Nova vs. Touchwiz

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Is there a way in touchwiz to:

1. Eliminate the padding on icons and widgets
2. Reposition the app draw icon to the middle of the dock
3. Eliminate the page marker/line separation between the homescreen and the dock?


I wanted to try stock Touchwiz on my Note 4, but I've found I cannot live without being able to modify these 3 particular features.
 

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Not that I know of unless you want to root the device to maybe open up other options. Nova Launcher gives you way more customization options than TouchWiz does.
 

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I have nova it's great with customization. But after a while I alway end up with Touchwiz. Touchwiz is okay not too bad.

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Specifically because the use of Nova prevents the use of some stock features like the "My Places" widget and the ability to place a "sticky note" on my home screen....and who knows what else.

I understand this problem too. I REALLY like the stock Samsung clock widget (with the image in the background that changes depending on weather and time of day) it really bothers me that I cannot use it while I use Nova. But, it's all about what you get in exchange. I choose to deal with that since I can make my pages look so much cleaner and organized with Nova.
 

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I understand this problem too. I REALLY like the stock Samsung clock widget (with the image in the background that changes depending on weather and time of day) it really bothers me that I cannot use it while I use Nova. But, it's all about what you get in exchange. I choose to deal with that since I can make my pages look so much cleaner and organized with Nova.

Agreed, without the ability to alter #1 & #3 you're basically giving up 1/3rd of each screen in dead space.
 

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I understand this problem too. I REALLY like the stock Samsung clock widget (with the image in the background that changes depending on weather and time of day) it really bothers me that I cannot use it while I use Nova. But, it's all about what you get in exchange. I choose to deal with that since I can make my pages look so much cleaner and organized with Nova.
Have you tried Beautiful Widgets? I like it so much better then the stock weather and clock widget.

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Have you tried Beautiful Widgets? I like it so much better then the stock weather and clock widget.

Sent from my GNote4 using Tapatalk!

Yes, I used BW for a few weeks after their last update... They're nice, but just not the same as the Samsung one I've grown to love. On my Galaxy S/S2/S3 I didn't know about launchers, so those three were all stock and I always had that clock. My S5 was the first Samsung I had where I used a launcher and it was a big adjustment.
 

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With Nova I have option to add pedometer 1×1 widget which is cool but with touchwiz this option is not more only 4×1, any one have this issue?

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I don't really know how tied in the samsung clock and 'my places' are with TouchWiz. I wonder if the Nova programmers have tried to get those widgets to show on Nova or haven't even thought about it (because no one has requested them or they don't have a samsung phone to test with).

Maybe someone can ask/make a request and we can find out?
 

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I use Nova Prime and on my Droid Turbo I can use the stock widgets that come with the Turbo...so I would assume that the Nova Programers have thought of this and Samsung is blocking it. I say Samsung is blocking it because I use the same carrier on both phones (Turbo and N4) so if Verizon was blocking it I could not use it on either phone. I can find plenty of widgets I like better then the stock ones.
 

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Most likely the code is proprietary so don't hold your breath... The issue of losing stock widgets when switching to a third party launcher is not new. If it's been this way on skinned stock roms like samsung devices for years its not going to change.

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I understand this problem too. I REALLY like the stock Samsung clock widget (with the image in the background that changes depending on weather and time of day) it really bothers me that I cannot use it while I use Nova. But, it's all about what you get in exchange. I choose to deal with that since I can make my pages look so much cleaner and organized with Nova.

I decided long ago that even though it sucks to lose TW features, none of those features do me a bit of good when i've positioned my head under a car tire because I just can't handle parts of TW anymore. And I normally get on people pretty hard who rag on TW because there is a lot I like. But Samsung at this point is just being stubborn with this whole mess.
 

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I'm loving Nova so far, it's reminding me what I missed when I left Android awhile back!
Does Nova Launcher provide any non-aesthetic benefits? I'm trying to figure out if I'm imagining things or if it's actually making everything smoother and/or faster?
 

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I just switched over to Nova yesterday. I had been reluctant to do so for a very long time for really no good reason. Now, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. I really like the configurability of Nova.

One question, if you use a launcher other than TW, do you need to do anything special when an OS update comes out (ex - Lollipop)?

Thanks!
 

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