When it comes to insane, flashy, over-the-top launchers, two immediately come to mind: GO Launcher's Next and TSF Shell. They're both about as "cutting edge" as it gets, and have a price tag to match – Next is roughly $16, while TSF is closer to $17. Still, if you're a fan of the latter (or have been on the fence about picking it up), it just got a pretty sizable update that brings a new dock, "desktop menu buttons," and some other "amazing" new features:

What's in this version:

Version 1.9.9 Ari 4th
1.Innovative Smart Dock (free size/position/direction/capacity).
2.Desktop menu buttons integrate in Smart Dock, easy operation and save desktop space.
3.Amazing Message widget.
4.Amazing Clock/Weather/Alarm clock widget.
5.Amazing desktop transition setting menu.
6.New efficient move or delete icon mode.
8.Many known bugs fixed.

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Exhilarating, no? If TSF sound like just what the doctor ordered to cure your boring launcher blues (and you're willing to shell out nearly $20 for something different), you'll find it at the widget below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • urbanpitch

    That is one ugly interface :(

    • troph

      It's a Chinese company so they are marketing towards those tastes in those particular screenshots. But like all launchers, that's just a theme. There are tons of themes not all look like this.

      • urbanpitch

        I'm still more thankful that its not a skin and rather a launcher. Twitter is even dropping the skewmorphic look. Aesthetics is finally taking a functional and useful turn.

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Of course we wont.

  • M00S3

    Its just TOOO expensive. not warranted, people still think with their wallets

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

    my rules on buying apps is a simple one, if the price can buy me a meal, i wont buy it.

    • Tyler

      Where are you buying your meals? At McDonald's you can get a burger and fries for like $3.

      • Régis Knechtel

        In Brazil it's about $10!

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      Heh. All the app devs better hope you got a big appetite then...

  • Not My Best Decision

    I bought it havent used it since, sad face

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    I've had this launcher since it came out and can finally say in the last couple of updates that it's worth it. Only thing I use now, and if you calculate the amount of the launcher divided by the amount of months I've been using it and how much I've enjoyed it, then it isn't bad.

    • flosserelli

      You could say the same for a home or car purchase.

    • BigMixxx

      yup, I bought it in the early days too. It gets better and better. I must say though, on a note II, good launcher...

  • cy_n_ic

    Know what really grinds my gears...when someone describes their own product as "amazing" pfft...get over yourselves

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      crApple does. All the time.

      • Tyler

        Or "Best iPhone ever" line. My thoughts: Its a year newer, I would hope its the better then the last one.

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          Just a hair!

      • SetiroN

        A company that indeed should get over itself. And its late ceo.

  • Ankit

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  • Matti

    TSF - The Stupid Fugly

  • flosserelli

    I'm sorry but NO launcher is worth $16. When they update it to print money, then I'll consider it.

  • SetiroN

    Ever since this thing came out, I was sure that one company or another would have licensed it to build into their framework... it would be a decent differentiator. Instead of the multiple ugly UIs developed in-house; even Huawei and ZTE went with their own horrible designs. But what do I know.

  • remydlc

    i was waiting for this update, and it is now my default launcher on my GS3. maybe my N7 too. Im using Nova in my N4. I would like it, but hated the fact that i didnt have a dock. I would placed the icons down there myself, but just didnt like the idea. I love the last update and this time it is staying. Its has a lot of eye candy, and i love it.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

    wow thats totally worth 20 dollars - said no one ever!
    seriously who the hell will pay 20 dollars for a launcher? Id rather buy food, drinks, or a video game instead. something i know i will be satisfied after i buy it. If i bought this I would hate myself lol

  • Riggsy

    its 17 bucks not a million, just don't buy it if you hate it so much. Its a great launcher, the most flashy one I have used and I love it

  • daisyboots

    +1 for good note 2 launcher. The fact that there's no grid used to bug me, but I came to love the "arrange" function where you place a group of shortcuts in a grid pattern wherever you like. That and the ability to place/size widgets however you like allows me to make an arrangement that's aesthetically pleasing AND always accessible to my dominant right thumb. Makes one handed use possible :)

    Seriously, Samsung should have baked a version of this kind of option right in.

  • GodSponge

    At least for today, (Jan 1 2014) it is only $7.99.