Facebook Home alternatives: 12 innovative Android launchers

Don't live your life in Facebook? Try one of these exceptional Android launchers to spice up your home screen and make your device do more.
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Ready, set, launch!

With this month's high-profile arrival of Facebook Home, Android launchers -- apps that replace your device's home screen -- have entered the public consciousness.

However, Facebook Home isn't as revolutionary as all that -- launchers have actually been around for years. And while Facebook's offering could arguably be considered more valuable for the company itself than for users, there are other launchers that provide powerful ways to expand your phone's functionality.

From basic to bizarre, these 12 launchers show off just how versatile the Android platform can be.

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