Action Launcher

Android developer Chris Lacy has updated his great home replacement app Action Launcher, and brings a promise of a much more stable and enjoyable experience. In version 1.9 of the app, the base launcher code has been updated to the Android 4.3 launcher base. this will make Action Launcher faster, use less resources, not suffer from any redraw issues and be "smoother and more responsive than any other release to date."

The changes aren't all under the hood though. Two highly requested features have been baked in — the ability to hide the status bar, and the ability to change your "desktop" icons on an individual basis. In addition, users with a Galaxy S4 can now enable a transparent status bar.

These new features, combined with covers, shutters and the quickdrawer make Action Launcher worth having a look at in our opinion. You can grab the full version from the link above for $3.99, and read the full release notes here.