in beta, but the app does seem very polished and could interest some folks who are tired of the same ol’ look on their smartphone. 

Navigation throughout your device is handled with a swipe down of your finger on the homescreen, allowing you to access apps through parent shortcuts labeled Phone, Diary (email, texts, calendar), Media, and Apps. Each parent label, once hovered over, gives birth to smaller labels which act as shortcuts to apps and device functions.

Below I give it a whirl on the Galaxy S4, so check it out and let us know what you think. Keep in mind it is beta, but it is nice. Although, if you are a widget lover, you might as well keep on moving.

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  • I dig, but wish we could hide apps though, I hate my bloatware.

  • Daniel

    Seems like it would be better-served as an app like SwipePad vs. an entire home replacement…

  • it is enough of launchers now

  • Since I am taking my Advanced Data Structures final next Monday. The name of the launcher is SPlay Launcher…any way the name of the launcher was named after the Splay Tree Data Structure?

  • I know it’s a launcher but those permissions seem pretty hardcore. any reason to worry?

  • JoshGroff

    Pie on steroids? I’m certainly interested.

  • Mark

    a really great launcher. One of the best i ever used

  • jethro

    after installation and several hours of fiddling with it — altogether new concept of launcher
    which puts fast access (it it is REALLY fast) and immediacy above PC-like notion of ‘homescreen’.. if you know what you want to access on your phone and want the quickest way to do so, if doesn’t get any better than splay


    Why’s your notification light blinking nonstop?

    • gokusimpson

      I think that’s the air gesture sensor.

  • fanboy1974

    Like the title says; new and very interesting. But it is missing lots of customizations.

    • bridu03

      i kindly disagree. they have managed to pack in a rather compact interface most of our (well.. my) phone interactions. in any case you call always toggle between splay and default launcher

  • I like it.

    • bramba

      you can, as long as its black

  • joejoe5709

    Installed it. Looks kinda fun. Don’t have time to mess with it right now but could be cool for those days I’m bored with the usual.

    • Able to do widgets?

      • not yet (and don’t think it will be). Does not seem like that type of launcher.

  • to me, I still haven’t moved away from Wave Launcher. But I’m glad there are so many “quick launching” launchers available. The possibilities are really endless with this ecosystem

  • EC8CH

    Awesome name… that is all

  • Inquizitor

    Tell me there’s a mirror mode for us lefties.

    • joejoe5709

      I’m a lefty and I typically use my right for phone.

    • j

      I use both hands nearly equally.

    • TheOiulkj

      I use my middle hand.

    • bitbr

      as a lefty – it’s just not that hard to get used to after a short while

      • DanPatrickFlores

        Yeah, we live in a right-handed world. We adjust.

  • jaw_shoe_uh

    Reminds me of circle launcher…

    • sirtak

      yep. some resemblance exists. this one is much faster through

  • Bionic

    This is how the borg see the android user interface.

    • EJ McCarty

      I dislike everything you have to say about anything

  • Mrhug3

    Emblaze First Else anyone?

    • Definitely! I wanted to add it just now, it’s just that UI 😉

      • Mrhug3

        I just installed it. And wouldn’t you know, it’s developed by the same company. I was really hoping for this to possibly happen. I was pretty interested in the First Else, then the whole project went under.

        • Yep, same here, awesome. Just hoping for a mirrored version, since I use my mobile left handed.

    • nsnsmj

      That’s exactly what I was thinking of when I saw this, though I couldn’t remember the name. Thanks.

      • Mrhug3

        No prob

    • DOAbarrelroll

      Exactly! Here’s a video by GSM Arena back in 2010 showing off the First Else UI: