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

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

Yes.

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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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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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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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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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nova launcher

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Apex Launcher

Go Launcher EX

ADW Launcher EX

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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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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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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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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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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?

Since I haven't used Android as my primary OS since 2.2, this might have changed but:

Go to settings>Applications>Manage apps>[Your current launcher]

Clear the defaults for your current launcher and press the home key. It'll ask you what program to use for that action. Set the stock launcher (most probably it's just called "Launcher") to always be used as default for this task and there you go.

Edit: AJerman beat me to it.

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Yep that worked. I was trying go launcher hd and it kept changing to another launcher so i figured i would go back to the default jellybean one for stability.

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Meant for phones how?

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Yep that worked. I was trying go launcher hd and it kept changing to another launcher so i figured i would go back to the default jellybean one for stability.

You can use "Home Manager" to swap between / make default different launchers too

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carp.HomeManager

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Launcher7 showed a lot of promise but was really poorly implemented and seems to have been dropped.

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Launcher7 showed a lot of promise but was really poorly implemented and seems to have been dropped.

This. It's a real pain to get live tiles with that, plus I would like if it included some kind of icon pack for the app drawer.

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Launcher7 showed a lot of promise but was really poorly implemented and seems to have been dropped.

Nope, just moving onto Launcher8 from what I hear.

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^ That's good news. How far along are they?

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I'm currently using this ROM for my Galaxy S, branched from the cyanogenmod code with their customised Trebuchet launcher. Seems good enough for me. I own a license for ADW launcher EX but updates seem to be very sporadic so I stopped using it.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2024269

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Using Nova Launcher free.

Might buy the Nova Launcher Prime in the future if I'm into Gestures.

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