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You remember Everything.me, right? About a year ago it popped up in the Play Store as a homescreen replacement built around search. It aimed to deliver a smarter, context-based experience by generating suggestions using automatically generated themes and suggestions for apps and websites. The project even drew the attention of Mozilla and ultimately became the interface of Firefox OS. Today, Everything.me leaves beta and changes its name ever so slightly to EverythingMe.

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The latest version has significantly scaled back its reliance on search results in favor of "context" to customize the experience. What that amounts to is that EverythingMe adjusts what it shows to users based on things like the time of day, location, day of the week, calendar activities, interests, and just about any other information it can glean from your phone. It will even attempt to learn how apps are used and under what circumstances, which might mean showing weather and news apps in the morning and switching to messaging and movie apps in the evening.

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One of the top enhancements to the app is an evolution of its Smart Folders that finally make them legitimately useful. Some folders are now equipped with a card-style carousel with regularly updated pieces of information. The best example is Around Me, which starts with your location in Google Maps and allows you to flip through 5 recommendations for highly rated things nearby. The News and Sports folders feature top headlines, and Weather displays a simplified local 4-day forecast and the current conditions. This feature is only in a handful of Smart Folders, right now, but it seems like an obvious target for expansion.

Searches and Smart Folders still prominently display native apps wherever possible and fill about another screen’s worth of space with web links. However, there are often a couple of new featured recommendations that appear next to the native apps. Most of these are native apps that EverythingMe has added custom support for and knows how to link into with the right search criteria. The featured recommendations can also include some sponsored apps, but those are clearly marked and in no way deceptive.

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The whole experience is considerably more polished than the last time I tried Everything.me. Search results are faster, suggestions are better, features make more sense, and even the animations are pretty elegant. The stock Android launcher still makes up the base of EverythingMe, and the customizations are actually less intrusive than before. Most of the visual style from the launcher was left alone, but there are some elements that look like they were swiped directly from Windows Phone.

The original iteration of Everything.me felt more like a parlor trick, almost bordering on novelty. This updated version has found some legs and offers more utility to real people. It’s still probably not going to appeal to most of our readers, but it might be a good recommendation for friends that want to try something different. There is definitely potential for this to turn into more, but the hard part is going to be refining search results and improving the hooks into native apps.

Much like earlier versions, the list of required permissions is still pretty extensive. None of the permissions are particularly suspicious and they make sense given the features of the app, but I expect privacy-sensitive people won’t even consider it.

It looks like tablets are still not supported, but just about everything else should work fine. If you’re interested in trying EverythingMe for yourself, just hit the widget below.

Source: EverythingMe

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • GreatNews

    Well both links to download the app The Play Store Link and the Playboard link doesn't work!!!

  • Justin Foster

    I really loved the idea and scheme of the launcher when I tried it previously, but I need my gestures lol... Although I could use Xblast for that, though it's more work ..... hmm

  • Dan Palmer

    I assumed this was a home screen widget, which would be really cool. But it's not, it's a launcher. That means I can't use Google Now with it, and the UX on the home screen features isn't as good as the stock one.

    Interesting idea spoilt by trying to be a whole new phone.

  • Jatin

    Can anybody upload the apk, not available in my country.

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        does this link works ?
        it gave me this message:
        Invalid Download Token, Please try generate the download link again.
        and the Last Fetched is in : 2014-01-22 23:19:15

        :/

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        • Jaime

          Click generate link, then click download

        • Dan-ya Shwartz BarEl

          You can sign up for a preview APK cersion by EvrythingMe here: https://everythingme.wufoo.eu/forms/everythingme-not-available-in-your-country/

  • Absodez

    isn't installing on my Nexus 5 well I mean I can't download it and I'm not sure if it's because I have a Nexus 5 or because I have Paranoid Android.

  • Deepansh Khurana

    Why is this app incompatible with my Nexus 7, Nexus 5 and Sony Xperia L? So, I can't even try it. Yay! :/

  • Andy Stetson

    *sigh* another context sensitive launcher??? downloading now!!

  • Matthew Fry

    Every time I've used a predictive type launcher, I've just been frustrated. I truly am not the kind of person that freaks out if something isn't in the right place but they always seem to put my rarely used apps forefront and make it harder than a traditional launcher to access anything else. I must not behave like a normal person (I kind of knew this already).

  • Dennis Ulijn

    Like Aviate, the idea is good: everything you need at the time you need it. In reality though, I think a lot of people want a homescreen that shows them what they expect to see. Besides that, or literally NEXT to that (in case of Google Now in GEL) they can see a list of information that serves them at that time. Ideally this would be a small part of the expected homescreen.

  • flosserelli

    I'll give it a shot. But the last context-based launcher that I used (Aviate) murdered my battery. Maybe EverythingMe has some secret sauce to improve that.

  • irishtexmex

    Maybe this app's release timeline will match up with when Aviate becomes complete (Yahoo!) crap.

  • christine

    I have a Samsung mega and am very frustrated because everything me launcher is not compatible. .. I am wanting to download it. .. I love the app.

  • WsfWarlord

    pff not available in my country.. good thing there's aptoide.. i'd rather have it using an "official" way though..

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