The Big List of Home Launchers - June 8, 2013

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  1. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Launchers are listed by minimum Android version needed. The list was getting rather populated and it needed a new way of being organised, as well as split into separate posts.

    If you know of any new ones, bad links, incorrect info, etc. let me know and I'll edit the list and throw you a thanks! Any guides or mods are more than welcome to edit as needed.

    The Big List of Home Launchers - Varied, Jelly Bean,
    Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, Froyo

    Varies With Device



    • no paid launcher listed with a minimum requirement that varies by device

    Jelly Bean



    • no paid launcher listed with Jelly Bean as a minimum requirement

    Ice Cream Sandwich









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  2. tiredhiker

    tiredhiker Well-Known Member

    So which one is the best or should I say NO LAG. I put CM6.1 on my G1 then went to Zeam launcher because its supposed to be the lightest BUT when in a heavy app it can take 8 seconds for my icons to come up when returning to home. I have tried all the performance settings and have only 8 icons in the dock and only 2 on the home screen but still the lag.
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  3. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Zeam does seem to be one of the lighter launchers for what it does. But if your having issues like that, a new launcher isn't going to be your solution. I'd explore other avenues, like a good cache cleaner, Auto Memory Manager, DT's a2sd, SD-Booster, cutting down on apps, etc.

    UrsusVIIILXXXVII Well-Known Member

    This thread gave me flashbacks to when I first got my Droid X. I spent days back then looking for and trying out launchers.

    Did manage to find one more for your list.

    It might not be a bad idea to add a market link to these launchers just to make it one step easier for others to find.
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  5. ninja_reject

    ninja_reject Well-Known Member

    Nice. This should be a sticky, maybe it would cut down on "What launcher should I get". I usually stick with all things Go, but I miss HTC's wide selection of widgets. Might switch back.
  6. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    I thought about that after the list was about done, and I was running out of time. I might yet. I definitely will if anyone mentions any launchers that are found somewhere other than the Android market.
  7. tcat007

    tcat007 Well-Known Member

    Just did a "Launcher" search in Appbrain and there are 2 more just on the 1st page (Wave and PlugIn)... I typically try to use apps with the highest rating (always above 4 stars), and lowest memory usage... GO has my vote on this list, but I've only tried GO and Zeam (and Car Dock, which I don't think qualifies as a "main" launcher).
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  8. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Saw those.

    Wave Launcher is a bit of an overlay launcher that can launch a max of 5 shortcuts I believe. SwipePad is similar. They might be handy for starting apps when you don't want to exit your current one.

    Plug In Launcher is an app that automatically launches certain apps when you connect bluetooth, WiFi, or various cables.

    As far as Car Dock goes, I haven't tried it yet. I'm not convinced from reading the details
    that it can't be used as a home launcher, but I'll re-categorize it, since it does seem that it isn't meant to be the main home launcher.
  9. acp

    acp Well-Known Member

    Launcher 7 is my favorite right now
  10. thetomlin2

    thetomlin2 Guest

    If anyone is interested, dxTop Pro is free in the Amazon App Store today ... personally I am not a big fan, but worth checking out for free
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  11. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    I was looking a bit at that one. I'll probably try it soon.
  12. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    I grabbed it and just checked it out. The dock is cool enough to make me want to give it a real go.
  13. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    This is a very helpful thread. I am going to add a link to this from the intro/guide sticky (with your permission of course :)
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  14. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Go ahead. I've spent some time on this, and it would be nice to know it helped others. It was originally a much shorter list in a notepad file, but when I decided to hunt deeper for more and found out how much time it was actually taking me, I realized how much I wished a list was in the forums.
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  15. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    done :)
  16. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Added more.
  17. atkjhi

    atkjhi Active Member

    I've given ADW (free), Launcher Pro, Go Launcher EX, and Zeam, pretty thorough looks on my Dinc2 and I keep going back to Go Launcher. ADW and Launcher Pro lack developer support.

    Zeam for what ever it is supposed to be (light on resources and very fast) has bad lag issues on my Dinc2. I really want to like Zeam, their dock is very nice, but I've tried all the recent updates, gone as far back as version 2.88 that was supposedly their best version before version 3, but I just don't have a good experience using it.

    Go Launcher EX, which many don't like because they copied features from other launchers, works the best for me. It's the smoothest and is constantly being updated...literally once a week.

    I tried Launcher 7 as well and it may be a nice alternative but it requires work to get it to what most would want. It's not the easiest to customize but it looks like a good launcher is you're willing to put in the time to get it to where you want it and like the Windows Phone look.
  18. claus1953

    claus1953 Well-Known Member

    Looking for different launchers, as most of them are the same style and just differ in small things (GO, LPP, zeam, ADW etc). So i played with MXHome, which i liked very much with its 3D effects, but it's not customizable at all. Now i am playing with Claystone, a nice launcher, different as it uses panels and stacks.
  19. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I noticed most of them look pretty much the same. There are a couple of bare bones launchers, and a few that play with 3D, but there are a few here and there that really are different, like Claystone Launcher or Honeycomb Launcher.
    Myself, I like Zeam for the single scrolling dock, running full screen, with Apps Organizer shortcuts in the dock and wp clock wallpaper. ATM anyway.
  20. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    More added. This list is getting long.
  21. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    So I got my new Droid X2 and wanted a launcher that showed it off, so I bit the bullet and grabbed SPB Shell 3D. This thing is awesome looking. Just letting it sit at the 3D home screen is very cool to watch.
  22. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Edited yet again.
  23. anabolina

    anabolina Well-Known Member

    This is a really great forum entry. It's good to know the alternatives and it's hard to look for launchers beyond the big ones. I've found Go to be the most stable and smooth and it's the one I keep coming back to. I just made it my default again after using Zeam for the past 2 weeks. It was okay, but didn't run any better then Go and has fewer bells and whistles. Launcher 7 was also nice, but lasted only a day on my phone as did LauncherPro. I think today's launcher will be Nemus Launcher.
  24. pockings

    pockings Well-Known Member

    Thanks Scur. This is very helpful. Could we please sticky this thread?
  25. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    Sure. Sticky it, link it to another forum, even copy/paste it, it's all good. The whole point was for folks (including me) who want to change up their launcher to be able to find them.

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