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Best Android launchers?

I'm new to Android (a noob :p) and wondering what are some of the best Android launchers? Any recommendations of launchers to try?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Nov. 21, 2014 at 16:11

Nova Launcher is my default. I always come back it.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

One that I have installed but haven't played with much is 360 Launcher from the Chinese company Qihoo. It's very pleasant with a swipe from bottom corner gesture to access recent/new/popular apps you have. Default theme is almost iOS8 style but there are a lot of free replacements available (although the Theme Store is in Chinese, but pretty easy to navigate). It also sorts the app drawer in to folders.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo360.launcher

Another interesting one I'm looking at is Solo Launcher which is like a blend of Nova/360
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=home.solo.launcher.free


If your phone is slightly old or low spec then the best Launcher by far is Zeam, although it's not in development anymore it's really lightweight and flies on older devices.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zeam

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2014 at 13:15

Go Launcher is very popular. But mind you: it's a full-time job. Add-ons, plugins, a keyboard, a messaging app etc etc Plus a gazillion of themes and icon sets.
It's something I like to play with every 6 months for a few days. Then I usually uninstall it. :p

I do not need a million widgets. I prefer simplicity an efficiency.
When I use Android these days, I use Nokia's Z-Launcher for Android or Aviate by Yahoo.
Z-Launcher is super simplistic, but very fast and it uses hardly any resources. It has no widgets, no plugins or add-ons. It just works. But: it is very clever under the hood. It automatically finds what you 'use most' and pins it to the home page - not just apps; contacts, etc etc also.
Aviate by Yahoo is similar. It is very fast and clever under the hood. But it does offer some personalisation - it has a Yahoo news reader built in. And it does accept widgets. But it works well 'out of the box'. Install, leave as is, and you have a fast clean home.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 21, 2014 at 16:08

Nova

spruceyb  Nov. 21, 2014 at 16:11

Nova Launcher is my default. I always come back it.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

One that I have installed but haven't played with much is 360 Launcher from the Chinese company Qihoo. It's very pleasant with a swipe from bottom corner gesture to access recent/new/popular apps you have. Default theme is almost iOS8 style but there are a lot of free replacements available (although the Theme Store is in Chinese, but pretty easy to navigate). It also sorts the app drawer in to folders.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo360.launcher

Another interesting one I'm looking at is Solo Launcher which is like a blend of Nova/360
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=home.solo.launcher.free


If your phone is slightly old or low spec then the best Launcher by far is Zeam, although it's not in development anymore it's really lightweight and flies on older devices.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zeam

neal  Nov. 21, 2014 at 20:57

Nova, easy on the eye. No bugs (none that I have spotted anyways)
Lots of options and rock solid in performance.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2014 at 21:01

Agree, Nova is a good fast launcher.
And it's nice and simple if you want, or you can add this that and the other...

chuggadachuggada  Nov. 21, 2014 at 23:11

Thanks all! Plenty to investigate! :D

jycee  Nov. 22, 2014 at 10:17

nova launcher is the best ive tried, increased battery life on my lg 4x by 25%

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