iOS: Unlike Android, the iPhone doesn’t have app launchers that make it easy to find and load apps. Subsequently, you need to make use of workarounds to make shortcuts for your favourite apps from places other than the home screen. Push Launcher is an app that does that by adding your apps to your Notification Center.
One of the best things about Android is being able to customise everything about your home screen, which you can do with a third-party application launcher. Android has plenty of great ones, but our favourite is Nova Launcher, which strikes a great perfect balance between incredible performance and high customisability.
Android (4.0+): If you like tweaking and customising your Android phone’s look and feel, Buzz Launcher is the launcher you’ve been waiting for. It’s in beta, but it already packs lots of layout options, widgets, downloadable themes and gesture controls.
Android (4.0+): We’ve looked at some awesome app switchers in the past, but Action Launcher Pro takes the idea of launching apps, checking widgets and managing folders with gestures to a whole new level. Where Action Launcher Pro really shines is in its gestures.
Android: Sidebar is an application switcher that lives on the side of your screen, ready to launch your favourite apps or switch between ones already open with a single swipe. It’s fast, flexible, and it lets you customise the apps in the drawer so it’s not cluttered with shortcuts you don’t need.