1. Zod1010's Avatar
    Do launchers like Nova slow the phone's performance at all? Thanks.
    05-27-2013 06:37 AM
  2. chrisxpierce's Avatar
    Yes. I guess how slow depends on the phone you're using. My brother has an older HTC and it slowed his phone down so much, that he had to uninstall it. I've got the everything.me. Launcher on my HTC one, and it runs with no problem.

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    05-27-2013 06:51 AM
  3. aandrew610's Avatar
    I actually think nova launcher makes the s4 faster

    sent from my galaxy s4
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    05-27-2013 06:54 AM
  4. adamisadam's Avatar
    What is a launcher and why does one need it over stock?

    AdamIsAdam
    05-27-2013 06:56 AM
  5. 20blks's Avatar
    What is a launcher and why does one need it over stock?

    AdamIsAdam
    It's a home screen manager that will add many features to your home screens. Examples: add number of home screens. Change icon styles, enable you to change widget sizes. Just to name a few

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    05-27-2013 07:18 AM
  6. DeadpoolJunior's Avatar
    Do launchers like Nova slow the phone's performance at all? Thanks.
    If anything, it makes navigating through your homescreens faster. Launcher has nothing to do with anything else but your home screen and connecting to your apps from there. Nova is fine. they even have settings to speed up the animations to open each app.

    What is a launcher and why does one need it over stock?

    AdamIsAdam
    Launchers are to personalize your home screen. I have a nexus 4 but I'm not a huge fan of the default icons or overall "look", so I put a launcher, download an icon pack and viola my home screen looks different. It could look like the S4 or the HTC One or the Xperia or something brand new. Head over to the home screen thread so see some of those guys work, all with custom launchers.


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    05-27-2013 08:21 AM
  7. adamisadam's Avatar
    Thanks. I'm ok with stock

    AdamIsAdam
    05-27-2013 12:07 PM
  8. garublador's Avatar
    My understanding is that the launchers don't run "on top" of the standard launcher, the run instead of it. So you aren't running TouchWiz and Nova, you're running Nova instead of TouchWiz. So changing your launcher could make your phone slower or faster depending on its performance and the performance of any other launcher you may use. Back in the Gingerbread days (or as I like to call it "last week" for me), there's a decent chance that a full featured, third party launcher would be slower than the stock launcher becasue it had so many more features. Now, the launchers that come with the phones have just as many of their own features that a third party launcher could be faster or slower. With the most recent, flagship phones (like the S4) there probably won't be a big difference either way.

    So far I prefer Nova because it gives me an extra row of useable shortcut/widget space over what I was able to get out of TouchWiz.
    05-28-2013 09:38 AM

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