There is something about customising your smartphone that just gets you hooked. And the best way to customise is to use a launcher. I have been a person who customises Android devices for quite some time and I have selected a few launchers that I use frequently. Well, this post is my opinion and let’s get this show on the road.
Nova Launcher, the ‘Chameleon Launcher’ as I like to call it, is all about customising. With one launcher you can make your phone look like an iPhone one day and a Google Pixel, the other day. It focuses on changing practically everything from the launcher background to icon size. All of that are definitely good but here is the tragic flaw of the Nova Launcher – with more customising, innovation seems to decline as it makes us try to copy the next big Flagship phone launcher. Another concern is that that those who have no clue what they are doing, will spend hours on YouTube trying to get head or tails of what they have to do.
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Next up The Smart Launcher 3. Now this is a launcher for all you simple folks, who want simplicity in their smartphones, and Smart Launcher is as simple as they can get, but don’t think for a moment that they compromise functionality. But that in itself becomes the whole problem, as most people find it too basic and simple.
Then there is Arrow Launcher. “Arrow Launcher is a launcher from Microsoft and was originated from Microsoft Garage, a platform for their employees to work on projects which differ from the company’s broad perspective”, these are words from our Administrator Vishal who personally used Arrow Launcher. I have spent much time on his smartphone and I must say it takes efficiency to another level. The huge flaw in this Launcher is that it’s too battery consuming also it’s a bit cramped with Microsoft features.
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Then there’s the Zen UI Launcher which is basically a Launcher with all the features of an Asus Smartphone. This is great for those who had an Asus phone and want to stick to that. But it’s not exactly great for others as it’s in my eyes just a Launcher with a passable grade. Also it’s kinda slow compared to other Launchers.
Finally comes the worst of them all The Google Now Launcher, which is just a cheap imitation that reaches nowhere near the true thing, that’s the Google Pixel. There is nothing ‘good’ about this app, you can realise it’s so bad it can’t even be called a Launcher but an “APP”. It has no widget support and clearly they were short on time when they were creating this App.
Maybe these launchers will get improved in course of time. For now, we may try to stick on to Nova/Arrow/Smart Launcher. Innovation is definitely a part in this sectors. There may be a lot of launchers that I have left out, but we are always open minded to suggestions and your opinion, so do comment on what you think.