The battle between iOS and Android is never-ending, and passionate consumers will always argue for the superiority of one over another. As someone who has owned an iPhone 4S, and uses an iPhone 5, GS3, and GS4 Active on a daily basis, it is my belief that most consumers tend to mix the two OSes when it comes to daily use.

In other words, a consumer who uses a Samsung Galaxy device may own an iPad when it comes to tablet use. Someone who owns an iPhone for his or her phone preference may actually be tempted to try a Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab because of Samsung’s famous microSD card slot. The same consumer that likes an Apple iPhone may dislike Apple’s limited iPad storage and opt for an Android tablet (say, a Nexus 7) instead.


iOS 7 iLauncher on a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Ever wanted to see iOS on a larger screen? Look no further than the above iLauncher skin on a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

iOS 7 was the largest overhaul of iOS since the first iPhone emerged in 2007, and as many as 200 million downloads of iOS 7 have taken place already. Many Android users are glad that the iOS 7 hype is over – and are waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat to fall out the sky.

If you’re the kind of Android consumer I have described above, however, there is something attractive (dare I say it, sexy) about iOS 7 that you’d like to experience on your Android device without having to purchase an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. This is where iLauncher comes to the rescue.

iLauncher offers you a chance to create an iOS 7 look on your device. Once you download it from the play store, you will notice that there is a “preferences” icon at the top of your main screen. The preferences icon provides your settings for the new launcher skin, and allows you to choose whether to use 4 or 5 icon rows on your desktop, followed by whether or not you want an iPad icon layout or not. The iPad layout may come in handy for the Nexus 7 or some other Android tablet.


iOS 7 iLauncher: Some Things to Keep in Mind

iLauncher iOS 7 Folder Zoom

When you launch iLauncher, there are some important things to notice. First, keep in mind that only some of the icons (contacts, calendar or S Planner with Samsung, camera, phone, music, Play Store, clock, messaging, and maps) match their counterpart icons in iOS 7. There are other icons (such as Android’s gallery app, and Samsung’s S-apps, for example) that have no counterpart in iOS 7 and, thus, will not transform their appearance in iLauncher.

Next, the clock icon in iOS 7 that shows real time is the same clock icon that is placed in the iLauncher app. You can expect the clock icon to reflect real time in iLauncher, although the clock icon replaces the time and weather widget that most Samsung customers have come to expect on Android devices. If you’re not a fan of Samsung’s TouchWiz, you will actually welcome the iLauncher clock app with open arms.

One remaining downside to iLauncher is that it removes the ability to add widgets to your main screen. However, you can add widgets to your lock screen – even with iLauncher in place as your preferred Android skin. If you have added your favorite settings, Samsung’s music player, or even your camera to your lock screen, you can still use your lock screen widgets with iLauncher. You are limited to the lock screen, however, since your widgets are disabled on your phone or tablet’s desktop.

Last but not least, remember that there are at least two iLauncher apps in the Google Play Store. I tried the free iLauncher app by The Big Byte, but it is terribly designed and incomplete as compared to the iLauncher app by suckgamoni. If you look for this under the search term “iLauncher,” you will find that this well-done app costs $2.06. This may seem steep, but it’s no more expensive than some of the games I’ve seen in both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

iOS 7 iLauncher at the Google Play Store
Beware of which iLauncher app you install from the Play Store. The iLauncher by Suckgamoni is the best of the two.

I like the app, but I would like to see developers take the remaining Samsung icons and other apps that do not have an iOS 7-like design and redesign them to match iOS 7’s contemporary style. Then again, there are numerous iOS 7 icons that have yet to be redesigned. Hopefully, these icons will eventually be transformed to match the new iOS that millions of customers have come to know and love.

  1. Thanks for commenting. While it is true, as you have said, I wasn’t aware of it until today. The article was written the first day the iLauncher app became available, so I was simply unaware of the change over the last few days.

    In any case, there are other iLauncher-like apps that are still up and running at the Google Play Store. Just do a search for iOS 7, and you will find some. I would recommend downloading the iOS 7 theme app by Espier Studio, as well as the HiLauncher and iOS 7 Theme for HiLauncher apps. These are free and still at the Play Store.

    Thanks for writing in to let me know. These other apps will provide a similar (if not better) experience, in my opinion.

  2. It’s interesting, but ultimately, the killer App that will bring IOS users over to Android would be a means of running IOS apps on the Android platform.

    Strong points in my mind about Apple devices: good design, large app ecosystem, and consistent user environment.

    Let’s say there is an Android device I would like to make use of, say the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid: Android powered wacom tablet device. What’s stopping me from getting it?

    1) Price: $1500 is alot to pay. But perhaps not for a professional artist.
    2) Android OS: No IOS apps/cross compatibility. I would need to start from scratch and then have no means of cross compatibility with my existing devices. No easy streaming to/from my AppleTV/Tivo units.

    Let’s look at the Note 10.1, which I’ve been looking at. It has the Wacom Feel IT tech, which is basically EMR + pressure sensitivity. Awesome! But then on trying it, what do I experience?

    1) lag. There’s some serious lag between stroke and display.
    2) Device itself feels very plastic and has a good deal of flex.
    3) User interface is VERY different from IOS. Which iLauncher and it’s like solves. But then, I find that I either need to re-acquire new apps to replace the ones I already have on IOS or look for equivalent apps in the Android ecosystem, since there is no IOS version. (Ala ProCreate).

    To top it off, I then hear reports that even with Quad core processors, typically, Android devices are only using 2 cores.

    In the end, it reads like I’m basically compromising on a large number of items switching to Android from IOS. This isn’t a bash of Android, since it would be the same going in the other direction, since IOS can’t run Android apps and doesn’t use Android conventions.

    There is a significant barrier to switching between Android and IOS. And that barrier gets higher as ownership continues on.

  3. I put the apk on as this app is deleted now. I think it works just as good as the real thing and the developer got a slap on the wrist from apple! Why i put this on my galaxy note was simple i use an ipad but prefer Android phones. So now my screen actually looks and feels like it! But one big drawcard for me is i have the best of both worlds simple interface, neat and organised with the same icons and folders as apples you should see this on a amoled screen! But unlike iphone i have a spare battery i can pop in a removable sd card, and the bigest bonus is i can attach a usb flash drive so when i record home movies or pictures or download music videos i can instantly transfer or copy straight the the flash drive then take it and pop it into any tv usb inlet and watch everything on the big screen without any of the interruptions of my phone calling or msging if i was beaming wi fi to the tv. Bonus

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