One of the most exciting things about owning an Android device is the OS customisation options. With a flexibility just not rivalled by either iOS or Windows Phone, the ability to change the entire look and feel of your phone or tablet is a fantastic part of what makes Android what it is.
When you start to get bored with other mobile operating systems, you can only really change the wallpaper, but with Android almost anything is possible.
The only problem I have had in the past with new Android launchers has been the price. They are usually either eye-wateringly expensive or are offered as free downloads that are hamstrung until you upgrade to a fairly expensive pro version.
However, Solo Launcher bucks this trend, as it is an incredibly fully featured launcher that comes complete, for free. It has all the features that you could possibly want, can be customised to within an inch of its life with plenty of themes, icons and packs, yet is surprisingly gorgeous and usable ‘out of the box’.
In fact, one of the best aspects of Solo Launcher is the fact that, once downloaded and set as the default launcher, it is basically done. Yes, you can change and fiddle around with it to your heart’s content, but for those people who really don’t want to do that, yet still want a true new lick of paint for their phones, Solo really does offer a solution.
Here, straight from the developers, are the best features:
►Complete customisation – Over 300 personalization settings to choose from, more than 5000 free themes, live wallpapers, lockscreens and fonts are available. ►Save your money – Solo Launcher is completely FREE (other launchers may charge the features at around USD 4-5). ►Ad-free – Provides an optimal user experience with no disturbance. ►Unread message count – For SMS, emails and also miscall notifications (Nova, Holo and Apex launchers cater such functions at a fee). ►Nine cool and efficient gestures – Combination of single finger, double fingers, sliding, rotation, etc. ►Easily Grouping- Organize apps into tabs and folders in the app drawer. ►Smart widgets – Customized animated global weather clock and also an one-tap CleanMaster to maintain the optimization of your phone. ►Easy to use – The interface is simple and clear cut. ►Thousands of themes and wallpapers – Over 3000 fabulous free themes and wallpapers are available in Solo Play. ►Protect your privacy – Apps can be hidden to protect your privacy. ►Partner with Google – Google Services are supported perfectly on Solo launcher.
For those that like gestures, there is a whole load to play around with here. There are no ads, and the unread message counter is a most welcome built-in feature, and the app grouping features are miles easier to use than the equivalents in the Nova launcher, for example.
The default theme is pretty special, as are the widgets that come with the launcher.
Overall, this is simply superb. A beautiful, fully feathered launcher for free, with no ads and nothing hidden behind a pay wall. With literally thousands of customisation options, yet still robust for those that don’t want to change anything, Solo Launcher is marvelous.