Android is an extremely customizable operating system and that's why most of us love it so much. There are tons of ways you can change your Android experience no matter if you're running a stock Android experience or a skinned version of Android. The other top 3 smartphone OS', iOS and Windows Phone, are nowhere near Android in the customization department. Android home screen launcher are an integral part of customizing your phone, by simply installing a third party launcher you can get a ton of customizability options and completely change your user experience. Depending on the launcher, you can change the way your icons look, alter your UI animations, use gestures, create groups, rename apps... I simply cannot list everything, because every launcher is different and each of them offers something that the other one doesn't.
Action Launcher is one of the most popular Android launchers in the world, it has been downloaded somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million times thus far and the $3,99 Pro version has been downloaded over 100,000 times in the Google Play Store. Chris Lacy, the developer behind Action Launcher, has announced the release of Action Launcher 3 a couple of days ago, but he said that this will be a separate app in the Google Play Store. This basically means that you'll have to purchase this app if you already purchased the Action Launcher Pro, like I did for example. This might make some of you angry, but Action Launcher's developer tried to explain that the majority of purchases for Action Launcher occurred a long time ago and that he spends a ton of time developing the app. He also added that this is a complete re-write of the app, not just a change in design and the addition of a couple of new features. Mr. Lacy will leave Action Launcher 2 as a separate download in the Play Store, but won't support the app any longer, and keep in mind this is a paid app only now.
That being said, Action Launcher 3 is now available for download in the Google Play Store, you can try it out for free, but using the app will cost you $4,99, which is a bit more than you had to pay for the previous version. The main feature of this update is the Quicktheme feature, which basically pulls colors schemes from your wallpaper and then applies them throughout the interface and gives you an interesting experience overall. If you don't like this, you can always disable this feature and set up the UI the way you want. Action Launcher Pro also supports Muzei now, which is great for those of you who use that app. Covers and Shutters are still here, as is endless scrolling in folders, etc. There are many features included in the app itself, you can customize it the way you want and of course import your existing launcher's setup if that's what you want.
In my humble opinion, Nova Launcher and Action Launcher are two of the best Android homescreen launchers for Android, though there are tons of other offerings out there like Smart Launcher, Apex Launcher, ADW, Go Launcher, etc. There are thousands of launcher apps located in the Google Play Store, so there's something for everyone. Do you like Action Launcher and do you mind Chris Lacy decided to charge users yet again for this app? Have you tried out Action Launcher 3 yet? I don't really mind to be quite honest, but I'd like to hear what you think. According to the numbers, Mr. Lacy sure did earn a significant amount of cash thus far, so this might struck some people as odd, that's why I'm eager to hear what you have to say.