One of the highlights of Android devices is its customization possibilities. One of the main tools for them are launchers. Now, wich is the best? Today I bring to AndroidAdn a ranking of the Top 10 Android Launchers.

One of the best things about Android is, without doubt, the many customization options. No matter your device, almost every inch of your Android can be customized, adjusted, or changed, allowing almost any type of imaginable change to really make the device to be “truly ours.”

What I like to customize in my devices is the Home Launcher, ie my home interface. When turning the phone screen, the Home Launcher is basically what we interact on the home screen. As you can imagine, there are plenty of different Home Launchers with different characteristics. Today in AndroidAdn we will go through the most popular launcher in Android´s platform.

Ranking: Android´s top 10 Launchers

10 – TSF Shell 3D

At No. 10 on our list of we find TSF 3D Shell. This is a great launcher that is known for being quite unlike any other we’ve seen. The entire interface becomes a 3D playground. Also, instead of the box application that we usually have, on the main page we have all our applications, and four remaining pages to be customized, along with interactive widgets and 3D transition effect you get when you change screens.

Esthetically, TFT Shell 3D is a wonderful launcher, and in terms of functionality has several of the features found in other launchers such as creating folders, support for Android widgets, customization, and many others.

Now, what distinguishes TSF Shell 3D from other launchers? TSF is the first pitcher that allows multiple operations such as self-corrections, multiple options, add folders and multiple deletions, and all with the swipe of a finger. And also you can create several shortcuts to applications faster, drag them to any page anywhere you want and turn the shortcuts of applications at an angle to get more screen space. You can even overlap the applications and widgets to save space.

Most of the approaches to the functions and operations of the launcher come from the sidebar, but the sidebar column can also be customized.

The only point where TFT has some shortcomings is in the Department of widgets. Currently there are only TSF three widgets available, although the application developer is updating regularly and plans to add more widgets in the near future.


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The other negative of TFT 3D Shell is its price, it costs no more and no less than 16.80 dollars and requires Android 2.1 or higher.

9 – Nova Launcher

Next on the list is a launcher ICS. Nova Launcher is a launcher developed by TeslaCoil Software compatible only with Android 4.0. Since the release of the latest version of Android, Nova has quickly become one of the launchers used by the users of that OS. This launcher has the popular dock down at the bottom which can add up to 7 icons, and have up to three separate pages, giving a total of 21 icons in the Dock only in the bottom of the screen .

Nova Launcher also offers things like a box of custom applications with transparency, style of movement and continuous vertical or horizontal configuration. Furthermore, the effects of displacement on the home screen and on the app drawer allows doing things stylish with the transitions in the form of a cube, stack of cards and several others.

Have you ever got stuck with no more room for widgets on the home screen because you have filled the space with useless applications? Do not worry, if you have some space on the dock, you can place a 1 × 1 widget there and ready. Another interesting feature is the option to backup / restore. Nova allows you to quickly make a backup before you wipe so you can restore the settings in an instant once you get the device up again.

Nova also has a paid version called Prime, which has some additional features such as hidden applications (which can be used to hide applications from prying eyes) actions in the applications dock and some other.

Nova Launcher can be downloaded for free from Google Play, while the Prime version is priced at $ 3.99. Both launchers require Android 4.0 or higher..


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8 – Apex Launcher

The next place in our ranking is occupied by Apex, an ICS launcher that works pretty well in both tablets and phones as it provides a wealth of customization options.

With Apex Launcher you get a home screen customizable network, with up to 9 home screens, you can set transition effects that are visible when you slide between them. We also have docking at the bottom of the screen where you can place up to 7 icons with a maximum of 5 pages, that is, no more and no less than 35 icons in the Dock for quick access to all your common applications.

In addition, Apex Launcher allows you to hide items like persistent search bar, search bar, and even lets you hide the dock if you want to use. Also you have different styles and backgrounds folders as well as various styles of drawer and effects. Will also be able to hide applications from the dock application if you want privacy.In addition, this launcher shares several gestures on the screen and start backup and restore options with Nova and other classic features of other launchers.

In short, Apex is an excellent launcher that has much to offer and really worth checking out if you use a device with Android 4.0 as it is a free application.


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7 – SPB Shell 3D

The number 7 in our ranking is for SPB Shell 3D, much like TSF Shell in terms of esthetics. SPB Shell 3D provides a user interface experience very different from that of the main Android launchers, since everything is transformed into a 3D image.

SPB offers few options for a launcher, but its aesthetic is spectacular. This launcher will get things like Smart Folders that organize all your applications on the home screen and 3D launcher home screens and a collection of widgets and panels 3D that make SPB win at No. 7.

All this style has its price. This launcher can be downloaded from Google Play at a price of $ 14.95 and requires Android 2.1 or higher.


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6 – ICS Launcher

The number 6 on the list is occupied by ICS Launcher, allowing all users with Android 2.3 devices or less to give your phone a little taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.

ICS Launcher is a very good launcher that gives a lot of applications to work and ICS issues. This launcher clones the aspect of ICS and it is as if you were using a device with Android 4.0.

With this application you will get the status bar in the launcher as in the ICS, an ICS theme, gestures on the screen and auto cache dump. You can also hide the labels on the desktop and in the drawer for a cleaner look without much obstruction of things. Widgets are movable and can be resized to help organize the home screen. Among other things we find transition effects, support for all live wallpapers static, although they drain the battery and generate enough lag in the phone.

ICS Launcher can be downloaded from Google Android Play and requires 2.0 or higher.


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5 – Regina Launcher 3D

Halfway in our ranking we meet Regina Launcher 3D, another 3D launcher. Regina provides features similar to those of the other 3D launchers and is compatible with Android 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.

This launcher has the property of folders to organize your desk and keep things tidy, so You can find them easily and quick. The main features include the intuitive Regina 3D workspace with different wallpaper for each workspace, which I think is a great idea.

Furthermore, we found a factor of privacy with a hidden workspace, freedom to place the widgets without any restrictions related to the networks of the screen, the option to uninstall applications directly from the workspace by dragging the app you want from the drawer application and placing it in the trash on the home screen.

Regina Launcher 3D also has various visual effects, transitions and styles of the box applications and a set of 3D widgets:

  • a clock widget from which we can change the time manually moving the numbers
  • a weather widget, from which we can select the city to know the state of climate
  • a widget Task that displays a list of tasks with the usual options
  • a calendar widget that displays all the events of the year
  • a notification widget that shows missed calls and new messages
  • an application manager widget that displays a list of all open apps from which you can uninstall, close or delete your data.

Regina Launcher 3Dcan be downloaded for free from Google Play.


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4 – ADWLauncher EX

If you have not tried ADW Launcher EX, then it is time to do so. This is one of the most popular launchers that includes some original features like a screen editor so you can add, remove and change your screens, and an icon editor so you can create your own custom shortcuts.

In addition, ADW Launcher EX has a dock bar that lets you add shortcuts without taking up space on the home screen. If the 5 icons you can add to the dock will not suffice, you can use the hidden dockbar, which has support for an unlimited number of icons with the swipe left or right (to return to the main dock, you slide back on )

Other features to consider are ADW styles drawer applications including two iPhone styles type, two vertical styles and 3D apps drawer like Nexus One. You can also change the size of the desktop icons and adjust transitions screen and has hundreds of themes to customize your phone.

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ADW Launcher EX is without doubt one of the best launchers for Android 1.6 or higher. This application can be downloaded from Google Play at a price of 3.32 dollars and requires Android or higher.


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$3.00   
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3 – ADW.launcher

Number 3 on our list we find ADW Launcher, although a reduced ADW version is even more popular. While it lacks many features, the most important features are: hidden dock bar, hundreds of themes to customize your mobile phone, two drawers of customizable applications, drag and drop customizable action buttons and several more!

ADW.Launcher is for free and can be downloaded from Google Play. It requires Android 2.0 or higher.


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2 – GO Launcher EX

Number two on the list is GO Launcher EX, an extra version of Go Launcher. This launcher offers plenty of options, but keeps everything pretty simple compared to others. For starters, we have access to over a thousand subjects, allowing us to customize the appearance of our device as we want. In addition, GO Launcher EX comes with various widgets and screen lock options.

Among other things, we find user-defined folders to customize and organize applications and shortcuts in an easy way to use, transition animations, possibility to change the icon size, and more.

One of the main advantages of GO Launcher EX is your development team. GO Dev has released tons of other applications that can be used in the stand with other launchers, or your own to match perfectly with the characteristics of GO Launcher EX.

This application can be downloaded for free from Google Play and requires Android 2.0 or higher.


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1 – LauncherPro

Finally we get to number one and who occupies that special place is LauncherPro, a simple launcher simple, fast and with great customization options. Its developer, Federico Canales, has taken the best features of the launchers and has united them in a fantastic application that is simple, fast, clean and easy to use.

LauncherPro has the dock bar at the bottom so you can upload your frequently used applications without taking up screen space, and can make managing to slip in the dock to customize shortcuts to applications even more. Plus you can set gestures to open tons of different shortcuts created by Launcher Pro or different activities.

With this launcher you can get up to 7 home screens and two different boxes of applications, a 3D and another 2D (+ other movable). Also added an effect of fly in the box so when you open, applications come flying at you.

The paid version of Launcher Pro also includes widgets that can be added to the home screen for things like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, contacts, etc.. This application also has hundreds of themes and even widgets have themes.

LauncherPro is a free application that requeire Android 2.0 or higher. You can also download LauncherPro Plus Unlocker which is priced at 3.45 dollars.


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How about our ranking? What launcher you use on your phone?

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Juan Francisco

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