After getting your android phone for the first time everyone will get bored by the usual skin which the manufacturer has given to the phone. Most people likes to give a change in the look and feel of the smartphone they owned by by switching to different themes. But in case of android phones, changing a theme is not an inbuilt feature. You’ve to rely on third party launcher apps for doing this. One of the major advantage of launcher apps are they can be used without rooting the device. Many lauchers allows you to hide certain apps from the app drawer so that no one except the allowed will open those. There are many free launcher apps available for changing the overall look and feel of your phone, but here I chosen five of the the best rated apps in 2013 that can be downloaded from Google Play Store for free.
Nova launcher is a high-performance launcher cum home screen replacement free application for android phones and tablets. This app looks similar to default android launcher but it is packed with features like themes, overlapping widgets, scrolling effects etc. This app also come with some elegant looking icons and wallpapers which is really beautiful if you’re using a phone with HD screen. The Nova Launcher Prime app is a premium version of Nova launcher includes gestures, unread counts and drawer groups.
This is one of the most popular launcher app downloaded over several million times. You could get around 10000+ themes for this launcher and it is easy to use. Go launcher app runs incredibly fast on your phone even though it has low resources. It supports home screen gestures for starting an app or doing any particular task. All the transitions and animations works very smooth and no bugs are detected since I use Go launcher for more than three months. This app has highest compatibility as it will run on devices which has Android OS version 2 or higher.
3. Launcher 8
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I just have downloaded Launcher 8 before writing this and I really impressed about what they’ve got. This launcher tries to bring the Windows Phone 8 experience to your android phone. After playing with some settings, binding some apps to tiles – my phone now completely looks like Windows phone. Launcher 8 is an extension of the previously released Launcher 7 app which allows to change your phone’s look and feel like windows phone 7. However, on devices with low processing power and RAM it my perform quite slow but overall this is very nice launcher app.
Smart Launcher is a minimalist android launcher works best on low end devices and perform really fast. Unlike other launchers which enhance the present android launcher, Smart launcher offers its own aesthetics and look. It is an innovative launcher allows you to put few icons on your home screen. each of these shortcuts can be assigned to open any application like camera, contacts, browser, gallery etc. So you would get access to your frequently used apps very quickly and efficiently.
This Android 4.0+ launcher is second popular launcher app that could do a complete makeover to your device. This app performs fast even after doing many heavy customization’s. It allows features like up to 9 home-screens, several gestures and themes. It is packed with various transitions effects look elegant and suits to both tablets and smartphones. You can have unlimited number of drawer tabs and create as many drawer folders.
Over to you
This list excludes many other good launchers available since my job was to select the top five of this kind. Now it’s up to you to select one among five which feels good for your phone. Please comment below about your views and experiences with these apps.