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Q. Why use an App Launcher vs. Stock ?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cynkrzy, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    New to Android & SmartPhones, Having a blast, but want to understand why use an Application Launcher vs. stock ? I have searched this forum but didn't find the underlying reason or short comings of "stock"

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  2. Airmaxx23

    Airmaxx23 Android Expert

    Stock UI is laggy, slow and not very customizable at all. You can do so much more with Launcher Pro or ADW, I prefer LP.
  3. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Care to elaborate, specifics would really help me understand
  4. dhoffman1421

    dhoffman1421 Android Enthusiast

    +1 and I liked LP so much I bought LP Plus so the dev could keep making it better. LP Icon pack is great as well.
  5. JubbaTheHutt

    JubbaTheHutt Android Expert

    I'd suggest searching not only the Droid X section, but the application section as well for input on 3rd Party launchers. There have already been similar threads created asking the same thing.

    But as suggested before, Stock is far from being the best available launcher to you.
  6. apinkel

    apinkel Android Enthusiast

    Some examples of things I use on LPP that aren't options with the stock launcher:
    -Hide bloatware apps from the app drawer
    -Display 5 rows of widgets instead of the stock 4... handy on a screen as large as the X's. You can also adjust the number of columns.
    -Customize the look of the dock
    -Have more then 4 shortcuts in the dock by scrolling the dock
    -Shows number of missed calls, unread sms's and unread gmail's in the respective dock icon
    -Emulate HTC's leap functionality that gives you snapshots of your homescreens and allows you to select which one to go to.
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  7. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    Ya I read those, and a few others. There's the LP lovers, and the ADW lovers and each will tell you why...

    what I'm not understanding and I'll probably have to play with them, is what do they ADD, that the 5 home screens and apps/widgets I have on them. don't.

    I'm not a huge fan of desktop Icons for apps, tho I do like widgets, I think it'd be cool to have a customized menu of the apps I use, organised by activity type, that was available from any of the home screens.

    So I guess I'll need to do more research and experiment.

    If anyone wants to discuss their motivation for replacing the standard DROID X Launcher/Home screens, I'm way more than willing to listen
  8. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    Thanks now we're getting somewhere.... so I could hide all but the apps I use regularly and then just have widgets on the home screens, and extra stuff in the dock.... I think perhaps I'm starting to see the light...

    Sorry if I'm a bit slow, never was the sharpest tool in the shed...

    Any way to organise the apps in the app drawer ?
  9. tom108

    tom108 Android Expert

    launcher pro plus also has some really nice widgets.
  10. apinkel

    apinkel Android Enthusiast

    I use my main homepage for informational widgets (date/time/weather/calendar/emails), then I use alternate home screens for shortcuts to apps. But obviously there are a number of different ways to set it up. The nice thing about LPP is that it gives you a lot of options to play with to get it setup in a way that works well for you.

    I highly recommend trying it out. Use home screen switcher to switch between the stock launcher and LPP. If you decide you like LPP I'd recommend going back to stock and removing any widgets on those homescreens so they aren't sitting in the background using resources.

    As for organizing the app drawer... outside of removing unused apps I'm not aware of any customization options.
  11. jbhumph

    jbhumph Android Enthusiast

    My DX is my first android device. I tried LPP and ADW a few weeks after I got it and didn't like it much. Maybe it was too much to take in at the time? After playing with LPP for a few hours one night I began to see howh customizable it was and how much I really enjoyed it. Tried ADW again after that and just didn't care for it...so I went with LPP and still use it today. Love it and love the look it helps me create :)
  12. jkmasi

    jkmasi Android Enthusiast

    For me, the decision to use LPP instead of stock was driven by the fact that I came from the Droid Incredible. After loving the UI on the Inc, the stock interface on the DX seemed like a huge step back - not slick at all. LPP widgets gave me the feeling and polish of Sense... without it I'm not sure I could stand the DX... except for the awesome call quality.
  13. Odin3

    Odin3 Newbie

    I have all of my most used apps linked to the dock icons. With the swipe up feature of LP I seldom have to use the app drawer. For example the music icon if pressed opens DoubleTwist but a swipe up opens BeyondPod. A press on the messaging icon opens texting and a swipe up opens GMail.
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  14. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    Really.... Well something else to explore, how cool is that. Oh in case anyone was wondering I just installed, un-installed (so I could remove widgets from my old home screens) and re-installed LP and have started to configure it....

    Don't expect to get alot of sleep tonight :D
  15. tom108

    tom108 Android Expert

    get home switcher from the market. its free and allows you to switch home apps or just launch them easier.
  16. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    I went to the market, but it said it didn't support Froyo, so I just removed the Widgets. At this point I'm having way too much fun setting up LP... Long as it's reliable I'll be good. Now If I could find some cool custom Dock Background :rolleyes:
  17. tom108

    tom108 Android Expert

    its says that but it works fine. i have used it with my DX the whole time.

  18. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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  19. j102

    j102 Newbie

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  20. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    Ok y'all seriously "Rock". Thanks for the reasons, the ideas, the tips and j102 for the link to the Dock Backgrounds. My eyeballs are done, my Droid Does look the shit, and I have to quit for the night.

    Any recommendations for a "News Widget" I have so much Home Screen space now I'd like a full screen one ;)
  21. tom108

    tom108 Android Expert

    i posted the link to the dock image thread like an hour and a half ago. LOL
  22. cynkrzy

    cynkrzy Newbie
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    Ya well I'm a little OCD.
  23. jcash3

    jcash3 Android Enthusiast

    I was messing around with the appearance settings last night, and saw that you can actually do a 10 x 10 layout for your home screens. I'm not sure if this is something that LPP added in there for tablets or something, but it looks pretty terrible in action. I think the best setup for me was 5(rows)x4(columns). The extra row really helps me fit more on the screen though.

    I would definitely recommend widget locker as well. It gives you different options for sliders and lets you add widgets to the lock screen. And does away with the laggy stock slider.
  24. apinkel

    apinkel Android Enthusiast

    I agree about the 5x4 format. It's a really good fit for the X's taller than usual fwvga screen.

    Have you found widget locker to be stable and non-impacting on battery life? I don't really care about having widgets on my lock screen but I would like to get rid of the lag.

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