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It's Android. You can use whatever launcher you want.
Personally I think the new launcher is pretty plain, and will probably go back to Nova. Love the round icons though.
Samsung doesn't use "stock" Android, their TouchWiz interface has a poor reputation among purists. If you install the Now Launcher, you'll get something much closer to what it's meant to be. Or try different launchers until you find something you like. There are even iOS-like launchers, if you miss that.
I'm pretty sure that's the Google Now Launcher. I think it's the default launcher in stock android, as it's what I've got on my old Nexus 5.
Try that out, see if it works for you.
>I like minimalist UIs
Google Now Launcher or Smart Launcher.
That was a feature of the Google Now Launcher
Since Google published the Nexus's launcher onto the PlayStore, you're able to install it on the Note7 too
It doesn't get the data from.your phone it gets it from your account so the email app doesn't matter as long as you are using Gmail as a service.
As long as you are using the Google now launcher all you have to do is swipe all the way to the left on your home screen and the stuff you need should be there when you need it.
You can change launchers extremely easily on Android. The Google Now Launcher is the stock Android UI. And Nova Launcher is stock Android sans Google Now page and is highly customizable.
Apps like Nova are in a class of apps called Launchers that allow you to control how app's icons look, how the home screen behaves, how you navigate to your apps, how the home screen looks, etc. Depending on the launcher, you can do pretty much anything you want concerning the organization and look of your home screen, from having custom gestures that close all open apps/opening your favorite app to having pretty animations appear when opening or closing your apps. There are many different launchers out there, but by far the most popular is Nova due to the huge amount of customization it allows the user to do.
Your phone will come with Samsung's launcher, called TouchWiz, but you're able to install any launcher you want, from Google's Google Now Launcher to Nova (mentioned and linked above).
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I do not know if Xposed would work, but go ahead and give it a try.
If you want a stock-ish homescreen, try Google Now Launcher
I cannot test Xposed for you as I'm on CyanogenMod. I hope this helped!
Dude I downloaded the Google now launcher from the playstore and I LOVE IT! No extra stuff but man does it run smooth and the design is by google so I am already a fan of minimal animated logos and colorful design. I recommend it for anyone who just doesn't want touchwiz but also doesn't want to spend time with different logo packs and color schemes.
A few things left a bad taste in my mouth. My phone was laggy as crap when I got it. After a couple factory resets and updating it to the latest firmware it seemed to fix it, but then suddenly the DRM keys were wiped and the camera stopped working. Sony claimed this only happens if you root/unlock the bootloader and refused to warranty my phone. I never unlocked the bootloader on this device and at the time my version couldn't even be unlocked (Telus/Canada) as Sony didn't support an official unlock of the device.
After that I took it back to Telus and did a return and stuck with my Nexus 5. Shortly after, 3 other people I know had issues with the Z1. My one friend sent his back to sony and managed to get 5 (not exaggerating) replacement phones before he convinced his carrier to waive his upgrade fee and switch to an HTC One.
Outside of having so many hardware issues, Sony has more bloat than Samsung does. At least on my note 4 you could disable any preinstalled apps you didn't want. Sony, from what I remember, didn't let you disable the majority of their apps.
For bloat free I would go with a Nexus device, but if you are like me and an SDCard is important then I would go with Samsung or HTC and install either the Google Now launcher or Action Launcher.
Both launchers will give you a more stock feel and at least on Samsung speed up the device. I personally don't mind the new sense, but touchwiz drives me crazy. HTC one M8 & M9 support SD Cards. From the looks of samsung the S4 and Note 4 will be the last to include sdcards. I am hoping that the note line will keep them on forever though as mostly poweruser buy those phones.
EDIT: HTC has sdcard on the side as well, but needs the sim removal tool to open it.
You need the Google Launcher; the one that the Turbo uses by default is styled very similarly as it, but doesn't have the "OK Google" feature that you're wanting
That’s a link to the launcher, install it on a skin heavy android device and see what happens.
Here’s google ranting on it
There isnt a "Stock" launcher, but Google makes there own, here, that im sure Nexus phones use if Google is your thing. Also, you may revert and change launchers anytime by going to your tablet's default programs under settings. Most launchers will also ask you if you want it to be the default when you install. All that means is you are telling the tablet which launcher you want to use when you click home/back.
You were probably using the Google Now Launcher. Here's the Playstore link: [link]
After you install the launcher, press the home button and select the GNL as your default launcher. Most likely you'll have to redo your widgets, and shortcuts though.
Hoping you meant "without rooting"...
Here's the link to the launcher: [link]
When I go there, it says it's not compatible with my Nook HD+.
Not much of a tip specifically related to the S6, but since you're new to Android; you can edit your shortcuts/notification center when you drag down from the top by pressing "edit". You can also change its looks (including other parts of the phone) by downloading a theme, or you could download a completely separate launcher like the Google Now Launcher or the Nova Launcher. Themes only change how things looks, while launchers can change how things function (as well as looks). You can also combine the two.
Personally I haven't used anything other than Google Now Launcher or Nova Launcher for more than a day since 2013.
There is not a setting to remove it. You'd have to install a different launcher, like Google Now Launcher or Action Launcher.
If I recall correctly the Google Now launcher is available in the Play Store. I'm on an unofficial cyanogenmod build for my opo and I have that option.
Edit: here [link]
Yeah Chromecast should work, and you can get Google Now by changing launchers. Either use Google's Launcher, or use Nova or Action. Both have a little add-on that you can install to add Now, though you have to download it outside the Play Store because it breaks Google's rules.
You can get some elements of stock android pretty easily - just download the Google Now Launcher. It will change your home screens and app drawer to look and act like stock android. It will not change your settings, notification panel, multitasking view, or much else. You can also install the Google Keyboard for a more Google-y experience.
If you want to fully get stock android, you'll have to root your device and install a stock Android ROM.
If youre on android phone you could change your default launcher to Google Now launcher. If you swipe to the left it will show news articles you are interested in. I mainly switched because it helps save battery power.
I know theres lots of us not a fan of Google but how many really switched to an alternative
You can get any phone, including Samsung, and just install the Google Launcher ([link]) to get the stock android feel. So don't be afraid of going Samsung if they have features you like but the UI puts you off.
Does the OPO have Marshmallow? Do you use the Google Now Launcher? I don't remember for sure whether it's just Marshmallow in general or the launcher or both that drive Now On Tap. Sorry I can't be more help.
I doubt that the Google Now Android app will work on Chrome OS. The Android launcher isn't a thing on Chrome OS, right? Since it just modifies the launcher, I doubt it will be compatible.
I don't have a Play Store compatible Chromebook, so I can't say for sure.
Then it is a Custom home screen setting! You might wanna try a different launcher
The app drawer in your Xperia Z5 is Sony Home Launcher v10 which displays the apps in pages. The stock launcher from the video is most likely Google Now Launcher, which you can download it from Google Play Store.
I got rid of touchwiz by downloading the google now launcher.
It works like a dream. I still love my Note 4 and plan to keep it for a while.
What you are referring to, if I understand correctly, is a function that's built into the launcher. I don't think it includes that launcher by default but I believe that launcher is available for all phones on the Play Store. If you just search "Google Now Launcher" it should come up: [link]
It's using (a modified) AOSP Launcher3, which has had commits added influenced by the Pixel Launcher. That is why it appears the way it does.
You should still be able to install the Google Now Launcher from the store, so it appears like it did on your Nexus 5
By Google Now do you mean Google Now Launcher? Google cards have long been integrated into the main Google app, which should be compatible with Assistant.
I have hardcoded Assistant and the Google app only. I set reminders by saying "Ok Google," then "Set reminder," and then the reply is "What's the reminder," and so forth.
It's weird, and I know it's Secure Folder because the app drawer immediately repopulates after uninstalling Secure Folder. Here's the link: [link]
WARNING, confusion ahead: Note that the Snapdragon 800 isn't actually on the Tab Pro 10.1 Wi-Fi model, which instead has an "Exynos 5 Octa 5420" chip, which doesn't work as well with custom ROMs and is also slightly slower (however it is more battery efficient). But the 4G/LTE model of the Tab Pro 10.1 does actually have the Snapdragon 800.
TL;DR Confusing, as I said. In truth, since you don't really care much for custom ROMs you shouldn't really worry about all this. All the processors in the Tab Pro/S lineup should be plenty fast. And a good solution if you don't like the TouchWiz tablet "Magazine UX" is to use a custom launcher (such as Google Now Launcher or Nova Launcher), which (unlike custom ROMs) can easily be installed from the Play Store.
I use the "Google Now" launcher for that I have an LGUS997 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher&hl=en_US
I use Google Now Launcher.
Try to cut down on your apps. Do you really need Leafly and Pill Identifier or can Google Search do that? Do you need DoubleTwist or will your stock music player do? Do you really need Kik or can you just give people your number?
I live on the logic that if I cant trust said person with my number, I don't give that person another way of contacting me.
Do you really need a weather widget or would a swipe to the right for Google Now (function on Google Now Launcher) do? (It often always have a weather card near the top)
Well the Google Now Launcher is basically just the stock Android launcher + Google Now (there is the Google search box and also the Google Now page when you scroll all the way to the left). CyanogenMod by default uses its own launcher called Trebuchet. GApps packages often install or even replace with the Google Now Launcher. When I checked on my device the folders on GNL look normal, not full-screen, so I think you're probably actually on Trebuchet now.
So just switch to Google Now Launcher!
EDIT: Turns out the full-screen scrollable folders actually is a feature of the updated Google Now Launcher. Though AP do say that them folders are only different if you have more apps then before...
I'm not sure if that feature is already part of the Google Now Launcher we can get currently our if it will only release later together with Android M...
Yeah, I wouldn't mess with that. You could just use the Google Now launcher, if you want basic Android. IIRC, that works on most phones sold nowadays. Doesn't free up your storage from the bloatware, but at least you don't have to have it in your face.
(Edit: That's mostly for lurkers. You're obviously generally happy with what you have, so why switch?)
You could try a different launcher to return the app drawer. Google Now Launcher is a basic one that gives you Google Now as one of your homescreens. Nova Launcher is what I use. It doesn't have the Google Now screen, but has WAY more configuration options than either the stock launcher or Google Now Launcher.
You may use Google now launcher app for a fast, clean home screen - [link]
you may also use duplicate file fixer tool in android to avoid the issue of duplicate multiple files - [link]
>even though I hate TouchWiz
Do you know that it is extremely easy to replace that with something else? I like the Google Now launcher.
What other people have said is absolutely correct--rooting is the logical equivalent to jailbreaking on Android. However, as /u/a_salami alluded to, there's a huge amount of customization that you can do without rooting at all--certainly far more than you'd be able to do on iOS. Even if you're interested in rooting, I'd start out by exploring the less involved tweaking options just to feel out what they're capable of doing (which is a lot). Generally, rooting is less necessary now than at any point in the past--Android has a lot of the things that people would root for in the past built in now.
If you're really looking for a "stock Android" feel, I'd recommend a few things:
Samsung's skin has a theme market. You should be able to find something that will give you a much cleaner icon and color theme, one that lines up more closely with "stock Android."
Try out launchers. Google has an official one that ships on Nexus devices by default, and this is basically the closest you'll get. If you want a more powerful option, look at Nova Launcher. This is nearly universally held in high regard--it's an exceptionally well-done launcher with limitless customization options.
If you're looking for some inspiration, check out /r/androidthemes. I'm consistently blown away by what people are able to create over there, and you'll gain familiarity with other powerful customization tools.
The Google App and the Google Now Launcher are two separate things. You can install the launcher from the Play Store here.
Just install a launcher like Google now
There are many other launchers avaible, or you can even install the Sony home launcher, if you look on XDA someone most certainly have already uploaded apk installers for it.
You need to install Google Now Launcher for that [link]
You can install it and then turn Google Now cards off if you like.
No hay mucho tutorial que se necesite. Es igual que la versión anterior con algunas cosas cambiadas nomás. Quizás necesitás aplicaciones demás que otros usen y para eso hubo miles de threads.
Como Launcher yo uso el de Google, que tiene Google Now incorporado a la izquierda de la home screen. Si te interesa usar Google Now está bueno: [link]
This may not be a perfect solution. For instance, I just got an used Note II (gift from a super cool friend who had it replaced with a Note 4), so I considered CM, but from what I read, it seems to be incompatible with MHL. So I just installed Now Launcher and decided to tolerate its other quirks.
Performance aside, I find it weird to use. Try the Google Now Launcher for an interface closer to "stock" Android, if you're not daring enough to change the whole ROM.
nope, don't believe so, just download from the play store: [link] and [link]
I'm using nova launcher on mine (non-rooted) haven't tried a new icon pack. might give the google launcher a shot.
I really like the idea of the Google Now Launcher's integration of a Google Now page. On Nova Launcher Prime, I tried to emulate the convenient page by having double-swipe up (↑↑) open the browser and having a page to the left of my home-page filled by the Google Now widget. The thing is, the widget often doesn't even fill the screen because the "cards" are much smaller. As you can see here, the transition ( in Trebuchet Launcher ) isn't/wasn't as smooth either. It still lacks the feature of having a Google Now "page", seeming more like a launch gesture.
Android has a similar feature, Google Now.
It works a bit differently though. You have to use the google now launcher or open the google now app. Then, from your homescreen or the app you can say "OK google" and then the "call mom" command. (assuming your mother is in your contacts as "mom")
For most phones, google now is not available while the phone is locked. Some Android devices do though.
if you have the option to try a device then return it, I'd say try testing the priv and both 2015 nexus phones. the reason I'm asking you to consider the 5x is that it satisfies your size requirement, but it's the 6P that'll have more battery. ultimately it'll come down to your personal preference but at least you'll be making an informed choice.
also, getting google now launcher will make any device stock-like
read all my posts from the last week and before you submit your question, look through the "new" section...
Moto X Play --> longer battery, more Android updates
LG G4 --> if you dont mind the battery and you have the extra money, get the G4, overall better with epic camera AND confirmed Android 6.0 update
Honor 7 --> best value/money (350€) with ~fingerprint~
Extra tip: Google now launcher for the stock-android experience (if you decide G4 or Honor 7)
LG is great imo. The Skin offers some cool Features, and is not THAT overloaded. Watch YouTube Videos is my biggest recommendation!
For the ultimate experience however:
Holy shit it's bad. Fortunately a friend alerted me that the stock google launcher is available to anyone who wants to install it, it's way faster and doesn't have any of the extra ASUS bloat. I wish I'd known about this the day I bought the phone.
I don't have the Google Now Launcher installed at all. I do have the plain Google app; will try un+reinstalling it.
Se usares o launcher do Google ele espelha-te tudo como tinhas no telemóvel antigo. Se usares outro launcher, tens de ver se ele tem a opção de fazer backup dos ícones e exportar para o novo telemóvel.
> Google Launcher
What are the main differences? Like what does it do so differently that I might like?
Is it this btw?
> I just hate TouchWiz. It blows compared to stock Android.
This is my biggest fear with the transition. I'm OK with the S6 being smaller than the N6, and I am looking forward to a good camera again. I'm afraid im going to HATE touch wiz. I found a Google Now launcher that makes touchwiz look and feel like stock android.. if it comes down to it, I can root and run a custom ROM that is close enough to stock android.
You cant technically disable or remove Mi-Voice without rooting which isnt a great idea.
Best alternative is to use the google now launcher, complete with OK Google commands.