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    Default What does a launcher replace?

    Forgive me, stupid newbie question... never had an android before, but considering getting a DNA.

    I understand that HTC layers a "skin" called Sense on top of Android, and that skin changes how Android looks. I guess things like the infamous clock, that "carousel" type thing for viewing running tasks, etc. are part of Sense.

    I'm wondering how much of Sense can be changed or done? Can that carousel task switcher be replaced with the usual vertical list of tasks? Can the home page be changed? Do the buttons for settings, etc. change appearance?

    How much of "Sense" can be undone if desired (without "rooting", just by installing a new launcher)?
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    Default Re: What does a launcher replace?

    Just FYI, Sense is a bit more than a visual skin. It contains core software changes that modifies not only how Android looks but also how it behaves.
    Can that carousel task switcher be replaced with the usual vertical list of tasks?
    No. This is a system change and it requires root to modify.

    Can the home page be changed?
    I'm assuming you mean the home screen in which case, yes, you can change that with a third party launcher. A third party launcher, like Nova from the Play Store, will replace the home screen and app drawer. Be warned that you won't be able to use Sense widgets with a third party launcher. Those only work with the default launcher (also known as Rosie I believe).

    In addition, third party launchers will not change anything else that HTC has changed at the system level in particular anything that is visual. There are some installable skins available that utilize the Sense skin personalization settings but they are very limited on what can be modified. You could replace things like the phone, text messaging, and browser system apps with third party apps from the Play Store, but the system apps will remain there.

    Replacing the launcher is the easiest way to have a customizable experience without rooting your phone but you will still know you are using Sense.
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    Third party launchers are primarily for visual customization use only. Third party apps like go sms or go contacts can be used to alter sense system componants, but they don't come included in launchers.
    The first image is sense launcher. The second is a third party launcher called nova launcher. I suggest tampering with sense before deciding on a launcher, widgets can help the customization process without needing a launcher. I personally just didn't like the stock sense icon pack.
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    You can also edit the often cluttered Notification Bar with Apps like "StatusBar+"-->

    As well as the Lockscreen with a highly customizable one called "WidgetLocker"-->
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanhoj View Post
    You can also edit the often cluttered Notification Bar with Apps like "StatusBar+"-->

    As well as the Lockscreen with a highly customizable one called "WidgetLocker"-->
    Wow, that's pretty neat! Seems like you can change nearly everything really, so no two DNAs will necessarily even look alike!

    Somewhat OT (but hey, it's my thread!), but can you change how the DNA's LED works? Specifically, can you use LightFlow or something to make it blink blue for IMs, green for emals, red for missed calls, etc.? Or is it one color only?

    Can you also set alerts to KEEP beeping (like every two minutes) until acknowledged if you miss a text, etc.?
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    Ya, there's absolutely no reason 2 phones should look alike (like iPhones)!

    As for LightFlow, it doesn't work well for the LED with the Droid DNA but I suspect the Dev will address that soon.
    LightFlow can however do alot more than just LED & can indeed remind you of Notifications until you dismiss them yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanhoj View Post
    You can also edit the often cluttered Notification Bar with Apps like "StatusBar+"-->

    As well as the Lockscreen with a highly customizable one called "WidgetLocker"-->

    Can you center the clock with Status Bar+? Change the battery icon or just get rid of it? Thanks.

    Sent from my DNA
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    @ mightyfacundo:

    Center the clock - yes
    Change the battery icon - can set it to either display an icon and % or both
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    Thank you. I'll be picking this app up then!

    Sent from my ASUS TF5000T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mightyfacundo View Post
    Thank you. I'll be picking this app up then!

    Sent from my ASUS TF5000T.
    Post how u like it & how well it works please
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRicks84 View Post
    Post how u like it & how well it works please
    Will do. I'll check back in later tonight.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRicks84 View Post
    Post how u like it & how well it works please

    My wife decided to go pick up the kids, so I had time to mess with the app. Initial thoughts: It's got an intuitive interface that makes it easy to customize the status bar. You can change the color of all the icons and pick which icons are in the status bar.

    They also have a 14 day trial version if you want to give it a try: Status Bar+ custom bar trial.

    Here's a screenshot to give you an idea. I made mine pretty minimalist, but you can add more.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mightyfacundo View Post
    ...
    I made mine pretty minimalist, but you can add more.
    I keep mine a bit more minimalist by removing the clock. Other than that I set it the same way.
    I love the App & have it installed on all my Android phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanhoj View Post
    I keep mine a bit more minimalist by removing the clock. Other than that I set it the same way.
    I love the App & have it installed on all my Android phones.
    I was just looking at the screen and thinking the same thing. Thanks again for the app suggestion.

    Sent from my DNA
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    Quote Originally Posted by mightyfacundo View Post
    My wife decided to go pick up the kids, so I had time to mess with the app. Initial thoughts: It's got an intuitive interface that makes it easy to customize the status bar. You can change the color of all the icons and pick which icons are in the status bar.

    They also have a 14 day trial version if you want to give it a try: Status Bar+ custom bar trial.

    Here's a screenshot to give you an idea. I made mine pretty minimalist, but you can add more.



    Sent from my DNA
    That looks pretty awesome & well worth $1.99! I think I'll pick that app up also

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightyfacundo View Post
    My wife decided to go pick up the kids, so I had time to mess with the app. Initial thoughts: It's got an intuitive interface that makes it easy to customize the status bar. You can change the color of all the icons and pick which icons are in the status bar.

    They also have a 14 day trial version if you want to give it a try: Status Bar+ custom bar trial.

    Here's a screenshot to give you an idea. I made mine pretty minimalist, but you can add more.



    Sent from my DNA
    That looks pretty awesome & well worth $1.99! I think I'll pick that app up also
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    It's not for everyone, but here's how to get GLOBAL Badge Notifications (those little red #'s like on iOS) working on Android--> [HOW-TO] Guide to Global Badge Notifications

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