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What makes a developer great is a continued commitment to a great product, and Apex Launcher dev Android Does has it in spades. Their latest in a long line of updates adds a handful of features, most of which are designed to allow the app to more seamlessly integrate with Android 4.2. There's a new shortcut to the Quick Settings menu, as well as modifications to the shortcut selection screen for 4.2 devices. Other changes include better theme, and live wallpaper support and a new dock swipe gesture on the Pro version.

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The most exciting addition to Apex is the ability to import your homescreen configuration from another launcher on your phone. Or at least it would be exciting... if it were more reliable. I tried to import the settings from Nova Launcher (my daily driver) and Apex only got the dock and custom icons, leaving the regular grid and number of homescreens wrong. I imagine that it's intended primarily for importing the settings from the stock launcher from ICS or later. Still, I'm sure the developers are working out the kinks in this feature as well.

What's in this version:

New permissions are required to import data from other launchers.
* Merged changes from Android 4.2
* Option to change icon size
* New Apex action to expand quick settings
* Import desktop data from other launchers
* Improved theme support
* Added dock swipe gesture on folders (pro)
* Added support for Next Honeycomb LWP
* Fixed shortcut picker for Android 4.2
* Fixed TouchWiz widget issues
* Various bug fixes and optimizations
* Updated translations

Apex is free, with premium versions unlocked in the $4 Pro version.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Anuj

    Next is gonna rule!! ... anyways nice try.. keep trying rest of launchers :-)

    • Anuj

      just clarifying I meant "Next launcher"

      • giannisgx89

        Oh you mean that agly and full of crap animation that costs 16$?
        Thanks but i think apex/nova are way better

  • Miki B

    Yeah, the home screen import? A little annoying. Wasn't really paying attention when I did the update and set my scenes to what they were before I started using Apex. Only a 4 x 4 grid, icons linking to deleted apps, the disappearance of all my custom widgets... Fail.

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    And here come the Nova fans... ;)

    • needa

      why would you want to make it a competition? its just a launcher. next thing you know people will be bitchin about which craigslist app works best. this article got me to at least look at apex in the play store again. i like the theming part. looks pretty cool. but that is not enough to take me away from the feature rich nova. :)

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        I use both (Apex and Nova). And I like competition. Competition makes products better. Isn't it what we all want?

        • needa

          i think you misunderstood my meaning of competition. a more blunt way of putting it would be... why must you troll?

  • Kcls

    The new nova beta is still light years ahead of this.

    • needa

      how do i get the beta? second or third time i have seen a comment on the beta and i am dying to check it out.

  • androide

    yes! this is one of the best luanchers, but there are some other good options here http://androidadn.com/2012/06/top-10-best-android-launchers/