One of the easiest ways to freshen up your Android device is to install a new launcher. To go to the next level, you can also install live wallpapers, static wallpapers, and icon packs. We have also shared few launchers according to everyone’s use. If you are wondering which launcher will suit you the best then do read our guide on selecting the best launcher.
For the uninitiated, a launcher is an app that lets you customize the look of your home screen as well as your app drawer.
You must be familiar with few popular launchers like Nova, Apex, Aviate, Everything.me, and Apus, but here are a few launchers I’ve found that you may not have heard about. These launchers are not much popular but are as good as the popular ones.
3 Awesome But Less Known Android Launchers
The concept of using a search bar to find apps has been around for a while now. Many launchers have tried to take this method and make it better – FastKey is one of the many examples.FastKey is a lightweight home screen replacement app that heavily relies on a keyboard, which is placed on the home screen and cannot be removed, to get you to the apps you require.
FastKey is a lightweight home screen replacement app that heavily relies on a keyboard, which is placed on the home screen and cannot be removed, to get you to the apps you require.Upon installing the app, you’ll be given a short tutorial on how to use the core functionality of FastKey – the keyboard; and you will also get a basic layout consisting of the keyboard and a few apps on the home
Upon installing the app, you’ll be given a short tutorial on how to use the core functionality of FastKey – the keyboard; and you will also get a basic layout consisting of the keyboard and a few apps on the home screen.
As of now, FastKey can show you apps and contacts upon typing the alphabets. For instance, type G on the keyboard and it’ll show you all the apps and contacts that start with the alphabet G. Although, the app is pretty awesome, it would be great if we could see the app suggest a few more things like bookmarks, movie and tv info, etc.
Peek Launcher, too, relies on a keyboard, the numeric one, to get you to the apps you want, fast and easy. Concept wise, it’s not much different than FastKey. A few differences you may find is that in Peek, the keyboard color is customizable, apps can be pinned on the home screen, and it supports Android shortcuts that came with Android 7.1.
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Peek launcher, unlike FastKey, doesn’t show contacts i.e. it only works with apps. It learns from your behavior and suggests you appropriate apps based on where you are and what you’re doing. Another trick that Peek has under its sleeves is gesture search. On the home screen, swipe down to launch a Google search. Slick!
FX Launcher is a stock like home replacement app that comes with a bunch of customization options. It’s fast, light, and simple, making it perfect for an older device. When it comes to customization, you can change a lot of things – dock, desktop, folder, app drawer, icons, etc.