Following my reviews of the best launchers for Android smartphones, I’ve downloaded and played with your own favourite launchers and here’s my top five – all available from the Google Play apps store for free (although some have an optional pay-for Pro version).

We kick off with Hyperion, a Nova-style UI with deep customisation and a clean finish. If you’d rather have a very different experience to standard Android, check out Niagara instead. This cascading interface is unique and surprisingly efficient, and possibly my new favourite.

Also offering a fresh take is the Smart Launcher 5, which culls the standard apps tray for custom 4-way navigation. The smart search feature works well, although performance was mixed on my Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. And if you’re into incredibly deep customisation, the Total Launcher 2019 will keep you busy for hours.

Last up in my round-up of the best new Android launchers as recommended by yourselves is Yandex, which isn’t too dissimilar to Hyperion. Again, it’s a fast, clean experience, with a user-friendly menu system.



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