There are many promising Android launchers out there, but some aren’t quite ready for prime time. But a handful are worth mentioning for their unique features, which might be of great value to some.
The Lynx Launcher is a new Gnome Shell-based launcher, and might be ideal for anyone particularly dedicated to Linux. Themes are available for Lynx that emulate other distributions, such as Mint. Ratio has mediocre reviews, but is worth mentioning for its three homepages that focus on messages, maps, and apps. The BIG Launcher is not the only one designed for seniors, but it is the most popular among the few launchers focused on visibility and readability. Wide Launcher has a unique and wide interface. It is also known for its applets. The launcher has very good reviews at 4.3 stars. Apex Launcher has good reviews (4.1 stars) and 10 million downloads. It’s known for its focus on personalization and performance, but can be visually disappointing, and a few years ago it was criticized for its app recommendation ads.
Some launchers have great reviews, but we believe they only need one or two more releases to mature. POCO launcher is a popular launcher designed for Xiaomi phones, but it works on most Android devices. It’s also fast, light, and clean, and has 4.5 stars. Before Launcher is a highly rated minimalist launcher (4.6 stars), but it still has relatively few downloads. Olauncher’s tagline is “Minimal AF Launcher”, and it is. This open-source launcher focuses on eliminating distractions, perhaps to the point of annoying some users. The ARC Launcher developers say it’s not just about sci-fi movie looks, and the launcher features advanced applets and widgets, and can (for example) boost phone RAM using the Ram Clean icon on the homepage. But maybe it’s mostly about the launcher’s sci-fi movie appearance, which is awesome.