Smart Launcher is an innovative launcher distinguished by a minimalist design, low memory usage and an user-friendly UI that let you start any application with a few taps.
It is currently the only launcher on the store to features automatic cataloguing of installed apps!
The project is developed by Vincenzo Colucci, so if you have any suggestions to make Smart Launcher better or you have some mock-up to show me, contact him by email.
The PRO version give you widget support.
So how did I find installing this little gem.
When you first run it, Smart Launcher asks you five questions for you preferences for certain functions.
1) Music, 2) Browser, 3) Camera, 4)Picture and, 5) Phone. Once you have done this you are confronted with a very minimalistic screen, shown below.
Where Smart Launcher Differs
1.) The beauty of Smart Launcher is the ability to add more preferences to the circle by pressing and holding any of the apps you can either delete it or, by tapping the green button in the center, bring up a selection of folders to choose from. I went for the Other Activity folder which in turn opens up your apps folder where you can choose which app you want to add. Back on the main screen shows the app you just added, any new app shows up to the left of the top one but, it shows the actual icon not a plain white icon. The only problem here is the more you add the smaller the icon become. So keeping the mainscreen circle apps to a minimum and using the landing page is far better.
2.) In the bottom left corner you will see the the app drawer button, pressing this takes you to where Smart Launcher differs from the others. You are shown a landing page that comprises of icons on the left that are self explanatory, 1) Phone, 2) Internet, 3) Media, 4) Utility 5) Settings. Open anyone by tapping or sliding your finger down the icons and you will see all the apps relating to it. Although some apps seem to be in the wrong place, you must remember that there are only 5 folders.
– Main screen with Quick Start
– Drawer organized by categories
– Ready to use without special configurations.
– Support for Live Wallpaper and screens of different sizes.
– Support of set of icons for Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher
– Widget support (PRO version only)
While it’s light, fast and smooth and I’m getting more and more use to it. It requires more work but is a very good start. I have two banking apps and it put them in the Phone section when they should have been in the Internet section. Even a utility like Speedtest, was put in the Internet section when I would have thought it would/should have been in the Utility section.
Two things that need to be in future updates are, 1) Being able to add a main category in the app drawer. 2) Being able to move/organize app icons within a category.
We sent an email to the Dev with our findings which overall have nothing to do with running of the app, more with the categories apps are stored in
Rating: I’m giving Smart Launcher a good 4.5/5 even though there is still more to do but when you’re developing this app on your own, encouragement goes along long way.
It’s already possible move app between categories. Just long press on an app, then drag and drop the icon in another category. In the same screen you can also stop/hide/uninstall or view its play store page.