5 Gorgeous Go Launcher EX Themes To Make Your Droid Sexier Than Ever [Android 2.0+]

Erez Zukerman 17-11-2011

android themesIt can be said that the app launcher is the defining app for the Android user experience. If you’re stuck with a crappy launcher, you may feel the entire Android experience is lacking. Fortunately, there’s no lack of excellent launchers on the Market, including such crowd-pleasers as LauncherPro and ADW.Launcher. My own personal favorite is Go Launcher EX.


Today I’m going to explain to those who’ve never tried it why this is such an awesome launcher; if you’re one of the millions of people who are already using it, feel free to skip ahead and check out the five beautiful themes I’ll be showcasing below.

Why Go Launcher Is Awesome

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Go Launcher EX is super customizable. Customization is something most launchers like to tout, but let me show you three of my favorite features – namely, swipes, dock swipes, and transition animations.

Swiping & Gestures

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As you can see, the launcher has “glide up” and “glide down” actions. When I swipe up anywhere on the launcher, the app drawer opens. When I swipe down, Google’s Gesture Search launches. But that’s just one use of swiping; the other use is swiping on the dock icons:


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When you long-tap one of the dock icons, you can set a Gesture action for the icon. This action is executed whenever you swipe up on the icon. So for me, tapping the Messaging icon launches the Messaging up, but swiping up on it launches the Gmail app. Two apps, a single icon. This feature is the single best feature of Go Launcher EX (for me, at least), and it’s something I haven’t seen any other launcher do.

Last but not least in this brief overview are the transition animations. Go Launcher EX offers ten different animations for swiping between home screens:

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My favorite one (as you may guess from the screenshot) is the Cube one, where it feels like you’re rotating a cube whenever you flip between screens.

Hopefully, if you’ve never used Go Launcher EX before, I’ve managed to pique your interest. It’s a free app, and you should just go to the Go Launcher EX Market page and install it right now. Once you do that (or if you already have it installed), read on for some beautiful themes I found on the Market.

Applying A Theme

To apply a theme, tap the Menu button while in Go Launcher EX, and then tap the Themes button (third icon on the top row below):

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You will find yourself within Go Launcher’s Theme Market, where you can either install new themes or apply ones you’ve already downloaded (I will be including Market links to each of the themes below). So now, let’s see how you can add a bit of pizzazz to your Android experience with these beauties:

Color Dot Theme

The Color Dot Theme offers a selection of hand-drawn, squiggly-looking icons, encircled by colorful dots. It also comes with a wallpaper featuring colored dots:

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And here’s what the main menu looks like:


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And the some of the available icons:


For a free theme, it includes a pretty impressive array of icons for popular apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and of course, Angry Birds.


GingerSeth is another free theme, which goes for a cleaner look and a generous splash of bold, bright colors. The default wallpaper splits the screen into top and bottom areas, making it ideal for a setup like this:


Meaning, widgets at the top, apps at the bottom. The default wallpaper is branded with a logo, but the developer has thoughtfully included a non-branded version as well, as you can see above. The dock icons each have their own mini-shadow, making for a cartoonish look. Here are some of the other icons included in the theme:


Now that we’ve looked at two free themes, let’s take a look at two paid ones. Both are very cheap, coming in at under a buck each, and both are clean (perhaps even too clean – you be the judge).

Light Theme

Light Theme, ironically, comes with a very dark default wallpaper:


That’s because the icons it includes are very bright and have a noticeable glow. Check some of them out:


Because of the glow, the icons seem particularly tiny (since the glow takes a part of the space allocated to the icon, obviously). This is particularly noticeable on the YouTube icon (second icon on the second line above). Still, it does have a certain allure, and is a very clean, crisp theme.

White Theme

The White GO Launcher EX Theme comes from the same developer, and it shows:


Gone are the tiny icons. to be replaced by clear, simplistic, all-white icons. I also like the default wallpaper much better. And now, the built-in icons:


Lovely, aren’t they? I’m not quite sure what that Mac icon is doing there (first one on the second line), but other than that, they are all wonderfully legible and clear. I think for many users, this one is going to be a keeper.

Last but not least, we’re going to end off with another free theme:


Imperial takes things in a different direction, and includes a uniquely curved launcher dock:


This is something I haven’t seen in other themes. I also like the fact the doc icons are abstract, and are not explicitly linked to any specific application. Sadly, it comes with a rather limited selection of icons:

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But hey, it’s a free theme, and its basic look (and dock) is certainly eye-catching and unique. I wish there were more themes with curved docks.

Your Turn

Are you married to another launcher? Or did I miss a gorgeous theme? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Sarah
    February 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    what theme are you using in the first picture ( the one with the polar bear background)?

    • Erez Zukerman
      February 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      This one's the default that comes with the Insanity II ROM for Galaxy S II (my phone).

  2. Jan Michael Yap
    February 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I use AWD launcher. It's more customizable. 

  3. Abbas
    February 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Ios extreme(paid) is d best theme i have seen far besides honeycomb n blackberry theme are awesome n both r free

    • dkelly256
      April 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks IOS Extreame is cool

  4. kayla
    November 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    ABLACK and Sensation are personally my two favorites!

  5. Jessica
    November 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I LOVE Go Launcher! I switch between the "classic" theme and the "Bus" theme. Both have bright colorful icons.

  6. Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love the polar bear background you have! Is it possible to find somewhere?

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Absolutely! It's right here:
      Simple Desktops host some really awesome wallpapers generally. 

      • Anonymous
        November 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        Big thanks! :)

        • Erez Zukerman
          November 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

          Happy to help!

  7. groovyspecs
    November 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I wanted to download GoLauncher and then realised that they app needs permission to dial numbers. Why would it need this?

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I think it might be due to the fact that it can show a count of unanswered calls. I've never had any sort of malicious activity from Go, and it clears my antivirus without a hitch.

  8. Abhay Nanal
    November 18, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Very true. It is the finest launcher. I use it as default. Developers come with new features with each update. Why not add Classic theme to ur list.

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Good question, Abhay! I love the classical theme actually; I just didn't add it because it's the default, and anyone using Go will instantly have it.

  9. Anonymous
    November 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Im looking forward to trying out the Imperial theme. Thanks for the heads up.
    I designed the Slate Theme For Go Launcher:
    Try it and let me know what you think.

  10. Crazyrussiannhb
    November 18, 2011 at 2:41 am

    You're wrong about the icon swipe, it's also found in launcherpro, and I personally don't see that much more customization in go launcher ex yet.

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

      It's been a while since I used LauncherPro, but last time I tried it, it wasn't there. Does LauncherPro support screen swipes (up/down for launching apps)?

    • Pariah Willett
      November 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

      probably the best customization i have found in Go launcher ex is the application drawer.  You can create folders and drag and drop apps into them, rename them, reorganize them and do a search of them, all in the drawer (which has many of the same effects as the desktop transitions..they have a built in task manager also, as well as many Go Widgets, Go Wallpaper, Go Sms Pro (free), Go Keyboard lol..all of which are very highly rated apps in the's nice that they do all this for free 

  11. Muz
    November 18, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I have been using adw mainly because it ships with cyanogemnod. Before that launcher pro. I have just started with a few free themes. Launcherpro probably better than adw. I think the minimalist themes are too much form over function I don't think I would find anything and if there are apps outside the them they will look silly coloured icons for me

  12. Scott
    November 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    It looks great, and based on your glowing review, I went to the Android Market to take a look. I know this is a very cynical statement, but how can this be free, with no ads, and the themes & widgets are free, with no ads? I assumed maybe the price of "free" is a lethargic & apathetic development team, so I went to their website... My assumptions were wrong - they update this thing several times a month. So, what's the catch?? AM I missing something, or am I just an eternal cynic?

    • Cherryng256
      November 18, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Not all the themes are free.

      Maybe they're also collecting my info secretly and selling it. O_o who knows

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

      I think their business model is centered around the Go Store, where you can install themes. I think they make money from the paid themes. But TBH, I'm not 100% sure myself.

    • Pariah Willett
      November 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

      you must be the eternal adds, completely free..sometimes the themes cost around a buck, but the ones from the Go Dev team are all free as well..bunch of good folks right there :)

    • Melissa Bennett
      February 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      They do have a lot of other themes and products that you do have to purchase, while they are only a few dollars usually, people do purchase those just to have the custom look they want

  13. dabombk1
    November 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I the ICS theme by kovdev and Honeycomb

  14. Wallmjunk
    November 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Is it me our can you have only one copy of an icon? I tried making folders and the apps I put there would disappear from the app dresser. I needed multiple copies so the same app can show up in different places. Example: feedly in app drawer, internet folder & news folder on my desktop

    • Erez Zukerman
      November 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

      I just added two identical app buttons to my home screen, no problem at all. What version are you using?