List of Android launchers

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This is a List of Android launchers, which presents the main view of the device and is responsible for starting other apps and hosting live widgets.

Launchers[edit]

References
Application name Developer Availability License Free/Paid API No. of
Google Play
Installs
Note
Google Play F-Droid Amazon Appstore
Action Launcher Chris Lacy Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.1+ 1,000,000+ [1][2][3][4][5]
ADW Launcher AnderWeb Yes ? ? Proprietary (Last open source release was version 1.3.6)[6] Free Android 1.6+ 10,000,000+ [4]
ADWLauncher EX AnderWeb Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 1.6+ [7]
Alias Facebook Home Launcher OpenXcell Technolabs Pvt. Ltd. Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3.3 + [8]
Apex Launcher Android Does Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0+ [1][2][3][4][5][9]
APUS Launcher APUS Group Yes No Yes Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+ [3][5][2]
Arrow Launcher Microsoft Yes ? ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+ 1,000,000+ [2]
Atom Launcher dlto Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.2+ [5][10]
Aviate[1][3] Yahoo Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3+
BIG Launcher[11] BIG Launcher Team Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.1+ Launcher suitable for seniors and visually impaired users.
Buzz Launcher[1] Homepack Buzz Team Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+ [2][3][4][5][9]
Chameleon Launcher[12] Teknision Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 3.2+
CM Launcher[5] Cheetah Mobile Yes No Yes Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
Espier Launcher[13] Espier Studios Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+
Evie Launcher[14] Evie Labs Yes No No Proprietary Free Android 4.4+ 1,000,000+ Minimal launcher that focuses on fast search across apps
Facebook Home Facebook Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
GO Launcher[1][2] GO Launcher Dev Team Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.0+ 100,000,000+ [4][5]
Google Now Launcher[9] Google Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 50,000,000+ Default on Nexus devices. Ease of access to Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube and Maps.
Hola Launcher[2] Holaverse Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3.3+ 100,000,000+
Infinity Launcher[15] TankheSoft Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 4.4+
Kids Place - Parental Control[16] Kiddoware Yes No Yes Proprietary Free Android 2.1+
KISS Launcher[17] Neamar Yes Yes ? MIT License[18] Free Android 2.3.3+ Source available on GitHub.
LauncherPro[19] Frederico Carnales Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.0+
Lightning Launcher[20] PierroX Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.0+
LINE Launcher[2][4][5] LINE & Camp Mobile Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+ Previously named Dodol Launcher.
Nemus Launcher[21] Nemustech Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.1+
Nova Launcher[1] TeslaCoil Software Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0+ 10,000,000+
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Nova Launcher Prime[23][24] TeslaCoil Software Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 4.0+
Phonotto[25] DuckMa Srl Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0.3+ Launcher suitable for seniors and visually impaired users.
QM Launcher[26] Quantum Matrix Holdings LLC. Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.3+
Showself Launcher[27][28][29] NQ Mobile Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
Smart Launcher[2] GinLemon Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.1+ 10,000,000+ [3][4][5][9]
Solo Launcher[1] NewBornTown Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+ [2][3][5][9]
SPB Shell 3D[30] SPB Software Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 2.0+
ssLauncher[31] ChYK Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+
Themer[1] MyColorScreen Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+
Trebuchet Launcher[32] CyanogenMod ? ? ? Apache License 2.0[33] Free Android 5.0+ (API Level 21)[34] Source available on GitHub.
Turbo Launcher[4] Phonemetra Yes ? Yes Apache License 2.0[35] Free Android 1.0+ Source available on GitHub. The developer has also produced paid versions, which are called Turbo Launcher Plus, Turbo Launcher Prime, and Turbo Launcher Premium.
Vire Launcher Vire Labs Ltd. Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+ [36]
Wave Launcher MobileMerit Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 2.0+ [37]
WP Launcher Xinyi Network Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 3.0+ [5][9] Formerly Launcher 8.
Z Launcher Nokia Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 500,000+ [3][1]
Zeam Launcher Michael Bentz Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 1,000,000+ [38]

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