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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!

  • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

    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?

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

    Was just thinking the same thing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

    programes? heh

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    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

  • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

    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.

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/saeleechan Chan Saelee

    I think I might have found a replacement for ADW…

    • http://twitter.com/golauncher Go Launcher

      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])

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747685834 Carlo Salerno

    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).

    • http://twitter.com/dvschnk M Truong

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    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!!!

    • http://twitter.com/golauncher Go Launcher

      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

    FOR THE WALLPAPER:
    found the original(?) image here:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/89688671

    you're welcome:) reverse image search ftw!

  • carterlive

    its ok

  • carterlive

    where can i get these weather widgets?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      What weather widgets??? o_O

    • Hfuw

      lolwut?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/golauncher Go Launcher

      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

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      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?

  • http://blog.vezquex.com/ Vezquex

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

    • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

    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.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

        awwwwwwsome, thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenindy Steven Ege

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.steurer Chris Steurer

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

      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!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/II5KUXRH3PZ3IFVUWUVEU46WH4 Brandy

    needs tweeking. a little boring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.steurer Chris Steurer

    Im downloading this right now.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Launcher apps are my methamphetamine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VonSwoopington Intesar Zaman

    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… :P

        • 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

          • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

            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.

          • http://twitter.com/golauncher Go Launcher

            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])

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duncan-Smit/100001154972519 Duncan Smit

            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!

      http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/784/wallpapercolor06.jpg

      • 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

    • http://www.facebook.com/VonSwoopington Intesar Zaman

      same i want that wall paper….

  • simmyboy123

    Hey what's thats wallpaper

    • EC8CH

      I think it's a tree and some stars :-P

  • Keithsmnr

    Good!

  • 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

  • http://dr.zombine.com Dr. Zombine

    I welcome this launcher into the arena with open arms.

  • EggoEspada

    Downloaded now. Giving it a good try..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    Looks nice.

  • http://mattdemers.com Matt Demers

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