Review Blur - A Launcher Replacement
A launcher based on pages you create
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 30 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Simple interface, minimalist design
Functions slowly, glitches, is lagging
Blur - A Launcher Replacement for Android tries to replace your standard launcher with ..well ...one that makes no sense to me at all. The presentation is decent, but the function is seriously lacking.
Blur - A Launcher Replacement gave me high hopes when it first launched. The welcome screen is very inviting and creatively walks you through the basic workings of the app in a very pleasing and inviting manner. Unfortunately, that's where the innovation ended for me. The launcher tries to mimic Google Now, in that, you can create 'pages' that launch specific apps and tasks that you have selected. The problem is, this is more of a developer's app at this time, because there's literally nothing much to add to your pages, aside from a weather page and a calculator page.
The app runs exceedingly slow; swiping over to the weather page often just resulted in a blank screen that never loaded. When the page did load, it really didn't make much use of the available screen space. The calculator looked nice though, with big numbers and buttons that are easy to see.
The app functions in either portrait or landscape; not both. So you literally have to select one or the other, and that locks your device permanently in that orientation; there's literally no going back unless you revisit the settings page and change it.
Blur - A Launcher Replacement has some interesting potential and is totally free. That's all well and good, but it currently runs like a beta that needs more work. If you don't mind being a beta tester, this might suit you well. Personally, I want a launcher that works and doesn't lock me down to portrait or landscape only. I'll stick with Google Now.