List of Android launchers

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This article details launchers for the Android operating system.

A launcher presents the main view of the device and is responsible for starting other apps and hosting live widgets.

Launchers[edit]

Application name Developer Website Availability License Free/Paid API No. of
Google Play
Installs
Note
Google Play F-Droid Amazon Appstore
Action Launcher[1][2][3][4][5][6] Chris Lacy website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.1+
ADW.Launcher[5] AnderWeb website Yes ? ? Proprietary (Last open source release was version 1.2.0)[7] Free Android 1.6+
ADWLauncher EX[8] AnderWeb website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 1.6+
Alias Facebook Home Launcher[9] OpenXcell Technolabs Pvt. Ltd. website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3.3 +
Apex Launcher[1][2][3][4][10][5][6] Android Does website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0+
APUS Launcher[3][4][6] APUS Group website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+
Atom Launcher[11][6] dlto website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.2+
Aviate[4][1] Yahoo website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3+
BIG Launcher[12] BIG Launcher Team website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.1+ Launcher suitable for seniors and visually impaired users.
Buzz Launcher[1][2][3][4][10][5][6] Homepack Buzz Team website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+
Chameleon Launcher[13] Teknision website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 3.2+
CM Launcher[6] Cheetah Mobile website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
Espier Launcher[14] Espier Studios website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+
Facebook Home Facebook website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
GO Launcher[1][3][5][6] GO Launcher Dev Team website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.0+ 100,000,000
Google Now Launcher[10] Google website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 10,000,000 Default on Nexus devices. Ease of access to Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube and Maps.
Hola Launcher[3] Holaverse website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.3.3+ 100,000,000
Infinity Launcher[15] TankheSoft website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 4.4+
Kids Place - Parental Control[16] Kiddoware website Yes No Yes Proprietary Free Android 2.1+
KISS Launcher[17] Neamar website Yes Yes ? MIT License[18] Free Android 2.3.3+ Source available on GitHub.
LauncherPro[19] Frederico Carnales website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.0+
Lightning Launcher[20] PierroX website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.0+
LINE Launcher[5][3][2][6] LINE & Camp Mobile website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0.3+ Previously named Dodol Launcher.
Nemus Launcher[21] Nemustech website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 2.1+
Nova Launcher[1][2][3][4][10][5][6] TeslaCoil Software website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0+ 10,000,000 –
 50,000,000[22]
Nova Launcher Prime[23][24] TeslaCoil Software website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 4.0+
Phonotto[25] DuckMa Srl website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 4.0.3+ Launcher suitable for seniors and visually impaired users.
QM Launcher[26] Quantum Matrix Holdings LLC. website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.3+
Showself Launcher[27][28][29] NQ Mobile website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
Smart Launcher[2][3][4][10][5][6] GinLemon website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.1+ 10,000,000
Solo Launcher[4][3][1][10][6] NewBornTown website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.0+
SPB Shell 3D[30] SPB Software website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 2.0+
ssLauncher[31] ChYK website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+
Themer[1][2] MyColorScreen website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+
Trebuchet Launcher[32] CyanogenMod website ? ? ? Apache License 2.0[33] Free Android 5.0+ (API Level 21)[34] Source available on GitHub.
Turbo Launcher[5] Phonemetra website Yes ? Yes Apache License 2.0[35] Free/Paid Android 1.0+ Source available on GitHub.
Vire Launcher[36] Vire Labs Ltd. website Yes No ? Proprietary Free/Paid Android 2.2+
Wave Launcher[37] MobileMerit website Yes No ? Proprietary Paid Android 2.0+
WP Launcher[10][6] Xinyi Network website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 3.0+ Previously named Launcher 8.
Z Launcher[1][4] Nokia website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 500,000
Zeam Launcher[38] Michael Bentz website Yes No ? Proprietary Free Android 4.1+ 1,000,000+

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