11-19-2015 11:02 AM
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  1. Android Curious's Avatar
    Hi guys.

    What's a Launcher? What does it do or change compared to what normally comes on the Note 5? How hard is it to change launchers? Lastly, how hard is it to change back to the default Note 5?

    Thanks. Sorry for the ignorance!
    11-12-2015 07:04 PM
  2. Catman51's Avatar
    A launcher allows you to customize home scrrens, resize widgets and a host of other options the built in one doesn't allow. Go wth Nova Prime, it's the best.
    11-12-2015 07:08 PM
  3. pbickel's Avatar
    A launcher is what controls the looks of a home screen and phone. Like if you pick up a HTC and a Samsung the reason they look different is the launcher they have. Samsung has touch wiz and HTC has sense.
    11-12-2015 07:45 PM
  4. Glock23-G4's Avatar
    Easy to change launchers... just like installing an app, then customize it how you want it.
    11-12-2015 08:07 PM
  5. Android Curious's Avatar
    Thanks. What tends to be preferred, Touchwiz or Nova Prime?
    11-12-2015 08:37 PM
  6. Glock23-G4's Avatar
    Touchwiz is what comes on the phone. I use Nova prime, mainly because of the gestures and greater grid customization.
    11-12-2015 09:08 PM
  7. Android Curious's Avatar
    Thanks again.
    11-13-2015 04:09 AM
  8. Android Curious's Avatar
    One more question... I see that "icon packs" are available for Nova to change the icons. Can these icon packs be used on the Note 5 without using a special launcher? Or do they only work with a launcher like Nova?
    11-13-2015 06:32 AM
  9. Glock23-G4's Avatar
    Not sure on that one, as I know you can use themes with Touchwiz... dunno if that includes changing icons or not.

    Maybe someone more familiar with Touchwiz can answer that one.
    11-13-2015 12:44 PM
  10. Matt Behnken's Avatar
    One more question... I see that "icon packs" are available for Nova to change the icons. Can these icon packs be used on the Note 5 without using a special launcher? Or do they only work with a launcher like Nova?
    Icon packs are made for launchers, so most will not work with touch wiz. U can buy an icon pack to test and uninstall within a few minutes for an automatic refund from google play. Most icon packs list requirements in app description, ie. Need nova launcher to work. Many apps support icon packs but typically touchwiz does not.

    I highly recommend nova free and added icon packs. You can mess around with the "themes" on touch wiz to get icon packs for TW.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-13-2015 01:16 PM
  11. Jamez Avila's Avatar
    Quite a few people use Nova Prime launcher.

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    11-13-2015 01:25 PM
  12. Android Curious's Avatar
    Sounds good. Thanks for the info everyone!
    11-13-2015 01:36 PM
  13. Troneas's Avatar
    Anyone who installs a launcher other than nova doesn't know what he is doing.

    Posted via my Galaxy Note 5
    Matt Behnken and DX9 like this.
    11-13-2015 01:39 PM
  14. Android Curious's Avatar
    Anyone who installs a launcher other than nova doesn't know what he is doing.
    That seems to be the general consensus.
    11-13-2015 06:32 PM
  15. Laserbutt's Avatar
    Anyone who installs a launcher other than nova doesn't know what he is doing.

    Posted via my Galaxy Note 5
    *They, assuming females installer launchers as well ;-)

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-13-2015 09:44 PM
  16. anon(9652351)'s Avatar
    Quite a few people use Nova Prime launcher.

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    ....and I don't understand why. Customer support sucks. Calendar and clock are static. Badges seldom if ever work and certainly are far from accurate. It is a huge memory hog......No thanks Nova
    11-15-2015 10:20 PM
  17. anon(9652351)'s Avatar
    Quite a few people use Nova Prime launcher.

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    ....and I don't understand why. Customer support sucks. Calendar and clock are static. Badges seldom if ever work and certainly are far from accurate. It is a huge memory hog......No thanks Nova
    11-15-2015 10:21 PM
  18. Glock23-G4's Avatar
    I've had no need for customer support, so no opinion there. If you want active displays for your clock/calendar icons, that's what widgets are for. The unread badge inaccuracy is an issue with Tesla, not Nova. And I don't consider a launcher using 117mb of RAM to be a memory hog.
    11-16-2015 10:20 AM
  19. Jamez Avila's Avatar
    ....and I don't understand why. Customer support sucks. Calendar and clock are static. Badges seldom if ever work and certainly are far from accurate. It is a huge memory hog......No thanks Nova
    Mine work fine. My calendar icons change by themselves. My badges work for email and Gmail and text. I don't use the Facebook one as that seems to drain my battery.
    There's just no other launcher that works as well as Nova.

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    11-16-2015 12:59 PM
  20. anon(9652351)'s Avatar
    I had terrible luck with Nova across the board. Maybe things have changed??
    11-16-2015 04:27 PM
  21. Jamez Avila's Avatar
    I had terrible luck with Nova across the board. Maybe things have changed??
    Well anything but TouchWiz

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    11-16-2015 10:23 PM
  22. Matt Behnken's Avatar
    I had terrible luck with Nova across the board. Maybe things have changed??
    Im using nova and very pleased. Memory use is around 125MB which is less than running large apps like facebook, browsers etc., my notification badges work well on text, facebook, gmail, email, and others. Im a big fan of icon packs as well. The customization is awesome. I really dont see a downside. Havent had nova crash even once on the note 5. The home screens look better and are more functional saving time. Im fond of the infinite scroll and app drawer organization. I haven't noticied any extra battery drain or decrease in performance. It's free to try so i would give it a go. It makes other launchers look very bad.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-16-2015 11:02 PM
  23. Android Curious's Avatar
    Based on some research I've done it seems like TouchWiz did suck in the past, but many are now saying that TouchWiz on the Note 5 is actually pretty good. I'm not too clear on exactly what we lose (or gain) by going with one over the other, so I guess I'll need to try them both and see for myself.
    ladyc0524 likes this.
    11-17-2015 06:04 AM
  24. JohnnytheK's Avatar
    The only reason I gave up on Nova is it wouldn't allow the correct weather widget to run. It never would display the weather on the lock screen. I went back to TW and all was great. Play with the themes, I think you might be surprised it changes the backgrounds, icons, and look of the phone. I've used Nova on my last 4 phones and endorse it. Lately I've been playing with "Google Launcher" it allows the widget I need and the icons are larger. The point is to play and see what you like.

    I guess they fixed it! Nova now allows the weather on the lock screen!
    11-17-2015 06:42 AM
  25. Android Curious's Avatar
    Awesome. Thanks!
    11-17-2015 07:44 AM
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