You know how much I love launchers for Android devices. My favorite launcher is Nova Launcher ($3.99). Launchers are a dime-a-dozen, fabricated for just about every conceivable scenario and love.

Launchers, if you’re not aware, are great ways to change the look and feel of your Android OS, without having to root your device and install a custom ROM. You can think of launchers as customizable themes for your Android device. Home (Beta) (free), is a fairly new launcher, which I re-evaluated thanks to a prompt from Google+ friend, Marcus Newton (go, follow; he posts some funny things).

Marcus’ main push to Home is because he loves the smart folders and the question box.

Admittedly, these are two cool features in an otherwise lackluster application. Sorry Marcus, but after using Home as my primary home screen, I just can’t get the appeal.

As you can see from the video, Home purports to be the ever-learning, “dynamic phone launcher.” Indeed, that’s true, and the ability to suggest, encourage, and present corresponding apps, screens, and suggestions, is very cool. Home has two primary areas. The first, is Marcus’ favored “question box.”

The second are the smart folders.

The question box governs what apps, sites, pictures, and other information appear on your home screen, and the folders are how the information gets sorted. Your question box term determines the look of your home screen. For instance, if you’re searching for movies, then everything related to movies will appear on your home screen, sorted appropriately.


Anything already installed on your device appears “above the fold,” leaving links to sites and other information to appear in the middle portion. Usually, these are links to websites you can visit for related information.

The search function (question box) is slightly faster than Google Search, but tends to return results from Bing, rather than Google. Also, there’s no default Google Now integration, so you’ll have to rely on “native” keys to bring that up.

I love how the app quickly organizes information, but ultimately, I found Nova still much more suited to my wants and desires.

For instance, Nova allows you to customize the dock (area at the bottom) and add a lot of apps, rather than the default 5. Home lacks that capability, even though you can rearrange and remove the five basic ones.

Everything.Me Home does a great job of expanding horizons, so if you like to “see the sights” you’ll love this launcher. Sadly, I don’t venture too far beyond my chosen few.

Also, I found that I really missed Nova’s gestures feature, especially the swipe up for Google Voice Search. I love being able to command my phone with a swipe, twist, or drag. I use a lot of gestures for different tasks on my phone or tablet, but lacked these.

Overall, if you want an experience geared to providing as many options as possible for your phone or tablet, you’ll love Home. Curmudgeons like me won’t be too thrilled. I give Home 4 of 5 stars.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.

9 Comments · June 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the review!
We’ll consider adding more customization features later on 🙂

    Jeffrey Taylor · June 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    You’re welcome. The launcher is certainly well worth using.

    Elliann edwards · November 6, 2013 at 7:04 am

    How do I delete it?? 🙁 I like the simplicity without it!!

El_Marko · August 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

I’d go for running as a search on, for example, and otherwise empty home screen on Nova Launcher. But, as a replacement to a more robust launcher, such as Nova Launcher? No, I won’t do it.

lavell · March 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I love this app..However, it causes my phone to glitch….I have uninstalled it Three time and re installed it…the phone starts to phase out to a rainbow colored screen….which shuts the phone down….

MARK B · March 12, 2014 at 7:11 am

I want to know HTF it installed itself on my home page without being installed

    Jeffrey Taylor · March 12, 2014 at 7:48 am

    My guesses:

    1. You forgot you’d installed the app;
    2. You installed the app in a semi-drowsy state;
    3. Your kids.

    You can pick one. Otherwise, I don’t know.

Betold Kuwese · August 26, 2015 at 6:05 am

How do you uninstall this app? The ‘uninstall’ option in the phone’s application manager can’t be selected.

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