There are numerous launchers on the Google Play store. There are some that make your phone make look futuristic with mind-boggling 3D effects (and cost the price of a small meal) and some visually simple launchers with powerful behind the scene features. We’ve reviewed several launchers which allow you to change the look of your launcher as often as you change your clothes (you can read our review of Themer Launcher here). Now, another app has launched to make your phone more relevant in every situation and search; EvertyhingMe Launcher.
Recently exiting Beta, EverythingMe Launcher has the tagline: “The Perfect Phone, Every Time”. This is backed up with some clever features such as Smart Folders, Prediction Bar and in-phone search. We’ll talk about those later, but first, I want to talk about EverythingMe’s ethos.
EverythingMe Launcher wants your smartphone to be, well, smart. 99% of phones on the market are smartphones in name, but many can be quite cumbersome. When you turn on the phone, you have to search for the app you’re after. For example, in the morning, eating your cereal, you may want to catch up on the latest news. You have to scroll to the right page, to the right folder and click on the app. Then, if you want to check Twitter, you have to maybe scroll to another page and another folder to launch your Twitter app. EverythingMe Launcher wants to stop this. In the morning, EverythingMe will have news apps and a weather update ready for you to catch up on. When out and about, the launcher will show you the closest restaurants and shops nearby. When you get home, you’re given folders full of apps with recipes and film apps to help relax. This isn’t necessarily new, but the way EverythingMe does it is well executed and, most importantly, in a pretty way.
EverythingMe Launcher will first launch with numerous folders already on the screen filled with apps. These are the Smart Folders, which will group all the apps under certain categories. There are loads of categories available to add from the settings page.
When you open one of these folders, you will be given several options depending on what folder you open. If, for example, you open the weather smart folder, you will get an overview of the weather. If you open the News folder, you are given the headline cards which open in your default browser.
Whatever folder you open, not only are you offered the apps on your phone, but EverythingMe Launcher also suggests other apps worth downloading from the Google Play Store. Below that, you will see other relevant and popular apps. When clicking on one of these, you get taken to the apps’ website. This isn’t in your default browser either, this is in an internal browser which keeps the experience very seamless and a simple tap on the back button takes you back to the home screen. This is a very well executed feature which takes EverythingMe into the super leagues.
The Prediction Bar is another great feature of EverythingMe Launcher which allows it to compete with the big names. Able to turn on and off in the settings, this permanent widget on the first screen will show you the time and several useful apps dependant on the time. This is where the suggested apps will show up as mentioned above. One of the best icons shown on the Prediction Bar is the “My Day” icon. Clicking on this will take you to a smart folder which will show you your appointments in a little widget followed by apps which will help you organise your day.
At the top of the default page, you see a search bar. This isn’t just a default Google Search bar, but a proprietary search function which will search not only online, but also your whole phone. You can use it to search for apps, music, pictures, videos, files and contacts. This is often faster than flicking to the right page and finding the app needed in the right folder as in a traditional phone launcher.