Google’s Reported ‘Nexus Launcher’ Just Became ‘Pixel Launcher’ (Updated: Download)

In early August, word was out that Google was renaming and redesigning its launcher experience, now carrying the name of Nexus Launcher. An .apk file for the launcher was even leaked, allowing all to enjoy it if they so chose to. Today, known HTC leakster @LlabTooFeR has provided images of the same launcher, but Google has apparently changed the name yet again, this time, to Pixel Launcher(more…)

DEAL: Get Nova Launcher Prime for Just a $1

If Nova Launcher is a treasure chest inside of an old cave, Nova Launcher Prime is the key that opens it. For who knows how long, Nova Launcher Prime is on sale for just $0.99, down from its usual price of $4.99.

With the Prime key, users unlock many of the special features that Nova Launcher offers, such as gestures, unread counts, the ability to hide apps, and additional scrolling effects.  (more…)

Remember ADW Launcher? It Just Got Its First Major Update in Years to V2.0

The last time I wrote about ADW Launcher was in October of 2012, where I said it had returned from the dead. Since I already took that metaphor, I’m not exactly sure what to say now that it has returned some four years later. That’s right, ADW Launcher or ADWLauncher or ADW.Launcher, is back and with a huge update to version 2.0.

What is ADW Launcher? I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the history, but ADW was once a big part of CyanogenMod before standing on its own as one of the most customizable launchers in the game. It was a really, really good launcher for a long time and did a bunch of stuff before anyone else, but the gap in updates always made it a tough sell. You just never knew if it was going to be abandoned or supported.

Yet here we are, four years after its last update, talking about it. Weird how this works out some times.  (more…)

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?