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GO Launcher EX Receives Update, 8 New App Drawer Transitions Included


Over the last couple of weeks, our buddy MrPicolas convinced us to give GO Launcher EX a shot at becoming our next home replacement app.  Since then, we have actually enjoyed the heck out of it and have yet to switch back to ADW or LauncherPro.  While it may lack some of our favorite icon packs from ADW, there are a variety of incredibly polished themes to choose from, along with enough customizations to make even the most accomplished home screen addicts drool.

In today’s update, those customizations became even more robust with the addition of 8 new app drawer transitions.  If you are not familiar with GO Launcher EX or what a fancy transition looks like in your app drawer, we have attached a quick screencast for you below.  


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If you are wondering what my setup is, I’m using the Oreo Slice Wallpaper pack and the Clee 2 GO Launcher theme.

Cheers Picolas!

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  • Billyrouth2000

    ADW EX does not have animations in the App drawer only on the home screen all launchers pretty much get there ideas from go launcher but with go you wont find any screen re draws lkie with adw or lp

  • You can probably port over the Icon Packs if you know how to extract and resign APK files I know there is 1 icon pack that you can download for GO Launcher you could extract it and the one you want to port over and then just modify it to be the same format as the go launcher ex icon pack. I’ve never done it with Icon packs but I’ve successfully ported a few themes over using ThemeFactory.

  • ADW EX already has all of these animations.

    • Not sphere in app drawer.

    • Billyrouth2000

      ADW EX does not have animation in the app drawer only on the home screen go launcher fte

  • Anonymous

    Looks nice, but its essentially a cooler iPhone to me.

  • EC8CH

    Who remembers Helix Launcher?

    • Anonymous

      I went from that to LP, then tried ADW for a week, then back to LP for a long time.  Now I’m on the stock Moto Launcher, and I actually kind of like it.  I do miss the scrolling dock from LP though.

  • jimbob

    I might have to give this a shot.  I don’t see myself not coming back to LauncherPro, though.

    • jimbob

      Back to LP already.

  • KevinC

    nothing will ever be as smooth or as fast as the stock android launcher.

  • Kixofmyg0t

    Had to “de-blur” the Bionic didn’t ya Kellex?

  • IDK used to really like this Launcher but it seems to bloated now.. To much of everything…

  • The only thing that lags on Go Lancher is the app drawer takes a while to populate some times.

    • EC8CH


      Seems to have less of an issue with home screen redraws as compared to LP+ though.

      • That is true. Can’t have it all I guess.

    • Agreed.  The only reason I stay with GO is because of the Themes and the Calendar Widget.  I’ve also been playing around with the Dialer and Contacts replacements.  Very nice stuff.  The folks at GO are really working hard.  Hope they keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    Where is a good place to get Go Launcher EX icon packs? I ditched LP+ in favor of Go a few months back. I wouldnt mind a Honeycomb or ICS icon pack to hold me over on my OGDroid… I dont know where to find them though.

  • This is still the greatest launcher

  • Anonymous

    ADW Launcher EX is much faster on my D3.

  • Anonymous

    when i got my dx2 i was really getting frustrated with screen redraw issues. i went from launcherpro to ADW, but even that one left me with some pretty bad screen redraw. finally i tried golauncher and for me it helped greatly. now with my bionic i stuck with golauncher and love it. i feel like eprformance-wise it delivers better than adw and LP.

  • Anonymous

    I love this app, it reminds me of touch wiz( without it kidish looking interface)

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get away from LauncherPro+. I absolutely love the calendar widget and its the thing that keeps me with LP+

    • EC8CH

      I agree the calendar widget on LP+ is great and it was also the thing keeping me from trying other home replacement apps out… however go Launcher’s calendar widget is almost as good.  I recommend at least checking it out.

      Also check out the transparent theme for the widget as it is a drastic improvement other the stock theme.

      • Anonymous

        Pure Calendar Widget is a very good and customizable app.  I’ve used it on my phones for a long time and can’t see being without it.

        • EC8CH

          I bought both the Pure calendar widgets, but stopped installing them because the LP+ and GO widgets combine the monthly “grid” calendar with the agenda calendar.

          Has Pure added this functionality or is it still one or the other?

          • Anonymous

            Pure Calendar Widget will display the agenda (merged) from all of your calendars.  There is an option that will launch the monthly grid when you tap on the calendar widget.  It will also integrate with a task app (like dato Gtasks).

            I have 9 Google calendars and my corporate exchange calendar that I needed merged into 1 view.  This has worked great for me for a long time.

    • I paid 6 bucks for Calengoo and the widget options keep my satisfied. Sync works perfectly everytime. Keeps colors of my different google callendars and has google task sync and widget as well.

    • Have you ever checked out Jorte? Its my all time fav!

  • Anonymous

    Anyone running this on the OG DROID? How does it run?

    • EC8CH

      works good for me… couple of bugs here and there but I find it to be more responsive than LP+ on the OGD

    • I have been running it for months and I don’t miss the other launchers. The stability and upkeep of the app are fantastic and the effects are cool.  The themes – many come at a price, but those are what keep the app free.  there are some free ones as well, though some aren’t complete.  I recommend it.  They have widgets also, they’re optional. I haven’t downloaded any of those though.  Hope you try and enjoy.

    • Lgreg64

      i have it on my OG it runs fine but my phone is getting slow as time goes on with or without a launcher

  • Anonymous

    People care about transition animations in their app drawer?

    • I was thinking the same thing. Granted, I prefer the scroll (whether Stock or straight) over the page view as it is too similar to iOS. But there are those who like to trick up and there are those who like it simple. To each his/her own.

    • The sphere is the best.

  • Teng247

    Tried LPP, ADW, and GoLauncher and now i just use GO launcher.  Its always been the most stable and its absolutely free

  • kevinnn

    is it that glitchy or is that just screencast being bad?

    • Anonymous

      Its the screencast.

    • I’m wondering this as well

  • kr8os71

    I used to love LPP but ever since Fede abandoned it, golauncher ex has been my replacement launcher since.

  • wasnt suppose to be a reply my b

  • Anonymous

    Faithfully waiting on the Launcherpro update 🙁

    • At this point I would be surprised to ever see it come out.

      I’m not saying it wont. Nor do I regret my purchase of LP+ last year. Fede did and still does some great work, but his priorities seem to have changed. LP is no longer the priority… or so it seems.

      • He’s working fulltime on the rewrite. I heard he quit his job and is funded by donations and the purchases of his apps alone.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see it this month or next.

        • Sweet Jesus, that would be great!

        • Kixofmyg0t


          I’m not even a fan of LPP(believe it or not I prefer the new “blur” over everything else…)but I think the man does great work. Heck I’ll buy it JUST to support him.

        • Anonymous

          Remember when he said it was coming January? YEAH.

      • John

        I imagine he made quite the chunk of change off that app. I would find it complete idiotic to not ever do a rewrite or big update to LPP. Love the app & still use it to this day, but I doubt he’ll just “abandon” it…ya know?

    • Anonymous

      unbelievable it I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://lu2su.net/h5c

  • Trooper


    /me loves ADW EX.

  • lil kevin

    My tbolt has never wanted to play nice with adw. It like launcherpro, though.

    The new launcherpro is the bionic of home replacements.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t make sense.  In the first line you said your phone would play nice with launcherpro.

      Then in the second line you said it sucks as far as home replacements….


      • Guest

        Try reading it again perhaps…

        • lol no hes saying that the bionic sucks

          • lil kevin

            I just meant thelp update timeline is like bionic release timeline. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Dude, you got a crapload of apps

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I do. 🙁

      • Cgmartin33

        I hate to be this guy but…icons please? Been stuck on darkedge but I like the round corners! Thanks Kellen

  • Travisjshepherd

    My first ever, FIRSTIES!!!

    • seems cool but needs icon packs for me toswitch from adw/launcher pro

    • John

      go to hell.
      see what being first got you? 😉