Back in the day, when I was using a Nexus One, custom launchers were all the rage on Android - not using one was strange. And when I had a DROID BIONIC, I still found myself using my go-to option - ADW.ex - most of the time. Today, though, my primary device is a Galaxy Note II, and I haven't had the urge to use a custom launcher for a moment since using it. The NatureUX launcher may not be particularly pretty, but it's highly functional, and rock-solid stable.

About a year ago, we asked you what your custom launcher situation was - that is, are you using one? The vast majority of you said yes. A year later, I'm curious how much that's changed, if at all.

Most of the phones I've reviewed in the last year, too, have not rekindled my desire to return to a custom solution. Big manufacturers like LG and Samsung are starting to get what a modern, functional launcher should include.

Still, custom launchers offer a vastly greater degree of tweakability than even the most feature-rich OEM software on the market. And for some people, that's very, very important. Take our own Artem Russakovskii, for example, whom I believe would rather part with one of his fingers than sacrifice the ability to customize his homescreen's grid size.

I sit at the opposite end of that spectrum: as long as it's smooth and has the basic features I desire, I'm happy. In all honesty, I love Samsung's NatureUX launcher, because it's the fastest I've ever used, hands down.

So, what about you - are you still using a custom launcher on your primary device? If you're running a custom ROM and using the ROM's stock launcher, please vote "no."

Note: I've kept the options the same as our previous poll on this topic.

Are you using a custom launcher?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/OMGLX Alex J. Sandoval

    Nova Launcher is my BEST friend.

  • Jason Banich

    Nova Launcher FTW

    • jay

      the best

    • Justin Winker

      That's what I'm currently using - works perfectly in conjunction with Paranoid Android's Hybrid Engine!

      • dextersgenius

        What settings are you using for Nova in PAPrefs? Ie, are you running it in tablet mode or anything?

        • dextersgenius

          Which idiot downvoted me? I asked a legit question. If you have an issue with my query, speak up you coward.

          • squiddy20

            Dude, just let it go. Idiots will be idiots.

          • Justin Winker

            Lol... Which idiot downvoted you 14 times... I'm amazed they got you that many times.

            To your original question... I don't use Nova in tablet mode - just PA - I use the status bar on the bottom (so I can just swipe down anywhere to pull up notifications) and I also use the Pie feature in Fullscreen mode.

    • squiddy20

      I've been on CM for as long as I've had my Galaxy Nexus and haven't used anything other than Nova Launcher. I tried Apex and even CM's own Trebuchet for a bit, but neither struck my fancy.

    • RyanB1

      Yep. 3rd party launchers (especially Nova) are still performing as good as stock, if not better, and have more features. It's no contest.

    • wewewi

      Honestly I use it only for the Tesla Unread plugin; god knows I'm nowhere near an Apple supporter, but I gotta admit they got at least that part right.

    • JonJJon

      Yup, I use it to set up custom categories in the app drawer and for the ability to change grid dimensions, oh and the tesla unread plugin among others

    • Joseph Cascio

      I love Nova but I'm really into Apex right now because you can set the launcher to Tablet UI on any phone. Maybe Nova has that feature now?

    • Abhisshack D

      would like to know is nove prime better than Apex Launcher Pro and if yes where it excel over Apex Laucher Pro

      • Jaymoon

        Take this for what you will... But in my experience Nova and Apex are very similar in features, but I've had less lag and force closes with Nova. Rarely does Nova act up for me, and it's usually when dirty flashing a new rom.

      • Joshua

        As far as features go, they're about the same. However, having used both, I strongly recommend Nova. It's smoother and tends to run better.

      • br_hermon

        When Apex and Nova were both first getting started Apex actually offered features for free that were in the paid version of Nova. Plus they seemed to be just ahead in updates and feature releases. For that reason I chose Apex.

        Not sure about today, I bought Apex long ago and havent checked out Nova since but from what I can tell, the features are almost a mirror image of one another.

      • Greg Bissell

        No its not, its slower and has less features but they are very similar just Apex is overall better now.

    • KingKilla

      Nova launcher prime with LMT pie on my nexus 4. The combination is just awesome

    • bondx99

      Picked up Nova Prime on sale..Awesome decision!..ready to pay full price again if i have to!!!

    • http://twitter.com/carlgehrman Carl Gehrman

      I was on Launcher Pro, but support for that dropped a while back. Nova works great on my phone and tablet, and plays well with Widget Locker. Gotta give props to Kevin Barry from TeslaCoil. That guy does excellent work.

  • jay

    i still use a launcher even with my nexus 4. Then again i love gestures (i swipe up for facebook and swipe down for camera)

  • Kokusho

    Apex Launcher <3 !

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    I've been using Nova for quite some time after trying out Apex

  • Irmantas

    I just love Nova Prime :)

  • Amrish

    ActionLauncher ftw!

    • http://profiles.google.com/xencillo21 Luis Enrique Cornejo

      Action Launcher is Awesome, especially the part where you can make cover of your folders.

    • asianrage

      Action Launcher is one of my favorite, after Nova, mostly due to the fact that I can't customize it to the same level that occurs when I use Nova.

    • grellanl

      Action launcher is great, once you get used to it (it took me some time to change how I used it). Love the search and the alphabetical quick scroll.

      To be honest, launchers that try to do something different like this are the best justification for using a custom launcher these days - the stock launcher is good enough if you're happy to go with the standard homescreen/app drawer setup.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Nova Prime on my Nexus S and now my Note II. I ran ADW on my HTC Dream before these.

  • Steven Kielbasa

    I'll venture to say a lot of the people using custom launchers are using "enhanced stock" launchers like Nova and Apex

    • Matthew Merrick

      Yup. And it's perfect for my note 2. All the functionality of touchwiz with all the beauty of asop.

  • Mikken

    Not in my Nexus 4. Stock all the way. Very happy with it. Tried the Miui Home just for fun but uninstalled it. I really like the stock one, minimal, well designed, pretty and functional. In the past I used Launcherpro.

  • GraveUypo

    yes. though i moved from the now (and probably then already) awful go launcher ex to apex launcher.

  • Edward Smith

    Of course, everyone should

  • Ashkan

    The only thing that gave me the urge to use a custom launcher is "cover" on action launcher. It is extremely useful and the only addition to stock launcher that I appreciate. However the launcher itself still lacks lots of options.

    • Forcemaker

      BTW, I use "cover" in Nova Launcher Prime!

      It might be a bit more complicated as it doesn't automatically start the first item in the folder[1], but you can define a "swipe up" action on EITHER links or folders.

      It sadly does not give you a visual marker on the shortcut/folder that reveals an active "swipe up" activity. Action Launcher puts a small dot or square.

      [1] I tried Action Launcher only for a second, but I think I remember it was starting executing the first app/shortcut in a folder.

  • blahmoomoo

    Stock on Nexus 4 was fine for me, until I found out I couldn't remove pages, and lacking such a simple feature bugged me. I'm using Nova free now since it's closest to stock and lets you customize the pages, but the extra convenience of adding apps and widgets from a list is nice too. I may consider upgrading for the gesture features later.

  • nawa

    After Action Launcher and its Quick Drawer I can't use anything else.

  • alexg

    Nova Launcher has the best performance, tweakability and simplicity.

  • NickAVV

    The stock launcher in Android these days is so good, I have no desire to put a custom launcher on my Nexus 4 or my Nexus 7

    • Brian Walker

      Nova and Apex are mostly stock, but they add little things that help the experience. More icons in the drawer, swipe actions (swipe down gives me my notification bar), less pages, etc. If you haven't tried either of them, I would check out Nova. If you have, and you decided against it, well then good on ya for sticking with your convictions!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Still using Nova,

  • Don Dingdong

    What other choice do I have? Touchwizz? Hell yes I use a custom launcher!

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I still have the same Gingerbread phone, so I still use Go Launcher. But on my Nexus 7 I have no desire for a custom launcher. I tried a few just too see and none lasted a whole day.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      I used to have Go back in my Froyo days. Good launcher. Funny thing I didn't even considered it when I moved into 4.0+ territory...

      • Aki I.

        Me too. But I think it's because it was obvious it was getting bloated and not as good the higher the versions went.. For me at least

      • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

        From what I've heard it stopped being relevant past Gingerbread. The developer has a new launcher geared towards 4.0+. Its like $16 though. Crazy when stock launcher is getting better and better.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    I'm using HTC Sense 3.6 launcher and haven't seen the need to use a custom one, though I tested a few.

  • Adad

    I use Apex, but I've been noticing a lot of slowdown lately. Perhaps it's just time to wipe the thing and start over, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    I notice people are mentioning they are using a Custom Launcher but NOT what phone they are using, which is highly relevant to the question in the first place.

    Why use a custom one OVER the UI for that phone? I would think most of the mid-range and below range phones would see more people using custom UI's than the more high-end ones unless of course... it's HTC Sense...

    I currently (still) have a HTC Rezound (my upgrade is available now as of this month htough) and I am using Nova Launcher Prime because... well HTC Sense...

    Now, as mentioned, NatureUX for The Note II is great and that is likely my own next phone so likely I might not use Nova for it.

    So yeah, the real question is "Are you using a custom launcher; what is your current primary phone and why are you using/not using a custom launcher on it?"

    • http://rhythmicnature.com/ Frank Fletcher

      I use Apex on an evo 4G LTE. I like the fact that i have more options - particularly surrounding the number/size of icons/widgets. I use 5 screens... and I use ALL of them.

      In honesty, I'm running MeanBean on this phone but I used Apex back when I was on rooted stock so I'm a custom launcher guy.

      Also now that I have both Swapps and Quickly on my phone, My habits may change... Apex sucks down RAM with the number of iconts/widgets I'm running. (Widgets: Starbucks / 2x Astrid / 2x Business Calendar / TripLog) (Shortcuts: 10x Folder Organizer)

  • Deltaechoe

    Tsf shell

  • RaviShah

    I switch between stock sense 4+ and nova launcher prime. Ran with Sf launcher for a months too

  • Tom Plx

    On my GS3, used to use Nova. Now I'm on CM10.1 Nightly, no real need for a launcher so.

    • http://twitter.com/OMGLX Alex J. Sandoval

      I have CM10.1 Nightly on my Note 2, but I still use Nova mostly for the customization options.

      • Tom Plx

        I can understand; As I was using nova before moving to CM10.1 and found it really nice, even just for the customization options.

  • Stocklone

    I switch back and forth between the Apex and Nova Launcher. I need to have that fine control over the experience. Like assigning the home button to the app drawer. That is a must for me. I have to have it. I currently also augment the experience with GloveBox for quick access to my favorites. Samsung's launcher keeps getting better and is incredibly smooth. I applaud their efforts but it's just not right for my needs.

  • codemonkey85

    Would you consider it a custom launcher if I'm running CM10.1 and using the built-in Trebuchet launcher?

    • http://atlantatechblog.com/ LinkDJ

      I run CM10.1 and I voted custom launcher. Using just a custom launcher wasn't far enough away from Sense for me.

      • Brian Walker

        From the article: "If you're running a custom ROM and using the ROM's stock launcher, please vote 'no.'"

  • Jatholomew

    Action Launcher Pro since its debut a couple months ago

  • http://twitter.com/erstam Erstam

    Grid size says it all.

  • DennisHeffernan

    Currently using Apex on both my tablet (Excite 7.7) and phone (Note II).

  • LAmDroid

    I've only used launcherpro and adwex, prefer LP for its better dock options. Use stock on my N7 to see if I can live with it but overall still prefer custom

  • BkEnigma

    Rooted; Using my Galaxy Note 2 but using Nova Launcher.

  • dancedroid

    i'd been using nova /stock launchers for forever (NS4G for a year and Nexus 7), so when i got my Evo, i decided to stick with Sense and i find it more appealing than the others

  • http://www.facebook.com/caesarivs César Augusto Ramírez Franco

    I love Apex, it's kind of stockish on my Nexus 4, but it has a lot of options to go through that stock does not

    • http://twitter.com/Atyp3 David Steven

      Like gesture support.

  • Seth Brower

    Currently on my Nexus 4, I'm using a combination of Nova Launcher for base level tweaks to layout and feel, coupled with LMT, to allow for the radial PIE style launcher with a build.prop edit to remove soft keys. I also have this layout duplicated with minor variations on my Nexus 7, it seems to work out quite well.

    • KingKilla

      Yup I am using nova and LMT as well. Nexus 4 user

  • Anthony Carbonaro

    Stock launcher on my N7, but ADW Launcher EX on my Atrix HD

  • Balex

    I'm using Go launcher for the last 3 years on 2 phones and I love it. I'm trying other launchers from time to time but always back to Go launcher. It gives me app drawer organization with folders, quick uninstall by long-press (I like to try new apps, so uninstall is a frequent option), customizable home-screen, swipes and gestures. And all these for free. Never noticed any lags. But as always, different strokes for different folks.

  • Gav456

    Stock launcher on custom 4.2.2 cm10 based ROM on my sensation, pure stock nexus 7.

  • Christopher Robert

    I use holo launcher hd plus. Mainly because I like the extra rows and columns. But I also felt like to hide the notification panel and the dock. scrollable dock is nice to.

    On a galaxy note 2.

  • http://twitter.com/NothAU Tony

    Am I one of the few people that didn't have a custom launcher on the old Nexus One?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pakole Piko Alphonso Neal

    I use two different custom launcher: homeflip and 2ndhome launcher

  • Cherokee4Life

    Stock AOSP all the way baby

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

    I'm using Sony's 2012 launcher, Sony's launchers are always the best ones.

  • Mike Loomis

    Using ADW on my Nexus 4. I always used it with CyanogenMod and just felt something was missing without it. And I agree with Artem: 5 icons across FTW!

  • Doan


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001124436335 Ionut Lala

    I use Holo Launcher HD. It's pretty close to stock but it has some nice enhancements like tabs in the drawer.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    But you know, the good thing about using a custom launcher in a Samsung device is that you still get some niceties. I, for one, am using Nova and I love it, but I still get to use some motion actions from Touchwiz that I find useful. That's a great plus for me! =D

  • Mathew Knoell

    I use both Nova & Apex on my VZW Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 7. A few things I couldn't do without: custom grid size, scrollable dock, custom folder backgrounds (invisible for me) and swipe gestures. I set up my gestures so that when I swipe down on any home screen, I get the notification panel, swipe up is to get to the toggle panel and double tap gets me to the app drawer. I've gotten so used to those swipe gestures that I'd have a hard time not using them.

  • Bestcomedyshows.net

    Galaxy S3, no custom launcher. I used one on my HTC Thunderbolt but don't see a need for now. This article has made me want to look into getting one though. http://www.androidappsforwork.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002720972671 Christopher Heidt

    I used to use several custom launchers when I had my Optimus V, and also when I 'upgraded' to the HTC One V, but since I got my new daily driver, the Optimus Vu, I have yet to desire one. LG has gotten it right with this one: it's buttery smooth, had what I need, so I haven't felt the need to change it.

  • laren31

    Currently none on my rooted LG Optimus G. I don't see a reason just yet. The stock one seems nice. I'm still struck with awe as to how well this LG product behaves. It's just... Odd

  • ronny v

    While i did find the natureUI pretty smooth on my note II and used it for a while you cant ignore the tweakability of third party such as nova

  • http://www.lukeharper.co.uk/ Luke Harper

    Lightning Launcher user here, best customisation I have found.

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    I have Nova Prime installed but I'm currently using Action Launcher.

  • http://twitter.com/Atyp3 David Steven

    Apex Pro user here. The best to me.

  • ElfirBFG

    I use Nova Prime. I love the gesture feature. I also need widget overlap.

  • http://twitter.com/nagi603 Nagy Balázs András

    Still on the good old Launcher Pro. Scrollable twitter/messaging/facebook widgets from ages ago, fast, consumes quite a small amount of memory, and I simply haven't found any twitter / messaging widget that comes close in terms of sheer minimalist design.

  • http://twitter.com/rawdeadfish rawdeadfish

    what's wrong with me? i can't imagine anything but nova on my gs3, yest i am running stock on my n7 and transformer prime?? anyone else just feel that the small screen requires so much more than stock vs the larger screens?

  • Scott

    Nova since it came out

  • Mark Patrick Klyne

    Note 2. No need for custom. Its does everything I need it to do. I used to customize alot but found I was just wasting alot of time. Most customization on android now comes down to widgets and folders

  • PCSievers

    Nova Prime and LMT launcher on my Note 2.

  • johnythefox

    Evo 4g lte stock I have no problem with sense. Can't stand touchwiz on my sons gs3.

  • http://profiles.google.com/xencillo21 Luis Enrique Cornejo

    Will the HTC One be able to run any custom launcher? Sense 5 looks just confusing...

  • David M Whittley

    Nova Prime or SSlauncher.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

    Nova prime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/syed.syazli Syed Syazli

    Nova Prime rules

  • kane

    I have been using Nova Prime for what seems like forever. Maybe its time to try something else for a while

  • faceless128

    The only change I made was from Apex to Nova.

  • Bakaouji

    Novo launcher on a galaxy nexus and Nexus 7. Using a custom launcher makes things alot easier if you're changing roms every few weeks.

    • Haedocynic

      This. You can back up your home screens and widgets with custom launchers (at least with Nova, through Titanium Backup).

  • Andrew Ruffolo

    If you frequent mycolorscreen.com... yeah, you use custom launchers. The stock one is pretty... but the options and possibilities with Nova/Apex/etc are endless.

  • Casey Mills

    Apex for me. I need more customisation and gestures.

  • moelsen8

    Apex. I won't ever swipe sideways to navigate my app drawer.

  • Rob

    ROM: CM 10.1; LAUNCHER: Nova Prime

  • freelancer

    I'm using Launcher7 for my Desire X,
    and Launcher8 for my Optimus One.

    Love the big tiles, I filled it most with game screenshots.

  • http://twitter.com/jusuchin85 Justin Alex

    Even though the stock launchers are rock-solid stable and not much bugs as they used to be, there's one thing that held me back from using them (and still is!), which is customization. Stock launchers can only go so far, but custom ones provide endless customizations which make the Android great!

    Pitting your phone with a custom launcher with that of your friend who's on a stock launcher would yield a massive difference to the user experience. That's why (no matter how Apple improves on the iPhone), I'll still stick to the Android-sphere.

    Look at MyColorScreen (http://goo.gl/nJjzQ), and you would know how far Android with a custom launcher can go!

    Oh, and I'm using Nova Prime! :D

  • aarish

    I use nova launcher

  • Craig Simpson

    Lg optimus G. lg got it right on this one.
    More fluid than most launchers even with echo mode turnes on to reduce the cpu for more battery life. And yes i have used custom launchers before.

  • Trent

    Apex Launcher Pro for me. I even use it on my Nexus 7

  • Offender

    I agree that the current TW launcher is rock solid. I really, really love the customization of Nova and Apex especially the folders but I hate chasing the folders with the apps. I try to approach it like a game but it makes me insane the way the folders just "run away" as you try and move apps into them.

    • Great

      Would like to add that these launchers could greatly benefit from a decent calender widget with a month view.

      • me


  • Jimas

    Nova launcher prime on razor max

  • Tucker Chastain

    Nova is great, simply because of the swipe actions. I like how custom the grid & colors are as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/farisfitri2303 Faris Fitri

    Nova Prime on my Nexus S and stock on my Nexus 7.

  • dobbsy

    Nova Prime on N7 and Note II.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    I tried some custom launcher on my Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, but I'm currently running the stock launcher on my Nexus 4.

  • zab

    Nemus is simple but suits me best

  • GigiAUT

    Only using custom launchers on my tablet and TV stick. All my phones are pretty much stock. In the beginning it was fun experimenting but now I couldn't really be bothered. The Xperia and HTC launchers aren't so bad anymore. They do the job for me.

  • Karthik Kumar

    Zeam Launcher when I have to go back to official stock GB now and then on my ye olde i9000 Galaxy S. Else, it's Nova Launcher Prime on CM 10.1

  • KingKilla

    Nova launcher prime with LMT pie on my nexus 4

  • Stuart Anderson

    Nova Prime on N4/stock-4.2.2

  • biggerguysf

    I love my Nova Prime!

  • http://twitter.com/justynreid Justin Reid

    Whenever I want a skin makeover I'll switch to Go Launcher, but Nova Prime is my #1

  • Teng How Lai

    Try Smart Launcher. I am surprised by the speed and functionality. Like it a lot.

  • mauric

    Apex at the moment, just because the bloatware apps scare the shit out of me on the galaxy S3. And it looks quite awful.

  • DeadSOL

    My Galaxy S3 is good enough without needing a launcher!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Apex Launcher FTW, I use it everyday and rank it as probably the best £2.50 I have ever spent in a smartphone application store.

    Nova isn't a bad alternative for me either, its just I got Apex first and I like its features.

  • Carlos Manuel

    I use stock launcher that I have modified to enable screen rotation. Sometimes I also use trebuchet launcher on my nexus with Estonian language what Google can't include to nexus..

  • Jay N

    Nexus 4 - Stock Jelly Bean Rom 4.2.2

    Stock launcher makes me scroll sideways on App and Widget menu which is highly annoying.
    Google Play did a deal on Nova Launcher a while back and I set it up to be identical as the stock launcher except I can scroll up and down on the App and Widget page, everything else I have kept the same as the stock launcher.

  • gladgura

    I have the Galaxy Note II and I especially dislike Touchwiz UI. I use Nova Launcher Prime to make it look a lot like the Nexus line of devices.

  • http://twitter.com/chaosz911 René de Groot

    I bought Nova. I do have Rom addiction (change roms all the time), but Nova is pretty much always running as launcher.

  • A James

    Surprised no love for GO LAUNCHER EX. I All the features (and more) the of Nova, and I but free. I absolutely love it.

    • http://twitter.com/chaosz911 René de Groot

      Go Launcher has awsome looks, but compared to Nova it is sluggish.

    • primalxconvoy

      I use go.

  • Andrew

    "custom launchers offer a vastly greater degree of tweakability than even the most feature-rich OEM software on the market"

    Yes. Precisely.

  • br_hermon

    I use Apex for several simple reasons. It (and Nova) are basically stock launchers with additional features built in. The features I love? Homescreen and dock icon based gestures, a scrollable dockbar and a customizable app drawer (tabs and vertical scroll). I also like the old method of placing a widget (longpress a homescreen, choose from a list pop up) That method is so much more efficient than horizontally scrolling page after page after page of thumbnails in the app drawer.

  • Greg Bissell

    Apex, way better than Nova in every way

  • Nirmal

    Apex and nova are the best

  • Daniel James

    I've been using Holo Launcher/Holo Launcher HD for years now, and I love it! It looks like the stock Jelly Bean launcher, while giving me a lot of features that stock wouldn't normally have. Here's what my current home screen looks like:

  • primalxconvoy

    After turning off the spam notifications in my application settings, I've finally got go launcher to behave. I'd rather use a custom launcher, as I can then use one launched across multiple devices and then not have to learn how to use a different, device specific one. Go launcher works well enough on my Galaxy Note 2, plus, I can hide annoying shovel-ware.

  • Paul

    I used to use a custom launcher but the Galaxy Note II's Touchwiz launcher does special things when the S-Pen is removed and/or headphones are inserted. It's kinda slick. So unless I want to lose some functionality of my hardware, I have to stick with Touchwiz. It's not that bad any more anyways, it's toned down, it's lean and mean. I don't find I'm missing much really. Any other phone I'd use a custom launcher, like Nova or Apex or even Go

  • Demetrius Beasley

    Running mean bean for the EVO 4G LTE. It sense based i really like sense. Asop lacks basic features.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reynaldocor Luis Reynaldo Corcino A

    Well, i do admit that i like Touchwiz on my GS3, but at the same time, i love all the customization i can do with a custom launcher, in my case, Nova Launcher Prime. Love it. I love to be creative with it and look for "cool themes", and even make mines. So far, its pretty nice. Also, that is when im using a stock based ROM, if im using an AOSP based, its Nova Launcher for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDJCook Rob Cook

    I think that on an enthusiast site like this you'll find the majority of people will say they are using a custom launcher. Now what would be interesting would be stats that show the general public and what they use. On a phone like the GS3 it would be cool to see if Nova has stats on how many people are using Nova, then take that number against the 20 million? GS3's sold and I bet that Nova users are a tiny fraction, maybe 1-2%?

  • Jason Bailey

    Another Nova launcher user here :-)

  • Nigel Wong

    I swear by Nova Launcher Prime

  • RazrRamon

    I used Go Launcher on my OG Droid and then my OG Razr Maxx before I got ICS. Since then, I've tried Apex and I've tried Nova. Nova won and I bought it when it went on sale for the Google Play 25 billion downloads sale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/akashash5 Akash Chaurasia

    Was using go launcher for a long time.Then went on to next launcher but it missed my favourite features.Now I'm content with Trebuchet

  • pritkudale

    I use Motorola stock launcher.. Circle widget is best thing from motorola

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    So who was using Apex or Nova Prime BEFORE they went on Sale (especially the 10 cent sale) vs opposed to after when it was an easy sale to buy it for 10 cents just to try it and if you didn't like it, you'd just go back and you lost nothing (and you still legally own the app license if you want to reinstall)?

    Also, why was my original comment deleted? I only suggested just mentioning what custom launcher you are using without saying what phone you were using it on matters since one wonders what you using the custom launcher for.

  • BigMixxx

    what, NOBODY uses TSF shell? I've used go launcher before it got REAL big, ADW used to be my favorite, then I discovered nova, and used it for a long time and decided to buy it Day 1. Been faithful ever since. I run TSF shell, when I wanna show off, otherwise it's NOVA all day.

  • Larry Laginess

    Apex Launcher, mostly just because I have it set up the way I want and I just keep backing up the data with Titanium Backup and restoring it after I flash a new ROM.

  • Christopher Mason

    Launcher2 FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahsboy Kenneth Warner-Shook

    Holo launcher hd paid version