Lens Launcher - A new and awesome launcher

Which custom launcher do you use? Nova Launcher? Action Launcher? That are normal and very popular launchers. But Lens Launcher is different…

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Lens Launcher is an Android Experiment by Nick Rout directed to improve the usability of launchers. Instead of scrolling trough multiple pages and long lists, all apps are shown directly on the home-screen themselves. When you go over the grid with your finger, there will be some kind of fish-eye-lens, where you see the icons in big and with which you can select the app you want to open.

Lens Launcher is a unique, efficient way to browse and launch your apps.
Instead of scrolling long lists or swiping through multiple pages, Lens Launcher implements two unique features:

• An Equispaced Grid that displays all of your apps, regardless of screen size or app count.

• A Graphical Fisheye Lens to quickly zoom, pan and launch apps using touch gestures.

Lens Launcher also includes a full Settings menu to tweak all aspects of the Lens; Distortion, Scaling, Icon Size, Haptic Feedback, etc.

The Graphical Fisheye Lens algorithm is derived from methods proposed by Manojit Sarkar and Marc H. Brown. Their original 1993 paper, titled Graphical Fisheye Views, can be found here:

The underlying principles and interactions behind Lens Launcher are applicable to any data set – Photos, Contacts, Music, Files, etc. – and provide interesting, new means of using and navigating mobile devices.

Because the app is open sourced and available through GitHub, this offers developers some interesting new things. Imagine a contact picker, which uses this grid, or a music player…

Lens Launcher on the Android Experiments website

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