Many moons ago – way back in December of 2012 – the GO Launcher team released a new thingy called Next Launcher. As its name suggests, it's a launcher. The next one, even. It was to take the place of Go Launcher, which was essentially defunct on Android 4.0+.

But Next came with a price. A $16 price, to be exact. And honestly, not many people want to shell out nearly $20 for any app – much less a launcher they can't try first. I guess after four months on the Store, the Go team finally realized this, as it has just released a 36-hour trial version of the app. This makes it easier to see what sixteen-dollars worth of launcher gets you. Alternatively, you can just watch this:

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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/Bluewall Bluewall

    This looks terrible. All that glossy stuff, I'm about to throw up. Are we back in the Windows Vista time ?

    • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

      This looks like what Android would be on today's hardware if Google had kept the UI the same since Android 1.5 or 1.6. Luckily, that didn't happen.

      • http://twitter.com/Bluewall Bluewall

        Couldn't agree more with you mate !

  • Sef

    The music makes me think of the Sims.

    Yeah, that's what I'm leaving.

  • Quryous


    I don't care HOW good it is, if is over $1.99 I ain't even gonna look.

    • http://twitter.com/fettemama fettemama

      Are you poor?

      • madamamma

        Are you stupid?

        • http://twitter.com/fettemama fettemama

          Another poor feels offended. :3

      • Quryous


        Not at all poor, and my frugality is the reason I went from a poor and very hungry farm boy to a multi-millionaire.

        There are just TOO many wonderful products out there that are worth more for less. It is just common sense, not poverty.

        • http://twitter.com/fettemama fettemama

          Yeah, right :3

          • Quryous


            Quite true, as my bankers can attest.

          • troph

            Its true. I know him. We met as starving children and became multi-millionaires through saving money on Android apps like this one.

        • Guest

          Yeah, saving money on Android apps is how I got to become a billionaire from my starving Congolese roots.

  • FadyMahfouz

    I hate this ugly launcher with passion.

  • xspirits

    Defintively don't worth the price lol... What a shame!

  • http://twitter.com/mike_freegan Mike

    Looks cheaper than iPhone's disgusting decade-old style interface. Times have changed.

  • mauric

    Even if the looks were good, it doesn't have a single option i'd love to have on my phone, which I can't already do on existing launchers...

  • http://www.twitter.com/eric_rosario Eric Rosario

    Honestly it's a piece of shit! I wish a trial was available when I downloaded it because by the time I got it setup I was passed the 15 min limit for the refund. I tried using it recently after some updates but on my Galaxy S3 it would not hold Next Launcher as the default launcher every time I rebooted my phone. It's in no way worth the price. I've been back to Nova launcher and will probably stay with Nova.

    • Matthew Fry

      Since the most recent S3 update my defaults aren't holding either. It's very annoying.

  • wade

    Meh. Looks like a memory/battery hog. Come on people, we have apps for that.

    I almost payed the $16 to get that music to stop playing.

  • RitishOemraw

    Music was awful for this video and the video was showing some awful app


  • http://twitter.com/kokoagb Krisztian Kovacs


  • http://twitter.com/RicardoWateva Ricardo Kümmel

    What's missing from all launchers: the ability to grab those lovely stock (Sense/Blur/Nature/etc) widgets.. That's all I want from a launcher.

  • @dongiuj

    Don't buy it. It's 5 minutes of minimal eye candy. Trust me, you'll regret paying this amount of money for this after you sorted your screen out.

  • RH

    I guess I'm different. I have a black wallpaper, clock, and a few icons on my screen. THAT'S IT. All this whiz-bang graphics, eye candy, live wallpaper filling up the screen, just sucks up resources and makes for lag, freeze up's etc. To each his own, but I won't be spending sixteen dollars???? for a launcher??? And people think iphone people are nuts?

    • ElfirBFG

      I'm with you. Although I am using Doubletwist's Chronograph LWP, but it removes the need for a clock widget. One page, all shortcuts are in the dock(swipe up for 'hidden' apps), gestures to open the shade/drawer. Simple, clean, effective.

      I'd never leave Nova Prime, a launcher I paid $0.25 for, for some flashy $20 piece-of-garbage.

  • cy_n_ic

    Unfortunately not everyone is so well informed of such things. So i suspect they will make a small fortune off of the ignorant

  • Confuddled

    Bloody hell, was their first feature bullet point Live Wallpapers? Seriously?

  • Troy Leonard

    Ok so I actually tryed it out. The live honeycomb wall paper is cool but the rest is just too complicated and very hard on the eyes. I am a running an acer a500 with a port of cm10.1 that is over clocked to 1500mhz. Jelly bean 4.2.2 with the trebuche (default cm launcher) is super fast and stable. Next launch made my tabby feel tired and slow. Definitely not worth using if it was free. A horrible launcher @ $16! Steer clear my friends.

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  • firethorn

    Honestly, I wouldn't even want to use this if *they* paid me 16 bucks.

  • primalxconvoy

    I still use go launcher on my note 2. It's good enough for me.