Poll results: Which Android launcher are you using?

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.

Which Android launcher are you using?

I use the stock launcher that came with my phone
37.27%
I am constantly switching launchers
4.41%
GO Launcher EX
4.19%
NOVA Launcher
27.7%
Apex Launcher
4.3%
Smart Launcher 2
1.49%
Mi Launcher
1.17%
Dodol Launcher
0.91%
Action Launcher
1.27%
Solo Launcher
0.8%
Buzz Launcher
1.62%
EverythingMe Launcher
0.39%
Launcher 8
0.99%
Themer Beta
0.56%
KK Launcher
2.14%
Next Launcher 3D Shell
0.89%
Atom Launcher
0.35%
Nokia Z Launcher
1.29%
Aviate
3.48%
Other
4.77%

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18 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nova is the best.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes sir. 100% agree with you. +1

7. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I agree, but only next to Vanilla IMO :)

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 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 !!!!

10. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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

3. Busyboy unregistered

Stock or nothing

5. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

6. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

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

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

what happened to google now launcher?

9. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Google Now launcher with Xposed mods...:D

16. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

11. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

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

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

13. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Stock Nexus, nuff said.

17. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

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

18. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

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

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