It’s not an iPhone, you need to be aware of that, but if you fancy the look of an Apple iDevice, this will let you have it.

One Launcher (iOS 8 Launcher HD)

Price: Free

Probably our favourite iOS launcher of the group, One Launcher seems to do the best job of emulating the iOS experience, letting you swipe between app menus, drag down for a search bar, and uninstall apps quickly. It’s iOS without the iOS.


iOS and Android are great, but what if you really like the high contrast heavy colours of Windows Phone, but don’t want to be stuck with an application ecosystem that just isn’t there yet?

Windows Phone can work on Android too, or the look of it, anyway.


Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Developed by one of the makers of the first Windows Phone launchers for Android, Launcher 8 is the sequel to the aptly named Launcher7, bringing the look of WP8 to Android phones. There are big icons, semi-live tiles, and the ability to pin any app you want to the main screen. If you had to choose a Windows Phone 8 launcher, we’d probably go with this one.

Launcher 8

Price: Free, with a paid version available for under $3

Not to be confused with “Launcher8,” Launcher 8 (with the space in its name) is a Windows Phone 8 launcher with a similar style to what Windows Phone 8 offers, a few settings, and some reasonably responsive tiles. It can slow down a bit, but could prove a good option for someone who really likes the look of WP8.

Metro 8 Launcher

Price: Free

More like a take of how Windows 8’s desktop and laptop interface could exist on a phone, Metro 8 is very different to Launcher8, and frankly, while it offers very large icons — which can be great for new users — we found plenty of slow downs on a top of the line smartphone (LG G3) when testing it.