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Old September 24th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Fastest, Most Fluid Launcher?

I really love GO Launcher EX, but I was wondering if anyone has ever done a (scientific) test regarding the various launchers available.
Iím looking for the most fluid one.

My phone received the Jelly Bean update this morning, and it just seems that my GO Launcher EX is a little bit laggy.

Iíve heard some nice things about Nova Launcher, but I just donít know which one to choose.

I like to have a lot of options, I want fluidity, and I want to be able to have Facebook & Twitter widgets which show my feeds.

Please advise.

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I really love GO Launcher EX, but I was wondering if anyone has ever done a (scientific) test regarding the various launchers available.
Iím looking for the most fluid one.

My phone received the Jelly Bean update this morning, and it just seems that my GO Launcher EX is a little bit laggy.

Iíve heard some nice things about Nova Launcher, but I just donít know which one to choose.

I like to have a lot of options, I want fluidity, and I want to be able to have Facebook & Twitter widgets which show my feeds.

Please advise.
I should think that pure on-board fluidity and speed would be for the largest part dependent on the hardware it's running on. What's yours?
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It's technically impossible to do a scientific test IMO, because what launcher is most fluid is entirely dependent on a person's setup. Even when using the same phone, one launcher may not be as smooth as it is on another unit. Just try them and use the one you like best. I prefer Apex over Nova.
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I tried a bunch of them, stayed with Nova.
Just got an update last night, and as fast as it was, it's now even faster.
Lightning quick, with no problems at all.
Not scientific, but I'm VERY pleased with it.
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Where can I find a Facebook widget that displays my feed?
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I have also tried a bunch and always go back to Nova .. great launcher.
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There's a lot actually. But you can try Android Pro Widgets (APW)
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Nova is very very smooth. I was on Apex but switched to Nova today. I was happy to see that Nova could even import my Apex home screens so I didn't have to do much setup. Brilliant.
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Like apex a lot so far.
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Tried most of them. Always end up back using Apex pro.
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Nova Launcher is very nice. I've tried Apex, but prefer Nova for the smoothness. Only need 3 screens.

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Another vote for Nova.
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Is it weird that I find Apex more fluid than Nova?
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Nope. Both are equally fluid on my ICS running Tab, but again a repeat, performance on one device model will not reflect performance on another. Performance is not even comparable on the same model of devices because of differing setups behind the scenes, like number of background running apps etc.
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Tried a few I stuck with and paid for Apex.
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Nova is great. No problems with it whatsoever and runs fantastically on AOKP.
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Use Nova Prime on my three main devices: Gnex, N7 and TF Prime. Like that it doesn't add too much and sticks with a mostly stock experience since I really dig the look of ICS/JB.
In terms of speed, it seems to be quite similar to stock, but I like the ability to backup your homescreens for when you wipe and change ROMs (though I believe most 3rd party launchers do this).
Gestures built into Prime are great, saves on uneccesary apps on your homescreens.
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I used Go EX Launcher, I did find it to be laggy at some points, but the flexbility with the launcher is amazing. I personalized my android to look like an Iphone, and it is interesting.

Depends on your unit though.
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I did the same thing with my Go Launcher EX. I got it looking like an iPhone, but it seemed a little laggy.
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I use Go Launcher and it's easily my favorite. Never experienced lag.
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I'm using TSF Shell and love it. Very smooth scrolling and 3d animation. Takes a little bit to get use to but very nice.
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I need to start by saying, I like change and am always switching up my launcher. I have a Droid Bionic Handset and a Toshiba Thrive Tablet, both running ICS. I have used several launchers on both devices and find that they all have their pros and cons. I am currently using Nova Prime on my handset and find it very smooth and the features are nice. Another that I like quite a bit for both the phone and the tablet is SPB Shell 3D. It also has some really nice features and some really slick animations. It runs very smoothly on both devices. I have tried Go Launch and ADW Launcher EX and am just not that impressed with them. To be honest, I like the ICS Stock interface on my Tablet and the Moto Blur interface on my handset. Go figure...its all a matter of personal preference.

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I can definitely recommend Zeam Launcher, because it takes up less space than 400kb and it is relatively customizable. Also it looks kinda smooth. The only downside is that it won't let me use some of my widgets...
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I have no idea what you are saying.
I don't think you're supposed to.

I have no idea why anyone would want an Android to look like an iPhone.
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What do you have on your Go Launcher homescreens?
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GoLauncherEx is better than APEX and Nova, IMHO.
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GoLauncherEx is better than APEX and Nova, IMHO.
I've also tried Go Launcher, but the last time I had it installed, I suddenly was plagued with Air Push Ads. I downloaded the Lookout app that identifies those types of things and it found Go Launcher. I uninstalled and the ads went away. I then read somewhere the Go Stuff had started doing the Air Push ads. I liked Go Launcher pretty well before that incident. Do you get Ads with it now?

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I've also tried Go Launcher, but the last time I had it installed, I suddenly was plagued with Air Push Ads. I downloaded the Lookout app that identifies those types of things and it found Go Launcher. I uninstalled and the ads went away. I then read somewhere the Go Stuff had started doing the Air Push ads. I liked Go Launcher pretty well before that incident. Do you get Ads with it now?

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I've also tried Go Launcher, but the last time I had it installed, I suddenly was plagued with Air Push Ads. I downloaded the Lookout app that identifies those types of things and it found Go Launcher. I uninstalled and the ads went away. I then read somewhere the Go Stuff had started doing the Air Push ads. I liked Go Launcher pretty well before that incident. Do you get Ads with it now?

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Haven't gotten Airpush ads from Go in a while, apart from their usual "new Go Themes" airpush ad everytime you go into the part of their interface where you choose a new theme for the app.
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I've also tried Go Launcher, but the last time I had it installed, I suddenly was plagued with Air Push Ads. I downloaded the Lookout app that identifies those types of things and it found Go Launcher. I uninstalled and the ads went away. I then read somewhere the Go Stuff had started doing the Air Push ads. I liked Go Launcher pretty well before that incident. Do you get Ads with it now?

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For the almost solid 2 years I've been using go launcher, haven't had not 1 air push ad aside from their rare notify of new themes.

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No way. It's gotten bloated and buggy and worst of all, now Go's stuff has AirPush ads.
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No way. It's gotten bloated and buggy and worst of all, now Go's stuff has AirPush ads.
Do you have a ad detector to verify? I just find it odd ive never had any air push from go and I use the launcher sms locker and keyboard



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My bad, GoLauncher itself does *not* use AirPush. But GoContacts and GoSMS do. I've quit using and uninstalled all Go products on all the phones I maintain. Found better alternatives anyway.
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My bad, GoLauncher itself does *not* use AirPush. But GoContacts and GoSMS do. I've quit using and uninstalled all Go products on all the phones I maintain. Found better alternatives anyway.
GoSMS Pro DOES NOT have push ads. Add-ons detector does not see any add-on on the app regarding push ads. Never had any push ads from Go apart from the usual "We got new themes" notification when opening the theme section and on new install.
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I used GO for a while, then switched to ADW, and now I'm using Holo and I like it much better than the others.
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You don’t have to worry about updates cluttering things with LauncherPro – it hasn’t been updated since I first installed it almost two years ago. But I hear that it isn’t compatible with recent OS releases, unsurprisingly. My droid has become a cutting-edge relic.
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I would be interested in knowing which SMS app you are using that you found as a better alternative to GO SMS Pro.
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I also used GO for 2 years; tried Nova, Apex, and ssLauncher last week. Settled on SS because it is so much more configurable than any of them. I had no lag problems with any of them. If you take the time to play with SS, add a few fonts on your sd card, I don't think you'll remove it. I couldn't get Apex or Nova to look as good as GO, but after setting up SS, I got rid of the other three. I'm not rooted, on Nexus 7.
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I've stayed with GO Launcher for the 30 apps in the dock.
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30? Last time I had it it was only 15 (5 per screen)

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30? Last time I had it it was only 15 (5 per screen)
Nova has a total of 36; 12 per screen.
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I'll look at Nova again. GO has fifteen but you can also swipe up on each one for another fifteen.

* Nova says it has up to 21 apps in the dock.
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Fairly smitten with Nova...
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Apex pro. GO is garbage. If you're running android 4.0+ apex or nova is the only way to go.
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I beg to differ. I find GO to be quite useful.
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I don't know why this fascination with launchers but I do find the manufacturer provided launcher good enough for me to use. Maybe I am a simple person who look for simple things to solve my daily needs. Life itself is complicated enough so why complicate yourself further with more launcher choices?
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