Action Launcher 3 Released to Google Play, Rewritten and Redesigned

Chris Lacy is back, and this time, he has a completely rewritten and redesigned launcher app for the Android world. Titled Action Launcher 3, the app has been rewritten from the ground up, and wouldn’t you know it, a new pricing scheme has also been deployed.

Chris states that the update, “takes everything people really loved about Action Launcher in the past, mixes it with Google Now Launcher, and infuses it with Material Design.” Sounds like the ultimate 3rd party launcher to me.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated in Google Play, Brings Lollipop Animations

A new update is available for Nova Launcher Beta through Google Play, bringing a few Lollipop features which can make any Android version user feel as if they are running Google’s latest.

The new animation can be found for opening folders, which goes on top of the already existing window animation which slides up from the bottom of the display. In addition, a Lollipop scroll indicator is included, as well as updated icon themes for the Calculator app, Contacts app, Downloads, Email, and many more.

Here is the full changelog.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With New Drawer Animations, App Drawer Search Additions

The beta group for Nova Launcher received an update for their launcher application today, one which brings new app drawer animations, as well as a few important bug fixes.

Detailed in the GIF image below, users can choose between a few nifty drawer animations, such as a circular opening, slide up motion, and others. To highlight the fixes, users were previously unable to manually change the app drawer icon on their home screen, but thanks to the update, this issue has been fixed. And here I was, thinking it was only me having the problem.  (more…)

Blur is a Fully Featured New Launcher From the Klinkers – Introduces App “Pages” Where Google Now Would Be

There are countless third party launchers available on Android. So many, in fact, that I’m not sure how you can decide which is the best for you. I tend to find one, get it setup properly, and then stick with it for years on end because familiarity with a launcher is something that makes life with an Android device much easier. But then every so often a new player comes along that may end up causing me to consider a switch. That new player is called Blur, an app from the Klinkers, who are known for apps like Talon, EvolveSMS, and Sliding Messaging.  (more…)

First 3rd-party Launcher Released for Android Wear Smartwatches

Third party launchers are some of our favorite applications, so now that they are hitting Android Wear devices, you can imagine how excited we are. This weekend, the first custom launcher hit Google Play for Android Wear, titled Wear Mini Launcher.

With Mini Launcher, users can quickly access any application and system setting they have on their smartwatch. To access, all you do is swipe to the right from the top left corner. A semi-transparent drawer will slide out, revealing helpful shortcuts to whatever you might need.  (more…)