Review Home8 like Windows 8 launcher
A step in the right direction, but needs improvement
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 10 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
The landscape mode for a tablet looks really good
Slow performance, limited live tile functionality
Home8 like Windows 8 Launcher for Android is a poor example of how Windows Phone might look on an Android device, and to be honest, it’s not a good one.
This launcher takes over your homescreen and breaks it up into a bunch of “live” tiles akin to Windows Phone’s live tiles. Some tiles are bigger than others. Some of them are dynamic and will display bits of information while others are nothing more than just shortcuts to applications.
I personally didn’t think that this app’s implementation of the live tiles did them justice. There are only a few tiles that you can actually interact with aside from having them take you directly to another application. There are about 5 dynamic tiles: the time, your contacts, news feed, Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. However, there is presently no interaction with any messaging apps, SMS, or other email apps, and Facebook and Twitter are the only two social media apps that supported tiles work with.
The app itself is also pretty sluggish. Just scrolling down the tiles made my phone stutter. I had a few times where the app force closed for no discernible reason. Did I mention there are ads? Like full blow, in your face ads on your homescreen.
Home8 is one of the worst implementations of Windows Phone I’ve seen on an Android device. The performance is sub par, the amount of live tile support is laughable, and it puts full-page ads on your homescreen. If you’re looking for a new launcher, this probably isn’t the one you want.