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Customization is the heart and soul of Android that distinguishes it from other mobile alternatives. Not only can you personalize through apps, but through new ROMs, new skins, and new launchers that extend functionality beyond the typical. Home screen customization is one of the best ways to make your Android feel like your Android, and finding a beautiful home screen setup has never been easier with Buzz Launcher.

I’ve explored lots of powerful Android launchers Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone Android launchers are a great way to spice up your home screen with new graphics and new features. For the uninitiated, you should know that your phone already has its own stock launcher, but stock... Read More  in the past but Buzz Launcher is the first one to truly blow me away with its delicate balance of flexibility and ease of use, and it does this without adhering to the usual conventions you find in other launchers. Buzz Launcher is a whole new way of looking at home screen personalization, and it adds a social twist in the fact that you can share your setup for others to download – which means, of course, that you can download their setups as well.

As far as I know, there’s never been a launcher like Buzz Launcher. It’s new, it’s sleek, and it’s revolutionary in all the right ways. How, you ask? Keep reading to find out.

First Impressions

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When I ran Buzz Launcher for the first time, I immediately got the feeling that this is a user-friendly app. The very first screen that showed up was an introduction to Buzz Launcher, letting me know what it’s all about and how I would benefit from using said launcher: by being able to, within minutes, switch my home screen to a style that fits my needs.

Honestly, I’m blown away by how quickly I can alter my home screen layouts, and these aren’t just simple changes like rearranging icons. Buzz Launcher uses the term “Homescreen” as a unit that you can download and apply to your phone, where each Homescreen is a unique mixture of colors, layouts, and icons to provide a brand new experience.

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How many Homescreens are there? Over 60,000 and counting. This is because users can create their own Homescreens and share them on the database, and that means everyone gets to benefit from a massive collection of new home screen packages. Browsing, downloading, and applying different Homescreens never requires more than a few screen taps. That’s Buzz Launcher in a nutshell: easy to use with lots of room for customization.

Core Features

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So, great. Buzz Launcher has thousands of wonderful Homescreens for you to play around with, but does it offer the core launcher features that you’ve come to expect from the latest and greatest Android launchers? Yes, I believe it does.

  • Multiple screens. Like most launchers, Buzz gives you the freedom to organize multiple screens. What may surprise you, though, is that Buzz also allows you have a custom grid on each of those screens, where each grid can be sized up to 12×12 cells. If you want a packed home screen and a spacious side screen, you can do it with Buzz.
  • Easy screen edits. As if the 60,000+ available Homescreens didn’t already offer enough variety, you can take any of those and make personal edits to them yourself. Do you like a particular Homescreen but prefer to replace one of the widgets with a row of icons? You can do that, no problem.
  • Screen edit variety. Not only is screen editing easy, but you can edit many different elements, including the wallpaper, the margin sizes, the transition effects, and the appearance of things like the status bar, the dock bar, the page indicator, and more.
  • Folder organization. For those of you with busy home screens, Buzz supports folder-based organization so you can minimize a lot of that clutter. Folders can also be used to organize your app drawer, which is extremely nice when you have a ton of apps installed.
  • Gestures support. Buzz Launcher supports 8 different gestures (home key tap, swipe up, swipe down, double tap, menu long press, two finger swipe up, two finger swipe down, and two finger swipe) and these gestures can be mapped to dozens of actions or they can be used as app shortcuts.

Advanced Features

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Buzz Launcher has a few advanced features that won’t be super useful to everyone, but it’s nice to know that they exist and will be available in case you ever need them.

  • Easy app management. In addition to the regular app drawer that lists all of your available apps, Buzz Launcher provides you with a “Most Frequently Used” list as well as a “Recently Installed” list. Plus, you can hide certain apps from your app drawer. All of this makes app management a simple task.
  • Follow the Buzz. When browsing the available Homescreens, you can set yourself to follow a specific Homescreen or a specific designer, thus allowing you to keep up with updates and news.
  • Buzz custom widgets. Just as Buzz Launcher is all about users creating and sharing their Homescreens with one another, Buzz Custom Widget is a related app that allows for even more customization. With it, you can create your own Buzz widgets that you can share with others OR you can download the ones that others have made.

Conclusion

I have found my new preferred Android launcher. Buzz Launcher doesn’t offer the same kind of raw power that you might find in Nova Launcher Prime Nova Launcher - Even Better Than The Default Android 4.0 Launcher Nova Launcher - Even Better Than The Default Android 4.0 Launcher Up until Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) came along, Android’s interface felt somewhat less polished than iOS’s. But with Android 4.0, Google made a clean break with the previous visual style for Android, introducing Holo... Read More or the level of innovation found in Chameleon Launcher Chameleon Launcher For Android Phones Offers Context-Based Home Screens And Big, Beautiful Widgets Chameleon Launcher For Android Phones Offers Context-Based Home Screens And Big, Beautiful Widgets Most Android launchers are relatively similar: Nova, Apex, and friends usually offer what you'd expect: One or more homescreens with some third-party widgets, an app drawer, and app folders. And then there's Chameleon: A bold... Read More , but it does set out to do one thing – easy to use with lots of flexibility – and it does it incredibly well. I haven’t been this excited about an Android launcher in a while.

Have you used Buzz Launcher? What do you think of it? Give it a try if you haven’t and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  1. Mavinn Thongdeesrii
    February 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

    se it all the time on my Note II. And I don’t have a problem with my battery . If your screens look skewered do a search for your type phone. It will only bring the ones made for yours.
    Once you get used to it – you don’t want to go back to the normal looking Android.

  2. Rezky Putra
    December 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

    It's an amazing launcher, makes android literally like 'android'.

    I'm using windows 8 theme from buzz launcher, ios7 theme for espier locker, espier notification and espier dialer. Feels like a perfect phone with those combination in appearance....

    But the consequence my battery drained quite fast.. 5% battery for 10+- minutes browsing and chatting usage.

    • Joel L
      December 30, 2013 at 5:54 am

      If Buzz Launcher is causing battery problems, it's most likely one of the widgets. I have a simple Buzz theme with only two widgets and my battery will last me about 2-3 days before it's down to 0%.

  3. Vickie
    November 7, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I use it all the time on my Note II. And I don't have a problem with my battery . If your screens look skewered do a search for your type phone. It will only bring the ones made for yours.
    Once you get used to it - you don't want to go back to the normal looking Android.

  4. Shrinivas
    September 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I used this one, nice home screens but drain battery very quickly and slow down phone.

  5. Christoph
    September 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Yeah, it'll eat through 25% of my battery anywhere between 15 mins and 30 mins. It's a pretty slick launcher but man is it a resource hog! Whenever I try to use other apps (e.g. chrome), it just bogs down and I'm constantly getting "app isn't responding" notifications.

  6. Csaba
    September 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    It would be an amazing launcher, but drains battery like hell.

    • Nohl L
      October 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      The battery drain is based on widget choices. I don't see any major drain and I have widgets that are always updating.

  7. Serra
    September 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    It seems a little overwhelming at first, even for an experienced Android user such as myself, but once you realize what is going on-it's awesome. My only complaint so far is that many of the home screens I have downloaded have turned out looking like the resolution is tweaked down really small, since everything is so tiny. I'm running the Galaxy S4, so those screens were probably originally designed on a phone with a much different resolution, so totally not the fault of the app!

  8. Jeff Schallenberg
    September 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    But AFAIK Buzz Launcher can't do Landscape orientation at all. FAIL!

  9. Travis
    September 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This launcher is quite awesome...It'll definitely be my launcher of choice for the foreseeable future.

  10. Harish A
    September 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I use launcher's all the time but buzz launcher has always stayed out of my league, its good and stylish but there are way too many buttons on the screen and its not very useable for people who like minimalistic homepages, I would love it if you guys did a review on nova launcher

    • Homar R
      September 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      I used too and yeah is quite complicated, i think i'm gonna give it another try.

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