Android: If you’re a little tired of your phone’s default launcher, FlowHome is an alternative that puts favorite apps a tap away, but transforms your home screen into scrolling tiles of useful information, updates from inside your favorite apps, and notifications with as much information shown as they need to be useful.
FlowHome looks a bit like HTC Sense and Windows Phone had a little launcher baby, and while that may not sound appealing at the outset, seeing it in action makes things much clearer. The video above gives you a good idea how it works, but the launcher takes your common apps and highlights content from in those apps right on your launch screen so you can tap and quickly go to a Twitter update, Facebook post, Instagram photo, Feedly article, or whatever else interests you. It’s all constantly updated too, and new notifications, like emails landing in your inbox, text messages, or anything else, get their own spaces at the top of your launch screen so you can see them, dismiss them, or tap to open them up in the app in question.
Of course, your app drawer is one swipe away to the right, and if you have tons of apps, a quick search built-in to the launcher will get you right to the one you want to open. Commonly used apps are hiding right under the Flow Home icon floating on the launcher screen in the bottom right corner. You can even customize the whole launcher with themes that you like, instead of sticking to the default layout.
Flow Home has been around for a while, but we’ve been trying it out recently and it’s come a long way. Your experience may vary (some reviewers at Google Play liked previous iterations more), but it’s completely free, and definitely a refreshing way to interact with your phone. Hit the link below to try it out.