In theory, the idea made sense, especially with Facebook’s dedicated smartphones, as it offers a Facebook user that ability to really integrate the social network in its life. That said, we haven’t heard much about its development in months, so if it works for you, great, but we’re not sure how long Facebook will keep the development of this one up.

Our favourites

We’ve given you a lot to choose from, and we’ve even missed a few because, quite frankly, there are just so many out there. New launchers are popping up all the time, and the ones that really grab us we’re writing about.

But we do have our favourites, so if you’re at all curious what the GadgetGuy team uses and why, here it is…


Price: Free

Now owned by Yahoo, Aviate is easily one of the most different and most useful launchers available.

With a set of application shortcuts that can go as high as 10, collections of apps, and context aware screens that pop up at different times of the day — and usually when you need them — Aviate is by far our favourite, as it not just reacts to your schedule, but also offers a look at what’s around you.

Well worth checking out if you’re always on the move, and are tired of the look of other phones. Highly recommended.

Google Now Launcher

Google's "OK Google" accepting widget. It just stays there.

Price: Free

If you’ve ever wondered how different the interfaces of Sony, Samsung, HTC, and LG are from what Google originally planned (and keeps in its Nexus products), you’ll want to install the Google Now Launcher, as it offers pretty much Android the way Google thinks it should look.

The best part about Google’s Now Launcher isn’t the look, though, and is more about the search, which is always ready and waiting, and always updated, listening out on any screen for you to say “OK Google” just like if you owned a Motorola phone. Simply say “OK Google” and Google Now Launcher whirrs into action, listening to your commands the way we’re told everything in the future will be.


Price: Free

Playful and very unusual, the looks you can get from Themer really change the way a phone looks and feels, bringing it closer to what you find in a science fiction movie or TV show than what your standard phone manufacturer makes.