Which Android launcher are you using?

Which Android launcher are you using?
Besides the ability to swap the stock keyboard, messaging, or just about any kind of default apps that come with your phone, with different ones you download from the Play Store, 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.

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. We recently rounded up some of the best Android launchers, and, without pretending that the list is exhaustive, wanted to ask you which launcher is dearest to your heart, if you are always loading new launchers, or whether you are using a third-party launcher at all. Take your pick in the poll below, and throw some arguments behind it in the comments.

Which Android launcher are you using?

I use the stock launcher that came with my phone
I am constantly switching launchers
GO Launcher EX
NOVA Launcher
Apex Launcher
Smart Launcher 2
Mi Launcher
Dodol Launcher
Action Launcher
Solo Launcher
Buzz Launcher
EverythingMe Launcher
Launcher 8
Themer Beta
KK Launcher
Next Launcher 3D Shell
Atom Launcher
Nokia Z Launcher



1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Nova's probably the best option other than stock Android IMO.

5. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Nova was good for me also but Apex is a bit lighter and lets me resize my icons and make them smaller. If I can't resize icons, what's the use of more rows and columns? The get crammed

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm rocking Apex also. I tried Nova, but went back immediately.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The newest version of Nova lets you resize icons :)

22. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Apex is lighter with most goodies of Nova, but neater and it also allows gesture movements like swipe up or down options for free unlike Nova! Apex rocking on all my Android devices after trying tens of launchers!

49. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Only in the paid edition ツ

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have tried Apex, & it's good, but Nova in my opinion is smoother & has WAY more features. I use Nova Prime on my rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

50. steedsofwar unregistered

That's right Apex is so much more responsive with the new updates as compared to Nova. Especially if you enable 'alpha effect' the homescreen transitions just look more graceful and smoother. Plus, it's free version has everything you could want without being forced to pay like Nova.

38. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The gestures e.g. Double tap/swipe down made nova great, so intuitive.

45. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Shame on you who use the stock launcher on your phones (except Nexus and GPE phones)

51. steedsofwar unregistered


66. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Dude, you do realize that a majority of people don't care about completely changing the look of their phone. We are a minority. For most, as long as they can change their wallpaper and ringtone, that's good enough for them.

65. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Using Apex launcher

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Once again there's no Google Now Launcher? shame on u PA

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I can't even find Google Now Launcher on Google Play. Either can I find Nokia Z launcher. Some regional thing?

18. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Maybe... but the APK is everywhere :D btw i don't have access to Google Play AT ALL :|

32. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

wtf? You live in North Korea? lol

29. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Aa so it's only for Nexus and GPE

44. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Also works if you are running certain 4.4 ROMs, I have AOSB running on my Atrix HD and the Google Now Launcher is preinstalled. Of course, you can use alternatives (Apex is my pick at the moment) but the Google launcher is satisfactory for the most part.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Can GO Launcher really be trusted?

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why couldn't it?

48. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Because of its data mining. They outsource your personal data to the ad companies.

14. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I don't know about trusting it but It's heavier than most

25. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

It's like the TouchWiz version of custom launchers eating more RAM than necessary, but it can be trusted and the devs like most of the others are good people!

60. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Yeah, with so many animation and themes. But I'd rather choose Aviate.

74. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Personally I wouldn't have any of GO's stuff on my phone. Besides the possible data mining aspects, they're just so heavy and ad-laden, asking you to install shady apps for "gold". Personalisation by the end-user is rather limited, too.

4. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'm using the Google Now Launcher (it's not an option?).

8. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Yes they left out one of the best option in my opinion.

12. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that's okay...it comes under the first or the last option. i have tried all those launchers(like many other android users) and right now, i am using go launcher, just for a change and as we all know, it's very customizable....it's very difficult to say which one is the best but i keep going back to google now launcher all the time(the only problem with google now launcher is that it's not very customizable)

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