application launchers

Nova Launcher Adds A Searchable App Drawer And New Animations

Android: Nova, our favourite Android Launcher, just got some cool updates. It brings sexy new transitions and an app drawer search feature for the power user who simply has too many pages of apps to navigate.

Better Open With Improves Android's App Chooser With Delayed Defaults

Android: One of the coolest things about Android is that you can choose which default app you use to open certain types of links. However, this can also get convoluted if you want to have choice in the future or don’t like the extra step. Better Open With improves this experience.

Solo Launcher Is A Gesture-Controlled, Easily Themed Launcher

Android: There are plenty of Android launchers around. Despite the intense competition, Solo Launcher manages to stand out by having a lot of the same features as Nova or Apex, while still being free, and adding some sweet gesture controls.

A Beginner's Guide To Effortless, Mouseless Computing With Alfred

Ever wanted to take control of your Mac without taking your hands off your keyboard? Alfred’s an app launcher and utility that makes that possible. With just a little bit of setup and know-how, you’ll be able to use Alfred to search for anything, anywhere, move around files, control software and more without ever lifting your hands off your keyboard.

Yahoo Makes Its Smart Home Screen Available To Everyone

Android: We had barely finished handing out invites for Aviate when Yahoo bought the company behind the intelligent home screen that adapts to your habits. Now it’s back, sans the invite requirement, for Android phones.

App Directory: The Best App Launcher For Mac

Over the years, Macs have had lots of options when it comes to app launchers. Alfred is our pick because it manages to balance features with usability. Anyone can pick it up and start using it, and there’s plenty of room for expansion if you want to dig deeper into automation.

Nokia Z Launcher Adapts To Time Of Day, Launches Apps With Gestures

Android: Z Launcher from Nokia brings a couple of great features to Android users. You can access apps using gestures, and you can see tailored shortcuts that change depending on the time of day.

Use SwipePad To Quickly Access Floating Apps Without Clutter

Android: Floating apps give robust multitasking on Android, but the little floating icons to activate them can clutter up your screen. This little trick can give you the full power of these apps without making your screen look messy.

Launch Center Pro Adds IFTTT Integration, GIF Sharing

iOS: One of the best launchers for iOS, Launch Center Pro, gets a big update today. It now includes IFTTT integration, a new GIF sharing menu and more.

Bring 'OK Google' To Third-Party Launchers With An Xposed Tweak

Android (rooted): The Google Now Launcher, available on the Nexus 5 and other devices, allows you to say “OK Google” while the screen is on to invoke Google’s voice commands. If you’re rooted, you can bring this feature to other launchers with an Xposed tweak.