Five Best Android Home Screen Replacements

Five Best Android Home Screen Replacements

Anyone can just download a launcher, but when you want an experience that transforms how you interact with your Android phone—especially one that’s context-aware and surfaces information you need when you need it, you have a few solid options to choose from. Here are five of the best. P

Earlier in the week, we asked you to tell us which home screen replacements you thought were the absolute best. Note, we’re not just talking about alternative Android launchers—we already have a list of the best launchers around (and we’re planning on updating it very soon!) Today, we’re talking about suites that customize your phone in a way that’s truly personal, and useful to you, when you need it. Here’s what you said, in no particular order:

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Install the Android Wear launcher on your Android device

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Earlier this week Google announced Android Wear , the platform that’s going to bring Android to more wearables in the very near future. Along with the announcement, it also released a developer preview of the operating system for developers to begin working magic with. Naturally the preview included an emulator for devs to preview their work on. It didn’t take long for the emulator to be extracted and turned into an installable APK for Android devices.

What this means for curious Android users running Android 4.4 and above is that you can install the Android Wear launcher on your device right now.

As Android Police  reported last night, the launcher isn’t a complete replacement for your current launcher. Instead, it’s more of a brief preview of how Android Wear will handle notifications.

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Android 101: Shortcuts are the best Android feature you aren’t using

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While there are plenty of great features to be found in Android, one area we feel the OS truly outshines the competition is in its launcher (aka home screen). While there are a variety of 3rd party replacements that can be found in the Google Play Store, it’s safe to say that most feature many of the same core elements — desktop, icons, widgets, and shortcuts.

If you’re an Android newbie, we’re sure you’ve already figured out how to move around and set up icons on your homescreen. That’s the easy part. Maybe you’ve even played around with a few widgets here and there. In this Android 101, we wanted to educate you on one of your Android device’s most underused (but effective) features: shortcuts.

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A new year deserves a new Android homescreen (so try one of these)

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The new year is here, and it’s a better time than ever to freshen up your smartphone experience. If you’ve ever wanted to try something a little different, we have four ways for you to give things a new look on your smartphone.

Try a new launcher

At the core of Android’s user experience is the launcher. The launcher is basically what unifies yourAndroid experience with your app menu, widget options, and of course the home screen. There are a number of launchers out there that offer unique ways to customize your visual experience with unique features, color options, and even entirely new ways to get content to your home screen.

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10 Android icon packs you need to download now

So you’ve gotten into customizing your phone or tablet a bit and now you want to tweak a bit more. One of the easiest ways to change your existing look is to install a new launcher. Once you do that, it’s a breeze to swap icons packs in and out. Prefer a minimal look with single colors across the board? Done. Wanna get in on the whole flat and square look that seems to be all the rage? Here ya go! Prefer for a nice, rounded icon design? Whatever you want, buddy…

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Launch an apps without leaving the window you are working in

SwipePadSay you are working in an app on your Android device right now and need to launch another right away even though you are not finished yet in this one. Maybe you want to post on Facebook or Twitter, check emails, make a quick call or reply to a chat message.The launcher app SwipePad provides you with the means to do the very same thing right from within the app you are currently working in.

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