Android: Nova Launcher, one of our favourite custom launchers for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, just updated to include even more customisation options for your home screen, as well as some nice performance improvements.
Do you still launch applications by pressing the Windows key and searching for your app? Or perhaps you use the Start menu. App launchers are faster and more powerful than any built-in search system, and they can do a lot more than just launch apps and search for documents. Here’s why you should be using one and everything you can do with it.
Mac: When you’re in the middle of a research project and bouncing all types of text between different applications, it’s tough to speed up the process. Liquid Information is a launcher-style app that speeds up transferring text between apps, searching and translating.
Mac OS X: I’ve always liked the idea of hot corners, but they don’t come with a lot of different options — plus I end up accidentally setting them off all the time. CornerClick changes your hot corners to activate with a click or a long hover, so you won’t accidentally activate them, while also adding tons of other actions you can perform.
iOS (Jailbroken): Since the iPhone homescreen is essentially an app launcher on its own you might not think it needed much in the way of quick access. Deck is a simple but well-made side bar launch tool that adds easy access to a number of customisable apps and settings.
Linux users have a few good application launchers to choose from, but if we had to pick, the feature-filled favourite GNOME Do would have to win the title of best.
After prolonged use of Executor, our original pick for best application launcher, we found one very glaring oversight: it still doesn’t work properly on 64-bit machines, since it can only launch 32-bit applications. With 64-bit now increasingly common, that makes it less helpful, so we’ve updated our choice. The new champion? Feature-filled yet easy-to-use Launchy.