Show of hands — who likes experimenting with new homescreen launcher applications on their Android device? Just as I suspected, there’s a ton of you. Lightning Launcher, from PierroX, is one that I’d like to bring to your attention. This minimalistic app is possibly the speediest launcher on the Market. While, it may be intended for older devices which don’t have a ton of extra RAM to spare, Lightning Launcher is a nice addition to any Android phone, especially if you’re looking for a straight-forward experience with none of the extra razzle-dazzle that other launcher apps offer.
You won’t find any impressive 3D transition effects here — the goal here is to offer a quick and easy way to navigate through your applications, and Lightning Launcher does just that. By eliminating all those extra special effects, you’ll be conserving more memory while saving battery life. The .apk is also relatively small, weighing in at only 146k. This means you’ll also be saving storage space on your device, so you’ll have more room for the things you really want to download.
Even with the removal of all the extra unwanted effects, there’s still room for a bit of customization with Lightning Launcher. The application settings allow you to configure the look and feel of your homescreen. You can roll with icons and application names, just icons, or just application names. You can also choose wallpapers and custom fonts, so while this app may be “minimalistic”, there are still a few options for those who can’t help but tinker.
If you’re tired of hearing me talk about it, and you’re ready to give Lightning Launcher a go, hit the link below to proceed to the Android Market.
Application: Lightning Launcher