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Go Launcher Enters the Android Launcher Arena

Yep, another launcher that has a huge goal of trying to take down LauncherPro and ADW.  Does it stand a chance?  Actually, it does.  Go Launcher has a ton of the functionality that you’ll already see with those other two launchers, but has it’s own take on how Android should function.  It doesn’t necessarily use an “app drawer” and instead opts for a “function chart” which includes your apps but also as a task killer.  Interesting right?

The developers also threw in the scrollable app tray, custom icon settings, gestures and many of the other features you’ve all enjoyed in LP and ADW, so this might be an alternative to consider.

Full gallery after the break.  Anyone been using Go?  Thoughts?  

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Cheers Jim!

  • jacko

     it is the only launcher i will use. i try others, like regina and panda and launcher pro, but i always come back to go launcher. for one, it is free. it is even more customizable that launcher pro, it is very smooth. i use it with rubix focused 2.01 and my droid x runs very fast. love it.

  • Anonymous

    9 Screens Running, widgets everywhere. Seems fast so far. I like to scale down the widgets in my dock. Maybe someday.

  • Guy

    I have been using GO for a couple of days now. It’s really good. Together with the circle launcher app I could redesign the whole structure of my walls as I wanted it from the beginning.

    My phone isn’t rooted so I still have some unwanted stock apps on my phone. That’s why I like the ‘hide apps’ function a lot. (similar to poof for iphone)

    Also the hand gestures and the extendability of the dock bar made everything more convenient.

    All in all the whole thing reminded me a little of my iphone with sbsettings on it. That’s probably why I enjoy it so much.

  • Ishi

    If you added a looping function like LP I will change for sure. It's not a big thing I know, but I'm so used to it now, that not having seems weird. Widgets would be nice, but it's not a big deal for me, since I don't really use any apart from beautiful widgets. Otherwise fantastic job. 😀 Keep up the great work.

  • We have supported resizable widgets now .
    Just have a try and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
    If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • We are fixing this bug now .
    If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • We have improve our app since 2 weeks ago .
    Just have a try and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
    If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • We will release a new version to support hiding app this week and already have supported alphabetical app order now .
    Just have a try and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
    If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • Kikilongsocks

    Had it for a day then switched back to launcher pro plus. I love the set up, but for starters almost half of my apps weren't showing up in the drawer, I didn't have my lp widgets, it wouldn't let me resize things (which I do a lot) and my phone was working at half its speed. (Which is REALLY slow for the original droid) maybe if they come out with an update to fix the lag and the missing apps, then ill try it again. But till then its LP all the way.

  • Hmm i need to be able to use custom icons, have i missed it?

  • tareq samman

    I respect ADW and LP devs, they are awesome and constantly updating and making their app even better so please don't get me wrong when I said: I am not a big fan of ADW or LP, they both are not my idea about “open” that's why we have bought androids right? coz its open! anyway take a look at this: http://www.droidforums.net/for

    • Ugly as sin, but I like the concept. Very Zune like. I think it's really interesting what's occuring with Android Launchers. We're not really starting to see people think outside the box. Incremental improvements are giving way to some very different ideas.

  • Stevigan

    Whats the clock called?

  • Cleetose

    I'm really liking this launcher. Only two issues for me. The function chart should have an option to be alphabetized (and perhaps other quick sorting options), and the screen should rotate when I open the keyboard.

  • Br549

    Anyone using scrollable widgets? I use PureCalendar and Go doesn't seem to like it. Will not load the full widget and FC when I try to scroll.

    +1 on the ability to use custom icons. That is one of the main attractions for LP+. However, the lag with LP+ is dragging down its functionality. In this regard, Go is much more snappy. (As is Zeam Launcher, but Go is more customizable.)

  • Stanger

    the only thing i don't like about it is that the apps in the app drawer aren't alphabetical. i'm sure there will be a fix for that soon

  • Freestyle270

    It's a nice simplistic launcher, I'll give it style and performance points. Personally I've become very fond of the LP+ widgets (FB, Twitter, People, Calendar, and even bookmarks), moving to another launcher, ADW included, makes me feel like I'm loosing too much. If I can get away with not installing apps to handle functions that the launcher can do, I'm all for that.

  • Rain_king46

    Fast and good looking. As of right now I would vote this launcher second to LP. One bug I have noticed is that if you turn the message count function on, after you read the message the count does not reset. At least it doesnt on my DX

    • Rain_king46

      Does anybody know if there is a way to change the dock icons to custom images?

    • Barlog

      It does the same thing for me on my DX with LP. It really bugs 🙁

  • I tried it out for only 10 minutes and switched!

    It offers up some of the features that are in the MIUI Rom. I love it thus far, have been using it for almost a full day and it's great. Really fast and only occasional 1 or 2 second delays when I press the Home button. Usually loads in a snap.

    Allows for you to change the icon of anything, even folders! That's a first that I've seen. There are apps that allow you to change folder icon, but not like this. It's a pain in the ass to use those apps and unintuitive. With this ROM you just long press and choose “Replace”. You can also rename any program icon.

    Also gives you the option to replace the launcher icon with something else. If you do this, then just use the swipe up gesture in the settings to bring up the launcher instead. Also set the swipe down to bring up notifications, which allows you to not have to be so precise about swiping from the very top of the screen.

    Has SMS, Missed Call and UnRead email alerts, that seem to work flawlessly unlike Launcher Pro.

    • Rain_king46

      my alerts are not working flawlessly. it counts unread sms messages but then after I read them the unread count stays until i restart the phone

      • We are fixing the alerts now .
        If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • Dggardner773

    This launcher will definitely give both ADW and my favorite LAUNCHER PRO a run for there money.

  • Paul

    So… I'm getting an iPhone vibe from this one too. At least in that function chart / app tray. Otherwise, looks good.

  • Bucho2k

    So far this is running so much smoother than Launcher Pro and ADW on my Droid 1. I'll stick with this for now.

  • Bkn0x

    What clock is that?

  • John

    Tried it, went back to ADW.

    I want to be able to resize widgets. I dislike the app drawer not being alphabetical.

    GO launcher is plenty smooth (but no smoother than ADW), but offers nothing fresh or anything that I need.

  • Ctxx24

    I can't add shortcuts…and I can't set the home screento themiddle one hmmm

  • I only see 3 home screens and you can't resize widgets.

    • Bucho2k

      Finger gesture up on the screen to reveal the home screens and add 30 of them.

  • Wow it looks like…just another launcher. yawn.

    What's the big deal? Aside from /not/ sorting the apps in the tray (wtf, guys?) I don't see the allure.

  • Droidaholic

    I figured out how to have the apps scroll up and down instead of side to side so that's all good. My clock widget won't load, though, so I am trying a new one. I really wish they would allow us to resize the widgets like LP does. I am sure as they update the app they will start to include these functions…or at least I hope they do.

  • Peetie

    I like it but wish the function chart would sort the apps in alphabetical order and it would be nice if I could keep the home screen background from moving when I go to the other home screens, other than that, it's good!

    • Droidaholic

      You can move the apps around and place them in whatever order you want…but it will take time. It would be nice if there was an automated way of doing that.

  • Go launcher runs well on my Gentouch tab….i wont run it on my Di tho….Sense UI ALL THE WAY…

  • Go launcher runs well on my Gentouch tab….i wont run it on my Di tho….Sense UI ALL THE WAY…

  • KleenDroid

    I tried it and was going to switch to it. BUT… I tried to add a shortcut to the screen and it would not work. After multiple attempts I went back to Launcherpro.

  • Apsmojo

    Is there a way to get the black status bar without rooting?

  • not bad..however i need swipe up gestures for bookmarks…also, it needs widgets. otherwise it's good.

  • fssach

    Has anyone noticed that when you try and add a picture frame widget that the launcher crashes?

  • Was just thinking the same thing…

  • programes? heh

  • Been using it for a couple of days as a comparision to LP – cant wait for the new LP Fede is creating. Come on Fede give us a glimpse into the future.

  • Crmay1215

    I'm not a developer by any stretch of the imagination, and I know there are quite a few home replacement apps out there and maybe we don't need another one, but I have an idea for home replacement that I would like to pitch to someone who could do something with it. How would I go about doing this? anyone know anyone I could get shoot an email to with my idea?

  • Buckgrad

    Side scrolling apps are too much like the iPhone. Would like to be able to hide apps as you can on Launcher Pro. And the BIG problem is the apps are not alphabetical. Takes way too long to find what I'm looking for. And as previously stated, isn't task killer a bad thing on Android? Sticking with Launcher Pro.

  • Dannyj

    Yea. Haha. Of course. Here ya go just use this link and enter WINBIG for a promo code when you sign up and it will give you an extra 3 bids. “http://www.quibids.com/?refer=3068417

  • Jamestastic12

    60 bucks… Not too bad for what you saved… I do need a new laptop. They have laptops?

  • Dannyj

    Haha. Don't be hatin. I got it on quibids. And along with my tv I saved $740. There's no bs to be smelt son. It only had cost me $60 to join and that gave me 100 bids. I already saved $680 after the signup.

  • Jamestastic12

    Nah. Ain't no way this Danny guy got a dx for $2. I smell bs…

  • Dannyj321

    Word. I didn't think that I was an android fan until I got my phone. I never would have tried android unless I got my dx for $2. Haha.

  • Sprotthedestroyer

    Love it! To each his own, but this is now my default. Been playing with it for a while now. Really customizable. Love it!

  • Djyosnow

    not for me the side scrolling through the apps was horrid

  • I hate to restate the obvious or ask a particularly stupid question, but aren't task killers bad?

    • John

      They are bad to manage memory.. they are not bad to keep apps in check. Not all developers are created equal. Also, I’m sure everyone has had a frozen or unresponsive app that won’t FC out.. task kill that sucker.

      • Thanks for the clarification! That makes perfect sense.

  • cdmoore74

    I'm glad I visit this site everyday. Excellent launcher given that it's the first release. Been using it for about 30 minutes and no problems on my DX. Almost like Android had a one night affair with an iphone and this is the end result. Now we have no less than 3 excellent launchers to choose from.

  • zpschmidt90

    how can I use that messaging icon in the dock on LP?

  • Erkleehoo

    Am I missing it, or is 3 homescreens the most you can have? I need more than that!

    • yopete525

      Swipe up (by default) to show “Previews,” and from there you can add screens and rearrange them from the tile view.

  • I think I might have found a replacement for ADW…

    • We have supported alphabetical order now .
      Just have a try and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
      If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • Like it but can't resize widgets, which means I can't use Blur Quick Contacts or set up a larger calendar widget. Am I missing something? Also would like to be able to set up a swipe gesture on my browser to access bookmarks and can't do that either. Am I missing that too?

    Overall…pretty sweet (I've been using LP+ for awhile now and this is really well done).

    • I'm with you on the lack of resize widgets. I actually like the blur quick contacts. But overall go launcher is pretty well done. Maybe once they add widget resizing or at least have their own contact widget, I'll try it out again.

  • I liked it! But unfortunately, it wasnt good enough for me to give up LauncherPro.Its a GREAT start though. Keep up the good work developer.

  • tom76

    Seems like a really good launcher but I NEED my LP widgets and custom icons. Til then it's LP ftw!!!

    • We have supported custom icons now ,will also make some special widgets in the future.
      Just have a try and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
      If you have Any feedback/wish/bugreport, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • Neiche

    found the original(?) image here:


    you're welcome:) reverse image search ftw!

  • carterlive

    its ok

  • carterlive

    where can i get these weather widgets?

  • this is awesome, cant believe im saying this.. but i like it better then launcherpro. this is everything i could ever ask for in a launcher. i would use it as my default but its just that i need my HTC widgets :/. thats not the devs fault though..

    • Anonymous

      does it prevent you from using the HTC widgets? I know on my DX running LP+ I can still use Blur widgets, though they look screwy after a reboot.

    • We will look at this new function that helps you use the HTC widgets .
      If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

  • The350zWolf

    on a semi-unrelated subject, I think that I now understand why verizon(moto) uses blur, and sprint(htc) uses senseui (does the DInc uses senseui?). Anyway, the reason is that once you get used to the specific UI, you won't want to change. Other UI's will feel ackward and unfamiliar. Case in point a friend of mine just got the EVO from sprint and I borrowed it for a while and it felt really weird. Missed my Droid. I won't feel compeled to go to sprint since I'm used to vanilla android. Heck, that's the reason I hate blur since my OG droid got me into pure android. Any thoughts?

    • Igstone2

      First off, yes the DInc uses sense, and its not that verizon uses blur and sprint uses sense. There are many other services that use htc phones with sense and moto phones with blur. Where everything comes from is from moto and htc. Most htc phones either run android with sense ran over it or windows with sense, as most moto phones run android with blur painted over it and most android samsung phones have touch wiz. I have always loved sense and hated blur, having said that you can get lucky sometimes with moto or htc and get a pure vanilla android phone such as the OG or the Nexus One. Blur and sense have nothing to do with verizon or sprint, but everything to do with moto and htc trying to outdo each other and every other in the market

    • O_o

  • Brttwrd

    just test drove it. i dont consider my opinions on launchers that meaningul until ive used such launcher for a few day of actually having all the icons and widgets set up and blah blah blah.

    i like it. it looks just as official as adw (ew) and lp (ftw). im unfortunately scared by its newness. its so different and “uncomfortable” i guess u culd say. im the guy who likes most bloatware while every1 cries ovr not being able to remove it. im keeping it installed so i can really try it out but so far, in all honesty, i think im just blown away. it looks like a really good launcher that may take some users out of their comfort zone, but into the light

  • itsalivexx

    OT…Anoyone figure out the wallpaper yet haha?

  • Where do you get your information? If it's another site, like a message board, you should link to it in the post.

    • Looks like they were tipped off to it by someone named “Jim”. Of course, that's just me reading the whole post. This is in the Market, it's entirely possible to stumble upon it. I was tipped off to it today by a coworker whofound it on Appbrain.

  • this is real nice but I dont like how its only 3 home screens, still gonna use it tho

    • JR

      you can add more, on the homescreen swipe your finger up, then theres a “+” button to add more.

  • So far, this is a great Launcher. I am a die hard for LP, but when it comes to the App Drawer I am fully blown away with the customization, the look, and the feel, etc.

    As for the Home Screens, I mean 30 screens seems to be a very nice stray away from 7-10.

    I can say, I will be dual wielding LP and Go, and we will see who the winner is in a few months.

  • Ok, I have only been using this app for about 10 minutes but I am already blown away. I was using ADW before, but I'm pretty sure that I am going to dump that. I can't say much about reliability yet, but so far there hasn't been anything quirky and the speed seems pretty good.

  • Mauro

    I really like it, keep us updated on it, Kellex! I'll probably switch to it in the future, but for now, I'll stick to LP. It's a tiny bit laggy for me right now.

    • also laggy for me too. but ill keep it installed with the other 4 laggy homescreens while i wait for updates lol

      • Mauro

        Haha, agreed!

  • needs tweeking. a little boring.

  • Im downloading this right now.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Launcher apps are my methamphetamine.

  • meh good starting point with the on board recent apps and task killer. The function chart is a little to i*hone like for my liking with the pages and “wiggle” re arrange.

  • Michael_NM

    No “go” for me. I've said it before and I'll say it once more: I won't cheat on Fede. LP+ FTW! 🙂

    • EC8CH

      When Helix first came out I thought it was awesome… but then came LP

      Koush has talked about creating a Launcher that will utilize hardware acceleration. If anything topples LP, that could be it.

      • Anonymous

        Fond memories of Helix here too. Maybe I should amend my statement to read: I might cheat on Fede with Koush… 😛

        • Hgfwju

          haha I will be faithful once he releases the new LauncherPro

          • Anonymous

            i really dont understand all the love for LP+
            i bought it…but its just so slow, and i dont like how it flips automatically, it just takes too damn long
            and i REALLY wish there was some alternative to getting the sense like widgets such as friends because that is really awesome in LP+ except for the fact that anytime you do ANYTHING you have to refresh it

            the 3d launcher is cool…but most roms have that by now
            i just dont understand why everyone would kill for LP+

          • Nick

            If you looked into the settings of LP you would see that you can optimize for better speed and you can stop it from flipping automatically…

          • Anonymous

            Seriously do this. I didn’t buy into the hype about LPP until I turned off the automatic portrait/landscape rotation. After that, zero redraws! Also, I really, really wish Fede would figure out how to make Blur widgets work with his… they like to do funny things and the graphics on them have to be “reset” by adjusting the size of the widget everytime you reboot.

          • Anonymous

            this is the other thing i didnt like. when the friend widget was pissing me off id try to use the blur contact widgets but then they would do stupid stuff…i really havent touched LP+ in over a month.

          • EC8CH

            to answer your question:

            You’re doing it (LP+) wrong

          • I’ve been using LPP for months and always thought that it was just my phone that was slow. Then I realized it was LPP that was slow and kept hanging. After I switched to ADW and now to Go, I haven’t had these hang ups and the system doesn’t ask me if I want to force close or “wait” any longer.

          • We have add more new functions now and we are always listening to, and working for our users!
            If you have any feedback / suggestion / bug, please reply to this thread or send us email. ([email protected])

          • Go launcher has earned it’s place on my SGS2 smooth fast awesome. The only thing that i don’t like is that i can’t use a custom wallpaper in my app tray. But that simply isn’t such a biggy that i won’t use Go launcher. I love it and am waiting for more widgets to use with it. Big thumbs up to you guys.

  • scorpion77

    I will give it a go .. where did you get that wall paper ??

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a link to the wallpaper. It comes stock on the Galaxy Tab. Cheers!


      • Stephen D

        The Galaxy Tab has awesome wallpapers like that? That’s unexpected. The ones on my Fascinate kinda suck and are too girly.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks man, got anymore? 🙂 we should have a place for cool wall paper an such like this …

        • Anonymous

          They should upload them to the Droid-Life Wallpaper app..

      • Kamesen

        wish it was a live wallpaper… that would be sick

    • same i want that wall paper….

  • simmyboy123

    Hey what's thats wallpaper

    • EC8CH

      I think it's a tree and some stars 😛

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  • Puck

    been playing with this for awhile today and it IS pretty darn good!! Needs a few improvements but def worth trying out and keeping an eye on for updates

  • I welcome this launcher into the arena with open arms.

  • EggoEspada

    Downloaded now. Giving it a good try..

  • Looks nice.

  • I'll give it a try. Just installed a new ROM on my Milestone, and I've been looking for a good launcher.