Best Home Launcher replacement for ICS?

Discussion in 'Droid Razr and Razr Maxx ICS discussion' started by BiGG WiLL, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Laur3nNewm4n

    Laur3nNewm4n Member

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    I use Nova Prime.
     
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    LOL, you have read wrong.

    It is just a launcher. There is nothing special about it. It has no more access to your system than any other launcher. Just uninstall it and it will be gone. I have done this many many times, and many different phones, without any negative results. You should be able to uninstall any themes or widgets for GoLauncher exactly like any other app.

    This is true of any launcher. All they are is front-ends for your system UI. None of them should have any lasting effect at all if you remove them. They should not mess with any of your files or installed apps. The only exception might be stuff that Go Launcher installs into itself (Obviously you will need GoLauncher installed to use GoLauncher-specific widgets and themes). But you should be able to uninstall any of those Apps independently of the main app.

    Android was designed to be fairly idiot proof for this stuff. It is not like a Windows PC where you can leave debris behind if you uninstall something wrong. Android apps are all very compartmentalized. They are isolated from each other and the main system. When you uninstall an app, it really is gone.
     
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  3. JohnnytheK

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    Thanks, I think I agree, Nova is snappy and has all the features.
    Didn't know that Go themes work, brilliant!

    Sent by my new Droid Razr Maxx
     
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    I've moved from Apex to give Nova a try. I really like Nova.... My only issue is that when I go to load a widget, the description for that widget doesn't appear until i press it. Is this a just me thing or should I reinstall Nova?
     
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    That's the same with any of the third party launchers. I think it's due to the fact that in ICS the widgets are in the app drawer so until they find a fix and update the launchers you'll have to press to see the text. I have both Nova and Apex and they both have that issue. Of course I could root and then use the widgets from the app drawer like in the stock launcher for both Nova and Apex but my phone is working well now and don't want to mess anything up.
     
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    I've been a Go Launcher EX fan with GB and have tried Go Launcher EX, Nova, and Apex on my ICS 4.04 phone. Surprisingly, I find that the stock launcher seems a bit quicker than Apex and Nova (and noticably quicker than Go Launcher EX). For a stock launcher, the standard ICS is a very serviceable launcher. If the ICS launcher could control number of home screens and support more than one dock bar (scrollable), I'd have no reason to look elsewhere. All being what it is, I can live with the stock launcher and still be quite happy.
     
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    Aside from icon and icon name changing. I've found the ICS stock launcher to be absolutely wonderful.
     
  8. BlueSun

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    Okay, I know this sounds like a newbie question even though I'm a long-time android user. My RAZR just got updated by Verizon, but I had GO Launcher EX configured and installed (I also have played around with Apex and ADW.Launcher). I would like to try the stock ICS launcher, but don't know how to switch. My home switcher app lists Homescreen (com.motorola.blur.home) and Target Home Launcher (co.bh.android.TargetHomeLauncher). There doesn't seem to be much, if any difference between the two. Are they both the same stock ICS launcher? If not, which is?

    I will probably go back to GO, since I have it configured for 5x5 icons on the home screens and the app drawer, and hate to lose the real estate, but I would like to try out the stock one.

    Any advice?
     
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    Download Home Switcher from the Google Play Store. It's free and allows you to switch between multiple launchers. I used it to go between ICS stock, Apex, Nova and Go.
     
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    The only problem with Nova is my favorite contact widget doesn't work. The only work around is several single contact widgets.
    Anyone know of better contact widget?
     
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    Atom launcher is a new one that looks and feels nice. I still have nova but I am keeping atom installed to watch for updates to see what features get added.

    Sent from my XT912 using Xparent Purple Tapatalk 2
     
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    I have Home Switcher. I use it to switch from GO to Apex and ADW.Launcher and others I've tried. My problem is that, for stock ICS, I don't know whether to switch to Homescreen (com.motorola.blur.home) or Target Home Launcher (com.bh.android.TargetHomeLauncher). One is motorola and the other is google/android based, but which is the canonical ICS stock?
     
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