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Apex Launcher Pro Finally Hits the Google Play Store


Back in the Gingerbread (and even Froyo) days, there was this original battle between top launchers that we followed ever so closely. For a lengthy period of time, you were either a LauncherPro guy or an ADW EX guy. Both were amazing launchers, but you couldn’t deny that each had their die-hard base of users. After a while, we saw new players enter the market such as GO Launcher and a few others, but for the most part, those two dominated the field. Now with Ice Cream Sandwich, we are seeing a similar battle play out in front of our eyes. You are either a Nova Launcher user or an Apex Launcher user. For fans of Apex, today is a great day as the “Pro” version has been released to the market Google Play Store.

Almost 2 weeks ago, the newest beta of Apex was released and included many of the features that would become exclusive to the pro version. So if your beta expired (and it should have), your best chance to keep current is going to be through this new release. At $3.99, it’s not cheap, but it’s also not expensive. Devs who do this high quality of work need to be rewarded. 

The pro version features:

  • Multiple configurable drawer tabs
  • Unread count notifications
  • Dock swipe gestures
  • Two finger gestures
  • More transition effects
  • Batch add option for folders
  • Option to merge folder contents
  • Widgets in dock (1×1 only)
  • Overlapping widgets
  • More features on the way!

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  • After using both this and nova, I have stayed with nova. Its just a little more smooth.

  • I’ve been using this (the free version) for a while and it is quite awesome!! That said, can someone tell me how Nova is better or worse?

  • AroundTheFur

    I still prefer GoLauncher EX.

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    After using both this and nova, I have stayed with nova. Its just a little more smooth.

  • DanWazz

    Does this one allow for widgets in the app drawer just by installing the apk yet? 

    • smithers85


  • DanWazz

    Does this one allow for widgets in the app drawer just by installing the apk yet? 

  • Mattyb1085

    Nova FTW!

  • Matthew Merrick

    bought this about an hour after it came out. actually works better on my ics a500 than nova, and IMHO its also more user friendly. Serms to give more options (at least, ones i would actually use) than nova as well. i dont understand the people who are having idsues with it. 

  • Billyrouth2000

    Apex for me is real laggy when switching between home screens.

    • RobMorris

      Ditto, i tried messing with the scroll times and everything. still really laggy

      • Diego Camarotta

        Seems its an issue with fonts, if you disable icon labels, the lag between homescreens and when entering homescreen previews goes away….weird….

  • demarcmj

    I’m a Nova guy personally. They were first to the party which is why I started using it. And Apex hasn’t ever given me any reason to switch.

    Either of them blow the pants off of Trebuchet or Stock though.

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    • speraider430

      Same here, first to market, haven’t given me a huge reason to switch

  • thesaber2000

    Nova ftw!

  • Cgmartin33

    It figures…i just forked out the 4 bucks for Nova 3 days ago because I couldn’t get the premium features like folders in the app drawer, etc after the trial ran out. I looked for the payed version of Apex because i liked those features but no dice…so Nova it was. I also hated the redraw issues on Apex…i wonder if that was fixed?

    • *Paid

      • RobMorris


    • jonny6pak

      The last update I installed over the weekend seems to have the redraw issues solved.

  • I’ve been playing with both Apex and Nova the past couple weeks to see which one I want to stick with, and as far as I can tell, they seem pretty similar other than which features are in the free or pro versions.  Are there any major differences between the two that I’m not seeing yet?

  • nsnsmj

    Nova Launcher Prime all day. Apex is great too though. I was envious of some of Apex’s features, but the last update for Nova added everything in that Pro version list above except for overlapping widgets. 

    The only thing I’m missing from ADW and Launcher Pro is a bigger home screen grid size. 7×7 is not enough for what I want to do to my home screen, and I refuse to go back to a launcher not based on ICS.

  • dongs

     what clock is that in the screenshot? its not beautiful widgets…but it has the HTC Sense look to it

    • TMadd

      It is the Fancy Widgets clock. It is made by the makers of this Launcher, Android Does.

      • dongs

         i was just reinstalling that to see if that’s what it as from…snagged it for free on the Amazon store forever ago.


  • Dominickmelfi

    I like the apex that came with gummy rom 1.01 just fine

    • MrWolf

      Hey, good for you!

    • Cruzfl0w

      I second that, gummy 1.01 is awesome! So good for me too 8)

  • Unique

    the You Tube It said 4.04 ICS what about 4.03 and lower?

    • Derek Gelinas

      It works fine on 4.03.  I’m running pro and have been for quite some time.

  • Levi

    No thanks. I’ll stick with Adw ex. it has hardware acceleration 😉

    • ericl5112

      You think Apex doesn’t?  In fact, it’s as a developer, I always facepalm when an app doesn’t support hardware acceleration.  For many apps, it’s literally a checkbox to tick before building your app.  It’s not such a custom feature as it used to be on 2.3 and lower.

      • Levi

        apex sure doesnt work like it has hw acceleration for me atleast lol i’ve tried all of them and adw works the best lol

        • michael arazan

          i was trying apex on gnex, seemed to slow down the more and more i used it, and became very laggy, then i uninstalled it

          • RaviShah

            my gnex has issues with laggy launchers and laggy live wallpapers will my nexus s runs them perfectly fine. i think it has something to do with hw acceleration drivers on the gnex

        • ericl5112

          Strange, because they do have HW Acceleration.  They are built off the stock launcher, which is accelerated.  They are all incredibly smooth on my SGS1, which is miles behind the GNex.

  • Not worth paying… i still prefer less-featured Trebuchet, this doesn’t even have a proper google search bar but a widget 

    • Chris Parsells

       You might like Nova Launcher then, it has an option for a persistent google search bar, and it has a free version

    • Yes it does, look under Homescreen Settings. At least the free version does… I prefer just having a permanent search key in the navigation bar though. Overall, more useful.

  • Unique

    how about showing us a video

  • Unique

    is this the same launcher pro by fede?  if so, how do we get the update?

    • JosephMoreno

      NO. Not by Fede. It’s by the team that made Fancy Widgets

  • Division by Zero

    $3.99 is still a lot cheaper than TSF Shell, which I didn’t think was worth $17. Cool, but definitely not $17 cool.

  • FknTwizted

    Only issue I run into is the black screens in the drawer or the lag there is well.

    • Lakerzz

      This is the only reason I’m sticking with Nova. No lag ever. (For me at least)