Nova Launcher Beta Updated With Night Mode, Bug Fixes

The beta for Nova Launcher received an update this week, bringing with it a new Night Mode feature, improved search bar configuration, as well as fixes for bugs. The Night Mode feature can be turned on manually whenever you want it, or can be set by time. For example, once it’s 8PM, the feature can turn on automatically, and once 7AM rolls around, it turns off. Night Mode essentially turns all white objects, such as the search bar and app drawer, to black, making them easier on the eyes when in low lighting.  (more…)

#TBT: It’s 2016 and We Still Want a LauncherPro Rewrite

Sure, it’s 2016, but my fingers are still crossed for a LauncherPro rewrite. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s not coming, folks. Back in late 2010, we hyped the LauncherPro app more than anyone, talked about updates, and even interviewed the developer, Federico Carnales, for the Tato Series.

What ever happened to LauncherPro? Well, it’s still available for download on Google Play, but as you can guess, it doesn’t see any support. Having recently used it, I can actually attest that it’s still pretty smooth, unsurprisingly. Near the end LauncherPro’s life, we were told a rewrite was coming for the app, which would include new features and tons of goodies. As we all know now, that rewrite never came and the developer essentially vanished.  (more…)

Question of the Day: Do You Use a 3rd Party Launcher? Which One?

In today’s Galaxy S7 tips and tricks video, the 2nd to last tip I suggest is for you to swap out the Samsung TouchWiz launcher and app drawer for something on Google Play, a 3rd party launcher. I suggest this in almost every single tips and tricks video because 3rd party launchers really can turn your phone into a powerhouse of efficiency (and Samsung’s launcher is terrible).

With a 3rd party launcher, you can easily change the look of your phone with an icon pack, take more control over the layout of widgets and icons and other home screen add-ons, introduce gestures for accessing settings or apps or shortcuts, and even do really cool things like access an app’s widget with a swipe on its icon. 3rd party launchers are awesome. In fact, changing to Nova Launcher – the DL favorite – is the first thing I do after completing a review of a phone.

For today’s question, it seemed like the perfect time to catch-up on the launchers you are all using these days. Are you still using a 3rd party launcher? If so, which one and why?

Mega Deal: Grab Nova Launcher Prime for $1, Down From $5

If customizing the look of your Android phone is something you enjoy doing, as it is something we most definitely love, you should head over to Google Play right now and grab Nova Launcher Prime, the pro unlock key for the hit launcher app, Nova Launcher. Basically, anytime you see the DL staff share home screens, we are using Nova Launcher. With its regular updates and virtually endless amount of customization options, it’s our go-to launcher.  (more…)

Action Launcher 3 Updated With Quickfind and Enhanced Quickbar

Action Launcher 3, a popular third-party launcher available in Google Play, received what appears to be a major update this afternoon, baking in a very, very long list of new features.

Included in the update is Quickfind, the ability to filter and load apps like never before in the dedicated search box inside the app drawer. In addition, the Quickbar has been enhanced, featuring new looks and an updated Google aesthetic.  (more…)

Action Launcher 3 Update Introduces Quickbar, a Customizable Google Bar for Your Home Screen

Action Launcher 3 received an update today that includes one major new feature that gives your home screen more power and control than ever – the Quickbar.

With the Quickbar, you get to take the Google Search bar that sits on your home screen and customize the hell out of it. That means you can add app shortcuts to it (like Google Play, music apps, Instagram, etc.), menus full of favorite contacts or settings, and buttons for pulling out your side drawer. You can even customize how the Google Search function operates when tapped (voice, overlay, or the Google app).  (more…)