02-21-2015 08:34 PM
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  1. bigs0306's Avatar
    Ok, so I see that a lot of people have a launcher attached to their note 4's (Nova Launcher, etc.). I cannot understand why, maybe some insight can help me out.

    I downloaded Novalauncher (not prime), chompSMS to accent my newest launcher, and teslaUnread plugin.

    MMS messages do not read correctly (show as video when indeed its a photo), notifications only show in notification bar and no icons show next to app...

    Am I missing something? TouchWiz seems to be a winner so far in my book. Maybe I'm crazy, but as a newbie to android I don't see the awesome in a 3rd party launcher.
    02-19-2015 07:18 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    I downloaded Novalauncher (not prime), chompSMS to accent my newest launcher, and teslaUnread plugin.

    MMS messages do not read correctly (show as video when indeed its a photo)
    That's ChompSMS. You can use any SMS app (including the original one).

    notifications only show in notification bar and no icons show next to app...
    Only the paid version of Nova uses TeslaUnread.

    It's not the awesomeness of Nova, it's the total opposite of awesomeness of TouchWiz. Nova gives you multiple docks, choosable number of apps per dock, chooseable number of apps displayed horizontally and vertically on both the desktop and the app drawer, folders, tabs - things TouchWiz doesn't. (You can also save all your settings, including .which app sits where on the desktop.) By comparison TouchWiz is "we need a launcher, but let's not waste too much time writing one".
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    02-19-2015 07:27 PM
  3. Android D's Avatar
    MMS messages do not read correctly (show as video when indeed its a photo),
    This...I hate this SO MUCH about chomp..I wished they would fix it!
    02-19-2015 08:20 PM
  4. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    Actually this version of TouchWiz is pretty awesome. I use it because the widgets don't work with nova
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    02-19-2015 08:55 PM
  5. NickA's Avatar
    I use Nova on my M8 because I hate the way HTC changed the app drawer. I'm happy with TouchWiz on the Note 4. Some people hate it just to hate it, and some people like to really personalize their phone.

    I don't like how Samsung does Messages though. I use Textra. It's so much faster.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    02-19-2015 09:50 PM
  6. fernandez21's Avatar
    I use nova and much prefer it over stock launcher. I have a stock theme with my grid set up at 5x5 and google now with a swipe up gesture and notification badges.

    02-19-2015 10:03 PM
  7. goin_nil's Avatar
    The main thing I use/like with Nova launcher is setting my screen grid to 8x8 so I can shrink down the size of the icons and widgets to see more of my screen background. I can also see more of the detail in my widgets by reducing them to be bigger than 4x4.

    I disable padding in the widgets to give them a bit more room to expand. I also set the screen margins to zero.

    I also didn't like the Floorboard screen/magazine in TouchWiz.

    It's the little things like this that make me prefer Nova (Prime) over TouchWiz.
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    02-19-2015 10:04 PM
  8. C.K400's Avatar
    I use the Next 3D launcher and let me tell you it is the most amazing launcher I have ever used! Its smooth and buttery with no lag or hiccups. Plus its beautiful. I will never be able to go back to touchwiz after using this. I have tried a few and some are ok but none work like this.
    02-19-2015 10:13 PM
  9. goin_nil's Avatar
    The other feature I use all the time us gestures (Nova Prime only, I think).
    02-19-2015 10:13 PM
  10. goin_nil's Avatar
    The other feature I use all the time us gestures (Nova Prime only, I think).

    (forgot the screenshot on previous post)
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    02-19-2015 10:15 PM
  11. goin_nil's Avatar
    And another small feature I like is how Nova brings some of the Android 5.0 features to your 4.4.4 phone such as the "Slide Up" app animation and the Android 5.0 icon pack.

    Small things like that but Nova seems to be forward looking in small ways like that.
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    02-19-2015 10:22 PM
  12. Robin Hebert's Avatar
    Anyone use Aviate?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-19-2015 10:34 PM
  13. Bosbouer's Avatar
    Anyone use Aviate?

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    Yes. Aviate chewed battery for two days. I then shutdown and removed the battery. Since then battery life is back to normal and Aviate is working fine but I believe it is to well organised for users who want to use 7+ homescreens. I enjoy the organisation it brings.
    02-19-2015 10:51 PM
  14. muzzy996's Avatar
    I love how with Nova one can set margins of widgets to zero (disable padding) and essentially place them next to each other with no gaps between them. One can also place things at half steps between grid positions to get more flexibility in placement. Setting gestures on any icon is also huge, whereby every icon on a home screen can literally launch two things depending on whether you tap it or swipe up on it.

    I use the per icon gesture function a lot. Some examples include a tap on my file explorer, Google Drive or Dropbox icons opens those apps but swiping their icons opens a particular favorite folder of choice within them. Tapping camera icon opens camera, swiping opens gallery... Tapping my music app icon opens the app, swiping it opens a particular playlist... The possibilities are endless.



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    02-19-2015 11:57 PM
  15. adegbenroagoro's Avatar
    Apex.

    Adegbenro Agoro. Galaxy Note 4.
    02-20-2015 06:36 AM
  16. Brian McMahon's Avatar
    The main thing I use/like with Nova launcher is setting my screen grid to 8x8 so I can shrink down the size of the icons and widgets to see more of my screen background. I can also see more of the detail in my widgets by reducing them to be bigger than 4x4.

    I disable padding in the widgets to give them a bit more room to expand. I also set the screen margins to zero.

    I also didn't like the Floorboard screen/magazine in TouchWiz.

    It's the little things like this that make me prefer Nova (Prime) over TouchWiz.
    That Wallpaper is sweet, where did you find it
    02-20-2015 08:02 AM
  17. natehoy's Avatar
    I got my Note 4 a week or so ago, coming from a Moto X 2014. I used the launcher in TouchWiz for a couple of days, and liked it, but as with all of my devices I went back to Nova Prime.

    It offers tons of customizations that I have come to appreciate too deeply, and I love the fact that once my apps are all installed, I have a configuration Google Drive that I can just pull with a couple of clicks and my new phone looks and acts just like my old one. All my icons are where I expect them, I have the correct number of home screens for my taste (exactly ONE), and the whole thing behaves like I expect it to without all that fiddly deleting home screens and dragging icons about.

    I ended up buying Nova Prime when it was on a ten cent sale a couple of years ago, and I'd happily cough up full price for it today if I had to. It's quick, efficient, and loaded with tons of features that can be turned on and more importantly turned OFF.

    The TouchWiz launcher was very nice. But it lacked customization features I've come to love, so Nova it is.
    02-20-2015 11:58 AM
  18. AKFL3TCH3R's Avatar
    I've tried using other launchers on my Note 4. I have a hard time staying away from the default touchwiz launcher, though.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-20-2015 02:14 PM
  19. indysteve9's Avatar
    I've always been satisfied with TouchWiz. Then I got a new tablet. I bought a Nexus 9 with Lollipop. The look and layout of Lollipop is different than TouchWiz so I downloaded and launched Google Now launcher because it looks similar to my Nexus 9. I just like the look of consistency across my devices.
    02-20-2015 05:34 PM
  20. goin_nil's Avatar
    That Wallpaper is sweet, where did you find it
    Online, somewhere. No idea.
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    02-20-2015 05:39 PM
  21. tech_fan's Avatar
    I had Nova for awhile and enjoyed the fact that I can export and import the layout so, it can be used on multiple devices but, then I recently discovered Yahoo Aviate Launcher. Aviate used to be a private company until Yahoo bought them out.

    Aviate shows you the applications based on your location and what you are doing. There is some customization to what you can see and when. Nevertheless, its a simpler interface than TouchWiz and I think its better than Nova. Its also free.
    02-21-2015 12:34 AM
  22. Dude2's Avatar
    I have six to eight of the most popular launchers on my Note 3, Nova Prime, Apex Pro. I always go back to Next Launcher 3D Shell. For me as a power business user I need the productivity of ToDo List, Calendar, other widgets, etc. that come with Next 3D Shell. Nova Prime, Apex and some of the others maybe better price performers but for customizing the maximum widgets and icons Next is just over the top for efficiency and they are updating with new features every month or two. Next is also extremely fast and always stable.

    For day to day productivity of a power user and business professional Next is what I really use. That is just comparing 2D vs 2D, the 3D side of Next is another step in the UI world but it uses the same menu and navigation structure. Some of the 3D aficionados would not even consider a launcher with only a 2D side. If money is tight and you can live without some of the features, widgets, not interested in a 3D User Interface then Nova will probably be good enough, but............

    Next 3D Shell is the Cadillac of Launchers right now and as you can see it comes with a Cadillac price but as a power user it is worth the extra money because I depend on the Calendar, ToDo List and other PIM widgets so much.
    02-21-2015 01:13 PM
  23. KahneFan's Avatar
    I use dodol launcher for 1 reason only; looping my home screen. TW does not offer the loop ability (why not?). So I have no choice but to use a launcher.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    02-21-2015 03:14 PM
  24. billbrobaggins's Avatar
    Two reasons (out of many other) I prefer nova over TouchWiz

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    02-21-2015 03:47 PM
  25. goin_nil's Avatar
    For day to day productivity of a power user and business professional Next is what I really use.
    I watched the demo video on Google Play and couldn't tell how it was more productive than Nova.

    Next 3D Shell is the Cadillac of Launchers right now and as you can see it comes with a Cadillac price but as a power user it is worth the extra money because I depend on the Calendar, ToDo List and other PIM widgets so much.
    Wow! $16.99! Yes, a Cadillac price to be sure. But, it must have some rabid fans such as yourself since it has a very high rating of 4.5 stars which is very difficult to get and maintain over 100,000 downloads.

    Can you describe how the 3 widgets help you vs ordinary calendar/to-do/PIM widgets?
    02-21-2015 04:04 PM
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