Originally Posted by raiderleaf
I'm a little lost in this thread. What do you all mean by changing the "launcher" ? I've never owned an Android phone (waiting for Verizon to ship my preordered GN2) so I'm unfamiliar with this term. Here's a brief list of questions:
1. What is the launcher? (What does it do, how do you recognize it)?
2. What are the advantages/disadvantages to going to different launchers?
3. Has anyone used different ones with the GN2 and has had a positive experience in comparison to performance of the "stock" launcher?
Thank you! I appreciate everyone's help with this, as I'm very excited to learn!
The launcher is basically home base. Your home screens and the app launcher. The stock one falls under Samsung's UI called Touchwiz. Hence you'll hear TW launcher all the time. It adds a few widgets that are only available for that launcher as well as a couple S-pen niceties like the menu popping up when you remove the pen as well as the separation notification if you leave your stylus behind.
Third parties in the Play store make replacement launchers that have addded functionality. The one main feature is the app dock. Where the TW launcher just has the four icons at the bottom, launchers like Holo, Novo, Go and Apex have a sliding dock that allows you to flip through multiple screens of apps along that dock area. Each brings a little something else to the table.