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Editors' Review

Apex Launcher offers a lot of options for a free Android launcher, plus some unique touches like individually scrolling docks. It has cool effects like infinite and elastic scrolling, home screen gestures, and fancy transitions; customizable themes, labels, and icons; backup; and much more. It's optimized for both phones and tablets running Android 4.0.3 and up. If you have a phone and a tablet, Apex Launcher lets you configure a similar home screen experience for both. A Pro upgrade adds more themes, gestures, and drawer customization options.

The most obvious difference between Apex Launcher and our previous launcher was Apex Launcher's slightly different layout, with a Google search bar and a pair of separately scrolling docks displaying, among other apps, the Apex Menu and Apex Settings. The menu entries give a feel for this app's capabilities, including Wallpaper, Themes, Manage screens, and Help, the latter in the form of Web-based FAQs. We opened the Apex Settings, but before we started customizing, we tapped the red-flagged Previous Launcher to clear data from previous launchers from our device's memory. The free app doesn't pack as many themes as the paid version, which is fine because we wanted to use our own images. But to give a taste of Apex Launcher's customizability, we could set more than two dozen drawer options alone, everything from icon size and number to animation, scrolling, and behavior.

Apex Launcher's free app has more options than our phone's native launcher and more than some paid launchers we've seen, too. It belongs on any shortlist of Android docks, launchers, and screen enhancements.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Merged changes from Android 4.2.2
  • Improved theme support
  • Bug fixes
  • Updated translations
  • General
    Publisher Android Does
    Publisher web site
    Release Date April 18, 2013
    Date Added April 18, 2013
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Launchers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Android
    Additional Requirements REQUIRES ANDROID: 4.0.3 and up
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name External File
    Total Downloads 1,872
    Downloads Last Week 6
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
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