Android themes February 27 2016, 0 Comments

The upcoming version of android, Android M will have the option of letting you choose the theme you would like. But to be honest, some of our devices won’t be getting this update. That doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with the same old icons and animations, you can actually do something about it. And even if you have a newly released flagship and are pretty much guaranteed the android M update, I can assure you no stock firmware will be able to do what some of these launchers do.

Oh, that’s right, just so you don’t get confused, launchers are apps you download and install that will change the overall look of your device, the theme. I can’t tell why they don’t just call them themes but, I’m not complaining:

GO launcher

This developer is a lot like Samsung when it comes to design: throw everything at it. Just like Samsung have the craziest specs, Go Launcher has arguably the most features, variations and customization. The downside to this, however, is that you compromise on stability.

I’m big on stability over features, there’s nothing more frustrating than when you’re trying to make an urgent call and your phone hangs. That’s why I prefer this:

Nova Launcher

Whenever I need to change themes, this is my go-to launcher. It has decent features, compared to GO launcher, you can change the purpose of capacitive buttons, animations when opening app drawer and individual apps and transitions between various drawer screens. What I like most about it, though, is it’s not very resource intensive. A 1GB RAM device can easily handle this launcher comfortably and I haven’t heard many cases of it ‘hanging’.

Hola Launcher

I also like this launcher, a lot, I might add. What I like most is its simplicity, the icons are well arranged, simple and thus easy to access. I would suggest this launcher to the simple user, someone who wants something elegant to replace their stock launcher.

It has been created with the Apple philosophy, clean and simple, with an Android twist. It’s also fast and stable, no matter the device capabilities. In fact, the only reason I haven’t made it my launcher is because I’m a bit adventurous and it doesn’t have as many features as the other launchers. All in all, an awesome launcher.

Final decision

As always, I don’t have a definite answer, and even these are not the only launchers out there; they are more like samples on what to expect. With Go Launcher at one end with lots of features, Hola launcher stripped down to the essentials and a bit of spice, the Nova Launcher, balancing between the two extremes. It all depends on what you want.