Back in the day, the three biggest launcher choices were Launcher Pro, Apex Launcher, and Nova Launcher. Those were the days where we would extensively modify our phones and Android was ugly and lacked features. Good times.
Not too long ago Apex Launcher made a comeback with some updates. But we haven’t seen any updates in a year, until today. Apex Launcher 4.0 has been released, and the changelog simply says “The long-awaited major update is finally here!”
Users are pissed! There are a ton of new one-star reviews saying their settings and layouts were deleted (and this is a big deal for some, as they often take ages to set up right), features have been removed, bugs and crashes have been introduced, and there are even ads for different apps now in the launcher.
Bugs and crashes can be fixed, and features can slowly be added. And we understand the need for ads. But to drop a bombshell like this, making the launcher so much worse than it used to be, is a bad sign for its future. A developer that takes such actions likely won’t do a 180.
If you’re a fan of Apex Launcher, stick to the old 3.x versions. Or you can make the switch to Nova. Hopefully Apex will be fixed up in the coming weeks.