Install and Memory usages of popular launchers

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  1. PulsonicVoid
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    Here are the average install sizes and memory used for some popular, free launchers. I used "OSMonitor" to get the process info and manually looked at the install size for the rest.

    These are the results on my Motorola Droid.

    Fresh install. No customizations.

    • Launcher2 (default) [~244KB size] = 29+ MB memory running
    • Zeam [~828KB size] = 35+ MB memory running
    • ADW.Launcher (with notifications) [~1.75MB size] = 26MB / 27MB / 30 MB = 83+ MB memory running (3 processes)
    • GoLauncher EX (with notifications) [~3.7MB size] = ??* / 14 MB (notifications) = 14+ MB memory running (2+ processes)
    • LauncherPro [~3.54MB size] = 26MB / 28MB / 26MB / 28MB = 108+ MB memory running (4 processes)
    *GoLauncher EX and LauncherPro are very similar so I suspect they have similar process usages (even though GoLauncher EX would not show up for me in OS Monitor even when set to stay in memory)

    Results

    Smallest installed size: Launcher2 (the default launcher)
    Largest installed size: GoLauncher EX (with notifications)

    Least memory usage while running: Launcher2 (the default launcher)
    Most memory usage while running: LauncherPro / GoLauncher EX*

    Average size/memory usage: ADW.Launcher

    Conclusions

    More features = potentially lower speed, more bugs, and less space. Is it worth it? Yup.

    If you have any of the paid launchers, please post your results.

    Tips / Links

    Reduce launcher homescreen redraw lag (root required)
    LauncherPro
    ADW.Launcher
    Go Launcher EX
    Zeam
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011
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    thanks for that. this some really useful info to have. saved me so much time. im sure other people have used this.

    this is tested on stock froyo rom?
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