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Poll results: Which Android launcher are you using?

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Poll results: Which Android launcher are you using?
Needless to say, not everybody is satisfied with TouchWiz, Sense, Optimus, Xperia, Emotion, Vibe, Color, or the other manufacturer-supplied user interfaces that come with our handsets, so they turn to third party solutions. Android gives you the option to change the whole interface layout with the so-called "launchers". These are a comprehensive combo of homescreen and app drawer arrangements, complete with their own icon packs, notification bar design, and a smorgasbord of functions and themes that your manufacturer overlay might be lacking, like a landscape UI mode, for instance.

We recently rounded up some of the best Android launchers, and asked you last week which one are you using. Unsurprisingly, about 37% of our 5368 respondents say they are satisfied with whatever their handset came with out of the box, and don't bother with third-party launchers. We say unsurprisingly, since most manufacturers have been putting a lot of thought and innovative ideas into their custom Android overlays recently, realizing that they are as important as the design and hardware to differentiate the brand in the cutthroat Android universe.

Next in line, after the stock manufacturer overlay, is the mega popular NOVA launcher, which offers a sea of customization and theming options for every taste, and more than a quarter of our respondents say they have it installed on their handsets. A distant third, with 4.4%, is the group that is constantly trying out new things, and never sticking with one particular launcher for a long time (to which we have to admit we belong, too, for obvious purposes). The second and third most popular launchers amongst our respondents are two other stalwarts in the launcher business - APEX and GO, each with different strengths. Actually, if we have to be precise, the "Other" category, where the votes for the Android L, Google Now, or other stock-inspired custom launchers went, is in fact taking the third place with close to 5% of the votes, while the fourth most popular launcher is the innovative Aviate, which adapts to your place and time of the day. The rest goes mostly to smart Launcher 2, Buzz, and the Nokia Z Launcher, despite its short time in the Play Store.

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Which Android launcher are you using?
I use the stock launcher that came with my phone 37.27% (2001 votes) (2001 votes)
I am constantly switching launchers 4.41% (237 votes) (237 votes)
GO Launcher EX 4.19% (225 votes) (225 votes)
NOVA Launcher 27.7% (1487 votes) (1487 votes)
Apex Launcher 4.3% (231 votes) (231 votes)
Smart Launcher 2 1.49% (80 votes) (80 votes)
Mi Launcher 1.17% (63 votes) (63 votes)
Dodol Launcher 0.91% (49 votes) (49 votes)
Action Launcher 1.27% (68 votes) (68 votes)
Solo Launcher 0.8% (43 votes) (43 votes)
Buzz Launcher 1.62% (87 votes) (87 votes)
EverythingMe Launcher 0.39% (21 votes) (21 votes)
Launcher 8 0.99% (53 votes) (53 votes)
Themer Beta 0.56% (30 votes) (30 votes)
KK Launcher 2.14% (115 votes) (115 votes)
Next Launcher 3D Shell 0.89% (48 votes) (48 votes)
Atom Launcher 0.35% (19 votes) (19 votes)
Nokia Z Launcher 1.29% (69 votes) (69 votes)
Aviate 3.48% (187 votes) (187 votes)
Other 4.77% (256 votes) (256 votes)

5369 votes

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posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:28 5

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Nova is the best.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:37 2

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yes sir. 100% agree with you.


posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:15 2

7. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

I agree, but only next to Vanilla IMO :)

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:31

2. kkmkk (Posts: 546; Member since: 06 May 2013)

it is interesting result i was thinking that every one change the launcher of his device from day one just like me >> it look like not every one have a galaxy in the end !!!!

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:22 1

10. dmakun (Posts: 334; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

The touchwiz launcher on Galaxy phones are called 'stock' launchers too. So if i used that on my galaxy note 3 instead of Nova launcher i would have chosen that option too

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:31 1

3. Busyboy (unregistered)

Stock or nothing

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:49 1

5. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Nova launcher provides the most balanced customization and simplicity out of those options. Hence I am considering to get the Paid version.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:05 1

6. vishalaestro (Posts: 81; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

sony's timescape launcher looks good and doesn't give much problems.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:31 3

8. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

what happened to google now launcher?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:57 2

9. hmd74 (Posts: 489; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

Google Now launcher with Xposed mods...:D

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 21:04

16. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

Me too. Although my phone is i9300, not a Nexus.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 14:58

11. Tarzan (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

No wonder Nova is miles ahead of the competition. Thats the first app i download when switch phones.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:09

12. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I just started using Sicksky, and really like it. It is incredibly light, and the sort of thing that those looking for a very minimalist launcher might like.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:34

13. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Stock (sense for htc and stock motorola) launchers for me since they run smoothly for me and have more than enough functionality for daily tasks.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:35

14. Awalker (Posts: 1689; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

The first app I use to download when I got a new phone was Nova Launcher but now I stick with stock on the Nexus 5.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 16:39

15. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Stock Nexus, nuff said.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 00:23

17. jdrch (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)

Nova is simply better than anything else out there. Even the Google Now launcher is a joke in comparison.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 00:42

18. clarkjeferson (Posts: 67; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)

Lightning Launcher. I want that over-the-top customization feel.

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