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Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

One of the best things about Android has always been its openness to customization, best exemplified by the staggering number of app launcher and home screen replacements in the Google Play Store. Lately, however, that number seems to have dwindled down to a few big players. Some have been left to decay and rot. Others have been or will be shut down, like Yahoo’s Aviate launcher. There are, however, still a good number of Android launchers that offer features and options you might not find elsewhere. Here are seven of the younger and smaller ones that might just pique your interest.

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Users finding new Android experience with Rootless Pixel Launcher

Users finding new Android experience with Rootless Pixel Launcher

There's a new version of a relatively new app out right now - a launcher by the name of Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.2. That's the version number, but don't let the "3" fool you - this is new. This is the newest and easily the best version of the Pixel 2 launcher experience I've found thus far - outside the Pixel 2 itself.

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Yahoo Aviate Android launcher is the latest acquisition casualty

Yahoo Aviate Android launcher is the latest acquisition casualty

Yahoo seems to have a reverse Midas touch. Instead of turning things it touches into gold, the former Internet giant turns them into dust, intentionally or not. Perhaps except for Tumblr, at least for now. The latest victim of this death sentence is Aviate, a once popular third-party Android launcher which, unsurprisingly, silently fell out of the race after Yahoo’s acquisition. Now Yahoo is declaring it dead by the time March rolls around, advising users to just switch to the dozen or so available Android launchers on Google Play Store.

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Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 brings Pixel 2 Launcher to all [APK download]

Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 brings Pixel 2 Launcher to all [APK download]

The Android launcher community is no longer like the Wild West but developers are just as passionate, and at time ingenious, as ever. Especially when Google comes out with a new Pixel phone with an exclusive Pixel launcher. There is no shortage of attempts to bring the latest Pixel 2 Launcher to other phones with older Android versions, but AmirZ’s new Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 has two distinct features. One, it sticks close to the pure Android launcher. But, more importantly, it doesn’t require root to use.

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Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

One of the Android platform’s biggest strengths is its customizability. Although not all parts are immediately exposed to users, some, especially app launchers, are no sweat to change. That said, getting access to those launchers, especially those from specific manufacturers, is not always easy. Even Google has somewhat withheld its Pixel, and now Android One, launchers from the rest of the world. Thankfully, there are hard-working developers like AmirZ, a.k.a. Amir Zaidi, who make things like a rootless Android One launcher available for all.

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Nova Launcher Beta brings a taste of Pixel 2 to other phones

Nova Launcher Beta brings a taste of Pixel 2 to other phones

It is no surprise that Google as started acting a bit like other OEMs when it comes to its darling Pixel phones. It’s still not as bad and not as permanent, but some features end up being available only on the Pixel phone or at least first on a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 is no different, especially when it comes to the Pixel Launcher. Fortunately, this is Android so the situation is easily resolved. By, for example, using a launcher like Nova Launcher, whose latest brings a smidgen of Pixel 2 features to any other, older device.

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Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Today the Pixel 2 launcher (the newest Pixel launcher) was released through 3rd-parties for older devices. Google has not yet released this version of the launcher for any devices outside the Pixel 2 family at this time. As such, I recommend you take all caution when deciding whether or not this piece of software is meant for your device - or if you're going to risk it all to run with the newest in new.

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Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

There's a new Microsoft Launcher in town for Android devices - one that should feel familiar to home-screen replacement app super fans of olde. What we've got here is a rebranding and renewed bit of interest in what once was called the Arrow Launcher. We've written about Arrow Launcher before, and indeed have recommended it to Android users of all sorts - and this "new" Microsoft Launcher is similar - but not exactly the same.

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HTC Sense Home to become more like Pixel Launcher

HTC Sense Home to become more like Pixel Launcher

HTC is getting closer to Google, and we don't just mean because Google acquired part of its mobile division. Almost like what happened with Motorola and, to some extent, LG, HTC's closer ties with the Android maker is causing ripples in the way it does Android as well. The latest case in point is its Sense Home launcher which, according to a leak from LlabTooFer, will be updated to implement the Google Pixel Launcher's swipe up gesture to pull up the app drawer.

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Nova launcher update: new Pixely tricks, old Androids [APK Download]

Nova launcher update: new Pixely tricks, old Androids [APK Download]

Wait, you might be saying - didn't Google Now come to Nova before? Yes, sort of - today's update is about stability and the launch of Nova 5.3, specifically. While the "Nova Google Companion" is still necessary, Android purists will find this update to bring about a much more user-friendly set of features. The update includes a new version of the app in the Google Play store, but the APK is being released ahead of that update.

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Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

This week the user known as deletescape has released his first Rootless Pixel Launcher. This launcher is very similar to some other recently released launchers - such as the launcher literally called "Rootless Pixel Launcher" - but this one's got some unique features. As the developer, also known as Till Kottmann, explains - this app is unique in its ability to deliver the Google Now Page on any smartphone- or at least most Android smartphones from the past several years.

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Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

The latest version of Nova Launcher for Android devices bring futuristic elements of Google's main operating system to older smartphones. While not too long ago we had an encounter with the early release version of this app, the latest version enacts additional feature upgrades. This version no longer requires that the user be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Android Lollipop OS that came before it.

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