Milestone: The Razer Phone comes with Nova Launcher Prime preinstalled


Popular gaming-centric paraphernalia manufacturer Razer announced just yesterday its foray into the smartphone world with a handset that seems like a surprisingly=good package. Specs-aside, probably the most intriguing software quirk or even 'easter egg' of the device is the fact that Razer has not wasted resources on developing its own custom Android launcher from scratch, but has taken much more efficient approach.

The Razer Phone will come with one of the most popular custom launchers for Android, Nova Launcher Prime, pre-installed, giving users unprecedented customization options and all the trendy features that arrived with Android 8.0. 

That's definitely a good move since the majority of people that would consider getting the Razer Phone are most certainly folks that love tinkering around with their Android devices and Nova Launcher is one of the fundamental customization tools you need once you go beyond stock. 

Simply put, familiarity that Nova Launcher has in tow would greatly surpass any custom launcher Razer could develop, thus we'd say that's an excellent move.


Do you wish more Android manufacturers featured well-known launchers on their devices instead of custom ones?

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36 Comments

1. D-SHEL

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Nice try, Razer.

21. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Samsung also must consider doing something similar as they have failed with their software for years now. If you can't fix it, let professionals do the work. There is no shame in that, and Samsung customers will also be happy.

32. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

yeah..speak for yourself mate

2. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...Do you wish more Android manufacturers featured well-known launchers on their devices instead of custom ones?..." Yes, especially Nova launcher classic. This cost next to nothing and looks a lot better without all that ugly red and blinding white.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Apex Launcher is great too!

4. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Who cares? It's a nextbit Robin black clone.

35. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

...which is a good thing. A Nextbit with a bit more grunt is a nice phone.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I personally like that they're going with Nova Launcher. It's such a versatile customization tool that really should be purchased by Google and implemented into the main framework of their OS. The phone itself looks lice from a hardware/spec perspective, but I'm not overly fond of the physical look of the phone itself.

26. Lsuisme

Posts: 4; Member since: May 08, 2016

Free version or Prime lol

27. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I think that oems using custom launchers is a good strategy for the ones who have horrible launchers. Nova, Action and Apex are great choices!

29. Brewski

Posts: 696; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Forgive me, I'm not familiar with launchers. Can I get this from somewhere and put it on my phone? Or does it need to be factory installed? Do I need to root in order to install a custom launcher?

30. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Customer launchers do not need to be factory installed in other to work, and root isn't necessary. Just go to the play store and search "Nova Launcher", then download. Once installation is complete, you're good to go!

31. Brewski

Posts: 696; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Just downloaded Nova Launcher. We'll see if it's good enough to pay for the 'Prime' upgrade.

34. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Launchers are fun little game to play with. Download a bunch of them. Some are novelties and silly. Some are interesting ideas. There are a collection of them that are good and flexible, and it comes down to personal taste. Nova is great, so is Action Launcher, and Apex.

33. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Just glad it's not the Nextbit launcher. That was.... something

36. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I fully support this move! The very first thing I download and install on any new phone I get is Nova Launcher Prime. Surprised more OEMs aren't doing this, as it's amazing, and it will save them the RnD or putting on their own UI when in all likelihood, it will get swapped out for a custom launcher anyway.

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