KISS Launcher: The Lightest and Simplest Launcher for Android

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KISS Launcher: The Lightest and Simplest Launcher for Android
KISS Launcher: The Lightest and Simplest Launcher for Android

There are only a few simple and clean launchers available for Android. Most of them, if not all feature a traditional app drawer and home screen combo. Do you want to get away from this traditionality?. Then come, let’s meet KISS Launcher (KISS is the abbreviation for “Keep It Simple & Stupid” as mentioned by the developer on Google Play Store). KISS Launcher features a very simplified and intuitive interface as in, it does not have a separate app drawer, unlike other launchers. Instead, it features just one home screen with a search bar at the bottom of the screen to search for anything present on your device.

Moreover, the launcher is featherweight at just under 250KB. Yes, you read it right, it just weighs under 250KB, not 250 MB. Now, enough said, let’s take an in-depth look at KISS Launcher as depicted in the screenshots below.

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KISS Launcher in-depth look:

KISS Launcher in action:

Press the home button on your device and then select KISS Launcher to go to the home screen. This is the default setup of the launcher (customisation on the way!).
Tap the search bar located at the bottom to search anything and everything present on your device.
A rolling screenshot based on the screenshot above. Here, I have typed ‘set’ to search for anything matching the letters ‘s’, ‘e’ and ‘t’. Refer the screenshot above carefully.

Alternatively, you can also access all of your installed apps. To access them, tap the circle icon located to the left of the search bar. Refer the next screenshot.

Tap the circle located to the left of the search bar to open or close the app list.

With reference to the screenshot above, you can tap and hold on any app to be able to add it to the favourites bar which is located just above the search bar (the area where my WhatsApp, Chrome and more shortcuts are located). Refer the next screenshot to know more.

Tap and hold and then select ‘Add to favourites’. However, you could also uninstall an app, go to an app info and more.

Ok, now, let’s get into the sweetest part, that is to customise the look and feel of the launcher.

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Customisation settings:

Tap the three-dot button located to the right of the search bar to be able to access the settings. Refer the next screenshot.

In this menu, you are provided with options such as to enter the launcher settings, change the wallpaper and enter your device settings.
Settings. Available settings are history, user interface, providers selection and advanced settings.
History settings. Pretty much everything in here is self-explanatory.

The history appears above the favourites bar featuring your most recent app launches. Refer the next screenshot.

My recently launched apps are shown above the favourites bar.
User interface settings. Here you can customise various aspects of the launcher to your liking and preference. Go through the screenshot above thoroughly.

After customising the launcher, this is how it looks right now. Refer the next three screenshots.

The main screen.
My favourites added to the favourites bar. Also, notice the app history above the favourites bar.
The app list. Tap the circle button to open the app list.
Providers selection settings. Here, you can enable or disable the providers such as contacts, WiFi, Bluetooth toggles and more that would be visible in the search results.
Advanced settings.

My thoughts and conclusion

All in all, I would like to say that this is one unique launcher that features a simple search bar for all your needs as compared to a traditional app drawer and home screen type launcher. Moreover, not only is this launcher super lightweight but also super battery efficient. Furthermore, the unique name of this launcher matches its unique functionalities and capabilities too.

So that’s all Droidviewers and tech enthusiasts on my in-depth look at an amazing launcher available at the moment for Android devices out there. Feel free to chime in the comments section on your take and experience with this launcher. Download KISS Launcher via the Google Play Store link given below.

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