Are you bored of same old Home Screen and User Interface on your mobile device? Want to look cool and be functionable and at the same time ? Rejoice, here is the list of 10 Google Now alternatives that you could try to spice up your User Interface. The apps listed in the article requires no root access to the device. Pretty much anyone can install these as a normal app and it works for any Android device.
Google Now launcher is the best launcher in the android market and is widely famous for its simple looks and clean UI. Following the launch of Pixel smartphones this year, Google has decided to end it’s support for Google Now launcher and concerning about the future, it’s prioritising the Pixel launcher, which already comes with Pixel devices. A launcher named Pixel Launcher is already on the Google Playstore, but it misses one big feature of Google’s new“Voice Assistant” which is an extraordinary feature in Pixel smartphones.
It’s possible to install Google’s Assistant via rooting, I’ll explain about it in other article.
So, without any further ado, here are the top 10 Google Now alternative launchers for Android :
It’s one of the best launcher on the Playstore. It is lightweight, highly customizable, and has backup and restore option for theme settings. So, you could quickly try out a new theme while still backing up the old theme. In the latest verision (v5+) comes with a “Quick Setup” feature and is a three-step process to get the look you want. Summing it up, Nova launcher is the best alternative to any launcher on the PlayStore.
Nova Launcher is quite flexible when it comes to adapt a new look. The easiness and capability to chaange icon packs, transitions, transition speeds, scroll animmations. The App Drawer is also highly customisable.
Next up on our list is an awesome launcher from Google. Like the Google now launcher, Pixel Launcher is clean, well designed and minimalistic. The right-swipe provides your Google Now cards, swipe upwards to access the app drawer. The launcher gained notoriety when the Pixel smartphone released. Well there are many improvements to be done to the launcher and has all features of the Pixel UI except the Google’s new Assistant feature. Also it features recently used apps in the app drawer section.
Still it’s an awesome launcher and is worth trying out.
This launcher has the “Premium look” that is not fpund anywhere else. The homepage looks fantastic with Google search bar at the top and the blurred menu bar in the bottom. The app lock screen is unique as you get elements to quickly toggle the list and typical box-style icons.
Use the search bar to find anything from apps to files on your device and like Pixel Launcher, it has swipe-up to open App Drawer which has become a trend nowadays.
Arrow Launcher is a Microsoft product that will leave you impressed. The launcher is more light-weight and fast and has lots of useful features. The interface is beyond amazing. The home screen is quite different on this launcher. It shows recent files, contacts, photos,etc. It studies your app usage and places them in the second row on the home screen.
As it’s Microsoft, Bing! images are the background. Bing Wallpapers changes itself everyday automatically. You can also integrate Microsoft services, but that is completely optional.
This launcher is for those people who get annoyed by many customisable options in a launcher and want it plain and simple. ASAP launcher is clutter free and simple. This launcher is lightweight and don’t consume RAM and much of your battery. It comes with a slide-to-open feature that feels very nice and is adopted from a Google phone launcher.
It also supports various icon packs and lets you customize the apps’ icons the way you like it and is compatible with older Android smartphones. This launcher does not hold widgets and icons everywhere on the home screen.
As the name says, it is an Android 7.0 launcher which supports all android 4.4+ devices. It states as “Keep Android experience yet with many enhanced features.”
It has gesture support and three drawer styles vertical+compact, vertical+sections, or horizontal. It also has an hide app feature inbuilt.
One thing this launcher is hated for is its ads but afterall it is way much better than stock one. The cool circle animation which this launcher provides is unique cool circle animation.
7. M Launcher
M launcher has the feeling of the Google’s stock launcher for Marshmallow which is simple looking and has customizable option. The functions of this launcher is similar to that of Nova launchers’ and has option to hide apps that you barely use.
It has support of unread counts and installation of icon pack support is what it makes it a replacement for your launcher.
8. Nougat Red
This launcher is only supported on Pixel phones. So, if you use a Pixel device, you may want to try out this launcher. The theme induces solid colors which makes the theme actually minimilistic and makes it faster, smoother and compact. The home button turned into a solid circle which is gettin more positive and negative reviews.
The new navigation bar is didliked by more people. But it’s Google they like to experiment and build themes with solid colors. It’s clean and complete and doesn’t look like a messy, crowded theme.
Google is going to discontinue this launcher after March 31,but forutunately there are sites which store apk’s of softwares. It’s easy to get apk file of it even after it is erased from Playstore.
Google Now Launcher has been for a long time and was famous on Nexus devices. The nexus phones, tablets provided stock user interface and right-swipe would give access to Google Now, where Google’s cards and news and weather updates are shown. Try out this awesome launcher now.
10. Apex Launcher
Apex Launcher is another type of Android launcher which is designed close to stock Android experience. It supports icon packs and customization settings which allowed to play and decorate the homw screen as per your liking.
It is observed that the launcher is taking up RAM when many widgets are installed. It also consumes less battery and is good-looking launcher. Try it out here.
That’s it guys ! Here are the 10 android launchers to try out in 2017. If you like this article, please share and comment down below for any queries and suggestions. Thanks for reading !!