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Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

You know how you use your smartphone, right? Well if you thought "too much," you're not alone. There are plenty of apps out there that claim to help you curb the urges and one of them is called Ratio — it's a launcher or home screen replacement for Android (it's actually more than that in some cases) that's meant to recompartmentalize how you access and consume the things on your phone. But will it help you cut down on your screen time? Well, it turns out that I'm the completely wrong type of person to tackle that question.

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Olauncher gives your home screen an open-source, minimalist makeover

Olauncher gives your home screen an open-source, minimalist makeover

Android's open, customizable nature is one of the things that attract a lot of enthusiasts to the platform. From manufacturer-specific tweaks to third-party default app replacements, there's usually a way to make your phone look and act how you choose. Olauncher is a new home screen replacement app that endeavors to bring an open-source, lightweight, and minimal setup to your phone.

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Action Launcher v46 is rolling out now with enhanced customization and automatic cloud backups

Action Launcher v46 is rolling out now with enhanced customization and automatic cloud backups

Apple may be adding more flexibility to the homescreen layout with iOS 14, but Android's ability to set custom launchers remains unmatched. Action Launcher has long been one of the most popular options for replacing default home screens, and now developer Chris Lacy is releasing version 46 with some handy new features.

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Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

When Google first introduced its take on gesture navigation with Android 10, one navigation option die-hard Android fans are used to disappeared — there was no longer a way to quickly jump back from a secondary homescreen to the first page, which you could do by tapping the home button. Android 11 is looking to fix that.

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OnePlus tests new toggle for Shelf and Google Discover in Launcher (APK Download)

OnePlus tests new toggle for Shelf and Google Discover in Launcher (APK Download)

Most phone manufacturers have integrated the Google Discover feed into their home screen launchers for years, but OnePlus only started doing it with the OnePlus 8 series. The Discover feed completely replaced the old 'Shelf' pane that was present on previous models, but OnePlus later brought it back with a settings option, and now the company is testing an easier toggle for the process.

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ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

ActionDash acquired by market intelligence firm, most premium features now free

Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy published a Digital Wellbeing competitor last year, ActionDash. While it's lacking the same tight system integration, the app has more features to offer than Google's project, and it even runs on Android versions older than 9 Pie. Over the weekend, Lacy announced that he has decided to sell ActionDash after receiving an offer from SensorTower, which will continue developing the app.

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Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

OnePlus is a genuinely innovative smartphone company, and we don't just mean hardware: its OxygenOS Android skin is our favorite of all the currently available flavors, and that's generally because OnePlus adds genuinely useful things plain old Android doesn't have. Stock Android is definitely great, too, but Google's hesitance to add too many fresh new features—even exclusive ones on its Pixel phones—can be a little frustrating, especially when it's something as basic as toggling what icons appear in the status bar. Some useful features from OnePlus phones, like theming and scrolling screenshots, have already made their way to stock, the latter being a part of Android 11.

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OnePlus Launcher 4.4 brings updated app switcher to OnePlus phones (APK Download)

OnePlus Launcher 4.4 brings updated app switcher to OnePlus phones (APK Download)

The app switcher on Android used to be a core part of the operating system, but with the introduction of gesture navigation, it's now a component of your device's home screen launcher. This means it can be updated outside of OS upgrades, and that's exactly what is happening on OnePlus devices.

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Samsung promises to bring Android 10's gesture navigation to third-party launchers in future software update

Samsung promises to bring Android 10's gesture navigation to third-party launchers in future software update

Samsung's upcoming One UI 2.5 update will deliver support for full-screen gesture navigation in third party launchers, according to a statement made by a Samsung representative on the company's community forums. That means you'll be able to use things like Lawnchair or Nova Launcher on One UI 2.5 devices without giving up the new gesture navigation system to do it.

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Cortana will soon be removed from the Microsoft Launcher

Cortana will soon be removed from the Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant never reached the market share needed to compete with Google Assistant and Alexa, and Microsoft is starting to scale back its ambitions. The Cortana Android app has already been removed in several countries, and now Microsoft is taking it out of its Android app launcher.

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