03-19-2013 12:11 PM
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  1. phantomog's Avatar
    Over the weekend I finally got fed up with having such a nice large screen on my new Note 2 but only having the same number icon spaces on my home screen as my old crappy Thunderbolt so I installed Nova Launcher Prime.

    So far I love it. I have a 6x5 grid on my homescreen with 7 items in the dock at the bottom. SO much more efficient. However, I'm starting to notice some of the negative side effects of using a launcher.

    1. Multi-window seems completely gone.
    2. Removing the S-Pen on the home screen no longer launches S-Note or whatever, and I no longer get the additional S-Pen home screen automatically. I'm assuming something similar will happen for headphones.
    3. Unread bubbles no longer appear on the stock email and messaging icons. I was able to download the add-on for Nova Prime and so far so good with that.

    Anything else negative I should be aware of when using a launcher like Nova? I'm still debating on whether or not I want to keep using it. I really don't need or want much customization, I just want more icons on the home screen and dock. If that was a built-in option on Touchwiz I'm be a happy camper.
    03-11-2013 10:03 AM
  2. etbooker's Avatar
    Yeah I'm grappling with the same issue as you are I can't seem to make a decision in either having Samsung's functionality or Nova Launcher's cool extra features. Right now I'm using Touchwiz but my opinion somehow always changes on which launcher I want to use.

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    03-11-2013 10:27 AM
  3. etbooker's Avatar
    By the way you can activate multi- window by holding down on the back button regardless of which launcher you are using.

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    03-11-2013 10:30 AM
  4. phantomog's Avatar
    By the way you can activate multi- window by holding down on the back button regardless of which launcher you are using.

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    thanks, I forgot I disabled it in the settings.

    It still boggles my mind that Samsung would manufacture a 5.5" HD phone and only offer a 4x4 grid homescreen.
    03-11-2013 11:13 AM
  5. lpt2569's Avatar
    1. Multi-window seems completely gone.
    Just hold down on the back button to activate multi-window feature.

    2. Removing the S-Pen on the home screen no longer launches S-Note or whatever, and I no longer get the additional S-Pen home screen automatically. I'm assuming something similar will happen for headphones.
    Go into your settings => S Pen settings and you will see where this stuff can be activated. Adding a launcher can sometimes change your default settings. But these launchers do not remove any of the TouchWiz functionality as far as I know.
    03-11-2013 11:17 AM
  6. phantomog's Avatar
    actually I didn't have the S Pen setting for the pop up note, just the "Page Buddy" option turned on. The auto pop up note does seems to work, however, the page buddy does not.
    03-11-2013 11:23 AM
  7. adlerrot's Avatar
    I have tried most of the launchers and keep going back to go launcher. If you press on a screen a grid comes uop and you can add mutiple icons at once. It is the only launcher that I find that feature. It does a 6 X6 grind on my vzw note 2
    03-12-2013 04:41 PM
  8. Nibs's Avatar
    The only thing that really bothers me about Nova is you have to get the paid version to get folders and unread icons. Not gonna happen.
    03-13-2013 11:05 AM
  9. Joshua O's Avatar
    Not sure when or how this happened, but I was thinking the same thing. I have been trying to turn off the page buddy feature because I am tired of Rocket player popping up everytime I attach my earphones. I was wondering if it was NOVA Prime causing the inconvenience. BTW, I am running 4.1.2
    03-14-2013 08:49 AM
  10. Andyvalver's Avatar
    I use apex launcher and love it. I use gestures to open my most used apps, camera and so on. S note doesn't open when I remove the pen but if I double tap on the screen with the pen with the pen button held in then it opens s note.

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    03-14-2013 08:56 AM
  11. cwbcpa's Avatar
    The only thing that really bothers me about Nova is you have to get the paid version to get folders and unread icons. Not gonna happen.
    I'm just wondering why you wouldn't pay to get the features you want? Is it just that you don't want the features that bad? I'm only asking because I do have the paid version and it's really a great launcher. They obviously worked and continue to work hard on it. They deserve to get paid for their time.

    Please don't take this as me attacking you for your choice. I'm just always curious as to why someone doesn't want to pay for something they say they value.

    Sent from my Really Big Phone
    03-14-2013 11:07 AM
  12. 1812dave's Avatar
    Been using Nova launcher for a few weeks. it's the only launcher I've liked. I've had zero issues with it.
    03-14-2013 01:45 PM
  13. Josphe72's Avatar
    I have Apex pro installed but I am using go launcher ex. It flows better and is more functional than Apex IMO but I dont use the wallpapers or gaudy, cartoonish themes they offer.
    03-14-2013 03:48 PM
  14. Nibs's Avatar
    I'm just wondering why you wouldn't pay to get the features you want? Is it just that you don't want the features that bad? I'm only asking because I do have the paid version and it's really a great launcher. They obviously worked and continue to work hard on it. They deserve to get paid for their time.

    Please don't take this as me attacking you for your choice. I'm just always curious as to why someone doesn't want to pay for something they say they value.

    Sent from my Really Big Phone
    I have an issue with paying for apps, just a personal thing. I paid $699 for the phone, I don't need to spend any more on top of my monthly payment. I've never needed any app so bad that I would pay for it. I understand that it's chump change for great features, but I'm content with what it has. Although folders and icons are basic features that should be included, imo.
    03-14-2013 04:59 PM
  15. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I have an issue with paying for apps, just a personal thing. I paid $699 for the phone, I don't need to spend any more on top of my monthly payment. I've never needed any app so bad that I would pay for it. I understand that it's chump change for great features, but I'm content with what it has. Although folders and icons are basic features that should be included, imo.
    Fair enough. I do believe you can make folders with the stock samsung launcher. It's not as nice imo as nova though. But that's why I pay for Nova Launcher. Also, I was just checking out Go Launcher after not using it for a few years. It looks they have made some interesting improvements to it. I may have to check it out. It's Free! Although they get you on all of the add ons if you chose to use those.

    Sent from my Really Big Phone
    03-14-2013 05:35 PM
  16. lpt2569's Avatar
    Not sure when or how this happened, but I was thinking the same thing. I have been trying to turn off the page buddy feature because I am tired of Rocket player popping up everytime I attach my earphones. I was wondering if it was NOVA Prime causing the inconvenience. BTW, I am running 4.1.2
    You can control that in Rocket player settings.


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    03-14-2013 05:39 PM
  17. Lanhoj's Avatar
    I have an issue with paying for apps
    ...
    I don't really understand - if paying gets me more functionality or just gets rid of annoying ads I'll always pay.
    What's the point of having only half of an App?

    I paid nearly 10$ collectively on 3 Apps pretty much just to get GLOBAL Badge Notifications (those red #'s like on iOS) because there was no free alternative & limiting it to only SMS / Calls / GMail using other Launchers wasn't enough...but that's me.
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    03-14-2013 05:49 PM
  18. jneusch's Avatar
    I have an issue with paying for apps, just a personal thing. I paid $699 for the phone, I don't need to spend any more on top of my monthly payment. I've never needed any app so bad that I would pay for it. I understand that it's chump change for great features, but I'm content with what it has. Although folders and icons are basic features that should be included, imo.
    So what you are saying is that because you bought the phone, the app developers, who don't make money from the sale of phones, don't deserve to be paid for their work? Flawed logic IMO. It makes me wonder how you get paid for the work you do? I would ask that you at least reconsider paying for quality apps that you could benefit from.




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    03-15-2013 04:17 PM
  19. Nibs's Avatar
    I don't really understand - if paying gets me more functionality or just gets rid of annoying ads I'll always pay.
    What's the point of having only half of an App?

    I paid nearly 10$ collectively on 3 Apps pretty much just to get GLOBAL Badge Notifications (those red #'s like on iOS) because there was no free alternative & limiting it to only SMS / Calls / GMail using other Launchers wasn't enough...but that's me.
    I'm not using apps and games all day enough to pay for them. It's just not worth it for me. And those notifications should be standard on all the apps in the stock UI. An app should not be needed to enable that functionality. Anyway, for some reason I'm enjoying Nova sans the notifications, keeps it clean.

    Fair enough. I do believe you can make folders with the stock samsung launcher. It's not as nice imo as nova though. But that's why I pay for Nova Launcher. Also, I was just checking out Go Launcher after not using it for a few years. It looks they have made some interesting improvements to it. I may have to check it out. It's Free! Although they get you on all of the add ons if you chose to use those.

    Sent from my Really Big Phone
    Yeah, I know TouchWiz has the functionality but it's not as visually appealing as Nova.

    So what you are saying is that because you bought the phone, the app developers, who don't make money from the sale of phones, don't deserve to be paid for their work? Flawed logic IMO. It makes me wonder how you get paid for the work you do? I would ask that you at least reconsider paying for quality apps that you could benefit from.

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    They totally do deserve to be paid, that is not what I said. But if a free app provides the functionality that I need then I will chose that. Between my BB's, iPhone, and few androids I've only purchased one app that I barely use. Also, had Nova not been free I would not have even looked at it (which I'm sure they still make money off of). Call me a cheap skate, but I'd rather spend the money on a good cup of coffee.
    03-16-2013 10:13 AM
  20. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    I have an issue with paying for apps, just a personal thing. I paid $699 for the phone, I don't need to spend any more on top of my monthly payment. I've never needed any app so bad that I would pay for it. I understand that it's chump change for great features, but I'm content with what it has. Although folders and icons are basic features that should be included, imo.
    The way I see it, someone (or a group of people as is likely in Nova's case) work very hard to make an app that you wish to use. Sure there's a free version of it, and you probably don't care enough for the features that the paid version provide, but developers like the ones who make Nova deserve something in return for their hard work. They continually put out updates that make your phone that much more enjoyable. They do not get a dime of that $699 you paid for the phone, nor do they get a cut from your monthly service provider bill. They are at the end of the day, Android users like us, who have the know-how to step up and increase the users experience in a good way.

    That's my take on it. Not trying to lecture but really, they deserve it. Also if you can afford to buy a flagship device off contract on the most expensive carrier in the United States, I think you can afford to skip a mocha latte from Starbucks for one day :eyeroll:
    03-16-2013 02:21 PM
  21. Nibs's Avatar
    The way I see it, someone (or a group of people as is likely in Nova's case) work very hard to make an app that you wish to use. Sure there's a free version of it, and you probably don't care enough for the features that the paid version provide, but developers like the ones who make Nova deserve something in return for their hard work. They continually put out updates that make your phone that much more enjoyable. They do not get a dime of that $699 you paid for the phone, nor do they get a cut from your monthly service provider bill. They are at the end of the day, Android users like us, who have the know-how to step up and increase the users experience in a good way.

    That's my take on it. Not trying to lecture but really, they deserve it. Also if you can afford to buy a flagship device off contract on the most expensive carrier in the United States, I think you can afford to skip a mocha latte from Starbucks for one day :eyeroll:
    Nahh see I don't need the features the paid version offers. That goes for all other apps also. Why should I pay for functionality I don't need? I'm a consumer too.....paying for apps does not fit in mY budget

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    03-16-2013 03:54 PM
  22. DaRkL3AD3R's Avatar
    Nahh see I don't need the features the paid version offers. That goes for all other apps also. Why should I pay for functionality I don't need? I'm a consumer too.....paying for apps does not fit in mY budget
    Because donating to people who make your phone that much better is a worthy cause. But I see you don't understand the concept of donations. Keep consuming.
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    03-16-2013 05:36 PM
  23. Dreamliner330's Avatar
    I have an issue with paying for apps, just a personal thing. I paid $699 for the phone, I don't need to spend any more on top of my monthly payment.
    I buy what I want, and guess what? I've spent maybe...maybe $20 total out of pocket. Wouldn't it suck to have a $699 phone and not use it to its fullest potential trying to save $20?
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    03-16-2013 06:47 PM
  24. TabGuy's Avatar
    I'm not using apps and games all day enough to pay for them. It's just not worth it for me. And those notifications should be standard on all the apps in the stock UI. An app should not be needed to enable that functionality. .
    I don't use my car all day but somehow I had to pay for it.
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    03-18-2013 03:03 PM
  25. kris.richards's Avatar
    This got way off topic...
    03-18-2013 04:53 PM
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