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Everything Home Beta review: the dynamic launcher for Android

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We just had a little bit of a look at the Nova and Apex launchers recently and someone mentioned that we should have a look into the Everything Home launcher as well. This launcher promises to be an interface that seamlessly adapts to the user’s needs and can be expanded with web applications and smart folders. Here’s a quick rundown of the beta version so far.

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Dynamic instead of static

Just a heads-up in advance: I’m not a huge fan of dynamic home screens. Google Now and similar concepts that deliver content to me I find to be interesting, but usually forget to use it in my daily usage of my mobile device. With the Everything Home Launcher, you get a simplified Google Now search bar at the top of your home screen.

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Before and after: My old, static home screen (left) and the dynamic variant with Everything Home (right). / © AndroidPIT

Applications can be found and indexed by just typing in the first letter and the launcher aims to bundle content thematically: the search term entered presents an appropriate background image and summarizes relevant apps together. So-called Smart Folders focus on areas such as weather information, shopping, movies, or sports. If there’s something else that you want to have, you can easily create your own folder.

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You can enter items into the search bar and apps/content will be sorted dynamically./ © AndroidPIT

In my opinion, one of the weaknesses of the quick launcher is that the despite the really long list of permissions required by the launcher, it can not access any smartphone content and especially in some unusual search queries, the results sometimes can seem a bit hit or miss. As such, the folders work best with Google-friendly terms and fill up with both relevant applications and content.

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 Smart Folders are suggest and can be created (left) and searching through a Movies smart folder (right). / © AndroidPIT

The principle of Everything Home is to be a quick and intuitive launcher, avoiding unnecessary searching. But, while it is an interesting approach to a dynamic home screen, in most cases when I pull out my smartphone I know already exactly which app I want to start or what kind of content I’m looking for online or offline. So really, this customized home screen doesn’t offer much value to me in this respect.

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Everything Home promises to adapt to the needs of the users. Here, I was looking for "Woody Allen" and "Climbing"/ © AndroidPIT

Beta – Not quite easy to install

The launcher has received a new update recently, but it is still officially still in beta. The launcher itself can be downloaded for free in Google Play. However, there are a few problems with it. Often Google Play lists the app as “not compatible with your device” as with our case when we tried to install it. Many users also report the launcher will sometimes be displayed as “not available in your country”. If so, the APK can be found at the xda-developers forum. It was from that link that we managed to get the Launcher running on a device with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean without anymore issues.

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A long list of permissions required by the launcher (left) and the fast retrieval of apps (right). / © AndroidPIT

Conclusion

Everything ran smoothly when we tested out Everything Home, despite it being displayed as still in beta. The concept behind the launcher is definitely concentrated around the dynamic home screen approach, so if this is something you’re looking for or really like in a launcher, it would for you. In my opinion, wasn’t that useful for me, but I have different uses for my device than other people. A small advantage that I could see with this device was the if you have a ton of installed apps that you want sorted in some sort of dynamic system, this launcher would work wonders. A disadvantage is that the amount of data and long list of permissions required for the launcher is a tad bit high. 

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  • David D. Sep 21, 2013 Link

    it's just the same like smart launcher but boring

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  • Craig Z. Sep 22, 2013 Link

    I've tried a lot of different launchers, and I have to say by far this is the best and most innovative I have seen to date.

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  • mireya rivera 11 months ago Link

    it doesn't not show your message at all and it would be nice they can fix some your email

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