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I use Nova launcher prime, because of the stock android look and feel, and also because it doesn't get bloated with every new update.
Funny you should ask this, I was just thinking about this in class the other day.
Ignore all these people saying you're screwed. You're part of the #androidmasterrace, this shit is trivial.
This is how I would do it:
Get Nova Launcher Prime. The free version will not suffice for this; you need Prime.
Download Kik, whatsapp, or some kind of messaging service for you and your girlfriend.
Get some kind of app that password protects apps.Perfect Applock looks good, but I only just tested it out quickly.
Password protect your chosen messaging app.
Assign that app to a swipe action to some random, innocent app like a calculator on your homescreen. To do this, long press on it, tap edit, and assign your messaging app to it. Now if you swipe up on the calc, it will open your messaging app instead. It will still open the calculator if you tap it.
Now go into Nova settings and hide the messaging app from appearing in your app drawer. Probably should hide Applock while you're at it. They will still appear if you go into settings and got into the apps section, but I bet you can hide them there too with root. Let me know if you want me to research that for ya.
Now when you swipe up on your calculator icon (or any app you choose), it will ask for a password, and then if correct it will open the messaging app where you can can message your girlfriend.
Best of luck, may DuARTe be with you. I can elaborate more if needed.
EDIT: You could also probably use Tasker to kill the app whenever you exit it so it won't show up in your recents
Congrats on the transition! My highest recommendation is to download Nova Launcher Prime. I don't buy a lot of apps but this one is the best $5 I've spent as an android user.
It allows you to customize so much of the experience. It has its own sub and here is a good example of the flexibility of it
An option is to download a launcher like Nova (you'll need the $5 premium version).
Nova will let you swipe down from anywhere to pull down the notification bar.
Combination of Nova Launcher Prime and Lines - Icon Pack Pro!
It's considered by some (most) to be the best home screen launcher for Android. It's very feature rich.
You'd need to get another launcher, but technically you can.
You'd want to go download nova launcher and download unread notification badge for nova launcher
Nova launcher: [link]
Unread notification badge: [link]
Be aware, you won't get Google now (farthest left panel that has that cool information) if you change the launcher.
I'll be honest though, the notification system in android is so much better than that of iOS that if you're anything like me, you'll get use to keeping notifications in the status bar until you're ready to deal with them, rather than hunt for icons looking to see if there is something waiting for you.
Technically, you'll need Nova Launcher Prime to get the gestures. But it's well worth it. I have this gesture (swipe down anywhere on homescreen to show notification).
In general, Nova launcher Prime
But the widget I used was UCCW. Unfortunately I can't find the skin I used.
There is another app called grumpy weather, but it had updating issues if your still looking for a widget.
That gray text is the new "At A Glance" widget in 8.1. I don't think you can change it however. If it really bothers you though, you can get Rootless Pixel Launcher, Lawnchair Launcher, or my personal favorite, Nova Launcher , which give you the ability to change it. (There's a free version of Nova)
So the way I have the unread counts set up uses two different apps.
Your first step would be to get Nova Launcher prime
Next, download TeslaUnread for Nova Launcher
You should then have unread count badges with the Textra app (once you enable them in the settings).
If you need help with the process, message me and I'll help you out.
PSA: Nova Launcher Prime is currently on sale for Php15 on the Play Store. Your Android will never be the same again, for half the price of a sachet of EZ lube.
I use Nova Launcher Prime and the plug in TeslaUnread for that notification count icon. You have to pay for Nova Prime, but it is 100% worth it in mine (and many others') opinion. It is an excellent launcher replacement with so many different options and features such as...
...want you wanted for 2! You can set different gestures for all sorts of things through Nova. I have a swipe down opens the notification shade, swipe up opens calendar, and a few others I think. I don't think these options are natively built into Android, but I'm not on stock so I could be wrong.
Again, I'm not on stock, so I may be wrong, but I don't believe you can. Its a feature coming in the next version of Android, though!
Ah. If you don't mind spending a few dollars, Nova Launcher Prime adds unread badge notifications, as well as a plethora of other customization options. Nova Launcher is, arguably, one of the most vital of Android apps.
Granted, unread badge notifications should absolutely be a stock Android feature.
Btw, if you like reliable launchers, try nova prime. you can use 1000s of icon packs, and is the most customizable to your needs. it supports gestures too. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime&hl=en_US
The primary launcher is ok in stock note 9, meh, but icons stay small.
My preferred method is using the Nova Launcher Prime and whatever icon pack you like.
Just install the Material Dark Theme under the theme settings. If you want the font install iFont from the Play Store then install the "GeosansLight" font (you'll have to download the .ttf). I have to admit though that I recently had my phone returned from warranty and they wiped it. I couldn't get the font on again but maybe you'll have better luck.
Personally I feel that most of TouchWiz is still awful (despite the above changes) so I recommend installing Nova Launcher Prime which is currently on sale for $0.99 and definitely worth it.
[link] Here is the paid key that lists all the paid features. I'm pretty sure some or all of the features I listed are only available in the paid version. Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up beforehand!
Using a custom launcher will do this for you. A launcher is basically a replacement for your home screen, which allows for custom gestures/actions like you mentioned, as well as basic theming and drawers.
Nova launcher might be the most popular amongst reddit users (I use Nova), but there are probably 5-7 other launchers that are very similar and have slight advantages/disadvantages compared to Nova.
Theming can be done natively (limited), through Nova (limited) or through a combination using KLWP.
I highly recommend checking out /r/androidthemes for some of the best theming around. Hope that helps. I'm fairly new to Android, as well.
Install Nova Launcher Prime. You can keep the button as a home button but when you press it again launch an app or shortcut. Also you can long press the menu button and assign an app or shortcut. You'll need the paid version but it's not expensive.
Get a case. I use the Speck Candyshell Grip.
A good third party launcher is Nova Launcher Prime.
As far as rooting goes. You may be out of luck if you just bought it. The lastest firmware hasn't been rooted yet without tripping Knox. Go ahead and update it to 5.1.1 if it's still on 5.02.
I absolutely hate that. I want to connect my phone while I'm driving so I can answer phone calls if needed...it's honestly no harder to do than changing the radio station...but I cannot do it unless fully stopped.
It warranted me buying Nova Launcher Prime and setting a gesture to run a Trigger task to connect to my car. I can do it now without even looking at it.
I use Nova Launcher Prime with TeslaUnread for Nova which means I can have notifications on the homescreen/app drawer for any app I like. It's fully customisable too!
>What are some immediate upgrades if I switch? What kind of conveniences can I expect?
Wiki, Google Now is sick, lollipop looks really nice, more freedom: a lot of the stuff you jailbroke for can be done on stock android eg. Icon packs, nova launcher. Something to note is if you're in the USA on a carrier you can expect some serious bloatware(can be disabled but not removed). Also every android manufacturer adds their own skin on stock (pure) android which can change performance, battery life, looks and add features for the better or worse. You might not like some skins but you can change the looks with themes (GS6 will have a theming engine without root) or just get a new flavour by flashing a custom ROM
>With the iPhone the main reason I jail broke was for split screen and tethering. Are these features standard on android phones?
Tethering yes, split screen don't think so, but easily acquired
>Any android smartphone recommendations?
HTC One M9 for design/sound, Galaxy Note for large size, Sony Z3/ Z3 compact for waterproofing/small size, LG G3 for QHD display, Nexus 6 for pure android, Oneplus One for cost. Reply with ideal size and special features you would want like waterproofing etc and I'll narrow it down.
>I don't remember what features the free version of Nova lacks
From the Play Store listing, it's as follows:
• Gestures - Swipe, pinch, double tap and more on the home screen to open your favorite apps
• Unread Counts - Never miss a message. Unread count badges for Hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more using the TeslaUnread plugin
• Custom Drawer Groups - Create new tabs or folders in the app drawer
• Hide Apps - Keep a clean app drawer by hiding never used apps
• Icon Swipes - Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders
• More scroll effects - Such as Wipe, Accordion, and Throw
The gestures and icon swipes are just incredibly useful to me - helps keep homescreen apps to a minimum while keeping far more apps and specific app actions open to me with a gesture or swipe. Love it.
Explain how Android has zero security, and how the UI is complex, please. Because I own one and have interacted with iphones. Android's a whole ton simpler. In fact, here's my tutorial for Iphoneifying an android phone:
Step 1) download Nova Launcher Prime. If phone does not have an app store, transmit APK via bluetooth.
Step 2) Press home button. Choose Nova Launcher as new home menu.
Step 3) Done. Maybe you'll customize Nova settings here so it's closer to Iphone, but it's already really close to Iphone behavior (that and it has more features then IOS home customization does, so lol)
Get Nova Launcher and Zooper Widget and make your phone look however you want.
You can try using Nova Launcher together with TeslaUnread.
There are other launchers out there that have notification badges as well, I believe.
Nova Launcher Prime is on sale for $0.99 right now! It's a launcher (home screen) replacement app. You can customize the look of the home screen, app drawer, folders and install icon packs.
My icon pack of preference*
I use [link] and my clock widget is Nexus launcher 1 from [link]
Well worth it!!
Free version with fewer features:[link]
Haha The app drawer is the place where all your apps are stored. On the Pixel's stock launcher (launcher = home screen), you swipe up on the dock. Nova Prime is a 3rd party launcher (IMO the best out there).
Ya, you'll need to use a different launcher as the Google Now launcher does not support unread badges.
Install Nova Prime:
Then install TeslaUnread:
This will give you the functionality you desire. Please note that Nova Prime is not free. It'll cost you around $4...but it's worth it.
Nova prime is on sale here in India for about 10₹(0.15$). I've waited so long for a sale like this. Kudos for the developer!
Here's the playstore link.
It's the 11st animation in desktop animations not sure what is called in English version because I use HU but it translates "wipe effect" roughly
edit: do you have the Nova or Nova Prime maybe thats why you have less animations.
A few tweaks to Nova Launcher
Urmun icon pack
Based on the name I was expecting Good Lock to only be a lock screen enhancement, not a system UI makeover. I've been running Nova Launcher for a couple of years and have my home screen/extra screens and app dock pages setup the way I like. It didn't seem worthwhile learning a whole new set of configuration options just to get lockscreen notifications working. I now have Echo Notification Lockscreen installed and it works well for me with relatively little effort.
I'm totally new to the Samsung ecosystem, so I decided to stick with what I already know from other android devices.
Download Nova Launcher <strong>Prime</strong> and the Nova Google Now companion immediately. Nova is incredible. You can add swipe gestures, use custom icons, and tweak all sorts of simple settings the Pixel launcher inexplicably doesn't have (icon size, labels, drawer layout, pretty much everything you can think of).
Well I don't have an app, but Nova Launcher Prime is a launcher that has basic (customizable) gesture support. It doubles as a very good launcher as well.
What about gift for a stranger? :D
But srsly, if you don't have it yet, Nova Launcher Prime is really worth the money.
You can get rid of the Google search bar by using a launch pack such as Nova Launcher Prime.
Head over to head over to /r/androidthemes and poke around a bit to find tutorials and such. Hope this helps.
You can disable bloat apps
Or you could install a customer launcher that hides app (below is an example, I'm sure there are free options)
I'm using Nova Launcher Prime as the launcher and Alos as the icon pack. Also using the stock clock widget.
Feedback or suggestions are welcome!
Nova Launcher. I have an app drawer with organised folders. I use gestures to access common stuff like phone, text, and email.
edit: my app drawer
Nova Launcher Prime - [link]
Rugo icons and wallpaper - [link]
'of', not 'od', obviously.
It's a feature only in the Nova Prime (the paid version): "Icon Swipes - Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders".
In that case, if you have for example a folder with 5 apps and press/hold, on the Edit menu there will be an option "Swipe Action". The swipe action can be anything (locking screen, going to the app drawer, etc) but I always use it to open a specific app.
So in the GPS folder, a click opens the folder, a swipe opens the app I use the most (Waze), in the Magazines folder it opens the site I use the most, etc. Pretty handy.
I used Easy Backup, but it took forever to do the restore and it didn't restore all of my text messages; I would not recommend using it. I would wait a few weeks before updating if you can't root it yet honestly. Funny enough, the best backup apps utilize root access, so I'll be moving to one of those for now on. I use Shoebox for photos and videos though and I highly recommend that. Additionally, Nova Launcher can backup your home screen, which is extremely helpful.
The Prime (paid) version goes on sale from time to time and adds some nice features. Keep an eye on /r/googleplaydeals and /r/android because the sales are posted there.
OK, and I just realized that the unread count badges are a Prime feature.
Nova Launcher Prime is $5 and aside from all of the amazing customization features it adds, it includes an unread badge count. Best money I have ever spent on an app.
Nova Launcher Prime - [link]
OnePlus Midnight Black Wallpaper - [link]
Top Date Widget - MNML UI
Bottom Apps Widget - Unik For Zooper
Think that's it! Enjoy :)
It lists the features on it's store page. I personally bought it just to give something back and keep them going. I got prime a few months back, but I've been using the free one for years. As for features, mostly the unread badges.
I had a 2012 Nexus 7 laying around collecting dust. I figured it would be perfect as an always-on, dynamic calendar for in the kitchen. On the back of the counter, it was too small to really be able to read what it had on screen. Instead, mounting it to the fridge put it at the perfect height and location.
I'm using Nova Prime as the launcher so that I can remove widget padding, hide the status bar, disable the dock, and do a 12x12 grid so I can fine tune the size of the two widgets.
For the widgets, I'm using EventFlow Calendar. The left widget is the calendar grid, and the right widget is the agenda. They go perfectly together to get an overview for the month as well as the actual events coming up in the next few days.
To mount it to the fridge, I'm using the Google silicon case/cover and keeping it on the fridge with two rare Earth magnets. I've also got it charging and in developer options I have it stay on while charging.
The last thing I want to do is hide the navigation tray. Anyone know of any Xposed modules or apps that would allow me to do this?
There are two things you have to download. The actual app, and then there's a license app. When you find that it should show that you already own it. Download both, open the license app, and it will then tell you to open the normal app. Once that happens you should be good to go.
Launcher: Nova Launcher Prima
Clock widget: Standard OnePlus 5T clock widget
Wallpaper: by James Donaldson at Unsplash.com
As you can see I have no status bar, and also the app drawer is hidden. The app drawer is opened by pressing on the home button.
Can't use it on the default Samsung launcher. Spend a little more $$ on Nova Prime. Nova Prime unlocks all features in Nova Launcher. Then you can use apply the icons after installing Nova Launcher. Best Android Launcher hands-down. Been on Nova for Years!