Sony reveals it's developing a new launcher to replace Xperia Home

After Sony revealed that no further features would be added to its Xperia Weather app, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that the Xperia Home Launcher was also entering maintenance mode, leading many to assume future Sony smartphones would simply make use of the stock Android launcher. However, it turns out this won’t be the case, with the Japanese company confirming that it’s working on an Xperia Home replacement.

Currently, it’s unclear what kind of changes Sony has planned, but considering it’s decided to scrap the previous launcher altogether and start again, the Japanese …


Pixel Launcher will have a manual dark/light theme switch in the future

If you want a full dark theme for the Android system, you’re not getting it from Google and that doesn’t appear to be changing. But, it does look like Google is planning to give users at least a bit more control over the dark theme in its own Pixel Launcher in a future update.
Currently, the dark theme will automatically turn on if your phone’s
wallpaper is dark enough and will change the folder backgrounds, app
drawer background and the Quick Settings menu to dark colors. More control over the dark theme in the Pixel Launcher has been an issue requested by users, …

Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease

Recently, Sony revealed that its Xperia Weather app would cease to receive feature updates going forward as part of cost-cutting measures within the brand’s mobile unit. Now, in what appears to have been yet another inevitable move, the ax has fallen on Sony’s own custom Android launcher, Xperia Home.

The team behind the launcher has revealed that a business decision at Sony has been taken that will see the launcher put into “maintenance mode.” This means it will no longer be updated with new features or updates, instead, Sony will simply resolve any important bugs or compatibility issues …

Microsoft Launcher soon to get Visual Search feature, Microsoft Rewards support

Microsoft plans to add a few new features to its Android launcher in the not so distant future. For the time being, these improvements are available in the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, so if you’re using it, you can already try them out.

But if you don’t, here is what we expect from the next Microsoft Launcher update. As the title says, Visual Search is a new feature that takes advantage of the phone’s camera to capture images and intelligently recognize celebrities, landmarks, items, apparel and more. Microsoft Launcher users will be able to fire up the new feature through the Launcher …

Microsoft Launcher update adds new gesture option, home screen improvements

You didn’t think that Microsoft will stop delivering new updates to its Android launcher for a month, did you? Although it doesn’t bring major changes to the mix, the latest Microsoft Launcher update does add a few tweaks that will certainly improve the user experience.

So, if you’re using Microsoft Launcher on a regular basis, you’ll notice there’s a new update available for download via Google Play Store. You can find the most important changes that made it in this version of Microsoft Launcher below:

Improved Home screen import logicSort your apps alphabetically in foldersDisplay …

Google Now Launcher presumed dead as Google makes it incompatible with almost all devices

Although we are running on speculation here, it’s quite probably safe to assume that the Google Now Launcher is nearing the end of the line. If you pop open the Play Store page of Google’s launcher on your phone, you will be met with the dreaded message that “Your device isn’t compatible with this version”. Rest assured that there’s nothing wrong with your device: the launcher is currently incompatible with the overwhelming majority of phones, with just a couple of niche devices still being able to download it from the Play Store. The BlackBerry KEYone is one of those, but if you’re donning a Galaxy …

Latest Action Launcher update brings Android P goodness

When Google unveils a new version of Android or releases a developer preview build, it’s an arms race between the popular launchers on Google Play to add as many of the new features as quickly as possible. On that note, fan favorite home screen replacement Action Launcher has received another update today, introducing a bunch of sweet Android P features.

Of course, as is tradition, the update also packs a load of other features and improvements, including quick bar menu customization and extended settings for app drawer folders, but most people will …

Cortana on Microsoft Launcher sees new beta features

Microsoft Launcher is currently ranked sixth in the free personalization category of the Google Play Store. The app is free to download and has some great features, especially when it comes to integration within the Microsoft ecosystem. It also has some decent options to customize your home screen. The most recent addition to the launcher is Cortana integration. The app is capable of placing Cortana voice commands both on your home screen as well as the feed that appears on the launcher when you swipe right. The launcher version of Cortana may not offer as many features as the dedicated app, …

Microsoft Launcher update fixes issues, adds performance improvements, more

The beta version of Launcher app got updated last month with a handful of bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements, but those using the stable iteration had to wait until now to get all those improvements.

Well, if you didn’t know what the latest beta update brought for Microsoft Launcher users about two weeks ago, here is what you’ll get now:

Fixed top crashes and App Not Responding Errors;Support applying icon pack over single custom-set icons;Adjustments to wallpaper settings experience;Fixed several badge count issues;Performance/memory/CPU improvements.Microsoft’s Launcher surpassed …

Latest OnePlus 5 and 5T beta updates bring Gaming mode and Launcher improvements

OnePlus 5 and 5T may not be the hottest topics these days considering the latest information we got about the company’s upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship. Still, the only phones that are currently getting updates from OnePlus are the 5 and 5T, so if you own either of the two devices, here is what you get in the latest update.

It’s important to note that this is an open beta update, which is only available to those who enrolled in the beta program. If you’ve previously installed an OxygenOS open beta build, you’ll be getting the new update OTA (over the air) in the next couple of days.

The …