Screenshots: Five Android home screens that are better than the default
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If you’re an Android user seeking the absolute bestrnexperience for your device, you might be inclined to toy around with your homernscreen. Why? Because there could be aspects of the default you find inefficientrnor that don’t offer you enough power and control. If you want more from yourrnAndroid device, you’re in luck… even on the home screen front. The GooglernPlay Store offers a number of solid home screen replacements, each offering arndifferent approach and in some cases, a wildly different feature set.
Here are five outstanding candidates, ready to take overrnyour device. Let’s look at what each has to offer.
Note: This gallery is also available as an article.
Smart Launcher 3
Smart Launcher 3 also allows you to hide apps from the apprndrawer and integrates the lock screen into the launcher. Accessing the app drawerrnis but a right swipe away, revealing the handy app drawer categories (which yourncan customize). The Pro version of Smart Launcher 3 adds widget support andrngestures. It’s an in-app purchase that will run you $3.99 USD.
The quick search feature also allows you to perform Apps,rnContacts, Frequently Used, and Trending searches. Wand wth a quick swipernupward, you can manage your home screens widgets, home, wallpapers, themes,rnscroll effects, and much more. ZenUI is free and ready to install from thernGoogle Play Store.
From within the Go Launcher settings you can customize thernscreen, the App Drawer, transitions, icons, fonts, gestures, app locks, andrnmuch more. And Go Launcher includes a quick menu (three vertical dots in thernbottom center) that gives you access to various settings apps. One caveatrnregarding the free version of Go Launcher: Ads. I highly recommend you give GornLauncher a try and if you like it, drop the $5.99 for the ad-free Prime version. That version also adds a numberrnof premium features, such as more transitions/animations, secure app lock,rnwallpaper filters, side dock, and additional gestures.