Poll results: Have you used third-party app launchers on your Android device?

Poll results: Have you used third-party app launchers on your Android device?
If you put enough time and effort, they say, you can tailor every Android phone to serve your unique interests and interface layout, and third-party launchers like Nova, Apex and the like, have proved it time and again. Every once in a while, a new launcher appears that promises a paradigm shift in interacting with our mobile devices, utilizing innovative gesture-based or side-sliding launch tech, and some of them are even donning amazing graphics and extra functionality. After you've perused them for a while, though, you often go back to the good ol' Nova, Apex, or whatever else you've been using that does the job for you, as they usually cover the gamut of your requirements in a more traditional way you are accustomed to better.

Not everybody is willing to take it even that far even, and most of the average smartphone users never bother trying third-party launchers, but rather stick with whatever the manufacturer overlay has provided. This is why we asked you last week if you have ever used an app launcher different than the default one that comes with your phone. Unsurprisingly, given our readers pool, almost 80% of the respondents said they have tried a different than stock launcher at least once on their Android devices. Still, 20% haven't bothered, and we'd wager to say that ratio might be reversed, or at least the difference much less if we asked the general population of phone users.

Have you used third-party app launchers on your Android device?

Yes, I've tried a different launcher
79.94%
No, I'm using my phone's stock interface
20.06%

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15 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The last paragraph is definitely right. Ask the average Android user what launcher they use, and most won't even know what you're talking about. Still a higher percentage of iPOS users though.

2. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I tried all the main ones then just stopped using one altogether because I didn't really need it. I use Appsi for my app list and widgets, which consumes less RAM than any launcher.

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

PA should do a poll on which launcher people use I use Nova, its like Google's but with extra features

4. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I use Nova Prime. It's fantastic.

9. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I use Nove Prime too ... tried using others too but just had to return to Nova Prime always .... IMO its the best

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I got Nova Prime too The gestures and swipes are awesome They allow me to keep my desktop clean of icons, only icons in the dock So I have widgets on the desktop without needing too many pages or having to put the icons in folders And drawer groups is great as then I can organise my app drawer Also unread counts is also handy

5. liftmeup unregistered

Exactly. Nova launcher gives you the opportunity to have a pimped out stock android experience. Best there is in the android world.

6. hypertonik

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Both answers are true for me: I have tried other launchers and I am using the stock one.

7. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Using stock sony ui with CM locker

8. JITHISH

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

I am using launcher 8 pro with Windows 10 theme. Really amazing and fluid on my z3 compact...

14. blandersong

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

I agree, I use Launcher 8 pro on my Galaxy S5 and I really like it.

11. 4isanears

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I like nova's icon placement options - it means I can use the tool box on a clean column on the right of my S5 desktop screens and it doesn't get in the way of other icons. Might upgrade to take advantage of the app drawer features too though.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 2005; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Back in the 2.X days, I almost exclusively used Launcher Pro. It was my go-to launcher. It was a shame the dev just abandoned the app. Post Launcher Pro, I was always using CM roms on my rooted phones, so I used Trebuchet. Now I use Google Now Launcher.

13. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I have tried different launchers, but I'm on Google Now presently.

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