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Old January 17th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ICS launchers lag?

I've been trying some ICS launchers such as Apex, Nova and Holo launchers and I've noticed that there's lag with the screen transitions on the homescreen, with swiping away recent apps, and with some of them the app drawer screen transitions have lag too.

I am on stock ICS Sense 3.6 (no root). Does anyone know why these launchers have lag? Does anyone else experience this?

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Old January 18th, 2013, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I used to get a bit of lag with Apex -- not a ton, but just enough to be noticeable & annoying.

Nova Prime, however, is smooth like buttah! Quick & responsive all the way.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to get a bit of lag with Apex -- not a ton, but just enough to be noticeable & annoying.

Nova Prime, however, is smooth like buttah! Quick & responsive all the way.
Wow, are you rooted or on stock ICS?
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I get the same thing no matter what launcher. The same thing has happened on my old evo 3d which leads me to believe it has alot to do with sense being such a ram hog.
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Sense is indeed a RAM hog and can affect how well a 3rd party launcher operates.
I am using Apex Pro and have virtually zero lag but this was not always the case.
What I found helped a lot was to set up a Sense scene with nothing on the home screens and the smallest kb wallpaper that i could find and save that scene as the default that way it takes less memory. Sense will always load in the background so might as well make the footprint as small as possible. In the developer options set the window and transition scales to .5x on both.
In Apex advance setting choose the keep in memory option.
After doing these things my Rez is buttery smooth and pretty quick.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 02:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sense is indeed a RAM hog and can affect how well a 3rd party launcher operates.
I am using Apex Pro and have virtually zero lag but this was not always the case.
What I found helped a lot was to set up a Sense scene with nothing on the home screens and the smallest kb wallpaper that i could find and save that scene as the default that way it takes less memory. Sense will always load in the background so might as well make the footprint as small as possible. In the developer options set the window and transition scales to .5x on both.
In Apex advance setting choose the keep in memory option.
After doing these things my Rez is buttery smooth and pretty quick.
Are you doing these settings with Apex Pro?

I tried it with Apex free and I still get lag, though I didn't focus on making the wallpaper the smallest. I wonder if the pro version fixes most of the lag if not all.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, are you rooted or on stock ICS?
Stock ICS... I keep meaning to root but so far I haven't gotten around to it.

Even running a LWP (Bubbles -- stock ICS LWP), my 3 main screens are snappy and my app drawer is damn quick. Nova Launcher Prime really breathed new life into my Rezound... so much so that I am no longer jonesin' over GS2 or Note 2
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Stock ICS... I keep meaning to root but so far I haven't gotten around to it.

Even running a LWP (Bubbles -- stock ICS LWP), my 3 main screens are snappy and my app drawer is damn quick. Nova Launcher Prime really breathed new life into my Rezound... so much so that I am no longer jonesin' over GS2 or Note 2
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Impressive! Is it as snappy and smooth as the Galaxy Nexus? I went and compared my phone with Apex free to the Nexus and the Nexus blew it away.

I might consider Nova Launcher Prime
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Impressive! Is it as snappy and smooth as the Galaxy Nexus? I went and compared my phone with Apex free to the Nexus and the Nexus blew it away.

I might consider Nova Launcher Prime
Not a completely fair comparison... the Nexus line is a 'pure' experience - you get to interact directly with the operating system. Additionally, the Nexus line gets the newest updates in a timely manner (give or take, VZW gets in the way). Jelly Bean 4.2 has significant increases in response speed -- "buttery smooth" with very silky transitions between screens and apps.

On the other hand, Rezound runs ICS 4.0.3, which does not have the increases built into Jelly Bean. Furthermore, a stock Rezound has Sense 3.6 running on top of ICS -- you interact with Sense which, in turn, interacts with ICS. That pathway is going to cause some delay... some lag.

My Rezound did pick up some "pep and zing" using Nova Prime Launcher instead of Sense... your mileage may vary.
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My Rezound has also gotten a bit friskier with Nova Prime. Sense on ICS lags a tad more.
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Not a completely fair comparison... the Nexus line is a 'pure' experience - you get to interact directly with the operating system. Additionally, the Nexus line gets the newest updates in a timely manner (give or take, VZW gets in the way). Jelly Bean 4.2 has significant increases in response speed -- "buttery smooth" with very silky transitions between screens and apps.

On the other hand, Rezound runs ICS 4.0.3, which does not have the increases built into Jelly Bean. Furthermore, a stock Rezound has Sense 3.6 running on top of ICS -- you interact with Sense which, in turn, interacts with ICS. That pathway is going to cause some delay... some lag.

My Rezound did pick up some "pep and zing" using Nova Prime Launcher instead of Sense... your mileage may vary.
you're right. I'm hoping for a smoothness that's as close as possible to the Nexus. Are you satisfied by the smoothness and speed you get compared to the Nexus?
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Are you doing these settings with Apex Pro?

I tried it with Apex free and I still get lag, though I didn't focus on making the wallpaper the smallest. I wonder if the pro version fixes most of the lag if not all.
Yes I am using the pro version but I did the same thing with the free version before buying and it worked for me.
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you're right. I'm hoping for a smoothness that's as close as possible to the Nexus. Are you satisfied by the smoothness and speed you get compared to the Nexus?
For me, yes. Rezound > GN due to the better screen. I know it wont get timely updates (hell, they wont make JB for the Rezound) -- 98% of my interaction is with the screen and Rezound has a *damn* nice screen with more ppi than GN.

Works for me... YMMV.
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