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Old May 2nd, 2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, any of you lot using a launcher with your One? What recommendations have you got? I'm looking at Nova launcher prime, would I still have blinkfeed?

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Been using SPB 3D Shell for 2 yrs on my Desire HD. Just got it installed on my ONE. nice!
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Whenever you use an alternative launcher, you lose access to HTC widgets - Blinkfeed would be in that list, pretty sure.

I've tried a few, and for no reason that I can rationally explain I really, really like Nova better. Of course, I'm still not a One user, so take that as you may.

You'll find working with the dock and folders is _very_ nice in Nova.

Personally, I go with three very spartan screens, and then have my scrolling dock (scrolls independently of the screens) with folders for my various favorite groups of things I do. And you can add 1x1 widgets to the dock.

Try the free version to see if you like it, and then Nova Prime simply adds on more of a good thing.
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I really like the look of the icons but love blinkfeed... Hard choice, think I'll give a few a try and see if anything sticks.
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Whenever you use an alternative launcher, you lose access to HTC widgets - Blinkfeed would be in that list, pretty sure.

I've tried a few, and for no reason that I can rationally explain I really, really like Nova better. Of course, I'm still not a One user, so take that as you may.

You'll find working with the dock and folders is _very_ nice in Nova.

Personally, I go with three very spartan screens, and then have my scrolling dock (scrolls independently of the screens) with folders for my various favorite groups of things I do. And you can add 1x1 widgets to the dock.

Try the free version to see if you like it, and then Nova Prime simply adds on more of a good thing.
Remove NOVA & insert HOLO & that's pretty much my set-up,3 screens/scrolling dock w/folders.
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I really like the look of the icons but love blinkfeed... Hard choice, think I'll give a few a try and see if anything sticks.
You can go to town on icons if that's your pleasure, search the Store for Nova and you'll see all sorts.

Here are two at random to show the idea -

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gau.go.launcherex.theme.box

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.xorrisont.essentialblue

If you decide to go without Blink, we have a whole forum, Android Themes - Android Forums discussing those, various widgets and so forth.
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Thats the whole idea behind Sense and I forgot what Samsung one is called.

For my N4, I dont have those, so I install Nova Launcher and I use TelsaUnread Plugin for my counts.

To install a launcher on top of Sense, etc? That doesnt make sense.

Maybe you can get a cook ROM of pure Android and hope someone make one soon.
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Sense is far more than a launcher, it's an integration of people-centric apps + a launcher.

If you like those apps (I do) but prefer an alternative launcher (I do) then adding Nova makes perfects sense.
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Sense is far more than a launcher, it's an integration of people-centric apps + a launcher.
The I/R BLASTER-TV REMOTE/FAVORITE PROGRAMS-SENSE5/BLINKFEED integration is a perfect example of this. VERY NICE!
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Has anyone used Nova Launcher on the HTC One? I am thinking of getting the One, but would like to get rid or not use Blink Feed. Any opinions or thoughts welcome.

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while not a replacement aesthetically, flipboard offers the same type of functionality that blinkfeed has for those that are holding back on a launcher because they don't want to lose blinkfeed. The one advantage it does have is more news sources that you can pull from...


Most people miss the little gear icon at the bottom right of the screen that allows you to setup how the app updates, as well as the ability to read articles while offline.

Check it out on the app store...
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Yes it's great... BUT when you use nova, you lose the transparency on the notification bar... If you're the picky type, like me.... Frustrating.
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If you flash a custom ROM and use a different launcher then there's a mod to be able to still use Blinkfeed, puts an icon in the app draw.
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Has anyone used Nova Launcher on the HTC One? I am thinking of getting the One, but would like to get rid or not use Blink Feed. Any opinions or thoughts welcome.

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Yes, you certainly can use Nova launcher, set it as the default and you no longer see blinkfeed. It is still there and accessible, but you do not see and/or have to use it when using Nova. I like to use blinkfeed occasionally, and have it set to launch with a swipe up gesture from the home screen.

All the other Sense apps work fine also (Zoe, IR Blaster, etc.).
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Yes it's great... BUT when you use nova, you lose the transparency on the notification bar... If you're the picky type, like me.... Frustrating.
Unless you root - Apex Pro can set transparency if rooted (not tried Nova Prime so far).
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I kinka like Blinkfeed. Is it possible to add this to a custom launcher such as Nova? I don't find in in apps or widgets. (HTC One Verizon user)
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Yes, simply open Nova preferences, go to gestures and buttons.

Select any gesture or tap then set that to shortcuts > activities > HTC Sense

Now, when you perform that action it will take you to Blinkfeed.
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Thanks, this forum is great. I am using Nova launcher exclusively on my HTC One. I like the look and functionality.
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I am using nova launcher. Problem is I like blinkfeed and I saw earlier in this post someone says they have gesture set to swipe up on home screen to enable it. I don't see the availability for me to set any gesture for blink feed. Its not under app, shortcut, or widget? Any help? Thanks
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Same person gave explicit directions here.

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I'm using Apex Pro and Flipboard for the newsfeed widget.
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I can't bring myself to use anything but Sense actually. I've tried using Nova Prime before but I always come back to Sense, I love the feel and look and I really like blink feed so its a keeper for me.
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Different tastes. I just found the Sense launcher so limiting - grid sizes, dock doesn't scroll, homescreen scrolling doesn't loop, really slow way off adding widgets, can't overlap stuff, limited theming, etc.

It's better than previous Senses, but too inflexible for me.
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I can't seem to link a gesture to sense with smart launcher. I really miss blink feed but love the clean simplicity of smart launcher.
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I'm using Nova too. The first thing I did when I picked up my phone was look at Blinkfeed and ask my buddy "How do I get this *#@% off here?"

Apparently I'm a 70 year old trapped in the body of a 31 year old because I just spent 10 minutes searching this forum to also remove the facebook link in the photo gallery.

Anyway, I love Nova - haven't tried any others.
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I'm using Nova too. The first thing I did when I picked up my phone was look at Blinkfeed and ask my buddy "How do I get this *#@% off here?"

Apparently I'm a 70 year old trapped in the body of a 31 year old because I just spent 10 minutes searching this forum to also remove the facebook link in the photo gallery.

Anyway, I love Nova - haven't tried any others.
Yeah I feel this way too sometimes haha. So did you find a way to remove the facebook link?

Back on sense 1 I used nothing but 3rd part launchers. Then somewhere around sense 2.1 - 3.0 I really started to like sense. Probably due to skins and myself learning to theme a bit. I do miss skins.

I really like sense 5 but I don't understand how HTC finallly has this bad ass phone that can run all of the cool sense animations and stuff but they took it all away, lol. Oh well it is easier to theme. It does bother me that I can't get rid of blinkfeed and there is no looping home screen. They finally got that right on sense 4.1 or 4+ whatever it was. I also miss the ability to have different wallpapers on lockscreen vs homescreen... Oh well.

Anyway finding circle launcher widget broke my need for a scrolling dock. It's not really a launcher more of a very customizable folder app. I pretty much work off one screen on sense and I keep it clean by setting the icon completely transparent... Or a small icon that goes with my current mood/screen. Then tasker can do the rest automatically, tho I haven't set that up yet on this phone.

I actually set up 4 screens(not including blinkfeed that I shoved to the far left), but they are there just to ad some visual I guess. Ha
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You can have a different wallpaper on the lockscreen from the desktop, provided that's the only customisation you want. But if you want the productivity lockscreen, or to have a (repeat, "a" ) widget on it, then you can't change the wallpaper!

Now I found I quite liked their lockscreen, but why "either/or"? So that particular piece of inflexibility drove me back to WidgetLocker in the end.
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Thanks, don't know why I didn't see the settings button. Phone is still pretty new to me.
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I'm using Aviate. It's kinda cool. It has a lot of potential but seeing as its still in alpha it's not quite there.
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Do third party launchers, ie. Nova, use more power?
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any app that uses clock cycles, ram and screen will consume power.

the more apps running at the same time, on screen, using cpu cycles, managing resources, will use power and drain your battery power more.

so yes in theory they do.
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Of course they only use more power if the Sense launcher is also running. It never shows on my power usage, and I've not even bothered disabling or uninstalling it (BTW don't do stuff like that if you don't know what the possible consequences are and what you'll do if it goes wrong).

I remember a long time ago (earlier generations of phone) people advised removing widgets from your Sense homescreen if you were going to be using another launcher, to avoid pointless background drain. But I've not bothered and not noticed any effect.

Bottom line, there are things you can try if you notice an effect, but I've not seen one myself.
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I believe you would only get the extra usage drain if you never restarted your phone after installing a new launcher. Or if you didn't force stop sense. Or if you switch between launchers frequently ( not sure why you would do that tho).

This was for older android versions and things may get taken care of better now. But if you reboot your phone after setting up a launcher then only the default launcher will run. And shouldn't affect battery life much one way or the other.
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OK Jahmiel,here it goes,BLINKFEED w/APEX LAUNCHER:

Going w/the free version,but this can easily be modified to change the shortcut method w/the PRO version

1) Go to APEX SETTINGS > ADVANCED SETTINGS > SET DEFAULT LAUNCHER.Select APEX,then select ALWAYS.

2) Again,go to APEX SETTINGS > BEHAVIOR SETTINGS > HOME KEY ACTION.For now,select DO NOTHING.

3) Now,while you're still in BEHAVIOR SETTINGS,scroll down until you see GESTURES.
Here's where you're gong to create your direct access (SHORTCUT) to BLINKFEED.

Take your pick of gestures,but,regardless,it'll work the same,whichever you choose.

For this example,we'll select DESKTOP DOUBLE TAP > LAUNCH SHORTCUT.

You should now see a menu w/the heading CHOOSE SHORTCUT.

Now,select ACTIVITIES > HTC SENSE.

Tap on HTC SENSE & then tap/select the 1st sub-option > HTC SENSE.launcher

Now,go back to your home screen/default of APEX & give it a try.....
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Whenever I attempt to open an app on my device from my lockscreen, it just goes straight to home/passcode page to the last open app. I'm not sure what's causing this problem so if you need any additional information, I can provide whatever I can find. Thanks for your time.
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well, what was the initial behavior? how did things work prior?

are you rooted?

what carrier?

what is the latest Android OS?

how long have you had the phone? are you the only owner? did you purchase new? used? is it an insurance replacement/refurbished?

are you using a third party launcher? if using stock launcher, what launcher "screen" are you using?
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  • Prior Behavior
    Prior to this happening, I would be able to slide an icon up and it would open the app once I entered my passcode.
  • Rooted
    I am not rooted.
  • Carrier
    My carrier is AT&T
  • Android OS
    The android version of my phone is 4.1.2
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    I have had the phone since launch, so around a year. I am the only owner, I purchased the phone new.
  • Launcher
    I am using Nova Launcher.
The problem was actually resolved last night when I updated my "AT&T Software" but I don't know why that worked either. I don't think Sense updated as it's still 5.0, and my Android Version was left untouched as well.
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Hi guys.. some help appreciated..
Installed nova launcher, great stuff.. But... HTC Sense launch bar appears on lock screen... annoying..

Is there a fix to this.. to get the nova launch bar on lock screen OR no launch bar if not..

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I think the lock screen remains Sense even if you use another launcher. I also use Nova and can't change anything on the lock screen. On my previous phone, a Galaxy Note, I could change lock screen items and layout without any problems, on the One that does not work.

If anyone knows of a work-a-round I'd be keen to know.
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Hi guys.. some help appreciated..
Installed nova launcher, great stuff.. But... HTC Sense launch bar appears on lock screen... annoying..

Is there a fix to this.. to get the nova launch bar on lock screen OR no launch bar if not..

Cheers...

Try a 3rd party lockscreen app like Widget Locker.
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