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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 like minimalist UIs
Google Now Launcher or Smart Launcher.
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.
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.
I recommend following our rooting guide here!
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!
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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]
There is not a setting to remove it. You'd have to install a different launcher, like Google Now Launcher or Action Launcher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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
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 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.
Install Google Now Launcher and Google. Then, on the desktop, long-press a blank space, press Settings, then Display Google app.
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
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]
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.
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.
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
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]
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.
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.
Then it is a Custom home screen setting! You might wanna try a different launcher
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.
> 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.
The Google App and the Google Now Launcher are two separate things. You can install the launcher from the Play Store here.
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.
>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.
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]
> Google Launcher
What are the main differences? Like what does it do so differently that I might like?
Is it this btw?
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.
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.
I don't have the Google Now Launcher installed at all. I do have the plain Google app; will try un+reinstalling it.
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.
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:
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)
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
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)
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.
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]
You need to install Google Now Launcher for that [link]
You can install it and then turn Google Now cards off if you like.
Several people have compiled the launcher and many more launchers are based on Launcher3.
e. g.: [link]
Officially Google releases this launcher with some added, proprietary extras as the Google Now Launcher / Pixel Launcher.
It's on Google Play also
System Theme: Material Dark from Theme Store
System UI: Good Lock from Galaxy App Store
* this one takes a few options from the Good Lock app that was installed.
First Clock -> Find a dark color and drag the colors at the bottom to your liking -> Uncheck bottom "App Tray" -> Finish -> OK
Lock Screen Settings ->
Enable lock screen wallpaper: on
Enable colored wallpaper: off
Enable colored clock: off
Set effect: None
Enable new recents panel: off
AppTray in recents panel: off
Blur effect: off
Notification KEEP: off
SFinder shortcut: off
Quick connect shortcut: off
Quick setting tab: off
Enable colored notification card: off
Enable color bar of notification card: off
Launcher: Google Experience Launcher
Keyboard: Google Keyboard
Dialer: Google Dialer
Contacts: Google Contacts
Texting: Google Messenger
Browser: Google Chrome
Clock: Google Clock
Camera: Google Camera
Calendar: Google Calendar
Calculator: Google Calculator
Notes: Google Keep
Maps: Google Maps
Photos: Google Photos
That's everything I can figure out. You can't change the emojis because only fonts signed by Samsung work.
Why not just install the Google Launcher
Google Now Launcher
Google Experience Launcher, the default launcher that debuted on the Nexus 5 and is now on the Play Store
The Google Now Launcher actually works really nicely. The only thing I don't like on my Nexus 10 is the fact that they don't quite fully use the widescreen real-estate in the home screen portion, because the launcher is made with other (less widescreen) tablet form-factors in mind.
What you're looking at in that screenshot is the App Drawer, though, not the home screen itself. That's an alphabetical listing of every program on the device, and the top row contains your most frequently used programs. The bar at the top can be used to search for specific programs by name.
Here's a (somewhat sparsely populated) view of the home screen setup on the Nexus 9, the same device the above guy was linking. And another with more apps on it. And another, since a lot of variety is possible.
Funnily enough, Google Now is a launcher. Highly recommended.
It was on Play store. [link]
Never had any Nexus
You don't have to use it. I use the Google Now Launcher on my S7. It was the first think I got.
Samsung Smart Switch comes on the S6. It might need an update to handle BB10, but it makes it about as easy as it can be. Make a backup of you BB10 device. When you get your S6, update the app, open it and follow the instructions on screen. It asks you what you want to tranfer including calendars, text, photos, etc and does it all automagically. rinse and repeat for iCloud, but I recommend just signing into the iCloud account, the phone will sync the calendar automatically when you login to the email.
Edit: took some screenshots from my Samsung S6e. It looks like they will need to be on the same WiFi network for the transfer, but otherwise it looks promising.
Edit 2: Couldn't find any BB10 themes. Even BlackBerry is moving towards Android with Priv. I would encourage you to try Google Launcher or Nova Launcher. You might be surprised to find you like it better.
As for where to buy, You might find Swappa helpful. The link take you to all the listings for unlocked S6s for sale by owner.
Will they update the launcher icon?
Nova for a stock like experience with a whole lot more customization. My favorite. I feel that it already offers me exactly what I want and what I need. It's not too complex yet still flexible enough.
GNL for stock android launcher experience with Google Now baked into the homescreen.
Lightning Launcher appears to have a whole bunch more customization options than Nova. I have not tried it personally but I've seen some pretty cool stuff done with it in /r/androidthemes.
Chances are extremely unlikely that you can sideload Sony's version onto a Samsung. It is my understanding that Sony has a lightly skinned version of android, so you can probably use a launcher that is close to stock android (google now launcher). Otherwise, you can use Nova Launcher which is VERY customizable and be able to to tons of things. Definitely a learning curve but it is one of the most recommended launchers on android today.
Google Now Launcher:
Android central did a nice writeup of launchers not too long ago:
Sure bare with me here.
Lunchers are like themes for Windows. The change how the app menu look how the icons look and how you home screen look.
If you want android stock look ( like nexus phones) download this luncher
If you want fancy customization like the ones you see here people posting
You need to use a fancy luncher there is a couple but by far nova is the best
It gives you options like hiding notification bar, changing icons, renaming icons, resizing the home screen to fit more apps and widgets on it. Control what icons do. How the animation looks, how app drawer looks etc... It gives you more advanced options than the stock luncher or the android stock luncher (Google).
Root it gives you super user access, it really is that you have the power over all phone functions even the ones that mess up the phone software. It might sound scary but it also allows you to go around and override what lg wanted to impose like bloat ware apps, or revoking access to the root of the device. Think about it like being an administrator verses a guest on Windows. Admin can do what they want, guests are allowed to do what the Admin allowed. You can use the pc fully in both cases, so it is like that you can use the android as an Admin.
Xposed is a modification that requires root. It is like exposing the dry wall of your room and you are allowed to change wiring and what goes on behind the wall. So xposed gives apps a framework to run in and change the actual rom and what goes behind it. It is like the Super user but on steroids. It gives you more options than root.
Both root and xposed gives you advanced features that just makes the experience better over all for advanced users.
Xposed runs apps that can apply changes to the stock room. Most people use it to maximize battery life and enable features lg opted out of.
That is how I understand it and I hope it was simple enough.
Since you are new to android, I would use the phone just like it is for now get familiar with what you like and what you dislike. Then when you feel confident and comfortable with Android explore root, there were couple of posts here about why you should get root and people who tried root for the first time. You will need to be familiar with how the phone work before you attempt to follow guides on xda forums. And quickly you will notice patterns and it isn't that hard to do.
No, Google Now Launcher, [link]
This is everything I can figure out to make the phone feel more stock like.
Use Google Now Launcher. It's a great alternative to the standard
Phone: HTC One M8 (not rooted)
Launcher: Google Now Launcher
Wallpaper(s): A series of hand-selected facets working with Muzei
Widgets: Weather Timeline, and Google's Clock
Case: Slim Armor by Spigen - love this case because it's somewhat slim, keeps the curve of the phone, the buttons are easy to push, and it's ascetically appealing
Screen Protector: Glass by ZAGG - it's protected my screen from three cracks, and it feels like a normal screen -- no plastic feel
X-Post from r/htcone , I'm too lazy to take another screenshot since it's the same thing
Install the Google now launcher from the play store. [link]
Welcome to Android and to an Honor 8! I've had it for nearly a year and I'm still loving it, and I've been on Android since the original Motorola Droid in 2009.
Might be an unpopular opinion in this sub but I'd recommend the Google Now Launcher and to replace your keyboard with Google's Gboard. No real need to get a third party screen lock app - the default one works fine and with the finger print scanner you'll hardly ever need it.
Textra is a great third-party messaging app that I use instead of the stock texting app, mostly because I like the customization and the way it displays group texts.
Pocket Casts is the best podcasts app that I've found, if you're into those. Google Play Music now also supports podcasts, but I just didn't like the way it handles them as much as Pocket Casts.
If you use your phone in your car, definitely download Android Auto. Makes using your phone in the car so much easier.
If you use Gmail and Google's Calendar, their official calendar app is way better than the built-in EMUI one.
If you don't already use it, Google Photos is a super easy way to back up all your photos for free.
Since the EMUI weather app has limited info (looks great though!), I also use Arcus, which is kind of similar to Dark Sky on iOS - tells you detailed info on rain (i.e., rain will stop in 7 minutes)
>you can't put widgets on the main screen
Google Now Launcher will do the trick, no need for a custom ROM.
Seems like something the Samsung launcher is doing. You can try another launcher like Google or Nova.
Personally I use Nova Launcher with labels disabled (and an icon pack) . Screenshot.
You can get Google Now Launcher from the Play Store.
Google Now Launcher [link]
Download a different launcher.
The screenshot you linked to was most likely Google's Now Launcher, but many people like Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher because of the customization features (Now Launcher isn't very customizable).
You can install Google Now on OPX from the Play Store
Google Now Launcher + Material Dark theme
Is it the same as Google Now Launcher?
You might want to install Google Now Launcher to get the "Nexus look".
That's not a lock screen. You might want to try Android's default launcher, it has quite a vanilla flavor :)
Try downloading the Google Now Launcher. It's a set it and forget type of launcher with no customization. [link]
It's not the new pixel launcher, but it appears that the Google Now Launcher would satisfy your needs.
Probably only available on the Google Now Launcher: [link]
If it isnt built in this works too
I noticed how terrible it is! Ouch, my poor eyes. The strong colors and excessive detail clash with the icons and make everything visually confusing. It's even hard to read the icon labels. A good wallpaper is more subdued and visually soothing. For example, there's some good stuff here.
Also, you're using TouchWiz. Come on now, try an alternative launcher. Google's own Now Launcher gives you a "stock Android" interface, but my favorite is Smart Launcher, which is very unique, minimalistic, and categorizes all apps automatically.
You have to download it
Have you tried a different launcher, like Google Now, Nova, Apex, etc (there's a ton of them).
It might be the stock launcher on your tablet that use a custom icon theme.
Also, it looks like several apps on the tablet are outdated or still from the factory setup (ie: Gmail icon doesn't look like this anymore, currently like this). Is there any pending system updates?
There shouldn't be anything from stopping you from using another launcher, such as the Google Now Launcher.
Helped me out quite a bit.
Also, get the official Google Now or Nova Launcher, and buy the Material Design theme from Samsung.
Looks like the folder view in Google Now launcher.
Sounds like you are really leaning towards the Nexus 9 at this point. I've never seen one in person, but from around the web it sounds like it's a good tablet - just priced a little high (most people say if it was $100 less it'd be an amazing deal, but at the current price it's just a bit too much).
If you can find a deal on a Nexus 9, I'd go for it. Other than that...
You can mostly hide TouchWiz on the Samsung Tab S with a launcher like the Google Now Launcher. You can also get the Google Keyboard and a similar lockscreen...but the notification panel and settings will always stay TouchWiz.
The Nokia N1 was a tablet I got pretty excited about when I read up on it after it was announced but I really haven't heard much about it since unfortunately.
I've heard pretty good things about the Dell Venue 8 7000 overall, but I agree that design is better suited for phones than tablets. Tablets are great for two handed use, but on this one it doesn't seem like there would be an ideal way to hold it (can't wrap your hands around the edge or else you'll be touching the display).
What kinds of things are you planning on doing with your tablet? I've bought two tablets (Nexus 7 2012 and 2013) and I don't hardly ever use them anymore other than Netflix while on the treadmill. Overall, Android on tablets doesn't seem to be doing so fantastic at the moment. Microsoft has something good with their Surface lineup if you're looking for productivity, and you can't really beat the iPad when it comes to media/games on tablets (generally speaking).
I also have LG G6 and I had Nexus 5 before.
Therefore I use these apps from Google to improve LG experience:
Only app I am not able to use it this one:
so I use this one instead [link]
The best, most smooth launcher I've found is the Google Now Launcher:
You might wanna give that a try.
Looks like it's still there
Yes it is.
Unless there's a eyesight/vision problem, I think just the standard Google Now Launcher might be fine.
These were already mentioned:
My mother (70 years) has a Doro phone, which has its own launcher intended for old people, it has quite similar ideas to above two launchers. It is in the end still quite convoluted and homescreens are not customizable. I just changed the stock one to Google Now because she wanted more icons on the homescreen (helps if there's just one homescreen).
here's the link
Google Now Launcher. Interface simples e intuitiva.
Exactly this, and here is a link
Here ya go.
Here is the launcher I am using:
The cards are all the way to the left.
You might want to try the google experience launcher [link]
Doar asta [link]
You can download the Google Now Launcher... but that may be changing more than you wish.
Edit: Play Store Link - [link]
You should be able to download the Google Now Launcher here [link]
It's possible to use Google default apps for pretty much everything, even if they aren't already on the phone (which they may be, but just not set to be the default app). Including the launcher.
If you do want to go farther, you may be able to use a custom ROM for a more AOSP-like experience, custom ROM support varies greatly from phone to phone. Some phones are bootloader locked, so that you can't install a custom ROM, and other phones simply don't have someone willing to maintain the build, since each device needs its own tweaks and merges. There are official CM12.1 builds (based on Android 5.1) for the T-Mobile variant of the V10 (h901) here. Edit: Instructions for installing here.
I'm not immediately finding custom ROMs for any other variant of the V10. It's possible that those are all bootloader locked, or it's possible that I just suck at googling.
In addition to what /u/graesen said, I would highly recommend scrapping all the proprietary Samsung apps and UI. The stock Google ones are far superior if you ask me.
The home screen where you have the app drawer, icons, and widgets is called the launcher. Samsung comes preinstalled with their version called TouchWiz, but Google's default launcher is much better, has easier access to Google Now, and is way prettier if you ask me. Or if you're into customization, Nova Launcher works well as has been mentioned.
In addition, here's links to the default SMS app, phone app, and contacts app. I don't have a Samsung phone so I don't know what other apps they force on you, but using Google's apps wherever possible will allow everything to work together much more seamlessly within the Google world. Of course this is all subjective, but I'd still at least recommend looking into it.
Looks like the Google Now launcher. Icons seem to just be normal app icons?
You need Google Now Launcher: [link]
Using stock Google Now Launcher plus XGELS, Voxel Icon Pack, Tapet Wallpaper Generator and KWGT
For #2, I believe this is what you're looking for.
Watch YouTube Videos. If you dont like the launcher, get the "Google now" launcher.
This. For the Stock-Android experience:
LG G4 is just the best premium value/Money phone right now.
Press the "Home" button and select "Always open with Google Launcher"
This is the launcher you get with nexus devices. [link]
personally i just install the Google Now Launcher, gets rid of the vast majority of what i hate about touchwiz.
Google now launcher, highly recommend it!
FYI Google Now Launcher is now available on Play. I switched to it few days backs it basically stock android.
The Google Now launcher
You can switch to google's launcher, which gives a similar experience, this guy: [link]
I just use Google Now Launcher to make my Razr D3 look closer to stock (and it's not very different in the first place).
Have you considered running Google Now Launcher? [link]
You might try this launcher-- much better lollipop/android experience IMO.
You can try Google Now Launcher.
I actually have the Google Now launcher and I love it like a nympho girlfriend.
Get the Google Now Launcher, Google Keyboard, and Reddit Is Fun.
Essentially, the first two issues are with Samsung's default software. The Google Launcher and Google Keyboard are the normal Android versions, and should work fine.
The third issue is just because the official Reddit app is pretty bad.
It has not been updated for years, but I am using Google now launcher on nougat and I have everything you are asking for. [link]
Just install Google Now Launcher for a near-stock interface. Or any other launcher for, well, some different interface. I for one use Smart Launcher, which is nothing like stock.
If you install Google Now Launcher, you can see more than one recent app at a time.
Why not the stock google launcher?
You can use a different launcher. For example, Google's own Now Launcher has a near-stock style, while Smart Launcher is more unique.
But, in your place, I'd still swap because the lack of microSD is unacceptable, that kills the new Samsungs for me.
What is a Nexus Launcher. Isn't it called Google Launcher?
Android does not even have a launcher now, does it?
And if you are talking about the closed source Google Launcher, that is not part of Android
Edit: Apparently AOSP launcher still exists, see below