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I use Smart Launcher.
I absolutely love having only one screen. I have nine icons arranged in a nice circle.
Each icon will open a different app if I double tap it. This allows me to open up 18 apps which cover the vast majority of my phone usage while not looking cluttered. For example starting at the bottom left:
It might be confusing to other people. I've been using it for well over a year without changing it so it's second nature to me. I rarely have to go searching for apps in the drawer and when I do, Smart Launcher makes it super easy and very fast even on my slightly outdated phone.
Smart Launcher 3 - by far my favorite launcher of all time. Automatically get a killer home screen and organized app drawer in seconds.
You download a launcher and then you will set it to be the "default" launcher instead of whatever the phone came with.
The settings are within the menu of that particular launcher and allow you change basically anything:
All of this is through adjusting the settings from within the app. You will inevitably spend a lot of time playing with settings.
I use Smart Launcher because it excels at easy access to my apps while still looking nice.
Smartlauncher is what I use.
I turn off the categories in the app drawer, hide all the things I don't want them to click on, and set it to the circle of icons on the home screen. Then I increase the size of the icons as much as it fits. After that I use one of the app password apps to put a password on the Play Store. And long press the home screen and lock icons. It's pretty beginner friendly at that point.
Most people only want a few things. Phone, Messages, Mail, Browser, YouTube, Camera, Maps, maybe Calendar and a date/time/weather widget is like icing.
You can set Smartlauncher to open Camera on a single tap and Gallery on a double tap of the same icon. Mail on a single tap, Messages in a double tap of the message icon.
So even the preacher who wanted to have access to his Bible app and Pandora, everything fit on the circle. I generally put the more relevant app as a double tap, because he won't forget to double tap Calendar to get to the bible.
There You Go sir - Smart launcher
Don't know about Stock Google launcher but Nova has option to hold the slider and it will shot the Alphabets and you can scroll down to your app name in an instant.
I'm not sure how nobody has pointed out GinLemon's SmartLauncher.
It's simple, its organized, It's a bit different.
I like that you can use most features for free, and there are separate addons for theme packs (in house and other devs as well) and for notifications built into the UI.
I didn't want to editorialize the title, but I've haaated the changes since Yahoo took over.
Does anyone else have any recommendations for launchers with auto-categorizing of apps? I know Smart Launcher 3 does (don't like the lack of customization), while Action Launcher 3 has the quick scroll/alphabetical app drawer (how I like this launcher is TBD).
Is this really Buzz Launcher?
Because that layout is definetly original from Smart Launcher. One of the best and lightest launcher there is.
You're idea sounds interesting. Based on what I believe you are asking here, that type of customization is done within the launcher that you are using. And each launcher has slightly different options. I don't think that what you're trying to do is something that the Kustom Live Wallpaper app is designed to do. Hence the name, it's a live wallpaper app not an app drawer customizer. I've used Smart Launcher previously and that's a great one to try if you want to try a lot of different ways to customize your app drawer. I hope this helps.
Also the developers of Smart Launcher have an app that's specifically for customizing the app drawer without having to install their launcher, here's the link for that as well.
We looked into it and seems like at the moment there isn't a way to fix this.Try opening any play store link from your mobile, you will notice the share icon is not there :(
Maybe we could consider adding a share button somewhere... u/Piemontesegio
There's an AOSP port of the Pixel launcher if you want the most modern style. But I prefer something completely different: Smart Launcher.
I used two tablets as wall mounts,like in my old house and put "Smart Launcher Pro" on them both
This launcher had a ton of advantages: very configurable, huge easy-to-tap buttons, choose your background images, and quick performance. I mounted old tablets that just had 1G of RAM and they worked great.
The tablets controlled my nest, my Sonos, smartthings, and a variety of apps.
Agrego Smart Launcher. La apk pro anda por ahi en internet.
Te ordena todas las apps en categorias, es muy comodo y practico
J'utilise SmartLauncher qui est vraiment très très cool.
Il y a de la pub sous forme d'applications partenaires, mais c'est quand même assez discret. Ca ne m'a jamais dérangé (sauf quand je prête mon mobile à des gosses).
Il y a pas mal de skins.
La version Pro sans pub et quelques fonctions coûte moins de 5€.
Just have to search "launcher" in google play, [link] this is one.
Thats in big part why android is cool, you can modify it a lot without rooting or doing bad things (like jailbreak or something)
Smart Launcher is my favorite. It's very different from the usual design, as it has only two screens: main and categories. The main screen has a "wheel" with room for a handful of apps, so you only put the most important stuff there - dialer, music, browser, email, and so on. The categories screen lists all the apps, automatically organized - communication, internet, games, multimedia, utilities, and configurations (the pro version lets you customize the categories themselves).
Using Smart Launcher 3 - in home screen I have the most used apps and in drawer I have categories for all others.
Whenever HomeUX gets more stable, I plan to use that, getting rid of "drawer" altogether.
Smart Launcher 3 is the one I always come back to.
Simple, but with features I always miss when trying out other launchers. People should give it a go, I think you'd be surprised just how good it is.
Smart Launcher 3/Pro
Perhaps our search results were different, but I only see one other App that shared the name (without the 3). The rest were skins for Smart Launcher.
Nope. I really like smart launcher with a minimal icon set. Smart launcher icons
First launcher I've ever bought, fast, reliable I like it clean an simple and it has it with apps categories a cool search system, themeable
Give it a try :)
Image used: [link]
Icon Pack: none visible so it doesn't matter ;)
Looks like it's just a picture to show Smart Launchet
So, I think it's not a kwgt widgey, but just a wallpaper and a custom icon pack.
The only two widgets are the one on top, that is a common media player, and the one below it, used to show time and weather. But I think they belong to the launcher itself or to two different apps.
feature request? Can you add app categories smartlauncher.. I have a lot of apps, like more than 200+ maybe.. so I want to stay organized.
Smart Launcher 5: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree
You can have as few icons on the home screen as you want.
Spend some time customizing it, I'd say if rivals Nova for options but I love the UI of this launcher. The news page on the right can be customized as well.
You could use a launcher with an App Lock feature. For example with Smart Launcher you can set selected Apps to be hidden, and then locked if you wish.
Smart Launcher I always think of trying other launchers but I find Smart Launch much better because of the categorized app drawers and how smooth it is.
Smart Launcher 5 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree&hl=pl
No icon pack - just squircle icons from launcher
Wallpaper - not sure, it was in first row of Smart Launchers' wallpaper app, so 90% Walli (or Unsplash). Launcher gets some sample wallpapers from these apps, no need to download if that one shows up.
Flower - type of icons arrangement
Smart Launcher 5 might be a good fit? It automatically organises the apps for you in the way you described, but you can move them around. If you're a pro user you can create your own categories.
I use Smart Launcher. The app drawer is available by swiping, instead of placing apps on the wallpaper itself. So if you unlock your phone, you just have a wallpaper and no icons.
(I also have a folio protector that prevents me from touching the screen while it's in my pocket.)
Wallpaper - [link]
Launcher - [link]
For the app layout, go to the themes in the launchers settings and hit SL3.
Lmk if there's anything else you want from this.
Launchers are apps that override Android's home screen. There are launchers with very unique designs, and some that mimic other systems. Unlike installing an alternative ROM, installing a launcher is easy and safe like any other app. You can have many installed at once and change from one to the other at will. (By the way, this is my favorite.)
Now here's the curious thing: somehow, using a launcher often makes the phone perform better. Why? I'm guessing they're just better programmed, more properly optimized than the system's native interface. And Samsung's interface has this bad reputation as a resource hog.
>My android is so slow and clunky.
Here's a trick: install an alternative launcher.
Yes, it's that simple: a manufacturer's customized interface can cause poor performance, but a launcher will override it. I've seen this work a few times. I recommend Rootless Pixel (stock-like) or Smart Launcher (my favorite, very unique design)
In terms of my phone I try to use a launcher that allows me to be organized and be a minimalist. My current favorite is one is called Smartlauncher.
Aside from that I would also keep things to a minimum and treat my phone more as a tool and only keep the essentials. In terms of wallpaper Its a good idea to stick to what is stock on the phone.
Smart Launcher 5
I'm not a fan of how most launchers does their app drawer but I love how Smart Launcher does it, so I've been using it since 2014. It's a bit limiting if you like to use a lot of widgets though.
iCloud Backup :(
While Google and other phone manufacturers has backup solutions, none where as good or complete as Apple's.
Another thing I never liked was the standard app drawer most launchers (custom home screens) comes with. All the apps are stuffed in a single long list/grid.
I was never a fan of iOS way to handle apps on the home screen either but I found a launcher I loved a few days after i bought my first Android phone in 2014, Smart Launcher. While I don't use it on my main phone anymore, I still run it on my backup phone and tablet as it's my favorite launcher.
I have groups set but the close gesture is too sensitive so I tend to close the whole app drawer by accident when I meant to swipe to the next page.
My favourite app drawer comes from Smart Launcher. They do offer the app drawer as a standalone app but it doesn't feel right swiping up to get to it as the full launcher uses a swipe to the right.
I have not sent in a feature request as I didn't know that was an option. Thanks for letting me know and I'll get on that right away!
What makes it so special?
Personally, I'm gaga over Smart Launcher. It's simple, hassle-free, and most efficient launcher I've come across.
I use Smart Launcher, the main screen is streamlined and all apps are organized in categories. Nothing as extreme as Senior, but I find it quite easy to use.
Smart Launcher is a great hassle free launcher. It automatically sorts all of your apps into categories. You can customize quick launch apps on the home window if you like. Widgets are only available in the paid version but that was the only notable feature not available. If you are looking a snappy launcher that doesn't require you to do anything to keep your phone organized, it's pretty great. I paid for it out of support and I've never bothered to use the widgets because they clutter it up and waste my time.
It kinda picked me my current setup :D (Smart launcher and Zedge)
Salut! si ça t'intéresse, je peux faire une liste d'applications FOSS que j'utilise quotidiennement sur mon samsung galaxy S5, que j'ai dégooglisé (par exemple: owncloud, OSM, open bike sharing, transportr, vlc, firefox,...).
Si ça t'intéresse pas, je peux toujours recommander Smart Launcher qui est à mon avis un bon upgrade des menus bordélique de base d'android (mais il vaut mieux prendre la version pro), ou bien Kiss Launcher si tu es minimaliste (mon choix).
Smart Launcher can also do this, if you're a bit of a minimalist. If you're a fan of the Windows tile-based setup, SquareHome2 also organizes apps in an alphabetical format.
I use and recommend Smart Launcher. It has an unique streamlined design: rather than home screens, all apps are placed automatically in category drawers (not folders). Once you get used, you wonder why the hell that's not a standard feature of the system. So handy!
Samsung Galaxy Note II, a nice phone given its age (and the fact that it was a gift from a friend so it cost me only the shipping & tariffs), but some annoyances do come to mind:
TouchWiz is kinda meh (it can be mostly overriden by an alternative launcher - I use this). Although it's not nearly as awful as it seems at first, just delete all the crap-filled default screens and create one or two with the stuff you actually use.
There's also a bunch of useless Samsung apps.
Stuck on Android 4.3, even though Samsung has updated it to 4.4.2, because this is the T-Mobile variant. (No, I won't install CM, last time something went wrong and it was a pain to bring it back to life.)
The buttons have the weird Samsung arrangement: preferences, home, back. Compare to what you'd find on a Nexus or Moto: back, home, recent app list. This is more logical because going left is usually understood as going backwards, and you're more likely to need a list of recent apps than a quick access to a preferences menu. (I've heard the Samsung way is better for one-handed use, but I still prefer the other way.)
Physical home button. I'd rather have it all capacitive buttons or even on-screen. (Speaking of which: the S-Pen is nice, but you can't use it to touch the capacitive buttons.)
AMOLED gives beautiful colors, sure, but it degrades with time. As the blue element degrades faster, the screen now has a yellowish tint, so I have to use an app to add a subtle blue filter and compensate that.
There's something very weird about the sound. If I use any music player other than Samsung's own, I may get a painfully loud crack sound on the headphones when I pause the music.
Looks like Smart Launcher with a theme set. I love Smart Launcher, btw, and definitely recommend it over the stock launcher.
Sorry, it's named Smart Launcher. Try to search for that.
There's the link. After you unlock the screen you hold your finger on the screen to make a new shortcut. I have all my emus right there on the home screen.
I use quite a unique launcher called Smart Launcher. I do recommend it being on Android and all to get a very unique but simple or complex UI depending on how it's setup.
Otherwise, I would always recommend the Google Now Launcher for a generic "page" launcher over any OEM launcher.
Enjoy your new phone!
There's only one other launcher ^(I paid for it, grabbed a nice theme, etc.) I ever used for an extended period of time and liked. Still, I ended up crawling back to Nova. :P
Lightning Launcher is almost infinitely customisable, so if you don't mind the complexity, I'd recommend it.
But have you checked out Smart Launcher? It can change the icon size by 200%. I've tried it on my 5.5" G3, and I think it's big enough for car use, and you can get three rows of three icons that fill the screen.
Also worth checking out is AutoMate. It's not exactly what you're looking for, but it's still a pretty cool app as it's a clone of Android Auto. :)
PS: If this answers your query, please reply with "Solved". Thanks!
You should have bought the 3GB version. The LG skin is a bit heavy for the 2GB. You can improve things a bit by doing the following:
Now if you want to see a real difference though, I'd recommend rooting your phone and installing a custom ROM like crDroid. It's so much more smoother, faster than the stock LG ROM. Also heats up much less, and has a better battery life.
Pretty well, actually. The hardware is a huge improvement over my old Razr D3. Of course, like every Samsung, it needed an alternative launcher to become usable. My pick is Smart Launcher, give it a try.
If I hadn't paid 4.99 for Nova Launcher Prime I'd probably be more active in finding others. Plenty of good ones out there, but I'm fairly happy with all of the customization I can get in Prime.
Though, if I were in the market for another launcher, I have to say, Smart Launcher is nice.
Launcher: Smart Launcher 3
Theme: SL Unity 2015
I use Smart Launcher. I haven't changed it in over a year. The App Drawer must be organized in folders and it makes a very good attempt at doing it for you based on common categories (of course you can customize). The search is extremely fast and practical although a tad ugly. You can sort apps by most frequently used which is nice.
I find the home page a nice change of pace from the normal row of icons. I actually only have one screen to prevent myself from scrolling between pages for no reason (does anyone else do this?). Every icon can open two apps depending whether you single or double tap.
Before I was constantly flipping between Nova, Apex, Action etc.
Smart Launcher - Homescreen replacement.
Easily one of the most underrated launchers. Smart Launcher is a pretty minimal launcher, and it's USP is that it automatically categories all your apps in its drawer, so that you don't need to worry about manually organising them. It's also quite lightweight, and uses lesser RAM and storage space compared to other launchers.
Here's a screenshot of what my homescreen looks like. That's it. There are no other screens hiding my apps. All apps are automatically categorised in the sliding app drawer. No need to muck around with creating folders and screens and manually sorting your apps - although you could still do that if you want to. The drawer is just a swipe away, and my main apps are all accessible from the home screen itself - including gestures and double-taps to launch additional apps (eg: double-tapping on Messenger opens up Hangouts). This allows me to keep a plain, simple, fast, yet very functional homescreen that doesn't sacrifice looks for usability.
Don't forget Smart Launcher. There's no other quite like it.
I largely use Nova, but here are a few that I would recommend.
Launcher: Smart Launcher 5 PRO
Widgets: Clock - KWGT Pixxy widget 027 and changed font to Press Start 2P Regular. (Link to kwgt file attached)
Widgets: Search bar - PixBit KWGT search bar with rounded corners
I love this month's theme, this is one of my favorite colors (my bedroom walls are coral!)
Icon Pack: OC. I made an icon pack that makes all icons this color, I can pm the apk if anyone's interested. (Rule 3: No posting .apks) I prefer masked icon packs since all my obscure apps are covered. I hate having unthemed icons.
Wallpaper: Coral Clouds (OC)
Launcher: Smart Launcher 5. I'm so used to the auto-catogorised app drawer, I can't use any other launcher now.
Widget: Default time widget from Smart Launcher
NavBar Music Visualizer: Muviz. I love music visualisers on desktops, and I recently found this for android. I customised it to #FF6F61 to make it coral.
I had my father in law using this one [link] it seemed to work okay for him
SmartLauncher. Simples e eficaz. Gosto bastante dele, e é rápido.
Lanucher: Smart Launcher 2
Icon pack: Min Icon Pack
Oops sorry I forgot the link:
Hope you like it!
Smart Launcher 5:[link]
Enix icon pack:[link]
Widget provided by Smart Launcher 5 (slightly modified)
Wallpaper: Posted in a collection here, full gallery linked here
Launcher: Smart Launcher 5
Icons: OneUI Icons
Viral icon pack
Widget from Overdrop
Wallpaper from Backdrops
That's why I named this setup ViralDrop :D
I'm using Smart Launcher 5 and custom icons.
Live wallpaper: Pixel 2 Live Wallpapers APK
Icon Pack: Pixel IP
Literally smart launcher
My favorite launcher is also quite unusual, actually. Here.
I have Smart Launcher 3 configured for 'Ok, Google' to always listen--even when the screen is in AOD.
The launcher replaces your home screen but any other modifications to the UI like Notification Bar or Settings being retained.
Sometimes you'll lose features that or exclusive to the launcher your device uses but on the flipside you get so much more control and customisation from something like Nova.
I recommend it for any phone, installing Nova is always the first thing I do when getting a new phone. My girlfriend only just started using it with the P9 because their EMUI didn't have an app drawer.
You can install as many launchers as you want even at the same time, you then select your default in the Settings. Here's a link that describes it on the S6 and has links to 3 of my faves only one it's missing that I'd also check out is Smart Launcher 3, but my goto is definitely Nova
Icons: Made by me, with help from FlatIcon
Smart Launcher 3
Unfortunately, since your phone only has 1GB RAM, your options are limited. Lollipop doesn't run too well with only 1GB. You could downgrade, but you'd be exposing your device to security vulnerabilities.
A few options include:
Tweaking your existing OS:
You could tweak your existing OS to free up more RAM. That will give you a bit more leeway when multitasking. Some of these tweaks include:
Switching to a custom firmware:
This option isn't for everyone. There is a steep initial learning curve, but once you get past it, a custom ROM is a pretty viable option. Custom ROMs generally have less bloatware, and the devs tend to tune the OS pretty well. CyanogenMod is one such popular aftermarket firmware, and you can install it using this guide: [link]
People have reported that it runs pretty well on the Moto G 4G, so it's definitely worth it. Mind you, there is always a risk involved so it's not for everyone - especially if you aren't very tech savvy.
If you're going to take this path then you'll need to backup, have the stock firmware at hand in case anything goes wrong, make sure you follow the guides to the letter - and have lots of patience.
Selling and buying a new phone
This is worth considering as well, given the effort you'll have to go thru for the above two options.
You can find devices with 2GB or more RAM for pretty cheap these days. A Nexus 5 for eg can be purchased for less than $150 and runs the latest Android Marshmallow pretty well. If you're looking for recommendations, I'd suggest you head over to /r/PickAnAndroidForMe for more info.
PS: If this answers your query, please reply with "solved". Thanks!
It's Android with Smart Launcher 3: [link]
It appears to be the app drawer from Smart Launcher.
Smart Launcher is pretty simple but I'm not sure on the limiting part.
I've been using Smart Launcher 3 for the last couple of weeks and have been very happy with it.
Smart Launcher: [link]
Icon pack: [link]
Huk widget (FREE182): [link] (needs KWGT)
Wallpaper is from the app Wallis, search: "Into the void
I started using Smart Launcher and paid the 5 or 6 bucks for the full app. I really like it.
Icon Pack: Created myself using Icon Pack Studio.
Smart Launcher [link]
Smart Launcher allows sorting by usage. (On the app page, tap the hamburger menu, then choose "sorting," and choose "usage." ) By default, SL will also automatically sort your apps into categories, based on their meta tags; you can turn that off in the settings.
BTW: someone prepared a guide to using SL; you might find it helpful: https://www.guidingtech.com/guide-to-using-smart-launcher-5/
Try Smart Launcher 5
The update is already available on Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree
Full changelog available here: https://docs.smartlauncher.net/changelog/5.5
Yeah try Smart Launcher 5, handles this well 👍
Launcher: Smart Launcher 5 - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerfree
Wallpaper: From Backdrops - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.backdrops.wallpapers
Widget: Frizzy - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=frizzy.kustom.pack
Icon Pack: VeraOutline - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cs14.pixelperfect.iconpack.veraoutline
last time I checked, Smart Launcher sorted apps automatically into categories in the app drawer.
I wanted a stock feel, with a splash of color. All colors are pulled dynamically from images. When there is no music playing the default image and weather information will be displayed. To take full advantage you'll need the KLWP as well. Global variables for width, height, rounded, and fonts make edits easy. Everything is unlocked as well if additional changes are required. Downloads below:
There are launchers that display apps in categories already, but not all on one screen.
Take a look at
Smart launcher 5
Has the ability to sort apps by icon colour.
Has the ability to categorise apps by the icon colour as well as categories, which is cool.....and has the app search at the bottom of the screen which is welcome on today's huge screen devices.
Seems nice, will try and see if it fits the theme of the article.
I like Smart Launcher for this. [link]
So here is what I am using to customize my home screen.
I would love to see what all of you are doing!
Wallpaper: Minimalist Hawaii - by Nimalus
Icon Pack: Appstract Dark Mode
Smart Launcher 5: [link]
One UI Icons:
Base Wallpaper in Smart Launcher 5
Overdrop Weather Widgets:
Smart launcher and Lunar Launcher are good.
I 3rd Smart Launcher
Smart Launcher 5:
Theme New Neon ([link])
Icons made with Icon Pack Studio: [link]
I'm not familiar with Evie but Smart Launcher fits exactly your said requirements and is well supported.
Smart Launcher allows you to rename Apps inside it's App drawers.
This theme is made with :
Launcher : Smart Launcher pro 5
Icon pack : Linebit Light
KWGT : Mini-ism KWGT, no 32 (added weather infos)
Wallpaper : taken from AmoledPix
This is the best for me too [link]
Icon pack : Nova Dark icon pack
KWGT : One4KWGT Pro (I edited it to match the icon pack and I can't trace back the original, sorry)
Wallpaper : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ark.lwp.minimalpro
Display edited with : Snapmod
Smart Launcher offers sorting by name or color (Pro version). Google News and Google Maps, however show up as "News" and "Maps."
Wall - Waterfall In Telluride by Thomas Kelly (Unsplash)
Launcher - Smart Launcher 5
Icon Pack - Linebit Light
Widget - Andromeda for KWGT, AK 001 (edited)
This is my favorite theme I made, and I hope you like it.
Wallpaper (idk who made it): [link]
Smart launcher 5 pro: [link]
Rainbow KWGT widget (must have KWGT pro) with a few modifications (battery life and weather): [link]
Lines free icon pack :
I love SmartLauncher ([link]) - gestures, adaptive icons, ambient wallpaper etc
This be the one:
It's from Smart Launcher 5
First theme I posted here, pretty satisfied with it overall.
Font: Roboto Slab Light/Thin
Wallpaper: Lines 11 from the Lines app with the exposure turned up a bit
I use smart launcher.. can't stand the default launcher on android phones anymore.
Maybe this is the launcher for you then? [link]
Or this? [link]
I use this launcher that has a free option to hide and protect apps with a pin. Light and smooth.
My favorite is Smart Launcher. It's completely unlike any of those.
I use [link]
Smart Launcher is my favorite. It keeps the home screen clean and all apps categorized.
I'm using Smart Launcher 3 with Umbra icons. You can find something that fits your style by taking the My Android Taste Test
My home screen (with Smart Launcher and Min icon pack)
I'm using Smart Launcher 3.
I like the automatic organizing of apps into categories.
Picture of menu
Play Store link
Picture of home screen (customizable)
I think that's smart launcher.
It's the free version of Smart Launcher
I like using smart launcher.
Samgung Galaxy S5
Smart Launcher 3 Launcher
Moonshine Icon Pack
I prefer Smart Launcher, actually.
If you want something a little different I'd recommend smart launcher [link]
I prefer Smart Launcher. I can't stand paging and single app drawers.
You would like Smart Launcher: [link]
launcher : smart launcher 3
widget : kustom widgets
wallpaper : mixt
icon pack : flatcons red
Not as elderly-friendly as the pricey biglauncher though.
Launcher: Smart Launcher
Icons: Iride UI
Sorry, was referring to the One M8!
I hadn't used Android for a long time (I still have my HTC Evo 3D on my desk), but even so it only took a few days to get acclimated to everything. The one thing I really dislike(d) was the lack of gesture support out of the box when it came to browsing the web, as well as the address bar placement; I kept swiping to go back, only to remember that I had to use the hardware button.
I really hate the look of stock Android, and their app drawers, so I installed Smart Launcher Pro 2 and switched settings around until I had a nice, swipe from the right app list. Other than that I changed the icon set around (Min), installed the W8.1 keyboard from a.i type, and downloaded my favorite WP ring tones and I was set.
Honestly I made my Android experience as close to WP as possible without using the WP launcher (don't trust the source personally), I just wanted the apps and newer tech. I don't really see too many major differences between the OS's personally, and if Microsoft ever get the app and flagship issues figured out I'll be a happy WP owner for years to come.
I recommend Smart Launcher, light and pretty : [link]
It's an HTC One M7, but I'm using Smart Launcher 2 for my home screen.
you should really try smart launcher I've been using it for years now and get compliments on my launcher design all the time
Smart Launcher: [link]
Google's gesture based system sucks. Smart Launcher is what I've been using for years now and their customization for gestures is fantastic. I haven't found a launcher I've liked better. The downside is it took quite a bit of tweaking to get it to where I liked it and I don't like the latest version (3 > 5 imo) but it's STILL better than Google's.
Aix Weather Widget