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Z Launcher isn’t your regular home screen replacement app, offering your favourite shortcuts at the bottom, and offering apps and contacts that it thinks you’ll be using at various points of the day, such as Instagram or Google Maps when you’re out and about, or the Sonos app (if you use it) at home. If you can’t quickly find the app or contact you like, you can search for it by scribbling in the letters one by one.


Price: Free

Half Android style, half something else, EverythingMe tries to adapt itself to your life with contextual screens and app choices, similar to what Z Launcher does.

It goes a little further, though, adapting your app collections to include widgets for news if you’re browsing your news folder or maps if you’re looking at what’s around you, trying to find the best way to bring in all the information about yourself to as few screens as possible, and even offering app suggestions here and there.

9 Cards

Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Do you like your programs all collected into certain folders for you?

You’ll want to try 9 Cards, a launcher that does just that, while trying to be context aware and changing the apps to suit the way you use the phone. There are themes, too, meaning you’re not stuck with the design 9 Cards gives you in the first place.

Action Launcher

Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Another odd mixture, Action Launcher takes the simplicity of Android’s homescreens, but has you instead open your apps from the side, dragging open other applications from the left, which could speed up your life.

Facebook Home

Price: Free

Nowhere near as popular as it once was, “Home” was Facebook’s attempt at creating an Android experience that existed around the social network system that is Facebook.