Nova Launcher Beta Update Brings Android L Visuals

With Android L available for a few devices, everyone not able to flash the developer preview build are scrambling to get a taste of Google’s latest OS on their devices.

Thankfully, the Android developer community is top notch, churning out plenty of work to help get your device running like Android L. Why exactly you would want your phone to run like a buggy developer preview build, I don’t know, but that’s why we love Android. Freedom!  (more…)

Nova Launcher 3.0 Beta 1 Released, Brings a Ton of Enhancements and New Features

Thought Nova Launcher development was dead? Think again. Today, Nova Launcher received a massive beta update, bringing it to version 3.0. With so much time going by since the last major update to Nova, the changelog is quite extensive for today’s update, with plenty of new features and tools to help trick out your home screen experience.

The update includes a new persistent search bar look (sexy honeycomb), sub-grid positioning, custom label colors, full 4×1 widget support in the dock, greater control of placement/size/cropping of app icons, and a ton more.

Take a peek below at a partial amount of the massive changelog.  (more…)

9 Cards is a Beautiful New Launcher, Organizing Apps Based on Usage Patterns

Most of us have already settled on one Android launcher for use, but that doesn’t mean that new ones won’t wow us. 9 Cards looks to “enhance your Android experience,” and it does so in an almost undoubtedly beautiful manner. The look, which reminds us a bit of what’s found in the Timely alarm clock app, presents the interface in an easy-to-use manner centered around collections of apps. It takes information from how you use 9 Cards and your device, and intelligently sorts your apps into categories. (more…)

How to: Change Launchers on the HTC One (M8)

The new HTC One (M8) runs HTC’s BlinkFeed launcher out of the box. It’s not a bad OEM launcher, but if you aren’t a fan of BlinkFeed and also want custom icon pack support in a launcher that carries a much more classic Android appearance, a 3rd party launcher should be installed immediately. Since the One (M8) is an Android device, getting a 3rd party launcher up and running isn’t all that difficult – download one you like, run it, and be on your way.

Should you be the type that often switches between multiple launchers through Android 4.4’s (Kit Kat) new Home toggle, we wanted to make sure you knew where to find it on HTC’s new flagship. It’s not in the typical Settings>Home location that you would see with a stock Android device and is instead tucked into HTC’s Personalize menu.

To access the Home launcher switcher, either follow the video below or cruise into Settings>Personalize>Home screen, and then tap the launcher you want to use.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What Android Launcher are You Currently Using?

What Android launcher are you currently running on your phone? In March of 2013, we asked you this very question, with 45% of the vote going to Nova Launcher. Well, it’s been a year, so it’s time we ask you again.

Over the past year, Google’s own Google Now Launcher, previously known as the Experience Launcher, has become quite the little launcher. With built-in Google Now accessibility by sliding to the right on your screen, we have found that a lot of people have fallen in love with Google’s stock launcher. We know not everyone has access to this launcher, since it’s a Kit Kat exclusive launcher, so if you are still running the “stock” launcher, then just answer Stock Launcher down below.

Nova Launcher’s developer is still working on features for the application, so it would be hard to imagine that many people have left Nova for something else. But hey, you never know.

What Android launcher are you currently using?

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Google Now Launcher Arrives on Google Play for Nexus and GPE Devices

Remember when the launcher on the Nexus 5 turned into the Google Now Launcher? We told you at the time that its appearance on the Play store as an app for everyone was likely imminent as it included a way to import settings from your old launcher. Guess what? It arrived today, though it’s not yet for everyone just yet.

The app is indeed just like the launcher that exclusively launched with the Nexus 5 in that it makes Google Now only a swipe away. If turned on, a simple swipe from the left will bring over Google Now, so that you can keep track of your life.

At this time, the listing claims that it is only available for Nexus or Google Play Edition devices running Android 4.4. So yes, the Nexus 10 and 7 can now officially enjoy this new beautiful launcher.

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Cheers Paul!

Quickr – Action Launcher Hits Google Play, Works Alongside Your Current Launcher for Faster Multitasking

When using our phones, we want to be able to perform certain tasks very fast, such as switching between apps or controlling system settings. For most users, you can press on the recent apps button and switch between whatever app you want or just pull down your notification bar and handle system settings with the preset toggles. There are users out there that don’t have that luxury though or others just want to do it much faster, and for them, there is a new app called QuickrAction Launcher(more…)