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Last week we asked everyone what launcher they were using on their Android phone or tablet. With over 9,000 votes, it's time to look at the results.

Custom launchers — apps that replace the home screens, app drawers and (sometimes) widgets on our Android phones and tablets — have long been popular amongst the Android faithful. I use one. Phil uses one. Heck, I think all of us here at AC are either using one right now, or will be on our next phone. There's good reason for this. Chances are you can find a launcher with exactly the features you want to make your Android look and act just the way you want it to look and act. Google shares the code for a good, albeit basic, launcher with everyone. The big names in the business, companies like Samsung or LG or HTC, can use what they want and add to it, or replace any part to make something they think is better. And so can the third-party developers out there, as well as "hobbyist" developers. And there are plenty of smart folks who are doing it.

Poll results

When you break it down, 80-percent of the people who answered this poll have installed a launcher over what came stock on their phone. What's even more amazing, is that 40-percent of the responders are all using one particular launcher — Nova Launcher. That says a lot about how well the developers behind Nova Launcher can code their application, as well as how users prefer the Nova Launcher team's options over what came with their phone. I've used Nova Launcher quite a bit, and I have to say I'm not surprised. Not at all. Its good out of the box, and can be tweaked to provide an amazing user experience.

Download Nova Launcher from Google Play

You can look at the results to see how the rest of our poll options fared. Remember, popularity doesn't always equal quality, and some of the launchers that aren't at the top of the list are extremely well done and worth a look, too.

We are going to be looking at a few of them in the next week or two, and will be sure to share what we think about them. In the meantime, you can share what you think in the comments below.