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  1. cbreze's Avatar
    SquareHome 3 launcher for my Pixel 4XL...no hit to battery...window tiles are beautiful and google assistant and all gestures work great...
    This is an awesome launcher but gets little mention for some reason. Any former windows mobile fans would appreciate it. A very stable launcher and as you mention, good on battery as well as being very customizable. One of my faves for sure.
    11-18-2019 01:50 PM
  2. LeoRex's Avatar
    Last time I used my Pixel 3 with Action Launcher, the gestures got disabled by Android 10. They work on the Pixel 4. Shhh! Don't tell Google.
    No need to be covert... Google did this on purpose.
    11-18-2019 01:56 PM
  3. Samplethief's Avatar
    The best reason for owning a pixel phone is the software. Putting a 3rd party launcher on it just seems silly to me.
    11-18-2019 04:25 PM
  4. Javier P's Avatar
    The best reason for owning a pixel phone is the software. Putting a 3rd party launcher on it just seems silly to me.
    The Pixel software is much more than just changing a couple of things on your home screens and app drawer. I don't think that silly is the right word for this kind of decision.
    11-18-2019 04:29 PM
  5. cbreze's Avatar
    The best reason for owning a pixel phone is the software. Putting a 3rd party launcher on it just seems silly to me.
    I hear what you’re saying but a lot of people think a good 3rd party launcher enhances their experience. Google’s software is good and bloat free as well so this only serves to make the 3rd party launcher experience even better. Android is all about customizing. If we didn’t care to do that a lot of us would simple turn to Apple where keeping things simple is the optimal experience over there. Most forum frequenters like to customize so we are not the “norm” or main stream for the most part. I have several launchers in a file and ready to go anytime the urge strikes me. A lot of people like and are just fine with stock and that is fine. I go back to stock frequently, but then something starts bugging me like the notification bar that can’t be removed , lol.
    As mentioned above the pixel software is the android experience that comes with a pixel phone. The pixel launcher is a part of that and going 3rd party doesn’t change anything but the way that experience is delivered to the user and accessed.
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    11-18-2019 06:35 PM
  6. slave's Avatar
    I tried stock launcher for a few days and eventually made the move back to Nova Launcher. I like the customization with Nova (I hate the app names on my screen). and widgets look much better with Nova (with padding). Also, for those that say 3rd party launchers don't support gesture, that is not true. I have gestures and the new google assist turned on using Nova.
    I have a 2XL, with Nova, and Nova Prime. Gestures are not available.
    11-18-2019 07:49 PM
  7. Executor32's Avatar
    I have a 2XL, with Nova, and Nova Prime. Gestures are not available.
    On the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, gestures are indeed available when using Nova. Since this topic was posted in the Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL subforum, whether or not they're available on older Pixel (or any other) phones is irrelevant.
    11-18-2019 09:21 PM
  8. mahabeean's Avatar
    I actually use Action Launcher and it's only because they have "covers" which means instead of normal folders, the first app in the folder becomes the "cover" and so if I tap on it it opens up the first app and if I swipe up on it it opens up the folder. Its useful because I can have my SMS messenger be the cover but then if I swipe I can access Discord, Kik, etc. It basically allows me to make the app I use the majority of the time for a folder more accessible because I only have to perform one action (the click) instead of the traditional actions (open folder then click app).

    It sounds weird but trust me try it out for a while and you can never go back.

    Plus I think it looks cleaner to have icons instead of folders.
    11-18-2019 09:32 PM
  9. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    I have installed Nova for first time in over a year. Good thing is my Google Assistant hasn't reverted back to the old style since I am in the UK and had to trick it into working.

    Spent some time setting it up the way I like it.
    11-19-2019 04:42 AM
  10. dilipchawla's Avatar
    Love the stock launcher...

    Only feature missing is "Lock Icons on Desktop"
    11-19-2019 05:07 AM
  11. mrjetpacks's Avatar
    I've been using Niagara Launcher religiously for almost a year now
    11-19-2019 06:03 AM
  12. Yash Does Stuff's Avatar
    Used nova launcher all my live now have a OnePlus 7t pro so use the stock launcher becuase guestures are excellent in it but in nova they are pretty bad. Oxygen OS is pretty nice you can change icons and grid layout so it's all fine. Nothing I need more.
    11-19-2019 03:06 PM
  13. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Pixel 3, but using Nova. I use gestures to add a swipe down for notifications and double tap to sleep.
    11-19-2019 03:08 PM
  14. slave's Avatar
    On the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, gestures are indeed available when using Nova. Since this topic was posted in the Pixel 4/Pixel 4 XL subforum, whether or not they're available on older Pixel (or any other) phones is irrelevant.
    Android 10 should be Android 10.....
    11-19-2019 08:30 PM
  15. neil74's Avatar
    Oxygen OS is pretty nice you can change icons and grid layout so it's all fine. Nothing I need more.
    I'm still on stock but only because I think gestures are a little smoother and everything feels slightly quicker.

    I miss nova though but all I really want is a few more options for icon size and numbers and maybe some homescreen gestures, I miss those.
    11-20-2019 03:11 AM
  16. Executor32's Avatar
    Android 10 should be Android 10.....
    Wholeheartedly agreed, but that doesn't change the fact that currently, Android 10's gesture navigation works in third-party launchers on the Pixel 4 but not on older Pixels. Whether that's an oversight on Google's part, or just Pixel 4 owners being guinea pigs for something that'll be rolled out to older phones later, is anyone's guess.

    In the meantime, since OP was specifically asking Pixel 4 owners by posting in that forum, the Pixel 4's user experience is the only one that's really relevant to this thread.
    11-20-2019 10:45 AM
  17. DJM626's Avatar
    I stuck with stock launcher and haven't bothered with third party. One thing I do miss is custom icons that's about it. Although I appreciate the theming Google Pixel Launcher provides I wish they had the option to load a custom icons pack then it would be absolutely perfect.
    That would be sweet!
    11-20-2019 08:42 PM
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