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#1 +patseguin

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 22:35

Can someone else explain to me what launchers are? Are they like themes for android? I did a search for 3d launchers and came across spb. It mentions phones so i assume that is what it is for. Is there a generally accepted best launcher for tablets ans one that is 3d?


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:16

I use the Go Launcher HD for my tablet. Most of the launchers in the Play Store seem to work better with phones.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:39

So a Launcher is basically the UI I see on my device?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:41

Launchers are basically the main homescreen you see when you hit the home button, much like the desktop for windows


ADW Launcher EX is a great launcher if you do not like the stock launcher

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:43

So a Launcher is basically the UI I see on my device?


Yes.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:57

The launcher is responsible for your homescreen(s) - the widgetised layouts you see, and the app draw - the osx-like gride of icons.

And that is generally as far as it goes. They don't affect the overall UI of Android - the feel of select boxes, the notification pull-down, etc.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:57

I downloaded this 3D launcher for my Nexus 4 that is pretty cool. Each "panel" seems to be preset though. What are some of the more popular launchers for phone and tablets?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:00

Launcher is basically home screen & home customization/theme tool.
it have nothing to do with system_ui or status bar. try Go Launcher HD with lot of themes & plugins.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:08

I like Holo Launcher HD if I'm not using stock/Trebuchet. It has just enough customizations to make me happy while keeping a clean simple look. They are simple enough to install and try though, so a bunch of them and see what you like most. I don't know which ones are good for tablet though because I still don't have an Android tablet.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:09

nova launcher

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:22

Apex Launcher

Go Launcher EX

ADW Launcher EX

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 17:34

ON gingerbread I used ZEAM launcher, it's small light weight and very simple. I just use the stock CM10 Trebuchet launcher now though.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 18:09

ON gingerbread I used ZEAM launcher, it's small light weight and very simple. I just use the stock CM10 Trebuchet launcher now though.


I can remember running Zeam a few years ago on an old tablet, I remember liking it too, completely forgot about it until now :)

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 20:04

Seems like many of these launchers are meant for phones. How do I return to the default OS launcher once I've tried a bunch?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 20:07

Seems like many of these launchers are meant for phones. How do I return to the default OS launcher once I've tried a bunch?


Settings -> Apps, find the one you have set as default currently and tap on it. If you scroll down a little on the info page for that app, you'll find a Clear Defaults button. Use that to remove the default launcher, then press home and select a new launcher to use.

There are also apps, I believe one was called Home Switcher, that accomplish the same thing.



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