1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

KitKat Launcher vs Nova vs Launcher3?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by consultant, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. consultant

    consultant Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
     #299
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    156
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012

    Aug 13, 2012
    156
    11
    38
    I just upgraded my SIII to KitKat 4.4.2 via CM11 nightlies. Loving the KitKat and this non-bloated ROM. I was a Nova Launcher user. But I try to use stock functionality when possible. From what I read, there are (and appear to be) MAJOR improvements with the launcher in KitKat 4.4. CM11 comes with two launchers it looks like 'Launcher' and 'Launcher3' I'm guessing Launcher is the stock KitKat launcher and Launcher3 is an alternative the CM11 developers through in? The problem I'm having is trying to determine the difference/advantage of one over the other. Is Nova Launcher still superior to either or are the differences no longer that significant?
     

    Advertisement

  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    1,443
    Posts:
    21,404
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2011

    Sep 15, 2011
    21,404
    7,248
    1,443
    Male
    monkey
    Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe
    I think the google stock kitkat launcher is the one where when you swipe left to launch google Now and it has the ability to launch Now just by saying "ok google"(?)
    Think thats available on Play.
    Cyanogens launcher is called Trebuchet.
    Im a Nova Prime fan myself :)
    P.s, since youre new to Kitkat, have you tried enabling ART in Developer Options yet? ;)
     
  3. jjrx3

    jjrx3 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    391
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2012

    Aug 12, 2012
    391
    58
    53
    Male
    Los Angeles
    i like the new 4.4 launcher for the Google Now integrations but Nova has way more options to customize.. Hopefully google will allow more customizability or allow developers to integrate now into their launchers..
     
  4. consultant

    consultant Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
     #299
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    156
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012

    Aug 13, 2012
    156
    11
    38
    In the past 24hrs this is what I've also confirmed. Nice to have Google now swipe to left but missing the ability to change the grid from 4 wide to 5 wide to fit more icons. Also wondering if the launcher config for KitKat is backed up as part of your Google account? Also can only fit 4 apps in the dock is another downside. However, with that said, since I cleaned up my app selection to begin with, the KitKat launcher is adequate.

    The latest GAPPS I downloaded said not compatible with ART.
     
    funkylogik likes this.

Share This Page

Loading...