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Launchers and the great escape from bad UIs

Android launchers allow users to overhaul and customise their Android phones' user interface according to their preferences. There is real interest in launchers within the android community and for good reason too. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why launchers are so dominant on Play Store.

THE FREEDOM OF CUSTOMISABILITY AND CHOICE

The reigning kings of customisability are Nova Launcher and Action Launcher. From the option of having multiple docks on Nova Launcher, to Action Launcher's cover and shutter feature which lets you hide folders under a selected app; these features only scratch the surface of these launchers. You can customise your app drawer, the scroll speeds, the size of icons, the size and color of individual labels and virtually anything you can think of. They are the most used launchers because of the immense customisability they offer. The other kind of launcher known as Design Launchers, focus more on presentation whilst offering some customisability. Microsoft Launcher, Google Now Launcher, Evie Launcher, Leena Launcher and many others focus on specific themes and ideas and runs with them. At this point in time, there is virtually an android launcher catered towards each individual's preferences.

KEEPING THINGS FROM GETTING BORING

With the knowledge of all the aforementioned android launchers, you are now a victim of choice. The beautiful thing about that is that you don't have to settle for bad optimisation or lack of customisability. When talking about launchers with Mohammad Ishtiaque, Contributing Writer at

Bytes, he said, “I used Action Launcher for a while because it seemed more manageable, but then it started slowing everything down.” This allowed him the opportunity to switch to Nova Launcher. With the sheer number of launchers out in the market, if one of them acts up on you, you have the chance to switch to another one. More so than that, if you're getting tired of your phones look you can always change launchers.

The fact that android launchers exist and we can delve into switching out our android smart phones' UI whenever we please is a gift. Unless you're an iPhone user, you can go on appreciating the customisability and uniqueness of all the android launchers at your disposal for years to come.

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