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[2.3.+][4.0+]The best launchers for android

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7th June 2012, 06:50 PM   |  #1  
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Hi this is my first post
The best launchers for Gingerbread and ICS
Gingerbread
Panda Home
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GO Launcher EX


GO Launcher EX is the extra version of GO Launcher, one of the most popular launcher app in android market, provides beautiful themes, fast flip speed and useful functions.
-Fancy home screen transition (MENU-preferences-display settings-screen transition)
-Themes supported (search “go launcher ex theme” to download)
-Smooth scrolling experience (set the flip speed in display settings)
-Icon popup menu (long press icon on the screen)
-Folder and task manager in app drawer (long press icon to enter edit mode)
-Gesture supported (both screen and dock icon)
-Scrollable & resizable widgets supported (free)

Launcher Pro


Simple. Powerful. Fast. Customizable.

If you can't open it, download "ClearDefaultHome" or "Home Switcher"

- Super-smooth scrolling
- Animated screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense)
- Up to 7 home screens
- App drawer (2D and 3D!) with a fly-in effect and smooth scrolling
- Scrollable shortcut dock
Zeam Launcher


The underdog minimalistic launcher for Android phones.

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To add Applications grid shortcut, select Add > Shortcuts > Applications grid.
Try toggle Manage wallpaper if screen scrolling isn't smooth, select Preferences > Workspace > Manage wallpaper.
ADW.Launcher

ADW.Launcher, beyond tweaking your android desktop

Opensource home replacement app
-Customizable application drawer (old one or iphone/galaxy one)
-Customizable drag&drop action buttons
-Unveil the Dockbar flicking-up the app-drawer button and drop UNLIMITED shortcuts/folders!
-Themes
Holo Launcher

This is the best in my opinion
ICS Launcher for Android 2.2+

Simple, powerful, fast and highly customizable home replacement, based on Android 4.0.4 ICS Launcher.

Features:
Full ICS Style
ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc.

Custom Desktop Pages/Grid
Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid.

Custom Drawer Portrait/landscape Grid
Set different drawer grid for portrait and landscape screen.

Scrollable Dock
Up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.

Infinite Scrolling
Loop through your desktop/drawer/dock continuously.

Gestures
Swipe up/down on desktop to launch apps quickly.

Customizable shortcut/folder icons
Long press to edit shortcut/folder icons and labels, support ADW icon pack.

Desktop Previews
Pinch to access desktop previews.

Backup and Restore
Backup and restore your settings and shortcuts.

Other Customization Options
Keep in memory, home key action, hide apps in drawer, hide labels, etc
Claystone Launcher


Claystone Labs is making Android the easiest smartphone to use, bar none.

With Claystone, we’ve worked hard to develop a launcher that allows you to not only access and discover outstanding content, but also enjoy it within our innovative panel-based navigation system.

In addition, we've now integrated Amazon content within the Claystone environment, serving featured titles and access to incredible content across books, movies, and apps. Simply launch Claystone for the first time and you'll be presented with an Amazon stack for immediate access.

Ice Cream Sandwich
Apex Launcher


Powerful, fast, and highly customizable home replacement for Android 4.0+.

Apex Launcher helps you create a customized homescreen experience on your Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) device.

Features:
- Customizable homescreen grid size and up to 9 homescreens
- Scrollable dock with up to 7 icons per page and up to 5 pages
- Infinite & elastic scrolling (homescreen, drawer and dock)
- Fancy transition effects (tablet, cube, etc.)
- Hide elements as you want (persistent search bar, status bar, or even the dock)
- Customizable icons and labels for shortcuts and folders
- Choose different folder preview styles and background
- Multiple drawer styles (transparent/opaque, horizontal/vertical, paginated/continuous)
- Drawer apps sorting (title, install date, mostly used)
- Hide apps from the drawer
- Lock your desktop to prevent accidental changes
- Enjoy homescreen gestures (pinch, swipe up/down, double tap)
- Advanced theme engine (icon packs, skins, etc.)
- Backup/restore settings and data
- Optimized for both phones and tablets
- Lots of other customization options!

Apex Launcher Pro (Paid Version) Features:
- Multiple configurable drawer tabs
- Unread count notifications
- Dock swipe gestures
- Two finger gestures
- More transition effects
- ADW, LauncherPro, and Go Launcher theme support
- Batch add option for folders
- Option to merge folder contents
- Widgets in dock (1x1 only)
- Overlapping widgets
- More features on the way!

Note: Due to limitations of the Android framework, you won't be able to add widgets from the app drawer without root access. If your device is rooted, please enable the Root Helper via Settings > Advanced settings > Enable Root Helper.

Tips:
- Pinch the screen to access screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense).
- Long press an icon to drag and drop it over another one to create a folder.
- Long press icons/folders on the desktop and choose edit from the popup menu to customize icons and labels.
- Drag, hover, and drop app icons over the delete button at the top of the screen to quickly uninstall apps.
- Long press an app in the hide apps list to quickly launch that app.
- Switch to single screen wallpaper mode to fix wallpaper zooming issues.
- Enable the Root Helper in advanced settings (root required) to add widgets from the drawer.

Permissions:
- BIND_APPWIDGET: Required to add widgets from the drawer (only if installed as system app).
- CALL_PHONE: Create direct-dial shortcuts on the homescreen.
- EXPAND_STATUS_BAR/SET_WALLPAPER/SET_WALLPAPER_HINTS/VIBRATE: Standard launcher functions.
- INTERNET/ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Check for updates and anonymous usage/error reporting (optional).
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Backup/restore settings and data.
- READ_CONTACTS/READ_SMS/GET_ACCOUNTS/READ_CONTENT_PROVIDER: Missed call and unread SMS/Gmail notifications (pro version).
Nova Launcher


Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+

Features include:
Scrollable Dock (for Tablets and Phones)
Keep all your favorite apps on the dock, with up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.

Customizable App Drawer:
Transparency
Scrolling style, choose between horizontal paginated or vertical continuous

Scroll Effects
Enjoy eye candy when scrolling your desktop and drawer. Effects include Cube and Cardstack and more for Prime users.

Infinite Scroll
Never be far from your favorite page, loop through your desktop continuously.

Folder Icons
You can chose a background, preview style or even replace the whole icon.

Backup/Restore
Export your settings and layout before a wipe to quickly get back up and running.

Widgets in dock
Add any 1x1 widget to the dock

Bulk Add
Add multiple apps to the desktop or a folder at once

Activities shortcut
Select hidden activities from your favorite apps

*Nova Launcher Prime Features (Paid version)*

Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+

Nova Launcher Prime unlocks the following features in Nova Launcher:

Drawer Groups:
Folders in App Drawer
Unlimited custom tabs
Organize apps into tabs and folders in the app drawer

Gestures
Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.

Hide Apps
Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.

Dock Swipes
Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions

Unread Counts
Never miss an email. Unread count badges for SMS, Missed calls and Gmail. Counts show in the dock, desktop, drawer and folders.

More Scroll Effects

Permissions:
Internet/Network State/Wifi State: Optional & Anonymous error/usage reporting. Download of opt-in Beta updates.
Directly call phone numbers: Only used if you place a direct-dial shortcut on the homescreen.
Wallpaper/Vibrate/Status Bar/Choose Widgets: Standard Launcher functions
USB (SD) Storage: Backup/restore and beta updates

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8th June 2012, 09:12 AM   |  #2  
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Headache to read. Too much text. Seems like you just copied it all from the play store. No or minimal person opinion. Worth mentioning that some launchers are no longer under development.

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Nice post rasenkiba! I found his thread as I was exploring for new launchers to play with in CM9 nightly build 8/26/2012. You've done a great job at pulling together some of the more popular launchers - I especially like knowing which launcher is your preferred.

I'd like to add to this list the Trebuchet launcher which is the default launcher on the 8/26/2012 nightly build of CM9 for the Galaxy S3. I'm still breaking it in, but it seems fast and has some neat effects - I'm hooked on "Cube Out" for the app drawer and home screen transitions.

I previously used Zeam on my HTC G2 and it had two features that I miss dearly: Swipe Up and Swipe Down. I had them mapped to open the app drawer and open the notification bar, respectively - this allowed me to remove the app drawer button to be used by something else. I liked the minimalistic features of Zeam. After using Trebuchet I'm looking for a launcher that combines some of the Zeam features with some of the eye candy of Trebuchet.
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very nice list, I also liked seeing which you preferred.

I usually go through a phase where I'll download every single app I can find for a specific function (photo editing, launchers, etc) and test them all out and delete the worst until I'm left with one.

I have a droid incredible, and was on CM7 for a while and fell in love with ADW. I'm big on screen transitions and gestures (man, do I miss lock screen gestures).

Now, I'm on Albinomans JB rom (which kicks so much ace) and have only tried Holo and Nova. Nova is the one I've stuck with as of now, and buying the Prime version was even more similar to the options of ADW.

Anyway, great compilation of launchers and I hope the info I posted helps some others as well.
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nice work man .. and respect for the commitment and time spent
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shelling out the money for nova prime
Not sure if you only wanted to include free launchers but Nova launcher is nice but if you spend the extra few bucks on the Prime edition, it is by far and away the best launcher I have ever used.


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After testing ICS on my Xperia Pro, and using Nova Launcher Prime, I went back to GB because of some things that were worse in ICS, mainly RAM usage, games and wi-fi hotspot. I've been looking for a launcher that has 2 options that made me buy the prime version of Nova; using the home key to get into the app drawer (and then returning to the desktop) and folders in the app drawer. Is there a launcher that has those 2 functions BUT isn't Go Launcher EX?

Go Launcher EX isn't bad but, 6 icons per folder in the app drawer in landscape mode isn't enough (it had 10 in v2.85!)

I just loved using Nova, too bad it's ICS+ only
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Quote:
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After testing ICS on my Xperia Pro, and using Nova Launcher Prime, I went back to GB because of some things that were worse in ICS, mainly RAM usage, games and wi-fi hotspot. I've been looking for a launcher that has 2 options that made me buy the prime version of Nova; using the home key to get into the app drawer (and then returning to the desktop) and folders in the app drawer. Is there a launcher that has those 2 functions BUT isn't Go Launcher EX?

Go Launcher EX isn't bad but, 6 icons per folder in the app drawer in landscape mode isn't enough (it had 8 in v2.85!)

I just loved using Nova, too bad it's ICS+ only

I'm not sure about the folders in the app drawer, but I'm pretty sure I remember ADW EX doing home button binding.

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