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Initial post: Jan 2, 2012 3:23:30 PM PST
Anyone else load the "GO Launcher EX" on their Kindle Fire?

This is so sweet you will never go back to the Kindle Launcher except to access books or Newsstand.

I loaded mine up a couple of days ago and I'm still playing with the multitude of customization features.
So nice.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 5:32:53 AM PST
art says:
I did but I never really enjoyed using it because it chopped off the text on most of the icons and I couldn't figure out how to get it not to. I think for most of us the Kindle launcher is sufficient for what we want :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:25:12 AM PST
Humm.........I don't have that issue at all, except for maybe a long name.
GO Launcher EX is so much more flexible and customizable it's hard to believe more people aren't using it.

The OEM Kindle launcher is archaic IMHO.......doesn't allow any customizing and makes it much tougher to use the product to it's full potential.
Makes the Kindle into much more like a true tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 1:12:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 1:13:17 PM PST
mikeobrien says:
I have been using it plus the very speedy Maxthon mobile browser - and you still have access to all the Amazon stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 1:27:04 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
I just downloaded it from GetJar. I do like the look of it. As soon as I get used to it, I am sure that I will like it. I can always use the Fire launcher for my books and magazines.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 3:59:17 PM PST
Cool........I know if people give it a chance they will love it.

It's like anything else that is different...just take a little getting used to and how to operate it.
IMHO it's so much more versatile and configurable. Looks much nicer also...

Yes, as you mention you can still use the Kindle Fire launcher if you want or to get books, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 4:06:50 PM PST
I have it but cannot really figure out how it works. I don't mind the Kindle Fire launcher anyway I guess.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 4:12:44 PM PST
have the Go Launcher on both my phone and Kindle it..esp. the recent upgrade that improved it's running on tablets...and there are tons of free themes out there with it and you can truly make the Fire your own...I esp. appreciate the ability to have multiple screens similar to your phone...

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 4:13:37 PM PST
btw - I looked into the icon "text chopping" mentioned above.
I have my icon size set to custom and the smallest size.....which I think is 48. If you run larger icons the text is bigger and it truncates it sooner.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 4:17:46 PM PST
Ernie says:
I used to use it on my phone but it is bloated and slowed everything down.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 4:21:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 4:22:23 PM PST
That's the first I've heard of that......check out all the positive reviews of it on the Android sites.
My experience with it for over 2 weeks.............I think it's much quicker than the standard Kindle Fire Launcher.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 10:15:49 PM PST
Ernie says:
And then check how many parenthetical threads about slow phones.
Mine's snappy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 4:15:52 AM PST
Can't say I really care what it does on an Android based smart phone............this is a Kindle Fire discussion.
I know on the Kindle it is very quick, much more so than the standard Launcher.
The benefits of using the Go Launcher EX on the Fire are awesome IMHO.

Your loss.....

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 11:56:57 AM PST
Ernie says:
Your fire is an android based smart phone without the phone portion with even less memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 12:09:28 PM PST
Yes I know that...........And your point is?

If you don't want to use Go Launcher Ex that's your choice........I'm posting my experience with the Kindle Fire, which has been excellent.
That's why I started this thread so others that want to try it can.

When you try it on your your response. Not what it does on some other manufacturers cell phone.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 12:30:50 PM PST
I use it on the Fire. Very nice. Look likes each app has to be specifically added though, which is a bit slow if you are always adding apps. Have you found a method that works for this?

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 2:23:01 PM PST
Ernie says:
Brian - I addressed the issues the app causes on a machine running the same OS with more resources. From that, a rational person may infer the behavior on the fire will not be much better, in fact - worse.
It doesn't automate any tasks. It allows for a prettier interface and nothing more. All the setting are part of the OS to begin with, GO just centralizes it.
Try wavelauncher or dxtop for a launcher without the bloat attached.

Whether you care or not has no bearing. Only, as you said, that the information is out there for people to understand what is involved.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 4:01:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2012 4:03:23 PM PST
Copying an icon from the application drawer to any of the home screens can only be done one at a time from my experience.
There may be a way but I haven't found it yet.

Give the Go Launcher EX a try.......I'm sure the vast majority will find it much better than the Kindle Fire Launcher.
You can easily go back if you don't care for it.
Just make sure you get the "EX" version.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 5:32:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2012 5:32:21 PM PST
I like that you can have multiple pages of desktops, so we can create some kind of organization system for all these apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 6:25:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2012 6:26:55 AM PST
Yea it's great isn't it......
That's what I really like about GoLauncher Ex is the customization and organization that's possible.

IMHO the Kindle Launcher is archaic and not easy to organize the way you want with no customization possible. The history carousel takes up way to much real estate and could be much better utilized. The book shelves for the apps is hard to organize.

Great alternative to the OEM setup.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 7:03:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2012 7:06:20 AM PST
Kindy Kat says:
When I look up Go Launcher EX in apps on my Fire it shows at the top of the list, but doesn't come up when I choose it. I went to it here on Amazon. On the 'deliver to my...' there is an x next to my Fire. How do I get this?

ETA Well duh! The first review says that it is no longer available for the Fire. Guess I waited too long to try it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 8:20:46 AM PST
That is is available.
It's not available from Amazon but available many other places.
Here's one example...
1) go to from your Kindle Fire
2) Select Quick Download at the bottom of the page
3) Enter 167688
4) Hit download
5) Download using Getjar

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 9:56:44 PM PST
art says:
Brian, thanks... I have my icons set to the smallest size as well. This is actually an improvement over the old version I got when I first got my Fire, but still it truncates app titles...

With the 4x4 grid (which wastes too much space in my opinion) I get app titles in the app drawer truncated like this for example:


for Androi

Launcher E

If I use a tighter spacing it is even worse, only displaying one truncated line of the title.

I keep thinking to myself something has to be wrong here, because no way could this app be so popular if it did this for everyone!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 6:01:32 AM PST
Kindy Kat says:
Thank you Brian, I will try this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 6:03:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2012 6:04:49 AM PST

Now I see your talking about the app drawer not the multiple home screens (desktops)......
Mine does that also but I'm not to concerned as the app drawer is only used to move the desired icons to your home screens.

I always rename them anyway to something that makes more sense to me and is shorter in length........that's probably why I didn't know what you were refering to initially.
I don't like all that text cluttering up the displays......just enough for me to know what it is.

There has to be some software based maximum based on grid size, icon size , etc as to how many characters are available to use for labels.
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