With the Firefox Launcher, the Mozilla Foundation wants to revolutionize the Android home screen. However, this is a development that has been around for a while. EverythingMe is used as the basis. We put this launcher through a quick test. The Mozilla Foundation has announced the Firefox Launcher for Android. The launcher is based on the EverythingMe home screen replacement. Firefox Launcher is designed to display personalized app shortcuts on the home screen based on user behavior.
Firefox Launcher: EverythingMe With Firefox Browser
We create a new product with the same context-sensitive features as Firefox OS”. The announcement shows that Mozilla is integrating its browser into the launcher. Overall, the Firefox Launcher should be more tailored to web use than EverythingMe. It is still being determined to what extent the launcher will also imitate the look of Firefox OS . The screenshot does not indicate this.
Mozilla initially did not provide details on specific adjustments in the announcement. However, a screenshot allows a look at the launcher. Only minor changes compared to EverythingMe can currently be seen here. The most noticeable visual difference is that the screenshot supports Android Kitkat 4.4 ‘s transparent navigation and notification bars. We installed the EverythingMe launcher from the Play Store on a Nexus 5 – that’s where the classic black bars appear. It is currently still being determined when the launcher will appear. A public beta test should begin soon.
EverythingMe: Android Launcher First Impressions
The developers of EverythingMe promise that the interface will adapt to the user’s needs and requirements over time. After installation (app in the Play Store[link removed]), the launcher sorts the apps according to specific categories. Depending on the number of programs installed, this may take a while. With 140 installed apps, we had to wait almost a minute until they were sorted – that was manageable because this takes place in the background. However, EverythingMe only knows some existing apps, so essential software cannot be found in the automatic folders – you have to do it yourself.
Apps can be dragged from the app drawer, which looks almost identical to standard Android, to the home screen and folders. The top search bar on the home screen is used to quickly find content on the smartphone – i.e. apps and contacts, videos and music. This search does not find any other files. In addition, EverythingMe always shows other apps that the user could install. There is also the option of continuing the search on the Internet. If this area of the results page is in focus for a few seconds, the first web search results appear there.
Above the dock, in which essential apps are displayed on all home screens, there is a bar where four apps the user starts frequently can be found. The app “My Day” is reasonably practical. This shows current appointments and recently used apps at a glance. The software displays several positions next to each other – here, you can quickly scroll through and see which charges are still pending. The launcher appeared stable and smooth in our test. The concept of constant personalization is quite handy but requires some rework once installed. The app drawer offers Android standard fare and could be more comfortable. Android users can use a whole range of alternative launchers. We show some of them in our photo gallery.