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

Stock Android, third-party launcher, or the manufacturer overlay, which one do you prefer?
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 wanted to ask you which camp are you in, and whether you prefer your Android stock and bare, pimp it up with a third-party launcher, or think that the manufacturer overlays are already sophisticated enough for your needs. Take your pick, and shout out in the comments.

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. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I personally prefer Google Now Launcher (aka stock Android launcher) for the Google Search integration i.e. pressing the search bar doesn't bring me to a different page

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nova is my choice.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

most makers custom UI are great. and you cant go wrong with stoke android but 3rd party launchers just never applied to me with the exception of nova launcher which i though was pretty good but ive never used it for long periods of time.

3. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I prefer stock Android which is why I use Nova Launcher on top of Motorola's UI which is as close to stock as I can get with the phone I have

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

OEM launchers! Coz vanilla Android sucks!

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Stock Android - Too basic, nothing fancy (Unless I have a phone from a manufacturer that always use stock Android like Motorola or Google etc. Personally I don't mind about stock Android, it's just that it won't be my first choice) Third party launcher - Doesn't feel original Manufacturer overlay - Hell yes! The UI from every manufacturers have their own style and beauty So, I prefer manufacturer overlay. This is just my opinion and preference.

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Stock Android (Google Now Launcher) on my Nexuses, so far find out it is the most suitable launcher for me, fluid, fast and simple to use. However, it also the only default launcher/UI that can't set the homepage wallpaper and lockscreen wallpaper separately, i know i can download other launcher and set it, but i doesn't like to waste a single byte of mine to download a launcher just to separate the wallpaper, hopefully they will implement it in the future update.

8. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Xperia interface lover here.hater gonna hate

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

this kind of article is recycled once or twice a year i think.

10. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Touchwiz of Galaxy s6 :) i really hope that my Note 4 will have the same with the next update

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nova Launcher with excessive use of gestures

12. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Still, i prefer the manufacturer overlay than stock and third party launcher laucher. The stock is okay, but too basic and there's nothing more. Third party launchers is customizable, but has limited features. Manufacturer's overlay is the best (touchwiz, sense) 'cause it offers more features and some multitasking 0.

13. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

This poll is going to be based on a biased sample because so many people who take the time to read this blog site will be more comfortable tinkering with their devices than the general public. This means a higher percentage of voters going for a launcher.

14. gaming64 unregistered

Stock because -it's not heavy -can be themed -stunning UI My opinion

16. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Im excited to see this turn out... as of my voting, it was pretty much even across the board

17. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

I juggle between stock and third party launchers...

18. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

One of the reasons why I've always used a Sony phone since the SE days - the UI. Yes, it might not have the most features, nor the most unique look, but the simple, consistent, easy to use and elegant UI matches the phone. Never been a fan of the stock Android UI too.

19. TheMarelis

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

Nova Launcher on my G3, because I can make Nova Launcher look like anything I wish it to be and it doesn't sacrifice performance unlike other launchers with the exception of Google Now Launcher, that one is fast too, but it lacks customizability.

20. valneja

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

I love Nova launcher on my g3 too :) responsive, customizable, awesome :)

21. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Nova Launcher,match made in Heaven..

22. sam_1995

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Nova launcher prime is the best...I have been using it for a long period.... I have used a lot of third party launcher...but I barely used them more then 2-3 days....

23. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I've tried several launchers and Nova is the best one I have used.

24. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Nexus Baby!

25. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Stock Android with Nova Launcher on top...


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

On phone: Samsung > Hola Launcher with active Google Now. On tablet: Nexus > Google Now Hola launcher is simple, light and fast on phone. Never lags. Even on phone with below 2GB RAM. Insane one finger gesture control. Just swipe from either left or right bottom corner, pops out massive switches, apps, name it. Also includes hide apps option. Great features! On top of that just tap Google search bar from home screen, pops out weather, location info, also states time and distance to get home. Google Now, also known as Google launcher or pure Android. You know, it's just awesome.

27. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Apex! Like the nova too but, there are few thing that a free apex does that other wise require a purchase on nova!

28. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

when i have htc no need anything

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