Atom Launcher

Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Take one part conventional Google launcher and another part designerly control, and what you’ll have is Atom, a standard Android launcher with a bunch of themes and some widgets that you can really play with.

It too holds the “less is more” message close to its chest, but lets you play with it and fill your home screen with as much as possible if that’s your choice.

Big buttons, little options

Smartphones have more or less killed the dumb phone, or the button phone for those playing along at home, and that’s not good news for people who like big icons, obvious buttons, and the idea that they’re pressing something of substance compared to a tiny icon on an otherwise big screen.

That’s where these launchers come in, making the phone easier to use for people who might have eyesight issues, or prefer seeing something bigger and working with that. This might be your mum, dad, grandparents, or even your kids, making it possible to customise any Android phone so that you don’t need a degree and a half to use it.

Big Launcher

Price: $10

One of the first to try this concept, Big Launcher provides everything a user needs for a phone, and some extras thrown in.

There’s the time, battery life, and reception at the top, and then big icons for calls, messaging, camera, picture gallery, sending out an SOS alert message over phone or text, and then a listing of all apps.

You can replace these icons if needed, change the order around, or add your own shortcuts, ditching the all apps shortcut if you so choose and replacing it with a big Facebook icon instead.

But the icons aren’t the only thing that’s big, with massive text available for people who really do have eye-sight issues, making it easier for them to read messages and alerts.


Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Another of the options catering to a different crowd, Crescendo is less about the big buttons and more about a lack of options, offering a quick guide to your day — weather, what you have on — and then offering the basics to you.