I wish there was a big launcher thread/post here that could be reviewed where all people can get the most needed information, regarding the launchers. as an Android user, I personally can’t do that much with the IOS-like Bliss-Launcher. For me, it does not fit at all that all apps are on the home screen.
On my Google android I had Microsoft launcher because I used a lot of MS ecosystem. So I really liked the MS launcher, mainly because it could be kept compact and clean.
In the meantime I scoped out because I’m using Linux again. But I miss the pull-up dock: I hate cluttered screens, it needs to be organized and preferably free of redundancies.
I looked at the following launchers for Android after that:
I got stuck with this one because it doesn’t have quite as overwhelming of settings. I find it to be quite intuitive to use. The apps are not all on the homescreen, but in the drawer. You can either use a button for it, or swipe up from the dock. I use two widgets; one is Calendar from /e/ + To-Do list widget and the other is Tasks. These work well with the open launcher. Only feature I would like would be that web apps could be installed. So, to get a shortcut to Twitter via Brave browser, so to speak, instead of having to use the app. Unfortunately, these shortcuts do not work with Open Launcher. Privacy rating is quite good.
I just tried this the other day. There are very many ways to set different things. Visually quite nice, but I didn’t like the handling of the apps. I don’t want to see the apps on one of the homescreens, or search for them with a search function, don’t want to tag them, but swipe-up in an isolated other window. I actually liked the launcher visually though - just having the apps on one of the screens was not desirable to me.
This launcher is pretty nice, because it is very simplistic by design. There is a dock that hangs at the top of the screen. You can design the bar quite freely. You could also group them into folders and hang them in the dock, but then there were only house icons, a bit less design options were possible here. And as Marcdw mentions; widgets do not work in Discreet. Privacy rating is very good.
Only tested very briefly. Can’t say much about it. You also have to load via Aurora, this launcher is unfortunately not available via its own store or F-Droid.
Blloq Ratio I would have loved to use, because it is also very simple. It aims a bit at not giving you so much screentime - but that didn’t work for me. I had to learn quite a bit to use this one and the launcher needs quite a lot of permissions to work the way the developers had in mind. The special features are that Ratio splits the screens into three parts. Once “the root”, “the tiles” and “the tree”. At the root you can find notifications, news, widgets. The “tiles” are for the apps (you can tag and declutter and tag them similar to Total Launcher. At the tree you can find a page that are only for messages. Support is there for WhatsApp, Telegram, et cetera. Unfortunately this launcher needs a lot of permissions to work properly. This may not be very privacy friendly.
Posidon is a bit like a news site. You can set a feed with news and set a lot of things about it. Didn’t stay on it that long though.
Librechair & Lawnchair
I would like to use one of these two versions. For Lawnchair I could somehow only find alpha versions via Twitter or their Telegram, which confused me a bit. Unfortunately I didn’t find any stable versions. Similarly with Librechair; I was a bit confused that in the Librechair Telegram there was more any news posted concerning Corona than progress to the launcher. There was also some bashing in the Telegram, I don’t know. There were unfortunately a few crashes on my Fairphone 3 with Librechair. On the F-Droid and /e/ store apps of these two launchers it says that the versions are no longer managed - you have to look here either via GitHub or just Telegram, what’s going on. I find it very unfortunate that I could not somehow look through here. I feel like there are no finished products here.