Android and iOS are two fundamentally different mobile operating systems and one of the most obvious differences between them is openness and customization. Android allows its users to personalize the device and the platform according to their preferences while iOS doesn’t. Users can customize their Android devices with launchers which are quite similar to themes but usually themes only deal with the visual aspect while launchers may add functionality too.
Nova Launcher is one of the most popular launchers available for Android devices and it is compatible with all Android devices running Android 2.3 and above. The best thing about Nova Launcher is its functionality; there are lots of visual related features where users can implement animations and other visual aspects to make their device beautiful and appealing or they can turn off those features to increase the performance.
There are two versions of Nova Launcher available on Google Play Store: the paid version unlocks some advance features but you can use the free version without any issue. Swipe action is a well known feature of Nova Launcher; this feature allows users to launch apps and shortcuts when the user swipe on an app. Another similar feature is swipe on home screen.
This feature allows users to set different gestures like swipe up, swipe down, double tap, double swipe up (swipe with two fingers), double swipe down, pinch in and pinch out with shortcuts, actions and even apps. For example, you can set double tap with lock device and whenever you double tap on the home screen, the device would lock.
Let’s take a quick look into the most popular Android launchers.
- Apex Launcher is a well known launcher app that is available for free on Google Play Store. It is compatible with all Android devices including phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or above. This launcher is popular because of its perfect balance between visuals and performance where users can select either one of them based on their preference. Apex Launcher comes with all the usual features you might expect from such an app. The paid version of Apex Launcher unlocks many advanced features.
- Google Now Launcher is a relatively different launcher than many others. As the name suggests, this launcher is developed by Google itself and it mainly focuses on simplicity, productivity and optimization. Interestingly, this launcher comes as a built-in launcher on Nexus devices and it is deeply integrated with Google Now where users can access the latest updates and news on the screen. Google Now Launcher has built-in voice command features to do lots of things without typing. The launcher is available for free on Google Play Store.
- Yahoo Aviate Launcher is more than just a launcher and this app is capable of displaying the relevant information based on the time of day so users can get instant notifications and information without looking for it. Yahoo Aviate Launcher is available for free and it is compatible with all Android devices running Android 4.1 and above.