Gestures have played a major role in navigating through several functions and features of the Android operation system. OEMs like LG, Samsung, and Xiaomi have integrated a bunch of gestures like single/double tap, pull down, two-finger swipe down, etc. to access certain parts of the UI. However, such functionalities are missing in stock Android, Pixel Experience, and other third-party Android skins. And here is where third-party launchers come in.
The Google Play Store is filled with excellent third-party Android launchers to choose from. Most of them support gestures and let you customize the experience to your preference.
Advantages of Android launchers include tons of customization options, the ability to hide apps, and users can even replicate iOS functions such as swipe down to access universal device search.
In this post, we shall talk about the top five Android launchers with gesture support. We will also list out other prime functions that might help you choose a perfect launcher for your home screen. Let’s get started.
1. Microsoft Launcher
Being a Windows 10 user, Microsoft Launcher has been my go-to choice on every Android device.
Upon installation, you can go into the app settings > gestures menu. The launcher supports the majority of gestures. They include swipe up/down, swipe up/down, pinch in/out, double-tap, and more.
Users can go into every gesture and set the function for it. Here is how I use them. I have set the swipe down to reveal the notification menu. Swipe up is set for app drawer. Double-tap to lock the screen and pinch in to open a multitasking menu.
The biggest selling point of Microsoft Launcher is Windows 10 integration through My Feed menu.
Swipe left on the home screen, and you can see the Outlook Calendar, Sticky Notes, and Microsoft To-Do integration on the feed menu. The Timeline tab syncs the browsing history and Office files activities between the phone and PC.
Other functions include dark theme support, news integration in your feed menu, several customization options, and more. The app is completely free to use.
3. Action Launcher
Action Launcher is known for its impeccable theming engine among the Android launchers out there. As for gesture support, it is nicely divided into categories in the settings menu.
Apart from usual gestures, it supports swipe left/right edge gestures to access Quickpage and Quickdrawer menu.
Action Launcher is focused on letting the user access the apps in swift. You can open an app from Quickdrawer, folder covers, Quickpage, Google search bar, and from the app drawer.
The app also supports Google’s discover feed menu. The function list consists of Quicktheme, customization options, covers, pop-up widgets, and more.
Action launcher is free to use, but the premium version costs $3. It’s a bargain if you ask me.
5. Nova Launcher
A list of Android launchers, and we miss the fan-favorite Nova? Not going to happen.
Nova launcher supports a long list of gestures and inputs from the app settings. They are all behind the Prime tag.
Two unique gestures I observed were two-finger rotation in clock and counterclockwise.
Besides gestures, you can change every possible setting on the home screen, dock, and app drawer.
Use Gestures Like a Pro
Using gestures on Android takes your productivity to the next level. And the launchers above help you set the swiping actions precisely like how you want them to be. I’m going with Microsoft Launcher as I’m invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. What about you? Sound off in the comments section below.
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