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7 Android launchers to refresh your home screen

Your home should be comfortable, and so should your home screen. With an Android launcher, you can replace your phone or tablet's boring factory settings with themes, widgets, and other customizable options to make your home screen more homey. Here are our top seven picks to help you renovate your Android experience.

Google Now Launcher

Google Now Launcher is one of the most direct ways of getting the original Android home-screen experience. First introduced with the Moto X phone, the Google Now Launcher preserves the visual experience of KitKat for those with custom-themed versions of Android, and it comes … Read more

Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android review

Dr.Fone by Wondershare is a superb application that makes retrieving missing data a breeze. Anyone can use this program because of its attractive and intuitive, step-by-step guide. Dr.Fone's free trial performance is outstanding, but like all free software, there are the occasional hiccups.

Pros

Great support: Wondershare Dr.Fone provides excellent directions for making the most of the software, including rooting your phone and managing debugging tools. Web site support is clear-cut and easy to follow.

Excellent operation: Although this application took approximately one hour and 20 minutes to retrieve all of our data, it performed better … Read more

First Aid review

First Aid is an unsophisticated, educational application that provides you with straightforward information on a range of life-threatening emergencies. You will have to get passed blatant spelling and design errors when using this application, but the content provided is still valuable, nonetheless.

Pros

Factual information: First Aid gives factual and correct emergency medical advice, which is something that cannot be said about many of its competitors. We compared the easy-to-read text with a variety of renowned medical sites to ensure accuracy and are confident that you will be able to assist in a large variety of emergency situations.

Basic layout: … Read more

Google Maps review

Google Maps brings you a wealth of features that can help you find your way in more than 220 countries, including Street View, voice search, and turn-by-turn navigation, which makes it a valuable addition to your smartphone no matter how you're traveling.

Pros

Comprehensive yet accessible: Google Maps' greatest virtue is that it remains easy to use, despite providing complete mapping features for most places in the world, with an excellent amount of detail that often goes beyond mere street names to include images and essential information about places. It recognizes your location and allows you to effortlessly search … Read more

LinkedIn Pulse review

LinkedIn Pulse offers a streamlined UI and smooth reading experience that make it one of the mobile world's favorite news reading apps, but you will need to create a LinkedIn account in order to save and share articles and comment on them.

Pros

Looks and feels fantastic: LinkedIn Pulse sports an elegant interface that features gorgeous icons and responds to intuitive swiping and scrolling controls. News is categorized by channels, under which you'll find hot headlines displayed as attractive image thumbnails that you can effortlessly swipe through.

Highly customizable: You can select every channel and news source you … Read more

Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Job Search review

With the free Job Search app on your Android device, you can look for open positions using Indeed's search engine. You can view jobs within a few miles of home or in a different country. You can even apply for many jobs directly from the app.

Pros

Create account or use without: We didn't have to create an account or swipe through a bunch of ads to use Job Search. Creating a free account has advantages, though, such as resume posting and email alerts of new job listings.

Not only US jobs: We could search for jobs in … Read more

Hulu Plus review

The Hulu Plus app lets Hulu Plus subscribers watch TV and movies on their Android devices. The app is free, but not the subscription to Hulu Plus. You can try Hulu Plus free for one week, but you'll need to supply credit card information. The app displays free Hulu content, too, but you'll still need to supply a credit card number to open it.

Pros

Hulu to go: Being able to access Hulu Plus on your phone means you can watch your favorite shows and movies wherever you are.

Facebook sign-in: You can log in to existing Hulu … Read more

CNN App for Android review

The redesigned CNN App for Android looks great and operates smoothly, providing you with a wealth of hot news from one of the world's most reliable sources. Unless you live in the US, however, you won't be able to access the integrated TV channel.

Pros

Allows you to post comments: CNN App for Android preserves the core functionality of the official Web site, enabling you not only to read news items, but also discuss them with other people. Other news apps we've tried don't always support comments.

Beautiful and accessible layout: News items are presented in … Read more

GasBuddy review

GasBuddy is a fully loaded application that assists you in finding inexpensive gas near you. Features like reporting gas prices and entering daily contests help create an active community of devotees.

Pros

Active members: GasBuddy relies on self-reporting to ensure its prices are accurate. Because you win prizes and awards by reporting this price information, it helps increase the amount of information you can find.

Correct prices: Our tests showed that almost all gas prices were accurate when compared to the stations, themselves, with most differences being only a tenth of a cent.

Total package: For a free application, GasBuddy … Read more