The stock home screen that comes on the standard Google Nexus devices offers a crisp, clean interface. But if you don’t like how it looks or want to remove the Google search bar widget that refuses to budge when you try, you have several alternative approaches to choose from. These replacement home-screen layout and theme applications, called launchers, are available for download directly from the Google Play store. As the name implies, launchers can be used to launch applications. But they can also be used to customize everything from the look of icons to the transition animations that are displayed when moving between screens.

Some device manufacturers have created their own custom launchers to enhance and differentiate their Android ...

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