Facebook is not making its own phone, or a version of Android, because Facebook thinks Android works just fine. Its Facebook Home suite of apps, announced today, replaces the lock and home screens that normally hold your Android apps with updates, pictures and messaging, all delivered through Facebook.
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Last month, Mac application launcher Alfred updated with a lot of improvements. The most interesting feature is the new Workflows system that makes it easy for you to create your own speed-boosting shortcuts.
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 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.
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.
Windows: There are apps that give you a dock in Windows to quickly launch applications, but Multibar does that and more. In addition to quick access to commonly used apps, the tool gives you quick access to recently modified files, smart folders based on what you've used recently, news, web search, local weather and other widgets.
Mac: Quicksilver is our favourite kauncher for the Mac, but it's always been a little less than stellar when running on Lion. Now the team behind the open-source application launcher have optimised the app for OS X Lion, added official support for Apple's latest OS, introduced auto-updating plugins, and more.
One of the best things about Android is being able to customise everything about your home screen, which you do with a third-party application launcher. Android has more than one great launcher, but our favourite is LauncherPro, which finds the perfect balance between incredible performance and high customisability.