Android launchers have always been the go-to choice for Android phone owners who dislike the appearance of their home screen and want to customize it to their liking. Android launchers are popular majorly amongst users with devices running on stock Android OS – like the Nexus line of devices.
Today, we shall take a look at the top 10 best launchers you can download on your Android device to give your homescreen that customized look. In no particular order, these launchers below are my top 10 picks of the best launchers for Android devices for the year 2017.
- Apex Launcher
- Arrow by Microsoft
- Hola Launcher
- Next launcher 3d shell
- Launcher 8
- Nova launcher by Teslacoil software
- Z launcher by Nokia
- Solo Launcher
- Smart Launcher 3
- Action Launcher 3
Top 10 Best Launchers You Can Download On Your Android Device
This is a fast and customizable launcher for Android devices; having a lot of features that makes it truly powerful. It is no accident that this launcher has been among the best since it was first introduced to the Playstore.
It comes with several features that include:
- Scrollable dock
- Fancy transition effects
- Customizable app and folder icons
- Infinite elastic scrolling
- And a host of others
For other features such as multiple configurable drawer tabs, you’ll need to upgrade to the PRO version for $3.99
Arrow by Microsoft
When Microsoft first released their Arrow launcher, it was received with mixed reviews, but it has steadily risen to become one of the best launchers on Android. The launcher uses an algorithm that sorts your frequently used apps, contacts and recent documents; placing them on your homescreen. It might take you some time to set it up but it is fully customizable. You can get it for free on the Playstore.
This app organizes your apps into folders and offers the user several methods to customize the homescreen. It can run on devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which makes it to support a wide range of devices.
Next launcher 3D shell
Our next launcher on the list is the Next launcher 3D Shell. This launcher is unique from the others as it offers 3D dynamic effects and a highly customizable homescreen to the user. With real 3D home screen transition effects, efficient multiple apps management using gestures and so on, this launcher is just really amazing. It is free to download but would cost $16.99 to upgrade to a PRO version with additional features.
If you prefer Windows Phone 8 look on your Android device, then this is the launcher for you. This launcher transforms your widgets into a Windows Phone 8 styled live tiles and recreates the Windows Phone 8 experience on your Android device. It is absolutely free to download and is available on the Playstore.
Nova launcher by Teslacoil software
This is one of the oldest Android launchers just like the Apex launcher. It has not lost its relevance ever since and continues to be amongst the best. The launcher comes with a lot of features including gesture support, theme, customizations and so much more. It gives the user the ability to backup and restore the homescreen layout when you move to a new device. The lite version is free but the PRO would cost you $4.00.
Z launcher by Nokia
This is one really exceptional launcher coming with a lot of unique features. It uses a single homescreen an app drawer and uses gestures to search for apps. Although the app is a small one in size, it is very stable and gentle on the battery. The app is free on the Playstore.
Next on the list comes the Solo launcher. The Solo launcher uses a Material Design 2.0 providing the user with the latest options in design. With several customization options, you are free to make the launcher act and look how you want. It is would cost you nothing to get this fast and highly customizable launcher.
Smart Launcher Pro 3
The Smart launcher Pro 3 uses a minimalistic design to make things easy for you; giving you quick access to your frequently used apps. This $3.92 and comes with no in-app purchases; in terms of device support, it requires your device to be running Android 2.2 Froyo or later. It is light on the battery and needs little system resources for its operation. Offering hundreds of downloadable themes and an icon pack support, this is one of the best Android launchers so far.
Action Launcher 3
My final pick is the Action Launcher 3. This launcher is a perfect replacement for the Google Now launcher which has being removed from the Playstore. It comes with more features than the Google Now Launcher such as a Quicktheme feature that enables you to customize your homescreen using a variety of wallpapers.
Although there are a plethora of Android launchers available on the Google Playstore, I have selected 10 of the best in this review. What do you think about the list? Did I miss anyone? Let me know what you think by leaving your comments in the comments box below.