Poll results: stock Android, third-party launcher, or the manufacturer overlay?

Poll results: stock Android, third-party launcher, or the manufacturer overlay?
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. If you put enough time and effort, 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.

Not everyone is into putting time and effort into interacting with their Android, though, as most of them ship with some kind of manufacturer overlay out of the box, be it TouchWiz, HTC Sense, LG UX, Xperia UI, MIUI and so on. These phone maker interfaces often add a ton of extra features and customization options, and yet a lot of people don't mind having their Android with the stock and uncluttered interface, as on Google's Nexus devices, which ensures timely updates.

That is why we asked you last week which camp are you in, and whether you prefer your Android stock and bare, pimped up with a third-party launcher, or think that the manufacturer overlays are already sophisticated enough for your needs. Well, we've rarely had such an even split in a poll. Granted, the stock, Nexus-style Android interface grabbed the most 39% of the votes from our 1834 respondents, but with a pretty small lead before the manufacturer overlay, or the third-party launcher crowds, showing that many people are content with whatever ships on their phone out of the box, really.

Stock Android, third-party launcher, or the manufacturer overlay, which one do you prefer?

Stock Android, Nexus-style
Third-party launcher, like Nova or Apex
My phone maker's custom interface



1. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Similar results to what i expected. Espeically with OEM's interfaces becoming closer to stock, I'm not too suprised.

3. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Or richer in defaut features (less 3rd party apps to install to achieve wished results).

4. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I must admit all the stock android is pretty fast and fluid the other manufacturers android versions have handy customisations, for example setting the base storage as SD card, multi window(of course!), better calculator(very important, e.g. xiaomi), great note taking and other pre loaded productivity apps(HTC has gr8 ones), AND FINALLY A GOOD BATTERY SAVER! I hate my Motorola for not having it

2. maximumpayne

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

I have Nexus 7 2013 tablet with Lolipop updated and its very bare bones UI I really don't know why people would want Nexus experience. Sense and Sony UI are as fast as stock IMO.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd have to vote for a hybrid.. I prefer many of the features that Samsung brings to Android, however I hate the launcher. I use Nova launcher. I like this combo over stock Android all day!

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

then you have to wait until xposed for lolipop is ready

6. Scorpion67 unregistered

How about a little bit of all three?

7. greenmunky

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I love what Motorola did with the Moto X phones. I had the original and now have the 2014 version. Love the vanilla stock feel with a few useful features baked in. First android devices I haven't felt the need to root or tinker with.

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