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Thursday Poll: What Android Launcher are You Currently Using?

Nova Launcher

What Android launcher are you currently running on your phone? In March of 2013, we asked you this very question, with 45% of the vote going to Nova Launcher. Well, it’s been a year, so it’s time we ask you again.

Over the past year, Google’s own Google Now Launcher, previously known as the Experience Launcher, has become quite the little launcher. With built-in Google Now accessibility by sliding to the right on your screen, we have found that a lot of people have fallen in love with Google’s stock launcher. We know not everyone has access to this launcher, since it’s a Kit Kat exclusive launcher, so if you are still running the “stock” launcher, then just answer Stock Launcher down below.

Nova Launcher’s developer is still working on features for the application, so it would be hard to imagine that many people have left Nova for something else. But hey, you never know.

What Android launcher are you currently using?

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  • A few Android Launchers here for comparison: http://www.grantbarker.com/android-launchers.html

  • Josh Meade

    Nova? really? what about action and apex and GNL? those are much better!

  • guruleenyc

    Go Launcher has 20x more reviews and a better score than Nova

  • DaveIsAwesome

    Lightning Launcher. Blazing fast and super customizable.

  • JT

    I tried to go back to Nova after using the stock for a week, but I missed the clean feel and simplicity, along with swipe left and “OK Google”.

    Now I use Xposed GEL Settings (Xposed Framework), and it allows more customization, everything I want. Icon size, grid, hide hotseat, gestures, hide search bar (but maintain “OK Google” voice detect), resize widgets, and more.

    Xposed is where it’s at!

  • Pam Oakea

    I love the Google Now launcher and from the results I guess I’m not alone!

  • rutgersjaffo

    Still on Go and haven’t really found a reason to change.

  • Epic Tea

    There is a Reason Nova Launcher Prime is in the top 10 paid apps on the play store….everyone hates OEM Skins.

  • yak

    Holo Launcher

  • David Hyman

    No Avaite love?

  • NeilGeorge

    No Themer option?

    • Tim242

      Themer is cheesy.

  • Snowbo13

    Moto x stock. Never put nova back on after the switch .

  • Droid Ronin

    Why no Themer?

  • jmevee


  • Honestly i been using Nova for so long its just standard for me….am i missing something not trying another launcher i see some aviate which i never heard of and action launcher comments…maybe i should dabble in something else…its like i been banging the same chick whos not my girlfriend forever while others are hitting me up but i just been to lazy to answer

  • Guest

    Why Nova over Apex? I did a little comparison between a few of the top Launchers, and they all seem to essentially have the same features. But I can’t think of anything more I would want Apex to do that it doesn’t already.

  • tdurden64111

    Why Nova over Apex? Does it offer anything that Apex doesn’t, or was it just released first?

    • nova always ran a little better for me then apex…dunno why

  • BobbyG

    I’ve used NOVA since it was released and haven’t looked back. I love it

  • Daistaar

    Why no option for Stock OEM Launchers? No Sense or TW option?

    • bc i think this is kind of like “what launcher do you use Besides what the phone came with” poll

      • Daistaar

        Yeah that makes sense. Guess I was looking more at the wording of the poll. Still, I believe the vast majority of Android users (not DL or XDA users) are pretty much stock. I’d make it an option.

  • NexusMan

    The selections in the poll on this post are inaccurate as the Google Now Launcher is NOT the same thing as the Stock launcher. The Stock launcher should be a completely different option for people to choose from. Therefore, the results of this poll, as is, will be inaccurate. The Google Now launcher is a launcher included on the Nexus 5, and now available for download in Google Play for other Nexus devices and Google Play edition devices. Even after installing, officially, or side loading, you then have to choose, in settings, whether you want to use the Google Now Launcher or the Stock launcher.

    • Tim242

      Google Now is the STOCK launcher on the S5.

      • NexusMan

        The Poll is “What Android Launcher Are You Currently Using.” The S5, comes out in April. So why exactly are you talking about the S5?

        • Tim242

          N5, Fixed.

          • NexusMan

            The Google Now Launcher ships exclusively on the N5, but again, it is not the STOCK Android launcher. If it was, it wouldn’t be an exclusive. The Poll is “What Android Launcher Are You Currently Using,” not “What Android Launcher Are You Currently Using on Your Nexus 5.” For that reason, as previously stated, Stock Launcher should have been listed separately from the Google Now Launcher, as they are 2 different things. Your observation would only be relevant if the purpose of the poll was to find out what launchers people who use Nexus 5s are using on their Nexus 5s.

          • Tim242

            The stock Android launcher isn’t available on a non stock Android device. It is only on Nexus/GPE evices. Therefore, lumping them together makes sense.

          • NexusMan

            How does that make any sense? No it doesn’t, because they are different. And, in actuality, the stock Android launcher IS available on a Moto X and Moto G, which last time I checked, are not Nexus nor GPE devices (though there is a GPE version of the G). Lumping the 2 launchers together makes the poll innacurate because there are people who are using stock launchers on any of MULTIPLE devices, including the Moto X, Moto G, and EVERY OTHER Nexus device ever released, save for the N5, who will click the Google Now Launcher button/selection, because they have no choice, since there is not a specific Stock launcher selection for them to choose.

  • Higher_Ground

    Wow Apex only at 5%? Half of what it was last year. Maybe I should jump ship!

  • andrewfblack

    Using Nova Prime with my own custom Ingress Theme

  • irtechneo

    Themer for me. I am a theming addict so I love the community aspect of sharing themes. I usually change it up at least once a week. Nova is my choice however when I want the stock look.

  • JeremyRoenickDanceParty

    Stock stock. Google Now Launcher should not be considered stock. Google Now is already easy to get to and the specific launcher for it is a waste of a home screen space. It also makes the home screen icons fisher price style big.

    • NexusMan

      You’re right. They are not the same thing. The results of this poll will be inaccurate.

  • As im about to type “What about LauncherPro!” i notice all the comments about it already lol…good ol og droid days man that launcher was great n fluid for its day…and i miss a lot of those widgets…although now i feel ripped off he just gave up on it after gingerbread

  • Pete Arado

    Do you think Google will ever allow third party icons to work with the stock launcher?

  • athorax

    I really can’t recommend Smart Launcher 2 enough. I love it. Cleans up the home screen so much. It is very minimalistic though which won’t work for some people