Or is the stock feeling pretty good these days?
For some users, Android 12 really brought back the classic customization experience that has always been a defining part of Google’s mobile OS. Material You can serve as a great start, but if you want to make your phone your own then turning to a custom launcher is a solid bet. But as Android has evolved into a more mature operating system, it’s easy to see a world where many users may be slowly breaking out of their old habits.
Since the launch of Android Police—which turns 12 this week! – We’ve asked our readers over and over again (and again) about their custom launcher habits. As apps like Nova Launcher and Action Launcher have stuck, new competition from Niagara, Lawnchair, and even Microsoft has helped propel the community forward. There are so many excellent launcher apps to choose from these days, it can be an overwhelming experience indeed.
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Plus, phone makers like Samsung and Google have put in even more effort to make their own default home screen experience good enough to keep users around. Even for someone who used to spend hours customizing their mobile experience, it can be tempting to stick with what’s included in the out-of-box UI. Based on one of our surveys from last year, it seems that many of our readers have become comfortable tinkering with OEM-included options.
As we have in previous years, these answers remain unchanged for directly comparing and contrasting answers between voting entries. So, are you currently rocking a custom launcher, or have you left your personalization days in the past?
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Will has been an Android enthusiast ever since he got his first smartphone in 2011. He loves watching movies, has a never-ending backlog of video games, and produces podcasts in his spare time. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is ready to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. just ask.
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