Action Launcher is one of the more interesting home screen replacements out there, and it's getting better with a big update to version 1.9 today. There are a few new features, but the app has also gotten a plethora of bug fixes and optimizations that should make it faster and more stable.

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Here's all the new stuff from this version:

  • Update the base code from Android 4.1 to 4.3.
  • Individual icons can be changed.
  • Notification bar can be hidden (Labs).
  • Transparent notification bar can be enabled on S4 (Labs).
  • Trebuchet (aka CyanogenMod's launcher) layouts can be imported.
  • The dimensions of Home screen pages are calculated dynamically, meaning the app will display correctly on devices of all screen sizes.

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In addition to those features, there are over 30 different fixes and improvements in this update. This is a solid app that shows no signs of petering out. Action Launcher already has one of the most innovative widget implementations (Shutters) I've ever seen – swipe-up gestures from app icons can open the corresponding widget in a frame.

Action Launcher is $3.99, which is a fair price for something you will use every time you touch the phone.