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Keep Your Screen Simple with SickSky Launcher

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There’s no need to mention the importance of your launcher app. It’s the second thing you see when looking at your phone, right after the lock screen Most launchers look pretty much the same. They feature a dock bar with a few icons, and a  main screen with icons and widgets. While this works, some people like to keep things as simple as possible.

If you fall into this group, you might be interested in launcher developed by XDA Forum Member SickSky. SickSky Launcher breaks all of the traditional launcher rules. You will fail to find phone, SMS, or media player in the dock, but you can easily find a weather widget and calendar. I said widget, but the inbuilt “widgets” are the only things th. . . READ ON »

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Lucid Launcher: A Unique Launcher Made from Scratch

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A good looking and highly functional launcher is something that everyone needs to have installed on his or her Android phone or tablet. Stock launchers are fully capable of doing the job, but they often lack of features in aftermarket launchers such as Nova or Apex. This time, however, we will present something a bit unique.

Not too long ago, we wrote about a video tutorial by XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 that explained how to create a launcher from scratch. The product of his work is available on XDA as Lucid Launcher.

This launcher is completely different from most known launcher apps. There is no grid, so an unlimited number of widgets can be placed wherever you want. There is also no typical applic. . . READ ON »

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Get a Taste of KitKat with KK Launcher

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With a launch of the Google Nexus 5 and the release of the Google Experience Launcher, Android users were allowed to enjoy the new translucent status bar and other goodies offered by Android 4.4 KitKat. Of course, many of you have used similar third-party modifications in custom ROMs years before, but now these features are available for regular users to enjoy as well. Many developers realized that the new Google Experience Launcher has a big potential, but lacks functionality. That’s why new launchers are springing up all over the place.

One of these launchers was created by XDA Forum Member kkappteam. KK Launcher offers a variety of customization options like setting up desktop text size, hiding the . . . READ ON »

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New Apex Launcher Beta Brings KitKat Style

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apexA good launcher can often be one of the best pieces of customization on our mobile devices. The newly released KitKat Google Experience Launcher makes your home screens beautiful, with various effects and animations. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the functionality and customization seen in other alternatives. Apex Launcher is one of the most popular alternatives launchers, and now there is a new update to Apex to bring it inline with KitKat.

XDA Senior Member dennisxl, creator of Apex, announced that his application now supports more and more of KitKat goodies such as the transparent system bars and KitKat-styled folder backgrounds. Version 2.2 is still in an early beta stage, but it’s only a ma. . . READ ON »

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Instantly Access Apps from Anywhere with SAO Launcher

SAO Launcher XDA Senior Member Xlythe has created a navigation system that works alongside your favorite launcher to give you instant access to text messaging, contacts, apps, and more. With a simple swipe in the direction of your choosing, and from whatever screen you are on, SAO Launcher gradually flows down the side of your screen to reveal five menu orbs that provide an alternate way of launching some of the most common Android features. The launcher allows phone calls to be made and text messages to be sent within its user interface, and without the need to return to the home screen. Users can choose to also install SMS Extension module, which allows for pop-up sms notifications.
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Facebook Home Ported to all Android Devices

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Yes, it’s been done. Whether that’s something to squeal in joy over or cringe in disgust about is up to you. However, that’s besides the point. Facebook’s ‘exclusive’ product reserved for the HTC One, One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 (Don’t ask why there’s no love for other devices) debuted in the Play store on 13th of April, 2013 and has garnered a lackluster two-and-a-half stars rating with near 2 thousand votes. Want to know what’s the hype about? Read on.

After a bit of modding with the Facebook and Home APKs, XDA Senior Member theos0o has successfully ported Facebook Home to all devices running Android. Both rooted and unrooted p. . . READ ON »

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Create an Interesting Home Screen with Buzz Launcher

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Altering your home screen has been made simpler thanks to the work of XDA Forum Member Buzz Plan. Buzz Launcher, which is only available for phones with Android 4.0.1 or greater, allows users to quickly download, apply, and share home screens. The application also makes it possible to create your own home screen using features such as Multi-Wallpapers and My Icons. 

The Buzz Custom Widget add-on gives users access to clock, date, and battery widgets to include in their own personalized home screens. If the stock look of the widgets doesn’t leave you satisfied, you can modify them to look any way you want. Home screens that you create can easily be shared thanks to a one-touch upload feature.

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Android App Review: Side Launcher Showdown! Sidebar vs. Glovebox – XDA Developer TV

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There are many different launchers available. There are launchers that respond to gestures, which we’ve reviewed before. There are launchers that go on your home screen, or replace them. There are even launchers that pop out of the side of your screen, à la Ubuntu Touch.

Recently, XDA Developer TV Producer TK recently reviewed Sidebar by XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib . In this video, TK compares Sidebar to a similar application by XDA Forum Member fmaster1 called Glovebox. TK shows off the applications and compares the two, while giving his thoughts. Be sure to check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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