When we first took a look at Apex launcher, we loved it. One of the better ICS launchers is about to get even better, as the app gets bumped to version 1.2. The update brings, among other things, support for themes and a ludicrously high 10x10 grid of icons on phones. For those of you that like have touch screen phones, but hate how easy it is to tap on things without machine-like precision.

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Here's a full list of the new features:

What's in this version:

  • Support for Apex Launcher themes
  • Support for selecting icons from LauncherPro and Go Launcher icon packs
  • New gestures and Apex actions: toggle dock and recent apps
  • Added CM9 settings integration
  • Up to 10x10 grid on phones
  • Support for ADW, LauncherPro, and GO Launcher themes (pro)
  • Unread count notifications for icons in folders (pro)
  • Improved desktop gestures
  • Fixed a wallpaper position issue
  • Fixed a icon scaling bug
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations

A couple of the new features are for the pro-version only, which costs $4, but the rest of the update is free on the Play Store right now, including support for using Launcher Pro and Go Launcher icon packs, just in case you want the best of all worlds. Hit up the widget below if you haven't already downloaded the launcher.

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  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    "Apex theme" search terms in the Play Store will soon become as terrible to sift through as all the other launchers. Can't wait!

  • http://twitter.com/tylerrobb Tyler Robb

    I've got an HTC EVO 4G currently running CM7 and I had a question about which launcher to use with CM9. Because my device is older and not as capable as the latest and greatest phones, which launcher should I use? Is this included Trebuchet launcher my best bet for performance? Apex Launcher and Nova Launcher are the other ones I was looking at. I'm not in the market for fancy settings, customization, and themes. I just want the highest performance launcher for my aging device. Any other EVO 4G users out there on CM9/AOKP/Deck's ICS?

    • Hal Motley

      I may not own an Evo 4G (I have a Galaxy S II with CM9) but I really like Apex Launcher! 

      I would try out the trial first and then see how it runs on your phone. I have the pro version and I doubt the pro features would slow your phone down dramatically.

      Nova launcher (though I haven't tried it) is also supposedly very good, but has less features in the trial and I would expect a similar performance rating to Apex from it (though only you could really know for sure!).

      Trebuchet is okay, but because it's in nightly stage it REALLY lacks in features and does the bare minimum. I am pretty sure it will get better as time goes on and CM9 gets more stable, but for the time being it's pretty weak.

      Hope I helped!

      • http://twitter.com/tylerrobb Tyler Robb

        Thanks for the insight, yea it definitely looks like Apex has more to offer before jumping to the Pro version. I'll have to give it a shot. When I have the time, I'll install and benchmark each launcher. What app should I use? Quadrant was going to be the one that I picked, but if there's a better solution I'd love to know what it is.

        • Hal Motley

          Outside of the Android version of SuperPiMod and Z-DeviceTest, I don't really know good benchmarking software. Still good to know my information was useful! :-)

  • Hal Motley

    Thanks for notifying me Eric, I managed to grab the update freshly off the Play Store. I have to say it's nice to see those theme enhancements!

    However while it's great to see the red iOS-style notification bubbles in folders, they annoyingly don't disappear after I have read them until I pickup the application and move it. I guess it's a work in progress. :-)

  • andres Pereda

    Tyler Robb: I just started running CM9 on my Evo 4G and currently running Trebuchet. I will be giving Apex and Nova a try although Trebuchet feels really nice to use.

    • http://twitter.com/tylerrobb Tyler Robb

      Awesome, yea I'd love to hear what you think of the different launchers. Thanks for replying and have fun with ICS!

    • ElfirBFG

      I've tried Apex and Nova, they're both good launchers, but I always keep Trebuchet as my default.

  • http://twitter.com/wstrmn Marc

    where are the old icons from the version before gone? I loved them.