App Clip: Quickly Switch Between Android Apps By Swiping In From Edge Of Screen

The concept of multitasking is slowly but surely being incorporated into most mobile operating systems, and Android is simply no exception in this regard. The Android Market contains numerous apps such as SwipePad, previously reviewed SwipeSwitcher that let you specify apps that you can easily launch from anywhere within the OS by swiping in from the edges of the screen. Based on the same concept, App Clip is a free Android app that not only supports multitasking, but also lets you bookmark apps so that you don't have to sift through the entire list of installed apps to search and launch your favorite one. Using the app, you can also opt to display shortcuts of your favorite apps within the notification panel. App Clip sports a native app drawer, a custom as well as a favorite app list, and can be launched by swiping in from the right edge of your Android screen or long-pressing your device’s Search key. Read More

ssLauncher: Highly Customizable, Metroish Home Screen Replacement App For Android

ssLauncher is a highly customizable multi-lingual homescreen replacement app for Android that takes after the WP7 Metro interface. Apart from letting you personalize its layout to the very core, the launcher provides you with a few built-in layout templates (including one that mimics the Windows Phone 7 Start screen, complete with customizable tiles), and lets you create and save your own, filling each up with personalized shortcuts and widgets of your choice. In addition, you can customize the sliding or page-flip transition effect that appears between the launcher's many homescreens, one of which is the app drawer. You can also import and set any fonts of choice, and alter every single homescreen in several different ways. Read More

Launch Applications In Windows Using Keyboard Hotkeys With MadApp Launcher

The beauty of Windows operating system is the amount of customization features it provides, both aesthetically and ergonomically. Talking about ergonomics, there are various ways to make your applications and utilities easily accessible. Even though you can use desktop shortcuts to make your applications easy to approach, the other way is to use App Launchers. App launchers are applications that are designed to hold your frequently used tools and apps at one place. Instead of browsing through directories or cluttering your desktop with shortcuts, the easier method is to use launchers, which keep things more minimalistic and less cluttered. There are many application launchers available including Gizmo Toolbar or OldBar, just to name a few, that add application shortcut toolbars on your desktop, allowing quick access to your favorite and frequently visited applications. MaddApp Launcher is another great addition to the ever increasing list of launchers. It allows you to add application shortcuts, and access them though pre-assigned hotkeys. It basically maps and assigns application shortcuts to your keyboard using the F1, F2, F3…. F10 keys, and all the alphabetic and character keys. You can add application shortcuts to MadApp Launcher using the simple drag and drop method. Configuration of the whole application map can also be saved, in case you want to copy it to another PC, or should it get corrupted. Read More

Trebuchet CM9 Home Launcher App For Android 4.0.3 ICS ROMs

The Trebuchet launcher that is to come with the CyanogenMod 9 ROMs has been made available as a standalone app for Android 4.0.3 ICS based ROMs. So while CM9 is not ready for release just as yet, at least we have something to get us started with. This comes in from XDA-Developers forum member nebkat and there are still features that the developer is working on to add to it, in the future. For now let’s take a look at the already existing features and some screenshots of the launcher app. Read More

A-WAL: Metro-ish App Launcher Home Screen Widgets For Android

If you love having the apps on your Android device nicely organized, then you must’ve liked recently reviewed App Man – a free, comprehensive app management tool for Android. New to the Android Market, A-WAL provides you with yet another handy alternative to organizing your apps, allowing you to launch them via customizable, category-based homescreen widgets. Apart from sporting a neatly-designed and nifty little app launcher, A-Wal lets you decorate your homescreen with customizable widgets, each containing a group of apps of your choice. The app bases its design around tiles slightly reminiscent of the Windows Phone 7 metro UI. You can easily circle through and launch your favorite apps from within these widgets. Read More

Full Screen Launcher: Homescreen Replacement With 3D Folders [Android]

Love tinkering with the looks of your Android’s screen? Try Full Screen Launcher – a free homescreen replacement app for Android that takes an altogether different route to display your homescreen and the various contents that are present on it. Apart from sporting graphically appealing UI and a brand new concept of merging various homescreens into one large, unending wall, all packed with contacts, shortcuts, widgets et al, Full Screen Launcher provides you with 3D folders that are displayed on your screen as rotating cubes, whose each side carries thumbnails of the content that is present within. What’s best is that you can even place widgets, as well as contacts, within those folders, and access them in the same way as your homescreen or app drawer.The eye-catching animations and transition effects while navigating to various segments of the launcher and reflection of all the icons at the bottom of the screen are nothing but sheer feast for the eyes. The ability to zoom in/out of the walls (screens), effective support for the launcher in landscape/portrait orientation and the extension of all the elegant animations/effects to the app drawer are some of the other highlighting features of Full Screen Launcher. Read More

Get The iOS Springboard On Your Android Homescreen With Espier Launcher

While most die-hard Android fans would cringe at the thought of iPhone-izing their devices’ UI, there is quite a majority of Android users who would actually prefer doing so. The iOS-inspired interface of the MIUI custom ROM and GO Launcher EX homescreen replacement for Android is one of the major reasons the two have such vast fanbases. Now, where the aforementioned only mirror certain elements of the iOS UI, there have been quite a few attempts to clone it entirely, the newest (and by far, the best) of the lot being Espier Launcher. Espier Launcher is probably the most accurate clone of the iOS Springboard yet. The launcher replicates everything from the look of the icons and folders to the App Switcher tray, Jiggle Mode and Spotlight search. Read More

FinderPop: Access Desktop, Apps & Custom Folders From Anywhere In Mac

FinderPop is an application which extends contextual menus using its own custom folder items. The latest version 2.4 supports both Mac Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, featuring numerous new options to access Desktop, mounted disk images, processes, and user-selected items residing in its FinderPop Items folder. For those who are not familiar with FinderPop, it adds convenient options and menu to Mac OS X default context menu allowing users to quickly access desktop items, processes and frequently used files and folders. Read More

How To Install Xperia Play Games Launcher On Xperia X10 [Guide]

Finally there is some great news for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners as some fellow Androiders have managed to port Xperia Play Games Launcher on this phone. The hack basically allows you to experience the Xperia Play launcher’s awesomeness that’s currently restricted to Xperia Play users only. All credit for this tweak / port goes to DikeJ and DCQua at XDA developers. Read More

First Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher Clone Emerges

About a month back, unofficial screenshots of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Nexus S were leaked on the internet without confirmation whether the OS carried the 2.4 label or 4.0. With Ice Cream Sandwich scheduled to be launched somewhere in October this year, developers from Syndicate Apps decided not to wait around and released their take on what the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher could be like. The leaked screen shots only showed the main home screen with the launcher dock visible alone, leaving the developers to build the rest purely on imagination. The launcher is in fact the first replica of the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher and your chance to have a feel of what future Android updates/devices have in store for us. Read More

GO Launcher EX Gets Its Own Switch (Power Control) Widget [Android]

As expected, the GO Launcher Dev Team is back again – barely a couple of weeks after their last endeavor – with yet another handy addition to their acclaimed home screen replacement app. GO Launcher EX now has a downloadable switch (power control) widget. And it’s not one of those run-of-the-mill toggle widgets. Switch GOWidget sports a total of 12 toggles, out of which it allows you to select 4 toggles to appear on the home screen. The widget takes after Tencent Switcher and QQLauncher’s native Quick switch widget in the way it looks and works but it does have a greater number of toggles and additional sliders for adjusting ringer and media volume levels. More after the break. Read More

22 Awesome ADW Launcher Themes [Android]

Bring one of the oldest and most popular home screen replacement apps on the Android Market, ADW.Launcher has been adopted as the base for many other home screen replacement apps and as the stock launcher for the popular series of custom ROMs called CyanogenMod. The opensource launcher probably has the most active lot of theme developers out there. No surprise there. ADW.Launcher has a humongous fan-base - at least 63000+ strong as of this writing – all of whom are constantly looking to spice up their home screens with new themes, dock backgrounds and/or icon packs. If you’re one of the aforementioned lot, join us after the break our compilation of 22 of the best (free) ADW themes on the Android Market. Read More

MIUI Launcher Clone Brings The MIUI Home Screen To All Android Devices

The iOS-inspired MIUI custom ROM for Android is known for its cosmetic flexibility and an impressive assortment of native apps. Android users with root access on their devices are often found yearning for said apps when an unstable build of the ROM (or a certain preference) forces them to shift to another one. Apparently, once you get used to the ROM, it’s hard to let go. Roughly a day ago, MIUI's native music player was extracted from the ROM and made available for all Android devices. And now, users without rooted / MIUI-supported devices or those using other custom ROMs can enjoy the ROM’s native launcher – well, actually, the next best thing – a clone of the launcher. XDA-Devleopers member Vipitus has modified the free home screen replacement app QQLauncher (AKA TencentDesktop) to a remarkably accurate replica of the MIUI native launcher. Read More

Desk Migrate Copies Other Launchers’ Home Screens To GO Launcher EX [Android]

Home screen replacement apps are available in the Android Market in abundance, and you're bound to stumble upon a few that look promising enough to be staying on your device for a rather prolonged time period. While checking out various launchers is perfectly normal in the Android ecosystem, the problem, however arises when you contemplate making a switch to a newer alternative, but just do not want to go through the tedious process of embellishing the new home screen with the same set of goodies that you had on your abandoned launcher. How about an app that supports copying content from one launcher to another? Desk Migrate is an Android app that allows users to import/copy home screens from other launchers to everyone's favorite GO Launcher EX. By importing home screens to GO Launcher, you can always enjoy your most cherished home screen replacement app without modifying its original layout while at the same time, making extensive use of home screens elements from other launchers. Read More

DXHome Android Launcher – Downloadable Themes, Efficient Home Screen Editing

New to the Android Market, DXHome might look like a run-of-the-mill home screen replacement app at first glance but it packs quite a few handy features and perks that might get you interested. The launcher comes packed with its very own theme store, clock & weather widget, ten slick home screen transitions and a zippy, efficient home screen editing interface, all of which remind one of MIUI’s native launcher. The default theme that comes with the launcher doesn’t really look like much, but users can fix that easily according to their tastes courtesy of the launcher’s online theme store. What users can’t fix is the launcher’s drop in performance while within the app drawer. But we’ll leave that to the developers and future updates. For now, let’s explore what else DXHome has in store for us. Read More

Nemus Launcher For Android Brings New App Drawer & Folder Widget Concepts

From the developer of Regina Launcher for Android comes yet another innovative home screen replacement application. Nemus Launcher for Android boasts a simple yet attractive interface and quite a few handy new features, including a unique, customizable folder widget for organizing app shortcuts on your home screen and a couple of amazing new app drawer features that make browsing through scores of apps a lot less frustrating. The launcher runs a little slow while switching between home screens and entering/exiting the app drawer. However, this (hopefully temporary) disadvantage is easily overshadowed by its enhanced functionality and ease of use. Itching to know more? Join us after the break. Read More

Alt Drawer – A Customizable App Drawer Replacement For Android

We all are quite familiar with the fact that of all the mobile platforms, it is Android that offers the greatest degree of customization. One thing, however, that few of you may know is that there are numerous apps out there that let you alter and personalize each individual facet of your device's layout. Be it the lock screen or just the app drawer, Android users can control them all with ease.  Alt Drawer is a launcher-independent app drawer for Android users who prefer customization of their phones at a moderate level rather than replacing the entire native launcher with home screen replacement apps the likes of LauncherPro, ADW Launcher and GO Launcher EX. Alt Drawer is subtle, its simple and provides the most basic app drawer options to users so that they may manage and view their apps in a better and  simpler way. Read More

JumpPad Is A Mac Style Launchpad For Windows

JumpPad is a Mac OS X style Launchpad clone for Windows. It uses features like hot corners, adds start menu shortcuts to the launcher by default, has configuration options for icon size, folder paths to add shortcuts from and a reasonable memory footprint of 25 MB. It scans for specified folders and lists the available shortcuts to the launcher. Read More

10 Awesome Go Launcher EX Themes [Android]

The launchers, also referred to as home screen replacement apps, have played a vital part in helping Android succeed as a crowd-favorite mobile operating system. Laced with plenty of colorful and feature-rich alternatives, the Android Market is home to some of the most beautiful home screen replacement apps, and no wonder, there are certain names that have managed to earn great repute in a short span of time, courtesy their relentless hard work and variety of offerings. The GO dev team’s iOS-inpired home replacement app, GO Launcher EX took the Android Market by storm when it was released and continues to have an upper hand in the launcher race; so much so, that you'll not need strive too hard to find out which launcher a large contingent of Android users prefer over all others to embellish their Android home screens. In addition to being feature rich, flexible and extensively customizable, the launcher boasts a sizeable assortment of free downloadable themes. The number of GO Launcher EX themes on the Market has begun to grow at quite a rate, the theme development charge being led by the GO Dev team itself. It seems it won’t be long before the abundance of the launcher’s themes eclipses that of the current launcher theme head honcho, ADW Launcher. Below, we have compiled a list of ten best GO Launcher EX themes on the Market. Read More