Launchers are custom home screen replacement apps that rank among the most distinguishing features of Android, and they’re available in abundance from third parties. No matter how many high-quality and versatile Android launchers you might have already tried, there is always another one right around the corner. New to the market, 91 Launcher is yet another insanely feature-rich Android home screen replacement that seems to have been inspired from the Chinese-based MIUI custom ROM. Available in the Play Store for free, this promising app has almost everything you could ask from a quality launcher, including gesture-based controls for accessing system features anywhere in the OS, multiple fully configurable home screens and dock items, an impressive array of themes, wallpapers & transition effects, dedicated widgets, shortcuts & folders, native app drawer with folder support, option to import icons from other installed launchers, iPhone & Android 4.0 ICS-style folders with option to encrypt their content, predefined power-saving system profiles, system-wide search support, and needless to say, tons of customizations.
Continuing with other salient features of 91 Launcher, you get resizable widgets, option to automatically create new folders by dragging app shortcuts over each other on both home screen and app drawer, iOS-style uninstallation of apps by holding down on their respective shortcuts momentarily, easy manipulation of home screens with the option to specify the default screen, and a fully configurable power toggles widget.
By default, 91 Launcher lets you use the glide-down gesture to reveal the system toggles & shortcuts menu, whereas the glide-up gesture can be used to reveal the launcher’s own menu. However, like most aspects of the launcher, these gestures can be personalized to launch various supported actions such as a specific app, home screen, and system shortcut etc. The readily available and downloadable themes and wallpapers are attractive in their own respect, but the most noticeable facet of the entire launcher remains its various transition effects that can be enjoyed while switching back and forth between home screens. Ranging from pendulum to chariot-style animations, there are dozens of effects to choose from.
91 Launcher’s own widgets include an analog clock widget, a couple of weather widgets, a 1-tap system optimization widget, a power saving modes widget, and a system shortcuts widget. The power saving widget – as indicated by its name – offers you various preset battery saving modes to conserve your device’s power. If you’re not too satisfied with the readily available options, you can define your own power mode with brightness level, screen timeout delay, volume levels and various power toggles of choice. That’s not all – there are also a couple of predefined folders that you can place on your device’s home screen to access the recently opened and/or installed apps.
Certain features like the weather widget, the native 91 Lockscreen and a bunch of other goodies require you to install additional apps/plugins. However, like the launcher itself, all its supplementary tools are available in the Play Store for free.