Mini Launcher is a launcher app for Android that is available for free. Mini Launcher offers a ton of features like smooth transition effects, ability to download themes for the launcher, allowing you to add multiple home screens, etc. Mini Launcher provides an experience which is very close to the stock Android OS.
The default theme of the launcher is designed to mimic the look and feel of the Google’s stock Android style. When you fire up Mini Launcher on your Android device, you will be presented with a neat and uncluttered interface which you can configure to your liking by adding several other home screens, customizing the transition effects etc.
The above screen is what you will get when you fire up the Mini Launcher app. Mini Launcher supports all the standard launcher gestures like pinch-in to view and add home screens, long press in any empty area to open up a menu that allows you to change wallpapers etc. In this launcher, the Google search bar always stays at the top, which gives a much more stock Android feel to this launcher.
When you open up the app drawer, you will be presented with a list of apps, sorted alphabetically.
There are two tabs in the above window, namely the Apps tab and the Widgets tab, which as the name suggests, contains the apps and widgets installed on your phone, respectively. You can access the launcher’s menu by clicking on the Options soft key while you are in this applications list. The menu appears on the screen by flying up from the bottom of the screen.
As is clear from the above window, the settings menu of the app consists of three options, namely…
- Theme Manager: Clicking here allows you to select a theme for the launcher.
The theme manager allows you access to various themes. You can browse through the recommended themes, or you can choose from the Installed themes, and click on a particular theme to apply it as the theme of your launcher.
- Mini Settings: This is the heart of Mini Launcher, allowing you to configure options for the sidebar, dock, theme manager, look and feel, etc. All the options are pretty much self explanatory to say the least, and can be configured easily.
- System Settings: Launches the settings of your Android device. These settings are not related to Mini Launcher.
In a nutshell, Mini Launcher is a pretty neat app that brings close to a stock experience on your Android device, by providing the look and feel of the stock Google Android OS. It is different from other launchers like Nova launcher and Apex launcher that give a stock feel to the device, because contrary to Apex and Nova launchers, Mini Launcher also allows you to download a lot of themes, which can be applied easily through the Theme Manager.
Features of Android Launcher App:
- Less memory consumption.
- Available for free.
- High degree of customizability, lots of themes supported.
- Supports folder creation.
- No ads.
Mini Launcher is a good launcher app for Android because it’s free, lightweight and highly customizable.