14 best Android launcher apps

by: Joe HindySeptember 11, 2014

Third party launches have exploded in the last year. The good ones got better and there have been a number of new players that stepped up to the table. With so many more options, which ones are the best? Here are the best Android launcher apps!

Android launcher - Action LauncherAction Launcher

[Price: Free / $3.99]


  • Loads of unique features like a sliding Quickdrawer to access all your apps at any time.
  • Pretty much all of the third party launcher settings you can think of.
  • Active development from a competent and trusted developer.
  • Free to use but you can buy Pro as an in app purchase.
  • Full tablet support.
  • The free version can be turned into the Pro version using in app purchases but there is also a Pro version in the Play Store. It's confusing but don't get the Pro version in the Play Store. Get the free version and use the in app purchase method.
  • Various (albeit infrequent) bugs reported depending on device.
First up is Action Launcher. This launcher has only been out for about a year but it’s already gathered a strong and loyal gathering. It comes packed with features and there are free and paid versions so you can check it out before buying it!
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Apex Launcher android launcherApex Launcher

[Price: Free / $3.99]

An oldie but goodie.

  • Has been around the block a time or two and has remained a solid and stable option the whole time.
  • Free and paid versions let you try it before you buy it.
  • Gesture controls which are pretty fun to use.
  • Theme options, icon pack support, and other various customization options.
  • Up to 9 home screens supported.
  • Hasn't kept pace with the latest features such as Android L elements and the like.
  • Some may argue that there isn't enough features to justify the price. We're not one of those people but they exist.
Apex Launcher has been a big Android launcher since “the golden days” of Android and was once part of “the big three” with ADW and Nova. It’s managed to remain relevant and solid with a lot of updates in the last year. You can try it for free before you buy it.
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Android Launcher

buzz android launcherBuzz Launcher

[Price: Free]

Don't like your home screen? Use someone else's.

  • Over 500,000 Homepacks that you can use to customize your home screen.
  • Totally free with no in app purchases.
  • You can get the Buzz Widget add on and create your own widgets.
  • Extremely unique premise that allows you to customize your home screens unlike any other launcher on this list.
  • If you need something a little less ridiculous, you may not like Buzz Launcher. It's pretty ridiculous.
  • Less 'hardcore' features than other launchers.
Buzz Launcher is a free Android launcher that is packed with features. It utilizes a Homepack system where users upload their homepacks and other users can download them. It’s a community driven effort that has over 500,000 Homepacks to choose from (or create your own)! It’s simply astounding and worth a shot if you’re tired of the same old stuff.
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EverythingMe Launcher android appsEverythingMe Launcher

[Price: Free]

EverythingMe wants to be your everything.

  • Contextual launcher that does a pretty good job at figuring you out.
  • Their search function is awesome.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • Enhanced folders can be themed individually.
  • Plenty of other contextual features.
  • Sometimes the context doesn't get it right and that makes the launcher seem worse than it really is.
  • More customization options would've been nice.
EverythingMe Launcher is the first of several contextual launchers on this list. It analyzes your habits and uses them to recommend apps for you to use during certain situations (e.g. while driving), in certain places (e.g. at work), etc. Their search feature is pretty awesome also. We reviewed this one so check out the review video below for more details!
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GO Android launcherGO Launcher EX

[Price: Free with in app purchases / $5.99]

Go, go, go!

  • One of the most popular launchers ever with over 200 million users to date.
  • A metric ton of add ons, themes, and icon packs are available for GO.
  • If you get other GO products like the keyboard, they interact with one another.
  • Despite its bloat, it still has a 4.5 rating. That means it's pretty good.
  • A whole bunch of bloat. It takes a long time to get rid of a lot of it.
  • Bugs based on device
Next up is the venerable GO Launcher EX. It’s been around for a while and has generated a lot of interest and users. Despite its overly bloated presentation, it still manages to rock a 4.5 rating in the Google Play Store which is impressive. It also has a lot of add ons. You can also pick up GO Launcher Prime for $5.99 and negate ads, in app purchases, and other unruly features.
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Google Now Launcher android launcherGoogle Now Launcher

[Price: Free]

Because someone would have me shot if I didn't include this.

  • Google Now integration is awesome.
  • Simple launcher is easy to use for just about everybody.
  • 'OK Google' hotword support.
  • Developed, released, and updated by Google so you know it's good.
  • Serious lack of customization options.
  • Not all that many features also.
Google’s own Google Now Launcher was released earlier this year after it was so immensely popular on the Nexus 5. With this Android launcher you get a more minimal launcher experience (home screens automatically disappear if you don’t use them) but you also get Google Now that’s tucked away just to the left of your main screen. Google Now users love it and we do too.
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Android Launcher 8Launcher 8

[Price: Free]

Because hell, why not?

  • Emulates the Windows Phone 8 interface for those who want to try that out.
  • You can combine this with a number of other Windows Phone 8 themed apps to create an almost complete WP8 experience.
  • Actually more customizable than Windows Phone 8.
  • Live tiles!
  • If you like the standard Android home screen, you're going to hate this.
  • If you hate Windows, you're going to hate this.
  • A few bugs reported here and there.
Launcher 8 is something a little different. Instead of giving a modified Android experience, it gives a modified Windows Phone 8 experience. Yes, we know it’s ridiculous but hey sometimes it’s fun to try something like this. It also shows the versatility of Android. Windows Phone can’t be made to look like Android but Android can be made to look like Windows Phone. That’s pretty cool.
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Android launcher Lightning LauncherLightning Launcher

[Price: Free / $2.99]

In the lightning, in the rain!

  • The app allows for a wide range of customization if you go through the trouble of learning how to do it.
  • You can create one huge home screen that's like a PC desktop.
  • Lets you go all out with widgets and such or minimal. Your choice.
  • Light on resources makes it great for older devices.
  • The free versions are based on language. You're probably best off just buying it ($2.99 isn't that much).
  • There is a pretty substantial learning curve. It's not like Tasker but it's not like Nova either.
Lightning Launcher was brought to our attention by our readers and after taking a look, we agree that it belongs on this list. It’s light on resources and contains a number of unique features and UI tweaks. You can try it for free or buy the eXtreme version for $2.99.
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Mi Launcher Android LauncherMi Launcher

[Price: Free]

MIUI for everyone!

  • The classic MIUI look and feel for those who don't want to root or flash ROMs.
  • Built on top of ADW Launcher (supposedly) so it supports icon packs.
  • A lot of your regular stuff like transition effects, scrolling options, and widget re-sizing.
  • Still buggy for some people.
  • Not as feature heavy as we would have liked. Where are the MIUI themes?
Mi Launcher is the launcher that has been released and maintained by MIUI developers. It’s one of the few iPhone-ish launchers that people actually like. It’s apparently built on top of ADW Launcher since it supports ADW Launcher icon packs (or any icon pack that also supports ADW Launcher). It’s free to use and if you like the MIUI look and feel, there is no better way to get it than this!
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Mi Launcher Android launcher

Next Launcher Android launcherNext Launcher 3D Shell

[Price: Free / $16.99]

Takes Android into 3D!

  • Ridiculously cool 3D honeycomb (the shape, not the operating system) style home screen which looks awesome.
  • Transition options, 3D screen preview, gesture controls, and more help create a more immersed experience.
  • Theme mix mode allows you to customize your home screens even further.
  • From the makers of GO Launcher so you know there are some competent minds behind this.
  • Free trial lets you see if you like it before forking out $16.99.
  • Developers are fairly consistent when it comes to bug fixes and app updates.
  • It's expensive and we understand if that's a turn off.
  • Lots of visual impact. Not for minimalists out there.
  • Small bugs reported here and there.
  • Doesn't run well on older devices.
Next Launcher comes in as not only one of the most unique Android launcher apps on this list but also one of the most expensive. At $17US for the full version, it’ll set you back more than one of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy games. The free version is a trial but at least you can try it before you buy it. It’s definitely worth a shot.
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Nova Launcher best android launcherNova Launcher

[Price: Free / $4.00]

Relieving people of stock launcher issues since the good old days.

  • Literally packed with customization and functionality features.
  • Icon pack and theme support lets you customize even further.
  • Frequent updates bring modern features before pretty much everyone else.
  • Gesture control, swiping dock, and unread counts help create a more immersed experience.
  • The free version is rated 4.6 in the Play Store. The paid version is 4.8. Lesser devs have to pay reviewers to get those kind of numbers. People love this app.
  • With so many features, there is a slight learning curve to figure out where everything is.
  • Small bugs reported here and there.
A best Android launcher apps list without Nova Launcher is simply blasphemy. It’s insanely popular, highly rated, totally trusted by millions of people, and it has enough features to make your head spin. People would be angry if we didn’t include this launcher. We’d be angry if we didn’t include this launcher. It’s pretty great.
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Nova Launcher android launcher

smart launcher android launcherSmart Launcher Pro 2

[Price: Free / $3.99]

Sometimes smart means simple.

  • Minimal design puts your most used apps on one home screen with slide out menus available for everything else.
  • Slick, light on resources, and small (2MB download).
  • You can theme and customize the look how you choose.
  • It even has Google TV support. Say what?
  • Plugins allow you to increase functionality without including stuff you don't need.
  • People who like their browsers complicated with lots of features won't like this.
  • Doesn't always categorize apps in the right folder. There are other small issues like that.
Smart Launcher Pro 2 has undergone some changes since we last updated this list but its central premise remains more or less the same. You are presented with one home screen with some shortcut icons (which are configurable). From there you slide left or right to access other apps and settings. It’s minimal and very small (2MB). It’s definitely worth a shot on those older devices or for people who just don’t want to deal with a bunch of other things.
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themer android launcherThemer: Launcher

[Price: Free]

It's a lot of fun.

  • There are few launchers out there that qualify as 'fun' to use. Themer is one of them.
  • 400 themes and each theme can be further customized. That means you can do pretty much whatever you want.
  • Icon support, gesture support, and Themer Actions help make things better.
  • Integration with Zooper Widget.
  • Still a few bugs here and there. It didn't leave beta that long ago.
  • There are awesome themes, but not a lot of things that increase functionality.
Themer is a newer addition to this list but it’s made quite the splash. Like Buzz Launcher, Themer relies on a community driven supply of themes that users can apply and customize. There are over 400 themes available at the time of this writing which is a bunch. Once you apply a theme you can customize further to make it yours. It also supports icon packs and it’s free!
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Yahoo Aviate Android Launcher iconYahoo Aviate Launcher

[Price: Free]

Yahoo did something right by buying this.

  • Takes all of the guesswork out of your home screen. Sometimes simple is better.
  • Automatically creates app categories and lets you browse them quickly. You can also customize these categories if Aviate messes it up.
  • App regularly changes its look and what information it displays based on the time of day and your location (contextual).
  • Yahoo has been slowly adding fun little features like showing you how long you slept.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • May be too simple for some.
  • Lack of customization options has always been a problem with Aviate. Theming options would be fantastic.
Last and certainly not least is Yahoo’s Aviate Launcher. This launcher got a metric ton of press back when it was independently owned and it’s actually grown since Yahoo purchased it earlier this year. It’s sleek and beautiful plus it keeps everything where you can find it. Android purists won’t like it but it’s actually pretty fun if you give it a chance.
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Wrap up

As always, if we’ve forgotten an exciting and awesome launcher, let us know in the comments below! As you can see, you guys gave us a lot of feedback on the last list and now it’s been updated with a lot of your recommendations so don’t be afraid to tell us!

  • Nathan Borup

    What about Buzz launcher?

  • drs6

    Action launcher should be here.

    • JosephHindy

      Both buzz and action launcher barely didn’t make the list. GO Launcher knocked them both off.

      • CoolCustomer

        Whoa how did Action Launcher get bumped by GO? Action Launcher while short on customization is like a Stock extension, it doesn’t bog you down with useless tweaks and actually brings innovations to launchers which we’ve rarely seen. With the exception of only being available on 4.0.1 or later “Shutters” and “Covers” are leaps and bounds over what other launchers are doing atm.

        • JosephHindy

          Because GO has like a million reviews and > 10 million downloads and still has a 4.5 in the Play Store. I think buzz had a 4.3 (too low) and Action had a 4.5, but only like 2500. 1000000 reviews and 4.5 beats 2500 reviews and 4.5.

          • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

            Gotta love journalism that just relies on numbers.

          • CoolCustomer

            Ok, knowing you guys did it by numbers makes the list make sense but the title should be “Top Launchers” or “The Best of Android’s Most Popular Launchers”. I’ve really liked AA’s reboot thus far and frankly this is the only article I’ve ever had a negative view of. As a fan request could you guys do an in depth article on the new launchers out there or the most unique ones. I’m not sure about Lightning but I know Action Launcher is done by one guy and could really use a shout out from a megaphone like AA. It may even inspire the leaders of the category to take more risks and add experimental features like “Shutters” which would benefit the platform as a whole.

          • nishantsirohi123

            Go launcher has been there since i guess the HTC g1 was launched

          • Ivana Twinkle

            Sure, if you want to hand your privacy over to a Chinese company.

    • Homebrewman

      Tsf shell

      • chrisvoyce

        I have apex launcher on my s4 with the crumpled icon pack and the glass wallpaper looks fab and works brill

      • boffaencxoa

        ~Wow~ My
        friend Tina has just married to a handsome

        black man met through.. .Black White Húb.. C/o/M…… …It’s safe and worth a try. The convenient and safe way to
        date other cultures and races online. 1000s of black men, black women, white
        men and white women looking to date someone from another race online! So, if
        you want to look for people with which you can date, you are at the right
        place. With a brave heart to love. This is a paradise where love is color

    • Frederico Carnales

      ..and where’s LauncherPro!??!?!

      • Ernest Crus

        Outdated, thats why. Why is outdated? You know the answer.

      • Remcom00

        It was built for Android 2.x and not updated since so that’s probably why…

      • Donald Beatty

        What ever happened to the rewrite of launcher pro Frederico ? I us to love lp and was one of the first 100 to download to. Did you give up on the rewrite?

    • Sergio A. Guzmán

      Dodol launcher also should be in this list.

  • Mario

    No Action Launcher? The shutters feature is revolutionary tbh.

  • AndroidBrian

    Nova & Apex are pretty much the exact same launcher. But I agree they are the best two. Someone should break these down and decide which one is better. Your description for Apex and Nova launcher would have worked for either one of these.

    • player911

      Agreed both are similar. They both can do the same thing, but Apex has been getting slower. Nova feels completely fluid. Also Nova has a neat feature that lets Widgets overlap, so you can come up with some really cool page layouts. So Nova hands down… and I was an avid Apex fan.

      • AndroidBrian

        Yeah I use Nova now too. I used Apex for over a year and I tried out Nova again and it was a lot smoother than Apex.
        I don’t know what happened to Apex but your right it was lagging more and more after every update. Nova you can also change icons on the app drawer too, which is a cool feature.

    • Preben Nielsen

      I would argue that Nove is programmed a lot better than Apex. In Apex … when you change a simple setting (like sorting in app drawer) it seem to have to restart the whole launcher.

      Also, Nova handles icon packs much better and faster than Apex last I looked.

  • James

    Lightning Launcher should deserve a mention as well. They offer layered and unlimited size for widgets

  • JJ

    Action launcher is fairly new I suppose. But I have used every launcher out there and really like all the unique features it has added. It also runs buttery smooth but I am on a HTC one so if you are on a older phone your mileage could vary.

  • lala

    NOVA is the best, hands down. Apex is a bit more convenient but it lags on my S3 while Nova is totally fluid.

    • Doan

      No launcher is the best, hands down. Different launchers perform better on different devices, and each launcher provides its own set of unique features. The “best” launcher will depend on the user’s requirements for a launcher.

    • player911

      I’ve been a long time Apex fan but it just kept getting laggier and laggier on my newer devices. So bad that I went back to stock (same setup) and wow what a refresh. I eventually threw Nova on there and it is back to business. I use Nova on my Galaxy Nexus and Action Launcher on my Nexus 7. Both are good.

    • The Lion

      i found apex very glitchy

  • CiMO

    It takes me a couple of hours to set-up Go launcher each time I flash or get a new device, but at least my Android looks exactly as I want it.

  • http://www.martian-imperium.com/ Lokifish Marz

    Everything.me Launcher is the first “bells and whistles” launcher that I’ve stayed with since Netfront Life Screen. Sad to see it missing from the list.

  • LogicBomb

    after trying most of these launchers, GO makes my S3 run the smoothest

  • SeraZR™

    Lightning Launcher? -.-

  • Jurrud Potatotasty

    What about Dog Launcher pro and Firezon Launcher??? They are way better than #3-5!!!!!!!!

    • SirLoinMan

      Yeah Dog Launcher is the best!!!

  • Tombo Picko

    You could also mention off-market launchers like Xperia-Z Launcher, Touchwiz Launcher and such

    • Jurrud Potatotasty


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    • Christof

      JURRUD, Please get off the internet, your poop suction is required.

    • Christof


  • nishantsirohi123

    The Launcher 7 and 8 are also amazing
    also launcher pro and holo launcher are equally good

    another is “simple home” made by LG it has no app drawer with apps pasted on the home screen

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  • Kai Racho

    Where can we find Dog launcher and Firezon launcher? Any links?

  • AJ

    If you really miss the new Windows Mango (WIN 8) platform…Then you surely should get Launcher 8. Awsm Lumia experience.

  • Dragoon0030

    I am using homepack buzz launcher and one unique feature is that for each home screen u have, u can choose a different wallpaper. It is also very customisable with a site of what other people have made for ur downloading pleasure. If anyone is like me and looking to have more than one wallpaper, check it out

  • mrband

    SPB 3D Shell, SSLauncher, QQLauncher, 360Launcher, Hi Launcher, Regina 3D Launcher, TSF Shell, …


  • http://twitter.com/lukamlinar Luka Mlinar

    GO Launcher leaves so much trash on your phone when you remove it. Never again!

    • CoolCustomer

      +1, I’ve used GO once and will never touch anything from them again, I hate the “Everything and the kitchen sink” approach they use.

    • Preben Nielsen

      I used it for a long while but got tired of every update putting in irrelevant stuff to make me download even more of their stuff. Went on to Apex but finally ditched it for Nova, which is better IMO …. but still not perfect.

  • Keith Richmond

    Next Launcher 3D is missing

  • ollieg

    I’ve only used one launcher, so I won’t categorically proclaim it ‘best’, but I enjoy Unity Launcher. I only need to launch a few apps regularly. I like Unity Launcher’s accessibility from within any app and its subtle UI

  • Soonershooter

    Nova Prime on S4….

    • The Lion

      exactly my setup ,also have it on 2 other devices inc (believe it or not) a HP Touchpad which is still going strong a HTC Legend & i also have a Google edition HTC One which has the best launcher of them all :)

  • Joe

    Next 3d is much better than go apex nova and adw… I’ve tried all and settled on next 3d. Plus it’s made by the go launcher devs…

    • Mahesh

      i installed Next 3d today on my phone and may games started rebooting by itself.. i removed next and all good.


    Buzz Launcher should be here

  • nishantsirohi123

    it is windows 8 style with live tiles and widget tiles support
    extremely customizable and no ads

  • kat

    What would be that font on the Smart Launcher Pro display that says 3:54? It’s great.

  • Ahmer Madani

    how is solo launcher

    • Jayfeather787

      It’s okay. I experienced a bit of lag, but with a more powerful device, it should be fine.

  • Naren R Parashar

    NEXT Launcher is the best.
    All other launchers suck..

  • Jeff

    Question. Is it OK to delete the stock launcher on nexus 7 2 and replace it with nova?

    • Jayfeather787

      Maybe, but if you update Nova Launcher, the screen might go black, and maybe you will experience a couple force closes.

  • Mike

    Vire Launcher!

  • Q.

    I use Nova launcher on my GS2. I rarely suffer from lag and really like how you can expand the app grid!

  • oba55

    Where is Vire Launcher?

  • Groud Frank

    Aviate Launcher

  • Fotbollsgräs

    I’ve jumped boat from Nova to Aviate (and Themer).

  • Mahmood Faysal

    i’m wondering how you forgot to add buzz launcher it’s the best for me .
    i like Nova , Apex and Go Launcher nice choice
    if you want more good launchers i found a good article about Best Android Launchers 2014

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  • http://www.seeresult.in/ dileep

    Nova seems absolutely liquid. Also Nova has a nice function that allows Icons overlap, so you can come up with some really awesome web page templates. http://www.oleocomm.com/

  • http://www.seeresult.in/ dileep

    The Launcher 7 and 8 are also amazing. http://ssc-result.org/

  • lonestar

    Next launcher 3d is the best for me

  • The Lion

    i prefer nova , the only glitch is when you first boot the device it freezes for a while i think something to do with loading in widgets , once it settles down it is great , does it on all my devices without fail.

  • Xceedia

    dodol launcher fo me :D

    • Pilot

      same here

  • fandroid

    91 launcher is now mobolive u shuld hav know this

    • JosephHindy

      This article was written like a year ago and it’s getting updated soon. Relax bud :)

      • Tor Schjølberg

        Well better test and throw in sslauncher here as well. :-)

  • Amrit Zoad

    Why the original Mi Launcher is not mentioned in this post? Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.miui.mihome2

    EDIT: The Google Play link won’t work for others, who never installed this app. If you want to install this app anyway, then get it here,
    Link: http://zhuomian.xiaomi.com/

  • Fabio Santo

    Hey guys, have a look at 2tap Launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fabiosanto.home Thanks

  • Abd

    Apex all the way. Full of features and VERY battery friendly, something thats completely overlooked in this article

  • kaushik ray

    Yahooo Aviator all the way.Just loving the way it is..

  • http://www.kicstarv.blogspot.com Kicstar V

    Google now launcher is the best

  • boffaencxoa

    ~Wow~ My
    friend Tina has just married to a handsome

    black man met through.. .Black White Húb.. C/o/M…… …It’s safe and worth a try. The convenient and safe way to
    date other cultures and races online. 1000s of black men, black women, white
    men and white women looking to date someone from another race online! So, if
    you want to look for people with which you can date, you are at the right
    place. With a brave heart to love. This is a paradise where love is color

  • Arjit Mehra

    Instead of Mi home,use Mi Express.It’s like the official MIUI launcher,much better!!

  • Venky

    Buzz launcher gets a 9 rating ! Wtf !
    It’s bloated, themes are unpolished and childish compared to themer.
    These are the launchers I’ve used extensively.
    Action – 9
    Nova – 9
    Themer- 8 ( Consumes a bit more battery than other launchers)
    Aviate- 8 ( lack of customization)
    Google now- 7
    Buzz Launcher – 6

    • JosephHindy

      All of your cons against Buzz Launcher are based on opinion. Not everyone thinks or has the same tastes that you do. It has 500,000 themes and not all of them are childish.

      “bloated” is subjective.

  • Abd

    How could you give Apex a 7 and Buzz a 9?
    I tried them both and Apex wins No Contest. A major limitations in buzz is that you can have only one single Dock page! Furthermore, you cant even control Dock Margins. And cant edit home Page Indicator. And cant edit widgets margins. It has more limitations but this is what I remember now. Apex doesnt have any of these limitations. I would give Buzz a 6 and Apex a 9.

    • JosephHindy

      Different strokes for different folks and Apex still looks like it did back when ICS was a thing. Sorry man, it just seems “old” and “old” isn’t necessarily good even if it’s stable.

  • Jayfeather787

    Nova FTW

  • Sorin

    I’m gamer and I use Launcher 8 because I can set big tile for each my favorite game.
    My homescreen pretty much like PSP game browser now <3

  • trwb

    Great article! Thanks. Aviate is kind of cool.

  • Mihai Ardelean

    Atom launcher?

  • wezi427

    What happened to TSF Shell 3D launcher, was it abandoned in favor of Next Launcher?

    • JosephHindy

      No, Next is just a better 3D launcher in my opinion.

      • wezi427

        Thanks for the reply. I was concerned because I recently purchased the launcher. Obviously the TSF launchers are expensive and I didn’t want to feel like I wasted money. I really enjoy the Launcher especially on my Note 2.

        • JosephHindy

          TSF is a good launcher. Even above average. I just don’t have enough confidence in their product to put it on a list like this.

  • Eric Townsend

    Again… no TSF Launcher… Hum…

  • chico


    • Albin

      Agree. It’s been fast and bug free on my older LG. Plenty of configuration choices.

      • JosephHindy

        ADW hasn’t been updated in 13 months. That’s waaaaay too long.

        • B Standley

          I’ve used ADW with Android up until today at 4.4.4 and have zero issues. Their last update (yes a year ago) fixed any issues I’ve had in the past. If it ain’t broke…

          • JosephHindy

            Yeah if it ain’t broke don’t fix it but that also means the launcher will never get any new features. What if it doesn’t work well with Android L? You’re also but one person, what if there are others with different devices that are having issues?

            If he comes back and starts doing updates, I’ll gladly put him on the list but the fact is that I can’t (in good faith) put an app up there where my readers may have an issue and it falls on deaf ears. It’s the difficulty of appealing to such a large audience. The app works well for you but well over 150,000 people have read this piece (so far) and if any of them have issues, those issues will never be fixed.

            Also, I’m all about supporting developers and if that guy isn’t supporting his app, why should get to stand next to all these developers that do, right?

          • B Standley

            Makes sense. I’ll agree with that. Thanks for the well thought out reply!

          • JosephHindy

            You’re most welcome :) the other thing I meant to mention (and forgot) is that because I write for such a large audience, I have to be careful about what I recommend. If I did recommend it and there was some big issue that a lot of people had, now I’m the guy recommending broken apps and people wouldn’t listen to me anymore.

            I’ll freely admit, I have a reputation to protect :) and I don’t mind putting it on the line for devs who update their apps but I won’t for devs that do not.

          • B Standley

            Fair enough! I wouldn’t want you to recommend something less than stellar to me either. ;)

  • Martin Kaiser

    Missing the Sony launcher – best and fastest ever!

  • netanil

    Nova kicks ass. Add icon packs and it kicks and takes names.

  • Nathan Wersal

    What about Widget Locker?

  • Ivory

    What about TSF Launcher… I developed software for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best that I have ever experienced.

  • Brian

    Solo launcher

  • Gideon Salim

    How about Epic Launcher?

  • Silvia Rivera

    It was about time lightning launcher was added to this list!
    I know it’s not for the normal user, but it has more options than bacon!
    AND the dev’s G+ page is awesome! You can talk to the dev and get help from everyone in the community.

    (No, I have NOT been paid for my opinion. Although that would be nice, I am just a regular chick really into modding her S5.)

  • http://www.jordansaboyradio.co.nr JPS

    360 launcher. You should try it out..

  • Denmark de Guzman

    i like buzz launcher

  • http://batman-news.com/ F. Valery

    Apex paid edition may not be the best among the paid launchers. But hell, Apex free edition is the best among the free launchers.

  • Josh York

    Nova prime gets my vote. I enjoy using the unique lauchers, like action launcher. But inevitably, I always come back to using Nova. Fantastic in everything it does.

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  • Charles Humphries

    SSLauncher the Original. Also, Buzz Launcher has a huge set of advantages. It is seriously battery friendly and it has a free companion widget maker that simply works well. But I change launchers all time and have them set up for different styles and looks. I like the variety.

  • dhinged

    I can’t believe Blur wasn’t mentioned. I’m super-picky about launchers and that should definitely be in the top 5.

  • John Bailey

    Sick and tired of contextual launchers that don’t work,

  • Shujah

    ATOM LAUNCHER u forgot..

  • Nathaniel James

    Trebuchet Launcher from Cyanogen > Everything else

  • immortal_wanderer

    Based on these recommendations, it looks like I’ll either be trying Themer (again), Nova Launcher, or Launcher 8 in the near future.

  • Buka Android

    I love smart launcer :)
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  • http://twitter.com/mjselvig Fredrik Selvig

    Tried several, but I always fall back to Nova launcher. It has everything and works great.
    Smart Launcher is really nice, but too simple for me in the length. Great for maybe old people or others that aren’t that into technology.

    Aviate is great, but it does not have landscape support. I mostly play games and watch videos on my Nexus, so I hold it in landscape, so when I close to change apps, I have to turn my device. Slightly frustrating.

  • pol

    Flow Home; Listener Launcher; Crescendo.

  • Lilith_Black

    I go for Nova on my S3 and loved it for the speed and customisation options. (It’s much less laggy than Touchwiz: my S3 rarely, if ever, stuttered on Nova launcher.)

    I am sticking to stock on my LG G3 for now though: I see few incentives to switch (The icons don’t look ugly and the launcher is smooth so far)

  • http://workmoneyfun.com/ Rajan M

    KK Launcher (KitKat,L launcher) is better.

  • mario75

    Where’s UR launcher? It has cool 3d wallpapers

  • Redmond Rose

    At least Lightning finally made it, Lightning has javascripting support too y’know

  • R

    what about Apus launcher then???!?!?!?!?

  • Some2

    How about APUS Launcher?

  • kcw

    SSLAUNCHER is the BEST! period.

  • Grinspawn

    It should be noted (last I checked anyway) Buzz Launcher has no landscape orientation. That would be a con for tablets.

  • App Fetch

    Why not try out App Fetch – It is an easier and faster way to find, organize and launch your applications. It can be used with any of these launchers.

  • Jade Hollowell

    Whaaaa?! No Solo???? BLASPHEMY, I SAY!

  • Mafioso

    Nova Launcher FTW!

  • Jessse

    No offense but Buzz Launcher shouldn’t be added…it’s just too bulky and requires soo many add ons

  • Lucid666

    I have tried many of these and most happy with C M Launcher. Not listed

  • Linda Y

    Launcher 8 is extremely cool for me! Even there are small bugs, I still look forward to its updating for next version!

  • http://www.appnalysis.com Sumeet Sharma

    To add to the missing top cool android launchers==>http://www.iappnalysis.com/2015/04/best-android-theme-launcher-apk-apps.html

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