Why should you be using an Android Launcher?

< Blog
Updated on: January 18th, 2024Ken Braun5 min read
Why should you be using an Android Launcher

Are you getting the most out of your smart phone? That is a great question and for those people who use an Android-based phone the answer is probably “No”; unless you are already using an Android Launcher.

Smart phones have been around long enough that they have become quite commonplace. Of course in that respect it means people are used to what they have and might not be trying to get more out of a device that most of us couldn’t imagine living without.

For people who use Android-based phones, Android launchers are a way you can turn your phone into more of a personal assistant or just make your home screen more functional and personalized based on your needs.

Android launcher basics

One of the best features about the Android OS is the ability to design or change the interface of the phone. While iPhones are locked up tight, the Android is easy to personalize, which can lead to a more functional and efficient smart phone.

A launcher, also known as a home-screen replacement, is simply an app that modifies the software design and features of your phone’s OS without making permanent changes.

Now some people might think a launcher is a ROM which is a name for aftermarket firmware replacements like LinuxOnAndroid or JellyBAM. For years people have enjoyed using ROMs to load up their phone with a modified version of the Android OS, essentially replacing the OS that came with your phone.

On one hand, ROMs offer a nice level of customization. On the other hand, they void you warranty, require some tech know-how and can possibly brick your phone. Launchers are an app that can be downloaded from Google Play, installed and used – just like any other app. They won’t void your warranty and the effects can easily be undone.

Launcher types

There are basically two types of launchers, either design or smart. While you might find some hybrid attempts, at the root any launcher is either of one type or the other.

Smart launchers – Smart launchers are adaptive at the core. They look to take the apps and information you need and have it on the home screen for quick access. The longer you use a smart launcher, the more you will notice the changes. Some of the better launchers ask for locations of work and home so it can anticipate your needs based on your location as well as day of the week and time of day. For example, on a Friday night your home-screen might have Yelp, GoogleMaps, Open Table and TipFinder apps up compared to Monday morning at work when Email, Calendar, Contacts and a newsreader my occupy the screen.

Some of the more popular smart launchers are Aviate, Terrain and EverythingMe. Each has a different level of “smart” and corresponding changes it will make to your phone such as user of widgets and organization. The overall goal is to have what you need up front based on when you need it.

Design launchers – Design launchers are an easy way to modify or overhaul the appearance of your home screen. They start with a foundation and then have options such as icon packs, wallpapers and widgets to help decorate and customize your foundation. There is not the same intuitive aspect that you have in a smart launcher, but what you do get is a lot more options for changing the look and feel of your phone to make it different from everyone else.

More than just a visual adjustment, the design launchers offer more options for layouts. For those who don’t like the intuitive idea but still want to find a way to redesign your phone to be more efficient and useful, the design launcher is the way to go. Some of the more popular design launchers are Themer, Buzz Launcher, Apex, Nova and Go Launcher EX.

The bottom line

Smart phones are wonderful pieces of technology. For those who own an Android-based phone they can be even more useful by using an Android launcher. Why not squeeze out more functionality and efficiency from an object you spend so much time using? Plus the addition of a launcher can add a bit of life and excitement to those with older phones who want something new to play with.

Published on: August 1st, 2014
Blog cta banner bg


Related articles

How to create successful mobile apps like temple run and angry birds
7 min read

How to create successful mobile apps like Temple Run and Angry Birds

August 23rd, 2022

How can you create successful mobile apps like Temple Run and Angry Birds? That is a good question and one that developers would love to have [...]

9 rules for managing passwords
6 min read

9 Rules for managing passwords

August 23rd, 2022

In light of the recent Heartbleed virus and the number of people who needed to reset passwords to various accounts, it seemed to be a good [...]

Why is trademark registration crucial in developing your mobile app
4 min read

Why is trademark registration crucial in developing your mobile app?

January 18th, 2023

Shahrina Ankhi-Krol, Esq. Attorney at Law – NY, NJ, EDNY, SDNY No matter what your trade, be it in the ever-exciting mobile app industry, restaurant, fashion, [...]

Keeping your website safe from the heartbleed bug
5 min read

Keeping your Website safe from the Heartbleed bug

August 23rd, 2022

By now most people have heard about the Heartbleed bug as there have been plenty of “scare” news stories out there. However while those stories have [...]

Responsive or adaptive web design
6 min read

Responsive or Adaptive Web design

August 23rd, 2022

Have you heard the term, “post-PC world” before? It was popularized in the past few years as people have talked about the downfall of the desktop [...]

Trademarks and your website
5 min read

Trademarks and your Website

August 23rd, 2022

Do you need to trademark your brand? That is a pretty important question that a lot of businesses might have not even considered. For bigger businesses, [...]

Why should you be using an Android Launcher?
Share On:
Newsletter Sign Up

"*" indicates required fields

0 of 60 max characters
0 of 60 max characters

Ready To Grow Revenue?

Digital Experiences That’s Driven Growth Since 1998

"*" indicates required fields

Help My Business*

New York City
112 West 34th Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10120
Long Island
991 Main St.
Suite 200
Holbrook, NY 11741
Washington D.C.
1101 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
424 Church St
Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219
Los Angeles
1100 Glendon Avenue
17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
1221 Brickell Ave
Suite 900
Miami, FL 33131
170 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
919 E. Main Street
Suite 1000
Richmond, VA 23219
We have an important message from our
Co-Founder Ken Braun.
Video popup poster
Please fill the form.

"*" indicates required fields

Exit popup final