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Old February 19th, 2013, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone recommend a launcher?

I like the simple clean stock launcher, but there's a couple of features I would like:

1. The ability to see Unread count on Gmail, Email and Messaging apps (or ability to add 1x1 widget to the dock so I can use SMS Unread Count widget)
2. Get rid of the search bar at the top
3. Add more icons to the dock

I'm not so much concerned in having a ton of configuration a I am having the RIGHT configuration options and for it to be very lightweight and seamless.

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I'm quite happy with Nova Launcher. It does everything you need it to.
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Well I suppose I can chime in and say ADW Launcher EX. I've been with that launcher for quite awhile now. Tried others but nothing was as customizable and smooth at the same time as this for me. Has lots of options, worth a shot I think.
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I'm quite happy with Nova Launcher. It does everything you need it to.
wait, nova launcher can do 1 on his list of requirements?
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Is Launcher Pro not cool anymore I guess?
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wait, nova launcher can do 1 on his list of requirements?
The paid version.

Launcher Pro hasn't been updated in almost 2 years!
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I think Nova Launcher is definitely the best and does everything you're looking for.
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I try Nova Launcher and I cant get rid of the Top Google thing.
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I have Go Launcher & Love it.
It's free updates continually has lots of free themes they along have free keyboards, SMS lockers.
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I try Nova Launcher and I cant get rid of the Top Google thing.
Nova Settings -> Desktop -> Persistent Search bar -> select "never"
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I love apex. I have both it and Nova pro. I use apex over Nova because you can't set a gesture in Nova to open android settings. And I don't like the page animations as much as apex.
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I love apex. I have both it and Nova pro. I use apex over Nova because you can't set a gesture in Nova to open android settings. And I don't like the page animations as much as apex.
Set a gesture to open settings in Nova:
Nova Settings -> Gestures and Buttons -> Select the gesture you want to use -> Select "SHORTCUTS" at the top -> Settings shortcut
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wait, nova launcher can do 1 on his list of requirements?
Yes. It's a free add-on to the paid version.

I don't know about removing the search bar. But I have Nova on my phone and added those notification options to the badges. Then removed it, because it was iCorn.
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Yes. It's a free add-on to the paid version.

I don't know about removing the search bar. But I have Nova on my phone and added those notification options to the badges. Then removed it, because it was iCorn.
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Nova Settings -> Desktop -> Persistent Search bar -> select "never"

Removed search bar
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Set a gesture to open settings in Nova:
Nova Settings -> Gestures and Buttons -> Select the gesture you want to use -> Select "SHORTCUTS" at the top -> Settings shortcut
I had tried this but did not go into settings shortcut. I actually found settings itself in apps. Going to tet Nova again for a while.

[Update] ugh yeah it goes right into settings. I like the apex menu that I can set with android settings and apex settings as options.
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I'm using Apex on ParanoidAndroid primarily to get rid of the persistent search bar (does anyone actually use that?) and so I can get a larger grid size on my Expanded desktop FULL 4.7" display
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Gotta give a shout out to Nova Launcher. For me, it's very much like the stock launcher with all of the benefits you're after. I've found it extremely reliable and fast with no noticeable effect on the battery life.

As has been said, the paid version has unread counts.
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Is there any downside to using Nova Launcher? Battery life?
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No impact on battery life.
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I'm using Apex on ParanoidAndroid primarily to get rid of the persistent search bar (does anyone actually use that?) and so I can get a larger grid size on my Expanded desktop FULL 4.7" display
I'm doing the same thing with Nova. 5x7 grid
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I'm doing the same thing with Nova. 5x7 grid
It just has to be done with all that space, not sure if I chose 5x7, will have to check now!
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Is there any downside to using Nova Launcher? Battery life?
No downside, other than it'll suck your time fiddling with the plethora of settings.

Just download it and give it a try, it's free. If you don't like it, ditch it.

The other thing I like is the scroll in the app drawer rather than the pagination in the stock launcher. Makes getting to apps and widgets much quicker.

I have 5x6 with 125% icon size, in fact I uploaded a screen to another thread, http://androidforums.com/attachments/nexus-4/48363d1359373180-obligatory-screenshots-homescreens-thread-screenshot_2013-01-28-11-33-38.png.
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The old wisdom was to remove all widgets and icons from stock launcher before installing custom launcher, because the old stuff would still be running in the background. Is that still true?
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The old wisdom was to remove all widgets and icons from stock launcher before installing custom launcher, because the old stuff would still be running in the background. Is that still true?
Not sure about that, perhaps someone else can help.

But I would say don't do this initially as Nova Launcher allows you to import from another launcher, so that will make the initial setup much easier. After that by all means switch back to the stock launcher temporarily to delete everything if someone says it makes a difference.
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The old wisdom was to remove all widgets and icons from stock launcher before installing custom launcher, because the old stuff would still be running in the background. Is that still true?
It probably is for widgets that auto refresh. Idk though, I always uninstall the stock launcher...
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I really need to get rid of the top search bar thing. How? Is there a hack for it?
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I really need to get rid of the top search bar thing. How? Is there a hack for it?
I've installed Nova Launcher and found that with a couple settings changes, it can look and feel exactly like the stock jelly bean launcher with the ability to remove the top search bar.
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I really need to get rid of the top search bar thing. How? Is there a hack for it?
Post #11 I quoted your post the last time you asked how to do that in this same thread and provided directions.
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I have Go Launcher & Love it.
It's free updates continually has lots of free themes they along have free keyboards, SMS lockers.
I will +1 Go Launcher. I have been using this for quite a while and I really like how deep you can go with the customization. It also allows the unread count(install notification add-on). All for free!

When you get bored just download a new theme. It really is great. If you liked Launcher Pro, you will downright be tickled by Go Launcher.
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How to sort the icon on the desktop alphabatically in Nova Launcher?
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Desktop icons go where you place them. They are sorted alphabetically in the drawer.
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Any help would be appreciated. Thanks I've tried but some apps are hidden
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How to make top and bottom rows closer to one another on the desktop on Nova?

I know to make it close side by side just increase the icon size.
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Could you explain to me how to group icons in folders in the, drawer kind of confused for me.
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Could you explain to me how to group icons in folders in the, drawer kind of confused for me.
NOVA Settings-> Drawer-> Drawer Groups-> Folder

You create a folder there and select what apps you want in it.
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NOVA Settings-> Drawer-> Drawer Groups-> Folder

You create a folder there and select what apps you want in it.
Thank you I was doing it in the drawers that's why I couldn't figure it out + I've been using gO Launcher also new to Android appreciate your help
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Anyone ever had any issues after installing Nova?
It might just be coincidence but I might have - for instance today my phone wouldn't come out of sleep mode until I did a long press to restart it I've also seen some lag in my browser after coming out of sleep mode like normal.
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Nope - smooth as silk.
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Anyone ever had any issues after installing Nova?
It might just be coincidence but I might have - for instance today my phone wouldn't come out of sleep mode until I did a long press to restart it I've also seen some lag in my browser after coming out of sleep mode like normal.
This has happened to me 2 or 3 times, but I can't pin it down on Nova because that's been installed for awhile
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This has happened to me 2 or 3 times, but I can't pin it down on Nova because that's been installed for awhile
Cheers (and to John) that's what I was wanting to hear. I've uninstalled all nonsense and nonessential apps in a bid to weed out the culprit. It's not happened again so far.
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The icons can be close side by side.

I really wish the rows can be closer together up & down.
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I had Launcher Pro omn a older Android device that lacked memory, so ended up un-installing it.

After getting the Nexus 4 was advised to give Nova a go anf haven't looked back or had the need to find a better one as it does everything i need, even the FREE version.
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Add another vote for Nova Prime. It is an awesome launcher with tons of customization options. You can really make the launcher experience what you want it to be.

I don't understand why manufacturers can't just do something like this with their "skinned" phones. They could even add their own icon set if they wanted and leave the Android code alone. It would make their lives much easier and would allow for much faster updates.
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I really like the stock JB. I can install my own Weather app, etc and I like Nova Launcher with the TelsaPlug in. This is all I need.
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