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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:01

4.1.2 JB

I've tried the EOS4 ROMs which are now upto to 4.2.2 but they have a problem with the UI / launcher, unless you hide the navigation bars the homescreens are laggy, with EOS3 #81 everything is 100% buttery smooth

You can get around the issue using 3rd party launchers but I am not keen on any of them, so until they fix that, I`m sticking with 4.1.2

you don't even like the Nova launcher? it's practically the stock launcher just with extra features you're not required to mess with :p

either way, i haven't used the stock launcher in a long time. been using the chameleon launcher myself


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:06

you don't even like the Nova launcher? it's practically the stock launcher just with extra features you're not required to mess with :p

either way, i haven't used the stock launcher in a long time. been using the chameleon launcher myself


I`ll have to try it again, I went through so many launchers trying to get one that was right for 4.2.1 I've lost count

I tried Chameleon but it was really slow, I like the concept though

I'm actually starting to like 'Next Launcher 3D' - really smooth and very nice UI, homescreen and app draw transitions are great, haven't tried it with 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 yet though

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:10

I`ll have to try it again, I went through so many launchers trying to get one that was right for 4.2.1 I've lost count

I tried Chameleon but it was really slow, I like the concept though

I'm actually starting to like 'Next Launcher 3D' - really smooth and very nice UI, homescreen and app draw transitions are great, haven't tried it with 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 yet though

weird, when was the last time you tried chameleon? it hasn't been slow at all for me on my nexus 7 since they removed the beta moniker

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:16

weird, when was the last time you tried chameleon? it hasn't been slow at all for me on my nexus 7 since they removed the beta moniker


Hmm, probably about a month back, it seemed to take forever to load all the tiles I'd set up, and once they had loaded the swiping between screens was fairly laggy

Not sure what the difference in hardware is between the N7 and the TF101 ?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:40

Hmm, probably about a month back, it seemed to take forever to load all the tiles I'd set up, and once they had loaded the swiping between screens was fairly laggy

Not sure what the difference in hardware is between the N7 and the TF101 ?

idk, I'm also up-to-date on the latest AOKP builds if that makes any difference
and yeah, some of the tiles do take a little longer to load than i think they should (if i remember correctly this has to do with them working around some limitations of android itself) but once they load the first time they're usually pretty good about staying updated with the exception (sometimes) of the weather tile for whatever reason

and I'm not really sure with the swiping between screens as i have mine set up to switch screens automatically depending on where i am at the time

what i do know is that they're working on a BIG update they're getting ready to release in a couple weeks or so, so that should be worth checking out to see if it fixes any of your issues :)

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:49

idk, I'm also up-to-date on the latest AOKP builds if that makes any difference
and yeah, some of the tiles do take a little longer to load than i think they should (if i remember correctly this has to do with them working around some limitations of android itself) but once they load the first time they're usually pretty good about staying updated with the exception (sometimes) of the weather tile for whatever reason

and I'm not really sure with the swiping between screens as i have mine set up to switch screens automatically depending on where i am at the time

what i do know is that they're working on a BIG update they're getting ready to release in a couple weeks or so, so that should be worth checking out to see if it fixes any of your issues :)


Thanks, well I have it installed along with other launchers so I`ll get a notification once it is updated, I followed its progress from the start when it was one of those donate projects but wasn't won over when it was released

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:04

Esh! With Google and Apple running around, I am not sure if this is not too late.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:05

Esh! With Google and Apple running around, I am not sure if this is not too late.


A full Linux tablet? Nope, not too late imo

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:20

A full Linux tablet? Nope, not too late imo


I am Pro Linux but to be fair - what do you think drives the majority to buy IT consumer-ables,

A: Specification list?
B: Popularity?

** I like the offering I think they have all the pieces in place. I just wonder if this will not be silo'd into a fan-ship with Linux heads.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:28

I am Pro Linux but to be fair - what do you think drives the majority to buy IT consumer-ables,

A: Specification list?
B: Popularity?

** I like the offering I think they have all the pieces in place. I just wonder if this will not be silo'd into a fan-ship with Linux heads.


What you say is right, people want ease of use, familiarity of the OS, reliability and popularity, I guess I was speaking more from my own views than the majority, but if it turns out to be popular, who knows, maybe Ubuntu tablets could become the next iPad

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:33

What you say is right, people want ease of use, familiarity of the OS, reliability and popularity, I guess I was speaking more from my own views than the majority, but if it turns out to be popular, who knows, maybe Ubuntu tablets could become the next iPad


My next fear is that IF Ubuntu was as big as Apple, if they would not just close everything and be the next Apple.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:46

My next fear is that IF Ubuntu was as big as Apple, if they would not just close everything and be the next Apple.


The linux community including devs would never let that happen imo, they are all about open source

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:49

They buy out apple, Tasty...

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 20:50

It suffers from a lot of design problems that will be met by the usual response (Linux is customizable, theme it, etc...), but otherwise it's a mishmash of existing paradigms. Honestly it looks like someone slapped the latest version of TouchWiz with multi-app on top of Unity. I'm basically using this right now on my Note 2.

Still, tablets are a heavily consumer-focused market right now, and Linux is a heavily developer-focused product. This is an uphill battle, and the fact is, getting Netflix working in Linux is a chore your average consumer will not enjoy.

All the same, I cheer on any OS that bridges mobile and desktop. While desktop purists abhor combining the two, it's the only way we're going to avoid anti-consumer policies that separate how we can use different form factors. As it stands, companies are getting away with telling us we can't do x on Chrome for Android that we can freely do on Chrome for Windows (ex., Hulu) for no reason other than the size of the screen and the variable presence of touch input.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 21:16

Am I correct in assuming Netflix will never be available for this?


Not until netflix changes their encoding scheme, or microsoft gets with the program and writes more unix software. netflix relies on silverlight technology, developed by the big M.
It is possible, like on the WesternDigital Live boxes, to write a secure app for netflix for specific unix distros. Yes I can see it coming to this distribution. But generically speaking, its unlikley netflix will be supported in unix, kinda like BluRay or DVD. (of course anythings possible with work-arounds/emulators/hackery, like DeCSS)



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