1. dennisharrison's Avatar
    Anyone that has used both. Please offer your opinion. I see the Nova launcher has high popularity on this forum. I went with action launcher 3 on the nexus and the oneplus, so stuck with it on the new Note 5 as well.

    Are there any compelling reasons for one over the other?

    Thank you for reading
    01-04-2016 08:53 PM
  2. burwil's Avatar
    If AL3 is working for you and you like what it offers that's all that matters IMO. I tried both and stuck with Nova. Has a nice Google+ group too.
    01-04-2016 09:00 PM
  3. dennisharrison's Avatar
    Burwil, thanks. Just looking for opinions on why to choose one over the other. Especially if you've spent appreciable time with both.
    01-04-2016 09:41 PM
  4. nasc2k's Avatar
    Action launcher has shutters which are pretty awesome. Gives you the ability to use widgets just by swiping up on an app icon on your home screen and doesn't force you to give up screen real estate. Not sure if nova launcher has that feature.
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    01-04-2016 10:21 PM
  5. burwil's Avatar
    I wasn't using the covers and shutters in Action Launcher. The app list that you pull on the leftmost screen was pretty cool though.
    01-04-2016 10:22 PM
  6. ELavar's Avatar
    Action launcher has shutters which are pretty awesome. Gives you the ability to use widgets just by swiping up on an app icon on your home screen and doesn't force you to give up screen real estate. Not sure if nova launcher has that feature.
    No, Nova doesn't have that feature.

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    01-05-2016 10:39 AM
  7. sforsyth01's Avatar
    I tried action Launcher for about 15 minutes (I'm well aware that isn't nearly enough) and it appeared to require MUCH more patience to setup and get going than Nova. I'm not a patient person. Lol.

    -Shawn
    Noting the world one S-Pen at a time
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    01-05-2016 07:32 PM
  8. burwil's Avatar
    I bought TSF and Next.... Fancy launchers but i still end up with Nova. Very stable, quick and it is compatible with just about any icon pack. I find Sikebo's stuff excellent.
    01-05-2016 09:40 PM
  9. calicocat2010's Avatar
    Has Action Launcher 3 updated its version to have the slide out menu from the left that can be accessed anywhere? If Not, then Nope. I'll stick with Nova Prime, or Smart Launcher 3, both with Omni Swipe.
    01-06-2016 12:35 AM
  10. Dave Opperman's Avatar
    I have both paid versions of these launchers, and I find they both have similar core functionality (in fact, both of my setups look virtually identical at first glance). However, my preference goes to AL3.

    Firstly, average usage for 3 hours on both launchers showed AL to use 29% less memory than Nova (this could however be explained by longer usage on nova), although both ran very smoothly. What really sold me on it was the swipe from left (anywhere), on home screen to launch apps (I disabled swipe left from edge on any screen, as it did not suit my preference). The result, combined with launch animation of flipboard app, gave it an incredibly similar experience to briefing, but with my own personal flipboard, which is profit in my eyes. I have also found that the use of the quickpage feature (basically an active widget drawer), to be pretty useful, if not just for some eye candy.

    Like I said, both launchers are fantastic, it's just that Action Launcher 3 has a few extra features that make it operate much better for me! I hope this helps, and good luck with whatever launcher you choose!
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    08-06-2016 11:54 PM
  11. Dave Opperman's Avatar
    Has Action Launcher 3 updated its version to have the slide out menu from the left that can be accessed anywhere? If Not, then Nope. I'll stick with Nova Prime, or Smart Launcher 3, both with Omni Swipe.
    Yes, it can do this. Perhaps not by default, but it can!
    08-07-2016 12:01 AM
  12. rayfordsawdust's Avatar
    Nova all the way. Seem more user friendly. Packed with features
    09-30-2016 07:52 PM
  13. Doug Moffat's Avatar
    I think both launchers will noticbly increase the speed of your phone but because both prevent me from pinning notes to my screen I'm stuck with TouchWiz. If there's a way around this I'm game to switching launchers.
    09-30-2016 11:59 PM
  14. dllrogers55's Avatar
    I think both launchers will noticbly increase the speed of your phone but because both prevent me from pinning notes to my screen I'm stuck with TouchWiz. If there's a way around this I'm game to switching launchers.
    Have you tried an Action Memo saved to your home screen with the "minimize" option?
    10-01-2016 10:36 AM
  15. EnemiesInTheEnd's Avatar
    I like Microsoft Arrow launcher. It's a different take than the other launchers though.
    10-01-2016 12:59 PM
  16. sforsyth01's Avatar
    I like Microsoft Arrow launcher. It's a different take than the other launchers though.
    There's always one of these. Give him a choice between two and he picks the third one. Haha.

    Sorry, just couldn't help myself there.
    10-01-2016 01:21 PM
  17. Rick Rademaker's Avatar
    I use Action Launcher 3. I've used both and was a long time Nova user, but Action just feels like a more complete launcher. Nova feels a little cartoonish since I've discovered Action Launcher. Anyway that's just my opinion, choose which ever you like best. They are both outstanding launchers.
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    11-05-2016 03:41 PM
  18. sforsyth01's Avatar
    I use Action Launcher 3. I've used both and was a long time Nova user, but Action just feels like a more complete launcher. Nova feels a little cartoonish since I've discovered Action Launcher. Anyway that's just my opinion, choose which ever you like best. They are both outstanding launchers.
    I honestly think my biggest issue is I don't want to invest the time in setting up Action Launcher that it would take to make it what I want. I'm so lazy, I know....
    11-08-2016 08:38 PM
  19. Umbrokhan's Avatar
    i say Action Launcher is better then Nova. it gets the fastest features quicker, side app drawer, unique Shutter feature, Customizable Google search widget - the quickbar, Quickpage and Quick drawer, Quick themes that can automatically adjust home screen colors based on wallpaper. are cool stuff, but you need paid version for this.
    11-03-2017 09:30 AM

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