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Old June 19th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Charge users. I just got Go Launcher. If you find your TouchWiz experience to be too choppy but don't want to lose any functionality, try out GoLauncher. You don't have to be rooted and there's absolutely no risk with using it. The launcher itself is way more responsive and doesn't have the annoying stuttering when sliding between homescreens that the Charge tends to have. It still has the pinch function to arrange home screens and you can add plenty of extra home screens to fit all of your needs, as well.

I especially like the long-press shortcuts. If you long-press an app it will pop up with a list of options such as rename, uninstall, delete, etc

Oh and if you're like me and you actually miss the TouchWiz Feeds and Updates widget (which is actually pretty damn good) then try out Pure Messenger****

**** See my post near the bottom of the thread for my updated impressions of Pure Messenger

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Love the Go Launcher. If you haven't tried it yet i would also recommend the Xscope browser. Way faster than the others out there.
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Love the Go Launcher. If you haven't tried it yet i would also recommend the Xscope browser. Way faster than the others out there.
I'll give it a shot. Thanks!


Oh and to users who want to most closely emulate the TouchWiz feeds and updates widget make sure you use the Pure Messenger widget that has "Scroll" in the title. The non-scrollable one kinda sucks. I downloaded all of the skins and while I haven't tried them all, I do like the Sense skin for it.
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Launcher pro also works like a champ on this phone. If you get the paid version, the widgets all have custom skins available. I love the bookmark widget on LP. I also really like go launcher.

Just a word to the wise, if you choose another launcher make sure you have your previous launcher screens wiped. Even if you do not have the stock launcher showing, if you have widgets that update still left there, they will do so. "home switcher" is a great app that lets you go back and forth between launchers to make sure a program is not running on the stock launcher. With home switcher you can set your default launcher to Go launcer or LP and it will aways bounce back there.
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Hey how do you make it so you have adifferent Wall Paper on every screen with Go Launcher or Launcher Pro?
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To those who used both launcher pro and go launcher,
Which one do you prefer?
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To those who used both launcher pro and go launcher,
Which one do you prefer?
Ive used both and I find that Go Launcher has been way more stable. I find it super smooth and I love all the cool customizations. You really cant go wrong with either but for me Go Launcher is a tad better. Try them both.
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I have also used both, I prefer Go Launcher. The only thing I miss about LPP+ (paid version) are the widgets.
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dumb question, but im trying to educate myself. What is the point and benefit to using something like this?
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dumb question, but im trying to educate myself. What is the point and benefit to using something like this?
There are no dumb questions The replacement launchers speed up the phone interface. TouchWiz is slow and laggy. Using an alternative launcher can really change the user experiance on your device.
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I've been using Go Launcher for a while now on all of my phones and I've tried Launcher Pro as well. I personally prefer Go Launcher.

Go Launcher also has widgets now such as Message, Contacts, Calendar, etc. They are separate downloads under GOWidget.

And the countless number of themes are awesome! If you really do like TouchWiz, there is a TouchWiz theme that you can download for free.

It definitely makes the phone smoother!
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Now, can you have Go Launcher and Launcher Pro installed at the same time? I've been using Launcher Pro since I got my Charge and I just wanted to install Go Launcher and compare the two.
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Is there any way to retain that nice Weather Bug widget that comes with TW? Not the Weather Bug widget that shows up in your widget list, but the one that's there when you buy the phone.

I tried LP and didn't see a way to keep that.
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Now, can you have Go Launcher and Launcher Pro installed at the same time? I've been using Launcher Pro since I got my Charge and I just wanted to install Go Launcher and compare the two.
Yes there is an app called Switcher Pro or Home Switcher (I forget) that allows you to have multiple launchers installed.
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Is there any way to retain that nice Weather Bug widget that comes with TW? Not the Weather Bug widget that shows up in your widget list, but the one that's there when you buy the phone.

I tried LP and didn't see a way to keep that.
No. You can look on the market for a similar widget. But with any of the launchers you loose the use of TouchWiz widgets. No real loss really.
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To those who used both launcher pro and go launcher,
Which one do you prefer?
Started with LPP, then tried Go Launcher and have not turned back. I found Go easier to use and more customization. Also if you like Touch Wiz they have a Touch Wiz theme.
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Is there any way to retain that nice Weather Bug widget that comes with TW? Not the Weather Bug widget that shows up in your widget list, but the one that's there when you buy the phone.

I tried LP and didn't see a way to keep that.
The weatherbug free app on the market is pretty good. It's basically the same functionality but doesn't look as nice.

Also, I greatly prefer Go Launcher over Launcher Pro.
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Is there any way to retain that nice Weather Bug widget that comes with TW? Not the Weather Bug widget that shows up in your widget list, but the one that's there when you buy the phone.

I tried LP and didn't see a way to keep that.
I hightly recommend you get Beautiful Widgets. It's MUCH better than the Weatherbug widget that comes with TouchWiz and it's super customizable with hundreds of skins.
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I hightly recommend you get Beautiful Widgets. It's MUCH better than the Weatherbug widget that comes with TouchWiz and it's super customizable with hundreds of skins.
Thanks guys, I'll give those widgets a try.
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Bump for my dumb questiion:

Hey how do you make it so you have adifferent Wall Paper on every screen with Go Launcher or Launcher Pro?
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@jpog - Not sure you can (I could be... most probably wrong about this)

After messing around with Go Launcher... I'm switching over. Ciao, Launcher Pro.
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I have tried all the launchers mentioned, and a couple more. Go launcher is the best IMO. The developer actually responds to email questions! Incredible! I love the transitions between screens; i have it set on random for the variety.
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Ok, I'm kinda new to all this. What I don't get is the need to wipe my screen/widgets/apps??? before installing a new launcher. Can someone explain this part to me? I also have Beautiful Widgets installed. Do I need to uninstall that or something? Please forgive the dumb questions.
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Ok, I'm kinda new to all this. What I don't get is the need to wipe my screen/widgets/apps??? before installing a new launcher. Can someone explain this part to me? I also have Beautiful Widgets installed. Do I need to uninstall that or something? Please forgive the dumb questions.

I think you need to delete all the widgets on Touch Pro because they run in the background and can drain the battery. So blank screens on Touch Pro then run your Go Launcher .. I thought I read that one of the posts somewhere. Hope that helps
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Go launcher is the shizzy. Nuff said.
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Ts47...you don't need or have to delete all the screens and Wigets in TW before you use GO Launcher or Launcher Pro..it just helps make it a bit faster. Do not uninstall Beautiful Wigets either. What you can do is install Go Laucher or Laucher Pro..evaluate it and then open TW and delete all the screens and widets if you want to stay with go laucher or the other. What I did was I deleted my wigets since its easy to do...reduced my screens down to 4 and then evaluated both the lauchers. That way if I didn't like them I didn't have to set all the screens back up. If you do like one and want t stick with it makes sure to reduce your TW wiget screen down to 1 with nothing or very little on it to get the most out of the new laucher.
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I am loving Go launcher...I haven't had a single force close yet. LauncherPro used to constantly force close both on Charge and on Incredible. I tried ADW too but it would freeze when I tried to add new app shortcuts to the desktop. I also tried one other (Glass something) but it kindof sucked and had no support
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I just installed go launcher and love it! Very smooth and fast and so many options. I highly recommend this launcher.
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Bump for my dumb questiion:

Hey how do you make it so you have adifferent Wall Paper on every screen with Go Launcher or Launcher Pro?
Each launcher (as far as I know, including the default) uses a single image for the entire set of screens; there's no way (that I'm aware of) to set individual wallpapers for each screen.
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GO launcher > adw > launcher pro

I am using Go launcher with Angry birds theme lol
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Adw is okay and i can not stand Launcher pro.
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GO launcher > adw > launcher pro

I am using Go launcher with Angry birds theme lol
and go sms

Adw is okay and i can not stand Launcher pro.
That Angry Birds theme is tight haha. I'm using the Blux AS theme right now. I love it!!
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That Angry Birds theme is tight haha. I'm using the Blux AS theme right now. I love it!!
I know it's adorable lol
i am using Adw on my XPeria play though....and the angry birds theme with go launcher on my charge ha
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I did it! Ok, so this is pretty cool! I took everyone's advice and installed home switcher and go launcher. I removed all the apps and widgets from my old (TW) homescreen. I also deleted all but one of the old 7 screens and made Go Launcher my default home screen. After that, I setup my new Go Launcher home screens with the apps & widgets I wanted. I'm using Beautiful Widgets for my weather clock. Go Launcher seems to run at least as well and has many more features/customizations. The first thing I noticed is the app drawer lists the apps alphabetically. The old app drawer would only do this in column view. The only quirk I noticed is, you can't copy bookmarks from the browser to the home screen. They populate on the old (TW) home screen when you do this. Instead, I added my bookmarks from the shortcut menu. Push the menu button - add - shortcut - bookmark. It was pretty easy. I'm a little excited... Can you tell?
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So do you like it?
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YES, I like it!
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Hello! I have a new Droid Charge on ED1 with the newest Go Launcher Ex vers. 2.32. TW launcher has a straight black background in the app drawer which I like. What's the simplest way to duplicate this in Go Launcher EX? I've tried downloading a few different themes but none have had what I'm looking for. Thanks!
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Ts47...you don't need or have to delete all the screens and Wigets in TW before you use GO Launcher or Launcher Pro..it just helps make it a bit faster. Do not uninstall Beautiful Wigets either. What you can do is install Go Laucher or Laucher Pro..evaluate it and then open TW and delete all the screens and widets if you want to stay with go laucher or the other. What I did was I deleted my wigets since its easy to do...reduced my screens down to 4 and then evaluated both the lauchers. That way if I didn't like them I didn't have to set all the screens back up. If you do like one and want t stick with it makes sure to reduce your TW wiget screen down to 1 with nothing or very little on it to get the most out of the new laucher.
I don't know how to delete the screens and widgets. Sorry I just don't understand all of this. I want to try Go Launcher but am confused how to go about it all. Can somebody offer a tutorial on how to do this? If you delete the screens, etc., how do you find your apps? I know these are dumb questions to some people, but am trying to learn.
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What are the recommended things to do before installing GoLauncher? Remove current widgets? Remove all icons from the home screen? Or do you just go ahead and install it and away it goes?
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I don't know how to delete the screens and widgets. Sorry I just don't understand all of this. I want to try Go Launcher but am confused how to go about it all. Can somebody offer a tutorial on how to do this? If you delete the screens, etc., how do you find your apps? I know these are dumb questions to some people, but am trying to learn.

I'm new to Android myself. So if someone with more knowlege than I has a better suggestion, please feel free to correct me.

You do not need to do anything prior to installing Go Launcher - except perhaps install "Home Switcher for Froyo". It will allow you to easily switch back & forth between Go Launcher and the standard Touch Wiz home screen. After you have experimented with Go Launcher and decided if you want to keep it, you can worry about removing apps, widgets, etc.

If you decide to keep Go Launcher as your default home screen, switch back to TW and remove all the icons and widgets from the home screens. You do not actually uninstall or delete anything. All the programs will still be accessible in the app drawer. You can also remove all but one of the (now blank) extra home screens and choose Go Launcher as the default home screen.

The reason you do this is any apps or widgets left on your old home screen will continue to run in the background eating up ram and battery power. I found that Go Launcher seems to use less ram, has more customizations, feels simpler to use, and just runs a little better than the stock TW home screen.

If you decide to keep the TW home screen, you can uninstall Go Launcher. Go Launcher does not have that much of a learning curve. It works very similarly to TW. If you already know how to move around your phone, you should be able to use Go Launcher without much trouble.

Regardless of which launcher you keep, the weather clock I recommend is Beautiful Widgets. It will even tell you the expected high temp for the day which the included Weatherbug widget does not do.

Hope this helps.
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Just installed GoLauncher and it blows TouchWiz out of the water!
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I switched to Go Launcher last night and it is fantastic! Much easier and smoother to use than TW. I had already removed all the widgets from TW but I didnt remove everything from each page. It is operating fast enough right now so if I notice anything, I will take care of it.

I am a novice user too but it seemed pretty easy to me and taking off widgets, apps, etc is just a long hold on the icon and dragging it to the bottom of whatever screen you are on.

Best part of Go Launcher is the ability to hide bloatware and create folders for your apps. As a BB user previsouly, I like the folders for organization

Anyone know what locking an app does? I couldnt figure it out
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I love the themes. You guys may think I'm silly but I have a theme for GoLauncher that makes it look like an iPhone. Yeah, that's silly but it does look nice on the phone.

I'm realizing now that this is just one of many reasons why people buy an Android device as versus an iPhone. God, this thing blows the iPhone out of the water!
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I'm new to Android myself. So if someone with more knowlege than I has a better suggestion, please feel free to correct me.

You do not need to do anything prior to installing Go Launcher - except perhaps install "Home Switcher for Froyo". It will allow you to easily switch back & forth between Go Launcher and the standard Touch Wiz home screen. After you have experimented with Go Launcher and decided if you want to keep it, you can worry about removing apps, widgets, etc.

If you decide to keep Go Launcher as your default home screen, switch back to TW and remove all the icons and widgets from the home screens. You do not actually uninstall or delete anything. All the programs will still be accessible in the app drawer. You can also remove all but one of the (now blank) extra home screens and choose Go Launcher as the default home screen.

The reason you do this is any apps or widgets left on your old home screen will continue to run in the background eating up ram and battery power. I found that Go Launcher seems to use less ram, has more customizations, feels simpler to use, and just runs a little better than the stock TW home screen.

If you decide to keep the TW home screen, you can uninstall Go Launcher. Go Launcher does not have that much of a learning curve. It works very similarly to TW. If you already know how to move around your phone, you should be able to use Go Launcher without much trouble.

Regardless of which launcher you keep, the weather clock I recommend is Beautiful Widgets. It will even tell you the expected high temp for the day which the included Weatherbug widget does not do.

Hope this helps.
Thanks so much! This was helpful. I don't know how to get around very well yet as I have only had the phone 2 days and came from the original Droid. I did plan on using Beautiful Widgets. I don't like the look of Weather Bug so already planned on ditching that.

To drummerskey, I like folders too. I had them on my original Droid and just felt more organized that way.
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Thanks so much! This was helpful. I don't know how to get around very well yet as I have only had the phone 2 days and came from the original Droid. I did plan on using Beautiful Widgets. I don't like the look of Weather Bug so already planned on ditching that.

To drummerskey, I like folders too. I had them on my original Droid and just felt more organized that way.

You're welcome. I hope you like Go Launcher as much as I do.
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I've come to a conclusion after my second post. After struggling with the Pure Messenger widget for a couple of weeks (only using it for facebook) I've decided it's crap. It loses authentication constantly, requiring a complete wipe of the stored data. It doesn't update properly either. Most of the time it just sat there completely blank, and in the event that there were updates to see, I'd hit the refresh button and it would just clear everything and go back to being blank.

The settings are dense and sometimes difficult to understand, such as polling period. Then Polling time. Which you set for, I assume the window you want the widget to update itself. Such as once every hour between 8am and 10pm. I don't know if that is actually what it means or how it works though because it just straight up didn't work.

Another problem was when the cache filled up (I set it to store 50 messages and it seemingly doesn't automatically just purge old messages. It just gets to 50 and stops.) I'd hit "mark all as read" and the whole thing would go blank, which I suppose was what it's supposed to do, but then it would never update again. Which, as stated before, required me to go to application settings and clear all stored data for the widget so I could re-authenticate in FB.

I had these problems across all forms of the widget. Standard, List and Scrollable. It just flat out did not work.

Luckily!! The Go Launcher team just released their own FB widget for Go Launcher that not only blows Pure Messenger and the Samsung Updates and Feeds widget away, it blows the official FB widget away as well. I highly recommend that widget to everybody using Go.
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Go Launcher EX is the best home replacement out there (IMO) i have been using Launcher Pro since i got my original Droid and after i tried Go Launcher i was hooked; highly recommended!
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