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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kyrsteeZ, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. kyrsteeZ

    kyrsteeZ Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Recently, I switched from Go to Nova. I needed a change and after looking around a bit, I decided to go with Nova. Shortly after I downloaded it, I found that my battery was draining quite a bit more than usual. I went from about 1-2 charges a day to 4 or 5 charges a day (My work requires me to use my phone... A LOT!).

    Has anybody else had a problem with nova discharging their battery quite a bit?
     



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  2. Turdbogls

    Turdbogls Android Expert

    cant say that i have noticed much difference in battery life between launcher. you sure it isn't something else? the launcher really doesn;t use any data or anything.

    what does the battery usage screen say is using your battery the most?
     
  3. kyrsteeZ

    kyrsteeZ Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Screen and Android OS

    I also downloaded widget locker the same day.. Do you think that could be the cause?
     
  4. CharlzO

    CharlzO Android Expert

    Very strange. I've had no issues with Nova (or any launcher for that matter) affect my battery draining. Um..I'd say pull Widget Locker out for a day, see what happens. Also, just for kicks, do a battery pull when you can just to rule anything hung up behind the scenes.

    Annnnnd lastly...Have you thought about rooting? I know, I know, it's what everyone says to do. I was one of those people too who went "omg stop telling me to root, I don't want to!". But, it does offer the option of custom Kernels for better battery life for many people. Just wanted to throw that out, in case it's something you might be interested in, or at least to keep in the back of your mind.

    But if you went from minimal charging with Go, and then it only changed after Nova/WL installs, I'd say revert those and test (pull your battery to clear it's cobwebs, so to speak). And keep us updated :)
     
  5. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    I have several launchers.... ADWLauncher EX, LauncherPro Plus, Go Launcher, Nova Launcher Prime, and more recently Apex. Don't ask me why, but I flip between all of them. I also use WidgetLocker. Not really noticed any of them eating battery more than they should.
     
  6. kyrsteeZ

    kyrsteeZ Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have plans to root my phone however, I won't do it until November. My job requires me to use my phone basically 24/7, i'm afraid that i'll lose everything I need or that my phone will go wonky. I know I know, I can back it up but I just don't want to risk anything.
    For now, I think i'll try switching back to GO and see if that fixes my issue. I've never had to charge a phone as much as I charge this one. :(
     
  7. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    You may try out Apex. It's very light on memory, battery from what I see. Feels pretty smooth with more options than Nova.
     
  8. CharlzO

    CharlzO Android Expert

    Yeah, it's just strange. When you said you only had 1-2 charges a day, was that pre-GO and stuff on your Nexus? or on the HTC you had? You sound like you've been experienced in phones pretty decent, so aside from the usual "brightness, time-out settings, check synch schedules, etc" stuff..I'll wait to see what you manage with the changes.
     
  9. in2uition

    in2uition Android Enthusiast

    Depending on what widgets you're using with Widgetlocker and your homescreen, there can be a noticeable drain in the battery. I noticed this when I started to use UCCW.

    FYI, when you root your phone (GNex) for the first time, it will wipe everything.
     
  10. Zeinzu

    Zeinzu Well-Known Member

    +1 for Apex.
     
  11. PhilosoRaptor

    PhilosoRaptor Android Enthusiast

    Indeed. I used Apex for several months until recently, then switched back to Nova. While both are awesome, Nova and Apex pretty much have the exact same customization options now with a few minor exceptions. However, I've noticed that Nova is slightly smoother/faster in most areas now. Esp. if you opt. in the beta updates for their JB code-based launcher.
     
  12. Trooper

    Trooper Android Expert

    I have not had any issues or battery drain issues with Nova Launcher. I use the prime version and prefer it to Apex. Could be a conflict with another app.
     
  13. nj02vette

    nj02vette Android Expert

    Did you delete everything on the home screens (especially widgets) from the other launchers?

    If you have widgets running on other launchers they'll chomp through your battery.
     
  14. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    UCCW is terrible for battery drain! Very pretty what you can do with it though.

    I've unlocked and rooted this phone twice now, and even though I backed everything up I still never lost what was on the internal SD. Was that a fluke, or is it just how the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit works?
     
  15. JBNex

    JBNex Well-Known Member

    For me, Nova is the best, really nice features and easy to use. Customizable
     
  16. kyrsteeZ

    kyrsteeZ Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Well it's been about a day since I switched back to go launcher, I've only had to charge it once. Damn.
     
  17. CharlzO

    CharlzO Android Expert

    very weird indeed. Maybe Try Apex next, if you're looking for something similar to Nova.
     
  18. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female


    If you like Nova, give Apex a try. They're almost identical except Apex has more options. The only things both Nova and Apex are missing is the ability to change the icon sizes on the home screens, and to make folders within the app drawer. If they had those, they would both be perfect.
     
  19. shawn672

    shawn672 Newbie

    I much prefer Nova, so much more fluid
     
  20. jova33

    jova33 Android Expert

    Yeah, nova was designed more for ICS and now implemented jelly bean. Are you running the latest beta?
    Nova settings/check for updates click the three dots, click beta
     
  21. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    I don't notice any difference in performance between the two. Each app will run differently for individual phones (both run very well on mine), plus it will be strictly a matter of preference to what best suites your needs.

    I had it, but went back to the stable version. I can't remember what the bug was that I found (I did report it) but it was one I couldn't live with. I did purchase Nova Prime, but wished I hadn't since I found Apex to have a few of the features I want that Nova is missing. Both are amazing launchers, but I prefer the extra settings in Apex.
     
  22. try the new jb launcher 'holo'.
     
  23. jova33

    jova33 Android Expert

  24. in2uition

    in2uition Android Enthusiast

    I used the SDK prior to the toolkit becoming available. I honestly don't know how the toolkit differs from that method. I've only used the toolkit to reflash a stock image or custom recovery.
     
  25. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Android Enthusiast

    Nova Launcher is 10x better than Go Launcher.
     

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