Best Android Launchers

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by rockitdog, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking to change up my S4 and make it a bit more customized without flashing a custom rom to it. What are the best launchers out there? I just downloaded apex launcher and am curious as to what the diffrrence between the free and paid version is.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Back when I was choosing between custom launchers (after Launcher Pro was abandoned) I chose Nova launcher over Apex.

    The developer is just really good about coming out with updates and I feel like at this point all the features work well, unlike some launchers were more specialized features are not as stable.

    That said I haven't tried anything but Nova in ~1 year so things may have changed by now. But if you are looking at custom launchers that give you a stock like experience with a couple additional features I would definitely check it out.
     
  3. MRU
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    Yep Nova, dodol launcher, buzz launcher, themer beta.
     
  4. mclld, Oct 8, 2013
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    I use Nova and the developer will respond to emails, that is very cool. Not sure about the others but Nova is good
     
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    Nova prime is excellent.
     
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    Nova is probably the most widely used launcher out there. It is a preferred one with many developers who add it into their ROM's.
     
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    another vote for Nova. Very smooth and replaces the ugly touchwiz interface nicely.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Nova and Apex is what I use. I paid versions add more transitions and some extra features. It's in the description of the play store for each of the launchers.
     
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    I'm using Nova Prime and highly recommend it.
     
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    F123D

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    I tried a bunch. Always went back to Nova Prime.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    I used nova but now i use dodol launcher only. Really a complete launcher with themes etc
     
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    This touchwiz is afraid of me.

    I have seen its true face. The homescreens are extended gutters and the gutters are full of bloat, and when the drains finally scab over, all the apps will drown.

    The accumulated filth will foam up about their waists and all the launchers will look up and shout, "Save us!"

    ... And I'll look down and whisper... Nova.


    [​IMG]
     
  13. MRU
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    As a bit of note for those that don't know.

    Dodol Launcher unlike other launchers actually supports things like HTC's own Sense 5 widgets too.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    If I had an S4, I'd definitely use Cyanogenmod.
     
  15. macrumors 65816

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    That's a rom, not a launcher :)
     
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    chagla

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    smartlauncher.
    launcher 8.

    very fast and something different from usual row of icons. not that it's bad or anything. give these two a try. as others have mentioned already, NOva and Apex are also excellent choices.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, I know that. What I tried to say is I wouldn't waste time with launchers. :)
     
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    I just discovered Next 3D launcher. Very cool and very smooth. There's a lite version that you can try for 84 hours (yeah weird number) before buying it. Normally I don't like gimmicky stuff but this one is very cool.
     
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    Mochi Hana

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    I like Nova, but I'm currently using Action Launcher Pro.
     
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    streetfoldsfive

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    This may be one of the greatest posts I have seen on these forums.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Holo Launcher is also an excellent option. Think of it as Nova launcher without the bells and whistles.
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Apex has been great so far.
     
  23. macrumors 68000

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    Can someone explain to a silly old iPhone user what a Launcher is?

    Thanks...
     
  24. MRU
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    The general user interface.

    The home screen, layout, animations etc..

    A launcher can transform these elements entirely. Different launchers have different feature sets and layouts / abilities.

    Basically using a launcher could make your Samsung device with its variation of android called Touchwiz, turn into a user interface that looks and operates like iOS does in many ways.
     
  25. macrumors 68000

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    Ahhh, I see. Thank you!
     

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