Android Launchers have been around in a variety of shapes and sizes. Apps like Nova, Apex and GO Launcher have been reigning this genre of Play Store for quite some time now, with many others come and go while gaining different levels of attention. This is a category of apps that has the ability to go completely off the rails with customization, so an app has to come with plenty of features or most users won’t bother downloading it, especially considering third-party launchers are used primarily by customization enthusiasts in the first place. Although Wyze Launcher might not exactly be a game changer, it certainly has what it takes for a launcher to be used as a daily driver by many. Wyze Launcher offers a lot of settings accompanied by a few innovative features that make it stand out from many other similar apps available at Play Store. Read on after the break for more details.
On the surface, its just like most launcher replacements; you get home screens where you can place widgets, app shortcuts and create folders, along with customization options to tweak the said home screens and the app drawer. Wyze seems to be inspired by the Holo interface, and remains faithful to Android’s design principles. Before I go any further, let me just highlight some of its key features. The first noticeable feature can be seen in the App Drawer, which basically lets you sort apps as categories. But that isn’t the most interesting bit; what makes it innovative is its ability to automatically categorize apps into ‘Main’, ‘Apps’, ‘Games’ and ‘Other’ tabs, meaning you won’t need to do it by yourself. You can also sort the app view between list and grid types. The pretty-much self-explanatory widgets category is also there.
Almost every launcher allows you to create folders on your home screen to keep it organized, and Wyze is no exception. Though unlike the free versions of most other launchers, Wyze also lets you organize all the apps in your app drawer into folders with the tap of a button, and even automatically names these folders according to the category of apps they are carrying. For instance, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ are put into under Social. Other types of categories include Lifestyle, Productivity, Tools, Music, Audio etc.
The app also boasts a smart search feature that lets you easily find any app on your device. In addition, you can lock the layout to prevent any accidental changes, and change the App Drawer’s background. Lastly, you can instantly get a bird’s eye view of your home screens by swiping from the left edge of the screen, which also lets you instantly jump to your desired one with a tap.
To sum it up, Wyze is a decent Android home screen replacement app that stays close to stock while adding a few great features to the app drawer. Even though it doesn’t boast anything groundbreaking, its categorization features and ease of use make it worth a shot.