SF Launcher 2 is a complete rewrite of the original SF Launcher designed with Material Design and Android 5.0 Lollipop in mind. Unlike most other third-party launchers, which use roughly the same homescreen format as the default launcher, SF Launcher 2 is designed around a scrolling list of cards, which can contain widgets or apps, below one of twelve cityscape headers that change based on the time of day.
Swipe in from the left side of the screen (or tap the button in the upper left) to reveal the app drawer. This is a list of all of your apps which you can tap to open or long press and drag to add to the card list or uninstall it. If you prefer, there's also an option to change this list to a three-column grid in settings.
Tap the menu button in the upper right to add widgets, shortcuts, or to open settings. Once you've added some cards, you can swipe one from its rightmost edge to reveal its options, including the option to delete it. The two arrows on the left move cards up or down, the palette in the middle allows you to change the card's background color (plus users only), and the fourth button allows you to either adjust the height of a widget card or the number of columns in an app card. The red trash can on the far right deletes the card.
Aside from the twelve headers, all users can also select from one of five themes. Light and Dark are self explanatory, while Auto alternates between Light and Dark based on the time of day, System Wallpaper hides the app background and header to reveal your system wallpaper (which works with both static and live wallpapers), and Wallpaper with Header hides the background but leaves the cityscape at the top of the screen. As of 2.0.2, you can also select one of three header styles. In addition to the default clock and date style, there's also a search bar style (with quick links to text and voice search) and an empty style (which hides everything in the header except for the drawer button and overflow menu).
Due to all cards being contained within a scrolling list, widgets which contain a scrolling list themselves may not work properly. They should mostly scroll as intended provided the "Allow Scrolling Widgets" option is enabled in settings, but there may be some issues, particularly on 4.x. This option is disabled by default, but you can enable it in Settings > Card List.
Upgrade to SF Launcher Plus (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.alamoapps.launcher.plus) to unlock additional features and customization options:
* Change the background color of the overall launcher and the app drawer
* Change the background color of individual cards
* Third-party icon packs
* Third-party SF Launcher themes (which can add new headers, color swatches, and background themes)
* Hide unwanted apps from the app drawer
If you bought SF Launcher Plus for the original version of SF Launcher, you can continue to use it with SF Launcher 2 for no additional fee.
SF Launcher 2 is designed to work best with Android 5.0+, but is compatible with versions back to Android 4.1.
SF Launcher 2 is a completely separate app from SF Launcher Classic, which means you can keep the old version installed if you wish. This does mean that your settings will not carry over to SF Launcher 2. However, your favorites and a limited amount of settings can be imported provided you have SF Launcher Classic updated to at least version 0.5.7.
SF Launcher 2 Screenshots