10
Dec
nextlauncher

Back in the Gingerbread days, I swore by GO Launcher. I tried all the others, yet it was my go-to on every device before the Galaxy Nexus. Sadly, as much as I wanted to continue using it past Android 2.3, GO became basically obsolete on ICS and beyond.

You can't keep a good team down, so the GO Launcher devs are back with an incredible looking new launcher called Next Launcher. As awesome as it seems, though, I can't say that its $16 price tag is enticing me to give it a try... at all.

As you can see, this launcher is all about the bells and whistles. Where the original GO was all about functionality and customizability, Next is all about flare and eye candy. Like its predecessor, Next also features its own specific widgets, as well as a pretty rad looking Honeycomb-inspired live wallpaper that interacts with icons and widgets as they're dragged around on the homescreen.

Of course, just because it's pretty doesn't mean it isn't also functional. Next features a slew of features that we've all come to expect from a good launcher, including unlimited customizable screens, simple and fast screen management, organizable app tray, and more. That is all, of course, on top of the beautiful transitions, stereoscopic screen preview, rotatable dock, and exclusive 3D widgets. Fancy.

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And then there's the price. As I've already mentioned, Next Launcher comes in at a whopping $16 - a price comparable to rival 3D launcher TSF Shell - which may simply be too difficult for most people to justify (myself included) for a launcher.

If you're not one of those people, however, hit the widget to give it a shot. 

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

    hahahahahahahahah 15,99

  • DeadSOL

    No way in hell...

  • http://aisjournal.com/ Aminul Islam Sajib

    Why don't they put up the price tag to $100? Would sound like a good deal to a number of folks who have lots of money to spend.

    • Christopher Bement

      Those people have iphones.

  • Michael Sheils

    It looks nice but at that price there is no way in hell I'm going to try it.

  • Doug Turner

    Samsung Touchwiz is so terrible that I went back to Go Launcher on my S2. But $16 for any launcher is ridiculous.

  • Zachary

    Maybe I'm alone here, but I think it looks awful. If it was holo-styled, I'd think about dropping $15 on a *fantastic* launcher. For that though? Uh, no.

    • Matti

      You're not alone. It's fugly as heck. I'm sure there'll be some HOlo-esque themes put out for it (if GO launcher is any indication), but if the actual base interface isn't Holo, no thanks.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      Not alone. It looks horribly outdated.

  • Donncha

    Am I unusual in that all I want my launcher to do is show a screenful of icons and a dock at the end that persists between screens? I don't even care for live wallpapers or widgets!

    • Doug Turner

      Yes, that is crazy. Widgets are the jelly that iOs isn't ready for.

    • Peterson Silva

      Wow, widgets are everything for me now that I have a bigger screen. Specially Airdroid, VLC remote, gmail + greader, gtasks and calendar :)

  • homj

    oh my god, that's one ugly launcher!

  • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

    15.99 O,o

  • Kree Terry

    No thank you, all the colors and gradients make it look way too gaudy for my tastes. sucks to bc i was was really hoping go's next move would upset the launcher scene, sad day for me

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I can't even say I like how it looks. Everything that it adds is just graphical. I don't see the point of spending the money for this. Although I would like Nova to adapt a grid-less launcher screen, hell I'd like ALL launcher to make grids optional instead of mandatory.

    • David M Whittley

      I agree sslauncher rocks

  • Thomas Beckingham

    I wouldn't pay more than $5 for the perfect launcher, this isn't "perfect". Looks like its worth about $2.95 tops!

    • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

      $1.99 tops, hell, i ain't gonna try that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dkhoale Khoa Le

        99c tops

        • HellG

          Free tops with free bacon every day!

          • Matti

            It's so tacky, I'd probably only use it if they paid me $199.00

          • HellG

            you didnt say "tops" cccooommmbbbooo bbbrrreeaaakkkeeerrr xD

    • Christopher Mason

      $2.95 TOPS? It shoud be free.

  • defred34

    Holy guacamole!

  • Jake VanCleve

    Hahahahhahhaha 16.00

  • Tim Thompson

    reminds me of spb shell.....

    • defred34

      Yup, it reminds me how SBP Shell has sold rather well despite is ridiculous pricetag and dinosaur-era feature list,.

      • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

        See: Remember the Milk. A To-do list that charges anually more than Talkatone Premium, which has to deal with VoIP traffic, plus encoding-decoding all that traffic. It's really baffling. I wonder if there's some psychological trick going there, where you think a subscription of $25 a year is very cheap, but paying $25 outright for an app is very expensive.

        • Matti

          There are also people who pay monthly subscription for Instapaper when they can get Pocket for free. The world is truly a baffling place.

  • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

    That's a little too over the top with animations for me. Way too overdone...

  • nhizzat

    I stopped using GO Launcher once I realized it was developed in China.

    • Casper

      Why?

      • nhizzat

        Why not? I'm Asian and I don't trust much of anything coming from mainland China in terms of software.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Looks good, but not worth that much!!!...

  • smeddy

    Gotta say, I urge Android Police to play around with TSF more - it really is superb, gets stronger with each release, is now cheaper, and gets much less attention than Chameleon etc.

    Love it! my route has been Sense -> ADW -> GO and I've tried everything in between

    • http://twitter.com/VileNemisis Chaz Edwards

      Yeah Tsf shell makes itself different than any launcher. To be honest the only problem I see is that tsf shell has a learning curve. But once you learn it i find it to be the most unique launcher in the market. I can't go back to using nova or apex anymore.

    • Christopher Bement

      Cheaper? It's $14.95, still quite comfortably settled in the ludicrous range. No launcher offers me features worth that much. Quite happy with nova/apex pro versions. This just looks like a resource hog, and with the galaxy nexus already running like mud on JB this seems like a bad idea.

      • smeddy

        Ah, it came down for a few weeks ... Guess it's back up. Anyway, love it (but you're right, VERY overpriced)

  • Stylus_XL

    God that looks tacky. Less is more.

  • NotBruno

    nope

  • blitz4075

    Total rip off of SPB Shell. Go Dev Team did the same with SMS stealing from handcent and chomp. They even stole the price of SPB Shell.

  • selonmoi

    Way too busy and complicated. Yuck.

  • David Rosen

    whenever i try a new launcher i immediately make it as plain as possible haha, so i'm guessing this one wouldn't be for me.

  • Jon Butler

    Cold day in hell before I mess with this, especially at this absurd price point (that's more than bloody Touchdown!) I gave up on GO about six months ago when the bloat just got absurd .. too many extras that have no place in a launcher. Nova is where it's at for me now. Just as customizeable and fast, and FREE.

  • spydie

    All eye candy and little functionality. And the only eye candy I like is the music player. I have never used screen previews or folders, and that seems to be their forte`. Personally, I'd pay 99 cents for it just to play with for awhile before going back to Nova or Action Launcher (Action launcher lacks a scrollable dock bar and that's my only gripe)

  • JonJJon

    I think I'll wait to give Chameleon for phones a try, I like the concept and would be interested to see if it works on the phone sized screen well or not

  • RajivSK

    Where's the creativity guys? I'm always really disappointed when I see a new launcher. They all do more or less the same thing with varying degrees of eye candy...

    For me the beauty of android is the versatility. There is absolutely no reason not to experiment a little more.

  • David M Whittley

    Rather expensive eye-candy that someone else thinks is "awesome". I'll stick to sslauncher so that I can create what I think is awesome.

  • Forcemaker

    Yeah, yeah, it looks "great" and stuff is (looking) handy, but we had many/most stuff I have seen in the video with SPB Shell (since WM2005, IIRC) and the other Chinese launcher "TF Shell".

    I cannot even justify trying a demo version (there is none, I know) as I already (have) spend(/t) enough time and attention (43folders.com) in beautifying my devices! The mentioned launchers don't even count as "productivity porn" - the last two that may be justified likewise were Chameleon ("keep on guys, your work will be flourishing soon") and the new "Action Launcher".

    Pplz, don't waste too much breath on how your device's desktop looks instead of what the _outcome_ of your device is (not to be confused with "... what your device does", because just being able to do stuff doesn't justify...)

  • companyemails

    Don'tknow about the launcher, but the live wallpaper is pretty cool (especially since it requires no special permissions). I do wish it had settings (eg, to change the color of the lights; make it slide with the screens; or change the speed of the moving light).

  • woj_tek

    Is it me or it is just plain ugly?! ughm..

    • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

      count me in... ugly

  • http://twitter.com/mimrixmike Frettfreak

    Wow. For 16 I want something that I never could have thought of or knew I needed. This is just a fancy skin and nice ui. Can safely say I will never buy this. Love go back in the day but this isn't what is going to make them relevant again. At least not at that price. I top out at $5 for a Launcher.

  • ConCal

    Some of the added functionality is cool, but all that chrome makes me want to throw up. (Just my opinion)

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Only one thing can be proud of Go product - Go Backup Pro, else suck, Next Launcher is worst.. rip from SPB Shell and TSF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickvonh Nick V

    I'm an avid user of TSF launcher, and this looks like an extremely cheezy knock-off

  • lokiisyourmaster

    No way I'm giving $15 for a launcher! The launcher should be plain, simple and unobtrusive.

  • McLean Riley

    Haha he listens to owl city

  • Aku

    wow they must be nuts if they think people are gona pay that much for a launcher considering nova and others are way cheaper! I think eventually they will realize it and reduce prices.....or maybe they are hoping others will raise their prices?

  • Abhisshack D

    TSF Shell looks more goodlooking

  • Buddy Reno

    The only thing I see when watching that video is how completely dead my battery would be after five minutes use.

  • kgb kgbb

    GO Launcher always drains my battery so bad that I end up uninstalling it every time I give it another try. (HTC Inspire 4g)

  • meetloaf13

    Then ONLY thing I like about it, that would be functionally useful to me would be the multi-select. Upon launch, wouldn't be surprised to see Nova and the other implement it as well.

  • lagbis

    Don't fall for this folks. Save your money and use nova or apex. This costs way too much and guaranteed to drain your system of resources. We don't need over the top over priced launchers like this.

  • Asjad Hasan

    I've read that it doesn't even come with the Music player (as shown in the vid). So they're charging $15.99 for what again? O.O

  • shakerya

    Be calm and get Action Launcher

  • QwietStorm

    I actually like the fact that the launcher isn't static or necessarily coherent, and but nothing about this is worth 16 bucks. That's a couple days of lunch.

  • 27yearold

    Go launcher works great with ICS and JB, I have it over both. it has great search in app window and I like the shortcut bar a lot more than ICS look one.

  • Román Rodríguez

    Why the hell would someone buy an expensive launcher that is only based on eye-candy? I bet it would be more slow or something, I prefer using a simple launcher that doesn't look so nice but is fast. Also GO Launcher was my favorite launcher, but they reuined it with all those silly updates and now I think is one of the worst launchers out there. I used Holo Launcher for a while, on my Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.2) phone, and now with the newest update of ADW Launcher, I think is one of the best choices out there. Now my phone has a really ICS look, I think those guys really make a nice update with that launcher, It really came back from death. :P

  • Russ

    I don't think it's THAT bad. It's got that bad Keanu Reeves scifi look. But the price! Come on, Go! No way. But some people WILL buy it. Just not as many as if it was $5 or $3. There will be skins if you don't like how it looks...that you can buy. :| But seriously, no one is going to take that big a chance. Plus, that much animation and extra stuff going on is going to use a lot of CPU and memory, so any phone older than this year is likely not going to be able to handle it as smoothly. I had GoLauncher and GoSMS for a long time, but I dumped both of them when they started removing stuff with each new update. Not a good marketing strategy.

  • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

    Is it just me or is it really similar to TSF Shell?

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    I don't care for the styling and I'm guessing it's a huge RAM hog.

  • needa

    now that phones are fast enough to keep Go from slowing them down to an abysmal crawl, they come up with this. which in turn will most likely slow down the fastest phones to an abysmal crawl.

    Go sucks. always has. i have never been able to stick anything from go without it screwing up my phone. it was horrible back in the gingerbread days and i would be embarrassed to tell people differently. there comes a point where design messes with function and the 'neat' abilities you get arent worth the outcome.

  • Mārtiņš Belte

    It seems like an ok launcher, but I'd pay no more than 5$ for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "Next is all about flare and eye candy" Then why is it so ugly and amaturish?

  • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

    There are some interesting ideas in this launcher, but it's the most overdesigned app I've ever seen, to the point of being ridiculous. It's like they purposefully tried to break every rule of Android Design.

  • HotInEER

    Thanks but no thanks. Very similar to SPB Shell.

  • ElfirBFG

    I think I paid 25 cents for Nova. This is ridiculous, not to mention hideous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/santiago.gomezflor Santiago Gomez

    This is horrible HAHAHA!

  • Raymondo :)

    Nah.. sorry.. I'll be taking TSF Shell instead....

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    Oh wow. Another SPB/TSF-like thing. I'm getting sick of these kinds of launchers. At least TSF had the brain to not look completely tacky.

  • aaronratner

    I think Go Launcher is still the best launcher on the market today. This one looks like TSF Shell and SPB Shell. If I was going to consider spending this much on a launcher then this would be it because the Go Dev Team has a proven track record of timely and relevant updates to their products. I'm not saying I'd buy it but Go is a great product in general. I'll definitely watch this one.

  • aaronratner

    And someone said they stole some of the look and feel from Handcent but it was theopposite way aaround. Go has a standard menu system across all of their apps that Handcent copied. I'd go backto HHandcent if they updated their UI a bit. At least Go Dev updates their apps on the regular basis.

  • Yo

    I tried this in beta, and I didn´t like it at all. I supose that v.1 will be better, but I wont pay 15.99 to try it

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    Yuck. Gotta love that 10 year old design aesthetic.

  • No_Color_Changing

    Dammit why didn't they use kickstarter!!
    $10 would be less then $16 for equal the fail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.dickinson.963 James Dickinson

    Its like a cheesy ripoff of TSF Shell

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    So many elements feel like they've been taken from other places. Home screen (Preview) rotation reminds me a LOT of MotoBlur (in the really bad days) and a bit of SPB Shell. Some of the organization reminds me of TSF Shell. The graphics and icons that look like upscaled versions of low-res graphics remind me of the low res HTC phones running early versions of Sense UI. Many animations look like they came from action shooter games that weren't built on particularly high budgets.

    I admit, I was never a Go Launcher fan in the first place, but I really expected so much more from them. I'll put this one onto my AppFeed list, but I doubt I'll touch it unless it drops to a $1 or $2. What I find amazing is that they've already crossed into the 1,000 - 5,000 install range with that price tag.

  • Good Guy ME

    Well if you dont want to pay for it dowload Aptoide....get all apps free...stop complaining

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      So, all of the people promoting piracy this week, that's because it's Christmas break, right? Yeah, stop doing that. People here are anti-piracy.

  • NEBUNU

    its not the best from far and looking at the before launch publicity its no good. at all. for that price no way. i got it cracked from internet and still think its a waiste off memory. hope not many people buy it before reading comments like this. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT GO. BIG TIME

  • Junaid Jabbar

    whats this weather widget in screnshot .. cant find it .. if anybody know please tell me on my mail address
    naughty_descent@yahoo.com

  • Nunya Biznes

    Whopping $16? Are you serious? It's obvious that you looked at this software, but did you try it yourself? I'm doubting the videos are yours, though I didn't bother to watch them. You talk about it's pros, but the only valid con you come up with is the price tag. O.o

  • Chase Page

    The problem with people writing reviews is how much they leave out. Concentrating solely on its graphic interface is like saying that Corvette makes a pretty car, or that 9/11 was an affront to architecture lovers. There is much more to it, and though I wasn't crazy about the price I paid for it a year ago, it surpasses all others in practical operation, ease of use, minimal memory consumption, organizational ability, infinite customization, and more. This is no fly by night team. The images the author of this article displays are ONE of THOUSANDS. I respect that you all have your opinions. But what exactly have they been based upon but a scant fact article and a price tag?

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