While security issues are the most burning problems in modern day mobile operating business, there are advantages of owning an open source platform. Simply because the possibilities are endless and there's so much you could do with it.
Android, it's safe to say, has a bigger say when it comes to openness and flexibility. Compared to its immediate rivals iOS and Windows Phone, Android offers more in terms of getting into your handset and getting to know it even better.
One of the best things about this openness is that you can customize your Android handset anyway you want. We are talking, of course, about the custom UIs that come with the handsets. Some of the well know being HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz.
But these aren't the only UIs present. In fact, there are boatloads of such Android launchers that give your phone a brand new feel in terms of looks and functionality. These custom launchers not only provide an improvised look to the device, but adds certain other features to the mix as well.
But which are the UIs that are most effective in those terms? While you will get a boatload of them via the Google Play store, not all are worth your time. So here are the 5 top Android launchers that we feel offer the maximum functionalities.
Apex Launcher may not look that good to some, but none can deny the fact that its a feature rich launcher. The launcher allows you to play around with up to nine different homescreens. There will also be multiple drawer tabs for you to make use of. On a more precise note, Apex will offer you both stability and functionality at the same time.
While most users remain satisfied with whatever custom UI they have on their phones, we have seen quite a few who actually take the pain the install a third party launcher app for their phone. And the launcher of choice remains to be the one from Dodol. Dodol Launcher allows you to customize your handset while also being a smooth interface. It also remains to be free.
Smart Launcher 2
The Smart Launcher UI (both the first version and the second) comes with certain "bubbles." These basically consist of a circular dial of several apps that are neatly positioned on your home screen. And although the launcher is yet to support widgets, it make everything else highly interactive on the phone, offering you the kind of experience that you would want going forward.
Talking about feature rich launcher, it seems nothing comes even close to the Solo Launcher offering for Android. Coming as one of the most feature rich launchers of recent times, Solo Launcher offers you different funtionalities for different in-device features. You won't have any issues related to performance since there are none, with the overall performance also being quite the smooth affair.
GO Launcher EX
GO launcher EX is one of the most popular and frequently downloaded launchers in the market, and comes with a decent amount of customization options. There are a host of custom icon packs to choose from while also getting a range of themes and transition effects that gives your handset an entirely different look and feel. However, it's not one of the lightest launchers around, so if you have a budget level handset, you might want to look into that.