Best Android Launchers (Summer 2020) Tested & Reviewed

I’ve been testing a wide range of the best Android launchers available to download from Google Play apps store in 2020. Here’s my reviews of my favourite smartphone setups so far, including free classics, Pro versions and new launchers offering deep customisation and heavy skinning.

We start with the excellent Nova (in full Prime glory), which is still one of the greatest Android downloads around. Hyperion also offers a near stock Android vibe, but with seriously impressive personalised options under the surface.

Poco Launcher 2.0 is a light and fast launcher which proves perfect for less capable phones, while Lawnchair is still one of my favourite downloads. Meanwhile fans of BlackBerry and Microsoft are well catered for with the manufacturers’ excellent Google Play offerings.

If you’d rather completely change up the look and feel of your Android mobile then I highly recommend Niagara, KISS and Smart Launcher 5. Niagara and KISS in particular will be ideal for anyone after a streamlined finish.

I didn’t have time to go into some other of my favourite choices of 2020, including EVIE – but stay tuned for more reviews soon!

Best Android Launchers (Summer 2020) Tested & Reviewed – Video published on YouTube by Tech Spurt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEPlQiOiYC4

20 thoughts on “Best Android Launchers (Summer 2020) Tested & Reviewed

  1. Jai Chapman says:

    Only thing stopping me from using Nova long term is not being able to use gesture navigation, otherwise I’d have ditched One UI ages ago

  2. Daniel Mendes says:

    I think you should add small footnotes with names of the apps you review. This would make it easier to get their names right for those who don’t have English as a native language. Cheers, love you.

  3. Rose Oswin says:

    was that a g8 power? does motorola let you use android 10 gestures with 3rd party launchers?

  4. HoJoMo says:

    Can thoroughly recommend Ratio Launcher, especially on a BlackBerry! It’s another play on the KISS concept, but without colour – just black, white & yellow – well worth the wait, which shouldn’t be long now. Works fine on other, selected, mobiles too. Great for pure simplicity. Cheers ?

  5. Mr. J says:

    I’m planning to upgrade to a samsung S20 but I saw that Nova launcher doesnt support full navigation gesture on One UI. Is anyone using Nova on One Ui?

  6. Smite says:

    Which UI does your phone normally have for those who use a launcher? Would be interested to know.

  7. atquinn1975 says:

    I tried Ratio but, ironically, I could not configure it to be as minimal as I wanted. I’ve been using Nova for years and while it is not perfect, it’s still the best out there for me.

  8. Justin Reeves says:

    Does anyone who uses any of these launchers notice any slow down or extra battery drain? Curious to see what the experiences are before I try use one for a while.

  9. kiran rathod says:

    Lawnchair 2 is so smooth
    Nova sucks in animations my opinion
    And android 10 restricts all home screen animations making it pain use launchers

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