12-26-2014 10:07 PM
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  1. Dominic Brant's Avatar
    Hello AC Forums!
    This is my first time posting on the forums, so I apologize in advance if I make any mistakes I'm not currently aware of.

    Anyway, I just got a black 16 GB Moto X (2014) on Verizon today. First impressions: I love it! However, I do have one question that I know the fine folks here in the forums are willing to help me out on. Should I use the default, almost-stock Motorola launcher, or should I download the Google Now Launcher?
    Now for the record, my main concern with the Google Now Launcher in comparison to the Moto launcher is battery life. Before I had a Galaxy S3, and once I tried the Google Now Launcher out a couple months ago, I noticed a decline in my battery life. NOTE: this could've been from the Google Search app always running, the fact that I had always listening for "OK Google" turned on, or just the fact that the phone was over 2 years old.
    So my question for any of you who use the Moto X (this year's or last year's) or any Motorola phone for that matter is, does the Google Now Launcher harm battery life? And, do you guys have a preference? I know the difference between the two is minimal, but I thought I'd get some input from you all. Any and all answers appropriate to the question are greatly appreciated!
    09-30-2014 10:06 PM
  2. Ry's Avatar
    My Moto Maker Verizon X (2014) did not have GEL installed, but rather the regular Moto launcher, styled to look mostly like GEL, minus the search area to the left. Launcher3, it's called.

    I downloaded the GEL anyway
    GEL doesn't exist.

    GNL does.

    Launcher3 is the current AOSP launcher. GNL is Google's closed-source launcher based on Launcher3. GNL just adds Google Now to the left.
  3. AZbear's Avatar
    Glad your happy with your new phone. By default the 2014 X uses the Google Now launcher. This different than the 2013 X
    09-30-2014 10:33 PM
  4. anon(7894520)'s Avatar
    you are already using the google now launcher.


    it is the default in the moto x.


    my preference?

    Nova. Accept no substitutions.
    09-30-2014 10:33 PM
  5. Stang68's Avatar
    you are already using the google now launcher.


    it is the default in the moto x.


    my preference?

    Nova. Accept no substitutions.
    Are we sure it's the GEL? I thought that has Google Now to the left most screen. The demo Moto X in stores didn't have that.

    And if it is the GEL, then it should show as installed in the Play Store, right?

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    09-30-2014 11:32 PM
  6. Joe the Insider's Avatar
    People, it's not GEL. It's just motos standard launcher. If you want GEL, you have to dl it from the play store.

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    10-01-2014 12:04 AM
  7. Dominic Brant's Avatar
    Are we sure it's the GEL? I thought that has Google Now to the left most screen. The demo Moto X in stores didn't have that.

    And if it is the GEL, then it should show as installed in the Play Store, right?

    Posted via Android Central App
    Stang68 is right. While it is very similar to the Google Now Launcher, it does not have Google Now on the leftmost screen, nor is it shown as installed.

    What I'm asking is, does switching to the Google Now Launcher make a difference on my battery life? Because if so, I don't se it as worth having Google Now as one of my homescreens.
    Stang68 likes this.
    10-01-2014 12:54 AM
  8. AZbear's Avatar
    Apparently the VZW phones have the moto launcher but the at&t and PE phones come with GEL
    DC Wuff and jephanie like this.
    10-01-2014 01:13 AM
  9. anon(7894520)'s Avatar
    People, it's not GEL. It's just motos standard launcher. If you want GEL, you have to dl it from the play store.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I can assure you mine has the Google launcher as default.

    Moto X 2014 unlocked.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    DC Wuff likes this.
    10-01-2014 01:15 AM
  10. cdmta's Avatar
    I doubt it would affect battery life. You could always try and report back.


    Posted via Android Central App
    10-01-2014 02:27 AM
  11. f-castrillo's Avatar
    My Moto Maker Verizon X (2014) did not have GEL installed, but rather the regular Moto launcher, styled to look mostly like GEL, minus the search area to the left. Launcher3, it's called.

    I downloaded the GEL anyway
    10-01-2014 03:44 AM
  12. GMC MaXx's Avatar
    I've got the new Moto X on AT&T. It definitely came stock with the Google Launcher.
    I wonder why Verizon doesn't?

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    Attached Thumbnails On the Moto X 2014, which is better the Moto Launcher vs. Google Now Launcher?-screenshot_2014-10-01-06-12-59.jpg  
    DC Wuff likes this.
    10-01-2014 06:14 AM
  13. azdmelani's Avatar
    I downloaded the nova launcher. It has the smaller icons and widgets. I didn't like the "launcher 3" my moto x came with at all
    10-01-2014 07:23 AM
  14. Stang68's Avatar
    I downloaded the nova launcher. It has the smaller icons and widgets. I didn't like the "launcher 3" my moto x came with at all
    Yeah, I plan on using my same Nova Launcher. So many options with it.

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    10-01-2014 09:25 AM
  15. dmark44's Avatar
    A Moto X 2014 reviewer (who hopefully didn't know what she was talking about) said that Nova "broke" some of the Moto Apps functionality. Anyone notice any problems?

    Sent from my Moto X
    10-01-2014 01:21 PM
  16. azdmelani's Avatar
    A Moto X 2014 reviewer (who hopefully didn't know what she was talking about) said that Nova "broke" some of the Moto Apps functionality. Anyone notice any problems?

    Sent from my Moto X
    Not yet, but I will keep an eye out for issues
    dmark44 likes this.
    10-01-2014 01:29 PM
  17. someguy01234's Avatar
    I can assure you mine has the Google launcher as default.

    Moto X 2014 unlocked.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Not all Moto X 2014 variants come with Google Now Launcher installed, believe it or not.
    10-01-2014 01:39 PM
  18. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Not all Moto X 2014 variants come with Google Now Launcher installed, believe it or not.
    That makes no sense. Man, I'm so tired of carriers screwing with everything. I can't wait for mobile devices to go the way of computers. Where you can buy the device you want and use it on whatever service you want and no more incomprehensible carrier service plans.

    Posted via Android Central App
    sharkita likes this.
    10-01-2014 03:41 PM
  19. Dominic Brant's Avatar
    Well, I can't believe this sparked such a debate over which phones come with what . Thank you all for the input, I'm gonna use the Moto Launcher for now and switch to the Google Now Launcher in a few weeks and see which one I prefer.
    dmark44 likes this.
    10-01-2014 10:15 PM
  20. sharkita's Avatar
    I've got the new Moto X on AT&T. It definitely came stock with the Google Launcher.
    I wonder why Verizon doesn't?

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    Mine too. It's the AT&T MotoX and it definitely has the Google Launcher.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-01-2014 10:32 PM
  21. Ry's Avatar
    Are we sure it's the GEL? I thought that has Google Now to the left most screen. The demo Moto X in stores didn't have that.

    And if it is the GEL, then it should show as installed in the Play Store, right?

    Posted via Android Central App
    lol. "GEL" never existed.
    10-02-2014 03:50 PM
  22. Ry's Avatar
    Not all Moto X 2014 variants come with Google Now Launcher installed, believe it or not.
    Which ones have it?
    10-02-2014 03:51 PM
  23. Ry's Avatar
    My Moto Maker Verizon X (2014) did not have GEL installed, but rather the regular Moto launcher, styled to look mostly like GEL, minus the search area to the left. Launcher3, it's called.

    I downloaded the GEL anyway
    GEL doesn't exist.

    GNL does.

    Launcher3 is the current AOSP launcher. GNL is Google's closed-source launcher based on Launcher3. GNL just adds Google Now to the left.
    10-02-2014 03:52 PM
  24. Stang68's Avatar
    lol. "GEL" never existed.
    Yes. "LOLs" all around.
    10-02-2014 04:07 PM
  25. lsulaker's Avatar
    My verizon came with Launcher 3, I installed the Google Now Launcher, but am a bit concerned with battery life. I have Location turned off of Google now though.
    10-02-2014 04:50 PM
  26. Ry's Avatar
    My verizon came with Launcher 3, I installed the Google Now Launcher, but am a bit concerned with battery life. I have Location turned off of Google now though.
    Why not just stick to Launcher3?
    10-02-2014 04:52 PM
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