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Wednesday Poll: What Android Launcher Are You Currently Using?

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It has been way too long since we last asked our community members what their favorite Android launcher was. Since the last time we asked, there are a few newcomers to the game who have certainly taken some of that marketshare away from the big dogs. Apparently the last time we asked, Nova Launcher wasn’t even on the scene, so that should definitely change things up.

If you answer β€œOther”, please let us know in the comments which launcher you are using.

What Android launcher are you currently using?

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  • Joseph Banks

    cause i’m designing homescreens i really use more than 1, but i guess Nova is the one i’m using personally. designing on Apex now. and i have a love for GO, as i have been using that for a long time.

  • Anonymous Viper 7

    Atom Launcher FTW!!!

  • cb2000a

    Voted stock…then saw results now running Nova and really like it.

  • Mike Wells


  • I was a long time Apex user, a short time Nova user, and for now, a Holo HD user. I’m surprised it didn’t make the list to be voted on. It has just enough customization and otherwise is lighter than Apex/Nova and runs smoother.

  • I’m shocked at the low number on Go Launcher EX… flat out amazed. Is Nova that much better?

  • Jeremy Roberts

    Atom launcher its smooth and very powerful.

  • icons name, please?

  • Hugh jorgan

    I’m using tsf shell. It costs around $16, but it’s a great launcher even on my Samsung stratosphere.

  • coolsilver

    I’m still using launcher pro. I’m really not in need of a bunch of fancy widgets and features in a launcher

  • Dorian Brooks

    Started off with GO on my DInc2. Now I use Nova on my Razr.

    I wanna try a setup like in the article pick.

  • anzensepp1987

    60 people use Next-Launcher?! That’s weird… Ugliest over-priced launcher of all times (beats SPB Shell 3D)…

  • hans

    Other Launcher is just for fun. However pretty, i always go back to stock because of less memory eaten at the RAM and some extra widget that usually custom for the stock launcher πŸ™‚

  • brkshr

    CM10.1 Trebuchet

  • im currently running nova… but at one point i loved TSF SHELL ..i may give it another go when the newest update hits on the 30th

  • Jeremy Bryant

    I realize that it’s tantamount to heresy to make this claim here, but the TouchWiz JB launcher is actually pretty good. It lacks most of the options of the rest, but damn it’s smooth and fast. When I get bored with it and need to change things up, I’ll go back to Nova.

  • hackthis02

    There should be an option for Android Stock and OEM Stock.

  • Joshyroe

    I use Apex launcher on my Galaxy note 2 with jelly bean icon pack. It feels like I have a larger gnex with touchwiz features and s pen. I love it.

  • Daniel

    I’m still loving ADW EX, but what makes Nova so great that everyone’s using that these days?

  • I have a stupid question, does any of these launchers void your phone’s warranty?

    • jsf6262


    • noc007

      No. It’s one of the glories of Android. Don’t like the launcher, use a different one. Don’t like the Email app, use a different one. Etcetera.

      Rooting does, but technically it’s only the difference between 0 and 1.

  • What launcher is being used in the picture?

  • PyroHoltz

    How did Trebuchet not make it on this list? Isn’t CM10 one of the most common custom ROMs used?

  • Apostrafee

    Next Launcher!

  • I am loving the new update to Action launcher. The shutters are really handy and nice for someone like me who likes a somewhat minimal layout but still get the info I need. It just replaced my Nova Prime

  • Drew Clouse

    Do custom launchers offer any sort of battery life improvements? That’s about the only way I would switch.

    • Sunday Lacrymosa

      you could dl a stastics/app killer app, but custom launchers dont really give battery life improvement, but the good ones like nova, don’t take away battery life either so its 50/50

  • Sunday Lacrymosa

    Im new to the whole launcher thing, but i started using Nova, its pretty good

  • Wheres trebuchet?

  • BrianLipp

    i have Action Launcher but i have too much muscle memory with Nova launcher to switch. Maybe with my next phone.

  • RW-1

    I use stock on my Gnex simply because I don’t feel the need to add a program to do what the stock one already does. However I am aware of it’s limited customization (compared to the replacement launchers) but if not using that degree of customization, you see my point. For those who do want that, there are plenty out there to choose from, and you must, must, try them all to find what works for you….

  • Stock all the way. ICS largely eliminated the need for a custom launcher in my case.

  • kaufkin

    Stock on Nexus7, Trebuchet 1.0 on Gnexus. LauncherPro on OGDriod for Jr. to game / tinker with.

  • John Wells

    ADW EX for me. Has all the bells and whistles that Nova has, but will do one thing Nova doesn’t . . . dock on bottom in landscape mode! I also like the dock icon reflection feature, kinda cool looking.

  • CapnShiner

    I’m a little surprised at how few people are using Go Launcher EX. I started using it when LauncherPro stopped getting updates and I haven’t looked back. The constant bombardment of ads for the paid themes is getting pretty annoying, so maybe I’ll look at Nova, but Go Launcher is free.

    • Jim

      The ads for paid themes, and bloated extras that Go has are exactly why I left many moons ago!

  • Mike Strollo

    How do you add a themed dock to your home screen in Nova? I’ve been looking all over the internet for the answer… No luck. Their are themes for Nova that come with docks so it’s got to be possible, right?

  • Stock(s) Rocks

  • Benjamin Mackie


  • Alex

    I use the stock launcher of ParanoidAndroid

  • sonicemerald

    just started using Lightning Launcher. You should definitely give it a try, it seems like it’d make making pretty robust homescreens a breeze. It’s a horizontal and vertical launcher. (THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!)
    Be prepared to give it a while to sink in though, the options are insane.


  • kg215

    Can’t complain about nova launcher. Backup your layout easy to use and customize. AOKP comes with it.

  • Abhisshack D

    seems like Nova Prime is better Than Apex Pro, could any one elaborate me how and where Nova Prime shines over Apex Pro !?

    • Steve Benson

      They’re about the same. Nova is more popular because they were quicker to become more polished and feature rich.

      • Abhisshack D

        thanks for the reply πŸ™‚

  • SF Launcher

  • Tsabhira

    Nova on my Gnex and Nex7
    Apex on my Droid 4
    ADW on my OG Droid and Droid 2 deluxe alarm clocks… hehe.

  • DanWazz

    I use Nova on my GNex and some on my N7. I do all my customization on my phone and keep the tablet stock.

  • udispyn

    adw no chance to vote

  • Spaniard85

    I’m currently on MIUI v5… so do I choose stock or other? πŸ˜›

  • I’m surprised Holo Launcher isn’t in there. Its a good competitor for Apex and Nova. I typically use Apex on my Nexus 7, but I answered the poll with my daily phone which runs Holo Launcher.

    Shame though, Launcher Pro can still be used on Froyo/Gingerbread as its the best launcher for that platform. But I firmly believe the dev has abandoned it which is a big disappointment after hyping up the re-write in the code. Oh well, we have Apex, Nova, Holo Launcher, Go Launcher, and others to compensate.

  • Mike

    Just installed LauncherPro for nostalgia’s sake πŸ™‚

    I run Nova Prime, got it for 25 cents on sale.

    Another one not in the poll is Holo, gives ICS look for GB. I ran it on my Inc2, girlfriend runs it on her D2. He also has Holo HD, which breaks compatibility with GB.

  • i have nova launcher but i dont even know why i have it compared to others lol

  • Mark Mann

    i use the stock blur launcher, but only because of the circle clock widget…and please don’t say one more clock widget or the other one…they’re not the same…the rom i’m using comes stock with apex, and i do liket hat launcher too, but i keep finding myself coming back to stock blur

    • Mark Mann

      i also bought adw launcher ex, and launcherpro…back before it was given up on launcherpro was my launcher of choice

  • Cornbread

    Holo Launcher HD ftw!

  • Hum, don’t understand why people pick the vanilla UI Launcher above others. For me the ADW Ex always been the best Launcher available. The rewrite does it for me. Offers me everything I need although I payed for apex I think (can’t remember since it’s the same as Holo and Nova. I picked apex just for the name).

    But ye, I got stock android UI if I don’t use ADW on my nexus, so why ever go back to apex or nova?! Pretty happy with Anderweb’s underestimated work (which always was a shame).

    BTW, Im using a fullscreen homescreen, no docks, statusbar, apps, shortcuts, whatever, clean and simple + minimalistic txt + minimal reader + eye in the sky…1 screen only. So maybe Im just not the average user.

    • Same deal here for the most part. 5 screens with the middle three all clean and the ends as calendar and flipboard, music keyring pandora on the other, Hidden dock row and running GoLauncher. Freaking sweet…

  • Jack Williams

    Used Launcher Pro (paid version) on my still functional OG Droid.
    Using stock on my Samsung Galaxy S lll.

  • Nova, because it’s as close to stock JB as one can get without rooting. Prior to ICS, it was GoLauncher all the way. But Go never evolved with Android.

  • bassman418

    Even when I had my gnex, I used Nova. Still do on my gnote2. Love it.

  • MrSteve920

    Still waiting on that LauncherPro rewrite…

    • Steve Benson

      …you’ll be waiting a long time.

  • gokusimpson

    Zeam launcher for GB. Super quick. Hasn’t been updated in a long time, but doesn’t really need to.

  • No love for Atom Launcher? Nobody seems to know of it but I really like it. Smooth, stable, no lag or waiting for screen redraws. It has a lot of theming options and some unique features that I’ve never seen on any other launcher. And, it’s free!

  • bjs

    Why do so many people use Nova over Apex? Is it just a word of mouth thing. They seem to offer the same features.

    • azndan4

      Because people like paying for features in Nova that are free in Apex.

      • abqnm

        I have paid for both. I used Apex for a long time because it had many more features than Nova. On my Galaxy Nexus, Nova runs significantly faster with much smoother animations than Apex. Apex is choppy and tears when changing screens. Obviously this would vary by device, but use what works.

        Plus it is good to support developers that produce a quality product.

        • C-Law

          Apex ran choppy for me compared to nova on my gnex. I stuck with nova on my s3 and got nova prime during a Google 10 cent sale. The features it adds are great, like the missed calls and txts icon counter and stuff. I have a few gestures set like swipe up for recent apps and swipe up from the drawer icon to get Google now. Kinda helps on the s3

      • Simon Belmont

        I grabbed Nova Launcher Prime during a Google Play Store 25 cent sale. It’s a fantastic custom launcher and it’s noticeably smoother than Apex Launcher, for me.

        That said, I do like Apex Launcher as well. I have them both, actually.

    • Eion

      I have purchased ADW, Apex and Nova. Nova is just the better launcher in my opinion.

    • Aardvark99

      Apex didn’t render some of my widgets correctly (beautiful widgets 4×1 weather on my S3) so switched to Nova. Nova also seemed faster so I stuck with it and paid for the full version.

    • gm49

      I liked the Apex settings better thsn Nova. I loved having folders inside the spp draeer, but those folders could not hold very many shortcuys, which greatly reduced their usability. NOVA does fine with tabs in the app drawer.

      Apex has never resized shortcuts on the scrolling dock bar. When in landscape mode with 7 icons in the doc bar, the icond are truncated-which annoys me greatly. Add small icons to the dock bar and i might switch back.

  • TSF

  • Rodeojones000

    I actually use Nova and Apex. Nova seems to run better on my Nexus 10, I prefer Apex on my phone. Also own the Prime/Pro versions of each.

  • EvanTheGamer

    There should only be one launcher listed in the poll above, and that one launcher is…

    NOVA Launcher, ’cause it reigns supreme above all others!

    • Michael

      True story

  • tomn1ce

    Nova Launcher all day long with a touch of LMT….nice

  • Tom Z

    I use stock, because I want the best battery life and lag free experience. I’m under the impression any add-on launcher will always be slower, because isn’t it just a skin over the stock system? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Oh no. Maybe some launchers are too obtrusive, but launchers like Nova, Apex, and now Action, are a big upgrade from stock. It’s stock with speed tweaks and some extra added functionality and features. Of course those are optional to use, though. You can have the launcher and never notice you’re not using stock.

      • Tom Z

        So, if I use Nova Launcher, does the stock launcher not even load into memory? Will it help with the home screen re-draw delays that sometimes occur?

        • Nick

          Just disable or delete the stock launcher after you install a 3rd party replacement

          • Tom Z

            Thank you… I didn’t know you could disable the stock launcher. I thought it was just part of the Operating System.

          • Tom Z

            I just started using Nova Launcher after this post. I’m really liking it so far.

        • Steve Benson

          Whatever launcher you’re using will be the only launcher loaded into memory as long as you have Nova set as your default.

  • regkilla

    Nova Launcher the best. 0 lag. Fast loading times.

  • jake miller

    i reccomend TT Launcher. its good for gb users who want a jb feel & look.


  • since I got ICS on my Bionic, I have been using Nova. In my pRE-ICS days, I used a variety of launchers. If you want a highly customizable and very unique launcher, give SSL launcher a try. That was my fav before Nova

  • Bionic

    Nova launcher makes bionic quick and snappy.

  • Marc

    Wow, no love for Holo Launcher HD.

  • wm snyder

    wow 32% are still using stock

  • dylan84

    Been using Nova for a long time and plan on continuing using it.

  • jab416171

    SF Launcher

  • Anyone still waiting for the Launcher Pro rewrite? Haha.

    • I gave up about 5 months ago and went to launcher, have not looked back.

    • MichaelFranz

      Loved this launcher for my old DINC and Some TBolt Roms, helped get rid of that nasty 3 button HTC launcher

    • Butters619

      The funny thing is how many installs LP still gets.

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. I just had to say your avatar is awesome.

      I love the variations people are doing on the equals sign for equality. But yours is, by far, my favorite so far.

      • Thanks. I got it from George Takei!

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. Now it all makes sense!

          George Takei is awesome! Thanks for replying.

    • Galnex31


  • umataro42

    Nova Launcher, and paid for Prime so I could use the gesture settings (and supporting the developer is a nice side benefit of that).

  • jak_341

    Stock on my Galaxy Note 2. Nova is my 2nd choice.

    • JoshGroff

      That’s what I’m talking about, but I kinda sold my note 2 for a laptop with an i5 and a nexus 4. >.> So now it’s back to Nova.

  • Tom Kircher

    Other… Lightning launcher

  • yankeesusa

    I may be in the few but I like stock. I liked htc sense back when I had htc now I like Samsung touchwiz on my note 2.

  • reyalP

    TSF Launcher for now. Yes, I know its expensive but I wanted to try something a little different. I have also use Nova launcher in the past.

  • Nova Prime! Hand Over Fist better than any launcher I’ve used before it

  • I was loving Go Launcher, but now that I’ve put some time into customizing Next 3D, I use that. Not too many widgets, not a trillion themes, but it is incredibly fluid, the 3D is a pleasure to use, and the app layouts/customizations are amazing.

  • I’ve grown tired of all the traditional android launchers. I’m using Empire Launcher, which is *don’t shoot me* an iPhone clone.

    • wm snyder

      get -a-rope!

  • NoBullet

    Stock Life

  • Scott

    No love for ol’ LauncherPro?

    • jak_341

      Whatever happened to Fede? Dude was a big player in the Froyo days.

      • tyguy829

        I think he’s still working on that rewrite lol

      • nightscout13

        Looking at his website, there hasn’t been an update in over a year. Looks like he abandoned the launcher πŸ™

    • dylan84

      LauncherPro is still around?

    • They remade it … its still in the Play Store but its in the past for me… Best Froyo/Gingerbread launcher ever

    • Sirx

      I figured that had been taken behind the shed at this point. Has it not?

    • Eion

      I bought LauncherPro the first day Droid X was released. After numerous BS “It’s coming” posts I went to Nova and never looked back. The “rewrite” went from a few months, to many months, to going on years now haha. Even if Fede did finally release a new Launcher Pro I would never use it after all the BS.

    • Aardvark99

      I certainly got my money’s worth out of that launcher back on my Droid X, it was the first Android app I paid for I think. Abandoned or not, I still consider it one of the best Android applications ever. I’d love to see Fede update the thing one last time to make the plus features 100% free and open source the code. Letting it linger unsupported in the store, IMOHO, craps all over its legacy.

  • Detonation

    Been using Nova for a while, but recently tried out a few of the newer ones…SF Launcher, Chameleon, Atom…they were decent but not enough to switch from Nova. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Action Launcher recently so I might give that a try soon. 15 min is hard to tryout a launcher in though.

  • james

    i know many people use their stock interface or nova launcher, but i use stock android on my nexus 4 πŸ™‚

    • C-Law

      I like the stock launcher, my main reason for nova is bc i like having 3 docks to scroll through, and I like to split up the apps and widgets sections in the drawer so they each have infinite scrolling

  • Ron

    Been using lock-screen replacements since day one with the OG (Wait you can install this app and get more than 3 homescreens!?)

    But ever since Ice Cream Sandwich I haven’t felt the need. Google did a great job on the stock launcher. Also speed and stability > features.

    • NicholasMicallef

      I’ve never seen any negative difference in speed or stability using custom launchers, so I might as well have the features too…

      • LionStone

        Yep, gestures rock! Especially with a 5″ screen.

  • NicholasMicallef

    Trebuchet on my phone (CM10.1), Nova on my tablet (AOKP) and I have enjoyed using Go Launcher for quite a while in the past.

    • eidylon

      Great avatar! N7

      • NicholasMicallef

        ME is awesome xD. I also happen to love my Nexus 7… So 2 birds with one stone?

        • eidylon

          Indeed! LOVE IT! Best video game franchise so far I do believe!

  • Greg

    Anyone know what launcher/icon pack they are using in the pic up top?

  • bewilderedprophet

    Im using the Xperia Z launcher port.

  • hldc1

    Stock on my Asus Infinity Pad. Stock on my Droid DNA.

  • Douglas Hill

    I recommend everyone check out Action Launcher. The developer constantly adds new useful features. While it looks minimal, it is quite powerful.

    • robertlwalters


    • tanknspank

      I definitely recommend everyone to put some thought into trying it out. You have 15 minutes in most cases to change your mind, but it hooked me way before then.

    • New features? None of the features everyone wants are there….

    • r0lct

      I used it for a week and went back to Nova. Not because it is bad, it is very good. It just wasn’t as good match with my usage. However I can see people liking it more than Nova.

  • Michael Downs

    Xperia on my galaxy s3!!

  • Kenny Larson

    Nova. I use it to move the apps in my tray from 5 to 7, to cut my home screens down to 3 and have them circle back around when you get to the end.

  • KatsumeBlisk

    Stock is kind of misleading… There’s stock Android, Sense, TouchWiz, etc.

    • Stock means any launcher that comes stock on your device.

  • Nova Launcher, all day!

    • LionStone

      Yep, and on the wife’s phone too! Hah!

  • tyguy829

    Why would any of you use stock? If you really like stock that much, why wouldn’t you just use nova? You could leave it 100% stock if you really wanted, but be able to backup and restore multiple layouts across devices.

    • KatsumeBlisk

      Because Nova still isn’t 100% stock. I notice a difference with how rows are done on the Galaxy Nexus vs 4.2 stock.

      • tyguy829

        Are you saying that even after adjusting the number of rows and columns, showing the permanent search bar, and making the margins of the desktop and dock the same as stock, there is still a difference? I don’t see how that’s possible.

    • Detonation

      If you want to use Moto’s Circles widget, you have to use the stock launcher.

      • tyguy829

        oooooh…i didn’t think of skinned launcher’s that come “stock” with the device. I was just thinking stock meant AOSP. Good call

    • jak_341

      Nova has been lagging for me lately. TouchWiz has run very smooth.

  • ßen Murphy

    Nova, got Prime during the 99 cent sale. Funny thing is I bought it through my then rooted Kindle with JB, until I switched to Nexus devices =) I came from a Tbolt and we all know that story.

  • igotgame

    Nova launcher.. The only launcher

  • what is the launcher in the picture?

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Nova all day, ‘erryday!

  • tanknspank

    After the update Chris pushed out today, it’s Action Launcher and Action Launcher alone. Before, it was Chameleon Launcher, but Action Launcher is just to damn innovative.

    • Was going to buy it but he refused to answer my question… when is custom icon support coming, i wanted to know since new launcher might be introduced at I/O and it might be better.

      • tanknspank

        It is, he answered a couple friends of mine yesterday: https://twitter.com/chrismlacy/status/316676998749618176

        • Yes but i wanted to know ETA, from what he told me, it could have been a few months.

          • tanknspank

            Whatever float’s your boat man. ETA’s are sparse around these parts. I’m just happy to support Chris, as not many other people think outside of the box like he does. I’m sure icon support will come in due time, but if you are unwilling to commit the $4+ till then (and I don’t blame you), I’m not going to try to convince you to do otherwise.

  • Joe miggs

    That awkward moment when you click view see results and my vote is the only vote

    • Don’t worry, it was short lived!

    • awkward moment when your vote is not the only vote, in fact over 100 voted.

  • Sean Skeels

    ughhhh now im gonna wanna know what icon pack that is. Nova for life!

  • Other: MiHome

  • Using Nova at the moment, bought it and haven’t looked back since.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      I use Nova all the time. But now I’m using the Xperia’s Z launcher that was ported. Pretty customizable but not like Nova.