- 05-16-2013, 08:24 PM #2
- More to unlimited customization options
- Provides more homescreen functionality
- Many are free and offer all sorts of features
- Wide variety to choose from
Cons of using launchers:
- Some are not compatible with certain devices
- A few are highly overpriced. (Especially Next Launcher)
- Some are known to lock up the phone occasionally
Also, concerning Nova Launcher and Apex Launcher, both are based on the stock ICS/Jelly Bean launchers and offer more customization features such as changing app icons as well as renaming apps, unlimited homescreens, gesture controls, and the usual cosmetic changes. Try each of them on your handset before choosing which one is right for you, as both launchers, similar as they are, have varying performance and may work well on some devices and poorly on others. You need to be aware that the mentioned launchers are only usable on 4.x.x devices.Devices (Their ROMs and respective mods, if any):
Samsung Galaxy SII (SGH-T989/Hercules): HellKat (4.4 KitKat) w/Diablo kernel, ViPER4AndroidFX [daily driver]
Asus Nexus 7 (2013): Official 4.4 KitKat OTA, ViPER4Android
- 05-16-2013, 08:28 PM #3
- 05-16-2013, 09:10 PM #4
Gestures is one of my favorite features... I can set it to swipe up and go to the home page, two finger swipe to do something else, all kinds of options. Plus you can add multiple dock pages at the bottom of the screen... and another favorite is to change the number of icons on a page, I don't even remember what the normal grid is because I have mine set to portrait grid of 5 x 6.
I have used Nova for a while, and now I'm really enjoying Apex... both of which I believe were created starting with at least 4.x ADW and Go Launcher, and a few others have been around before 4.x and have some legacy code to work with older versions of Android... nothing wrong with that... I have used each, but I still really prefer Apex right now... just my personal preference.Current: Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 7 tablet, Chromecast
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Running CyanogenMod 10 on my rooted Galaxy S3!
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- 05-16-2013, 11:11 PM #9
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I am interested in the features people really care about from their launcher. Fatboy97 mentioned gestures, what about other people? For Linpus Launcher (disclosure: i work there) we do have gestures for free. Also a lot of transitions and an additional shortcut panel. I am curious whether people are interested in having more opportunities to shortcut?
- 05-16-2013, 11:28 PM #10
GLOBAL Badge Notifications (those little red #'s on individual App icons like on iOS) are of big importance to me & since only Nova supports them, I currently need to stick with that Launcher.
I own Apex & ADW both of which are similar to Nova in several ways but without GLOBAL Badge Notifications I can't use them as my primary Launcher.
- 05-16-2013, 11:42 PM #11
- 05-16-2013, 11:46 PM #12
Apex is my favorite because of the ease of use and the customablity to the screens. There's a lot of themes to each launcher as well so nobody's phone will look like anyone else's.Motorola Q > Blackberry Pearl > Blackberry Storm > Blackberry Storm 2 > Droid X > HTC Thunderbolt > Note 2
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You don't even have to delete the launcher, just clear the default action for the launcher app, which then prompts you the next time you hit home. You can switch between multiple launchers quickly and without much fuss.
As for battery use...it's not much, my phone is at 47%, and Nova launcher is showing as responsible for .33% of the used up juice. Provided the stats are right, that's effectively zero.
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