GCA Launcher is an Android Go-friendly launcher inspired by Chrome OS and Pixel Launcher

GCA Launcher is an Android Go-friendly launcher inspired by Chrome OS and Pixel Launcher

When it comes to app launchers, Android users are absolutely spoilt for choice. OEM UX skins come with their own launchers, such as Google’s Pixel Launcher, OnePlus Launcher, MIUI Launcher, POCO Launcher, and others; while we also have our favorites like Nova Launcher and Lawnchair from third-party developers. Most of these launchers aim at providing ample customization options to users and other utility-enhancing features. However, the side effect of constantly adding on new features is that you eventually require more powerful hardware to smoothly run some of these launchers. However, for users on Android Go devices, constant feature additions taxes the already limited hardware. With that in mind, GO Custom Android Launcher, or GCA, is designed and built keeping in mind the needs of the Android Go community as well as other Android users in mind.


GCA Launcher by XDA Senior Member Nx Biotic is a launcher that draws inspiration from Chrome OS as well as Pixel Launcher. Go Custom Android Launcher offers a single-screen homescreen and a well-rounded and smooth experience for Android Go devices as well as for regular Android devices running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and above (including tablets and devices on Android 10). While the homscreen is a single screen, single widget setup, you can customize the App Drawer. The app drawer also features a multi-purpose search bar. The launcher also supports notification badges, though, on Android Go devices, this is also dependant on the OEM allowing the feature in the first place. In addition to these features, there is also support for adaptive icons and icon packs, gesture recognition, predictive actions and apps and more; though, again, some of these features are limited by your OEM and memory requirements.

If you would like to try out GCA Launcher, head on over to the links below:

Go Custom Android Launcher — XDA Thread

GCA Launcher on the Google Play Store

GCA Launcher
Developer: Ryan Gocal
Price: Free

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] And my Twitter is @aamirsidd94.

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