Launchers are numerous and common place on the play store, From the old guard of ADW, Nova and Apex to the newer offerings of SF launcher, Next and QM launcher.
With so many launchers available offering such differing experiences is there room for another one?
Home pack buzz team seem to think so and after having a play around i whole heartedly agree.
Buzz launcher has a unique trick up its sleeve which i will come to later but first lets look at the launcher on its own merits.
Straight away upon finding the app on the play store i`m already pleasantly surprised at the fresh well designed look, Yes i mean the presentation on the play store, Before even downloading the app you can tell the Home pack team has an eye for design and color representation.
So to the launcher, as a new user you are met with useful help and tips at every stage of creating your personalized screens, which for new comers will be very useful.
As I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time theming my device i was straight in there without needing the helps and tips, But I would confidently recommend this to someone wanting to start theming their device without much prior knowledge, I talked a friend into trying it out, A friend with little experience and guess what the next day he showed me what he had done…… I was impressed it is really easy to pick up and run with.
The launcher has a slew of options for creating your master piece
Extract from play store;
MULTI-WALLPAPER SCREEN: You can select different wallpaper images from your gallery for each screen
￭ MY ICON: an icon editing tool is provided so you can edit and resize icons on your own. Transparent icons are also supported (Theme icon pack is to be supported)
￭ MULTI-GRID: you can designate different grids for each screen (up to 12×12)
￭ MANAGE FOLDERS: you can make folders in app drawers/Homescreen, modify folder image, and resize folders
￭ MANAGE APPS: features for viewing most frequently used apps, recently installed apps, and hiding apps
￭ MANAGE APP DRAWERS: Screen concept is applied to app drawers so you can manage apps by screens
￭ GESTURE SUPPORT: Glide up, Glide down, Double tab and more.
￭ Previewing is supported for various view settings
A feature i missed was being able to use bought icon packs i have quite few so its nice to know that it is a feature that is high on the list for implementation by the Devs.
Remember i said they have an ace up their sleeves, well the Home pack team have a community for home screens, when you download the app you can also sign up to Home pack Buzz service, this basically allows you to upload your home screen for others to rate and down load and also allows you to down load other peoples Home screens.
This is ideal for people new to theming and allows you to have an awesome looking individual home screen with very little effort or know how, Once you have the look you require it is quite simple to tweak to your hearts content. There is a lot of home screens on there and im sure you will find something to suit most tastes.
I should mention how easy it is to download a home screen, you simply go onto the Buzz community which is a one touch button within the app scroll through the categories, find the home screen you like and down load, the app will set your home screen just like you viewed it from the community, it installs the apps and widgets (greyed out at first) you simply touch the app/widget it takes you to the play store and you download the app or widget (or not if you want to install an alternative)
I have also used UCCW widgets within Buzz launcher to good effect.
Besides looking pretty a launcher has to be functional, after using it for a week i haven’t noticed any excess battery drain and my N4 is as quick and slick as ever.
The App and community are still in their infancy but with more contributors it will only get better, i have spoke to the Devs and they are genuinely nice people and happy to help or answer questions.
Home screens are a chance for people to show off their artistic skills and you just have to look around the communities and pages on Google + to see how much time and effort people put into them, The Buzz team have a great idea here this easily opens up Home screen customization to the every day Android user and gives people more proficient in it somewhere to share and show off.
One issue i have is that after selecting English as the language the news page still shows as another language, from my few dealings with the team i`m sure they will look into it forfwith.
I genuinely hope this takes off for the Buzz team and will be flaunting my ever changing Home screens on Google+ I would say definitely give it a go its free and still in beta so be one of the first and if you like it share and promote.
Buzz has a community page on Google + Home pack buzz designers which is an invite only community
Get the app here Buzz Launcher Beta
And you will want to pick up the Buzz custom widget beta also
And you can circle the key contributors on Google +
+Catherine H Chang