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There's an ultra customizable launcher called Lightning Launcher on the play store that lets you do exactly this, or create infinite(or a lot of at least) desktop screens you can scroll through in any direction.
It has a small learning curve but it's pretty powerful if you have something particular in mind you want to achieve, and is combined with zooper widgets and such.
I use Lightning Launcher Extreme which has the ability to define separate home screens (not additional screens off the home screen but different home screens that can all have different panels). At a set time of night, I have Automagic send it a command to switch to my night home screen which has shortcuts to the subset of apps I use when I'm going to bed. When I get up in the morning, I have Automagic send it a command to switch to my morning home screen. When I connect to my car, I have it switch to my car home screen.
Simple, I know, but I've come to rely on such things :)
Lightning Launcher is possibly the most customisable launcher out there - like you could even make your homescreen look like Windows 8, if that's your thing.
Also check out Magnesium Launcher, where your homescreen is basically a timeline populated by entries from your call logs, emails, sms, tweets etc.
Lightning Launcher is supposed to be lightweight. It is also hard to set up (not an exaggeration that this launcher actually needs a manual).
Why does no one ever talk about lightning launcher? It is somewhere around 8 billion times more customisable than Nova, and yet is still lighter weight
Lightning Launcher provides more opportunity to tinker than anything else I've encountered. [[link]]
JINA comes in second place for vast possibilities for organizing ones apps. |[link]]
If I say I love Lightning Launcher, as it is unique and is extremely functional (but a bit complex), I'll be downvoted....
If you are ~~profficient~~ ^(willing to spend time) with Tasker, you could detect the conditions with tasker and then send the commands to Lighning Launcher. You can have different home screens (with totally different layouts) and easily switch among them. But it doesn't change automatically, you'd need Tasker.
Edit: You don't really need a lot of skill with tasker. Going through some simple tutorials on how to detect Wifi, location and such, will be enough.
If you want extreme customization... there's always Lightning Launcher.
But I'm not joking when I say: it is probably the only launcher that requires an actual manual. Also, only paid version is offered (remember Play's 2 hour refund policy), just to make sure only users who are willing to learn it try it.
I once tried it and just gave up because I realized Nova is more than sufficient for me.
Lightning Launcher 742Kb
Multiling O Keyboard 412Kb
Small yet featureful apps.
Lighting Launcher meets your requests. It's essentially much more customizable, slightly less polished Nova. I can't guarantee 600 apps will work with a custom icon pack because I haven't done it, but I've gone over 400.
Tell me the percentage of people in the world that can code. If you can to the point that you can heavily modify an existing one then you can create yourself one to begin with. If that's the case then asking a broad question for typical commercial launchers makes no sense.
So when talking about them, yeah, allow me to say that nova gives you freedom to customize it over many others and that it's definitely an advantage.
Also check out Lightining Launcher and ssLauncher the Original and try to apply there the "closed source hardly gives you freedom" thing. Nova however even being less customizable, has the perfect mix of looks and configs straight out of the box and ease of customization, so for most people will be the way to go.
I know what you mean, though.
I'm pretty sure lightning is the only launcher that supports vertical scrolling. I might be wrong - if anyone corrects me, I'll gladly check it out.
Here is Play Store link for anyone interested.
I saw a demo of HollywoodFrodo's LLX setup (original gangsta of Tasker tutorials lol).
While by no means an example of everything that can be done with LLX - what got my attention is that so many of the features he implements are pretty much stock in Samsung Oreo.
For example: clear background status bar, resizing of homescreen icons, swipe down anywhere to get notification tray, swipe up anywhere to get app drawer, swipe out from side to get a custom vertical launcher/panel, etc.
Lighting Launcher can scroll horizontally, vertically, and diagonally. For the shelf feature, you could essentially create it in Lighting (judging by the video you posted), but you might be interested in KLWP. r/kustom and r/androidthemes will give you some examples of what's possible.
Interpreting a shortpress vs longpress is a function of your launcher.
With Lightning Launcher I can define a "Long tap" "event" for a widget (or other item) to run a shortcut. Other launchers are also capable of this, although they might use the term "gesture" instead of "event".
If you feel you've outgrown Nova Launcher, you could switch to Lightning Launcher and have what you want; it can remember a different grid setting and individual locations per app/shortcut/widget/etc. for portrait/landscape, among other things.
Note that Lightning Launcher does have a bit of a learning curve; some of the things that Nova Launcher automates aren't bundled into Lightning Launcher's APK (it's less than 1 MB!) but it does come with scripting support and is a Tasker plugin and does gestures.
For example, Lightning Launcher can individually scale icons as much as you like (e.g. on a small screen you could have a 2x4 grid in portrait and 4x2 in landscape, each comprising a pair of 2x2 boxes that have the icons positioned as you want). It doesn't automate scaling based on an algorithm like Nova Launcher Prime does.
If you're looking for something light, may I point you to Lightning Launcher? It's ridiculously light (less than 2MB) but ridiculously customizable.
The only launcher I know of with this option is Lightning Launcher (example). However, with a different launcher, you could use a transparent icon pack or individually replace each icon with a transparent png, as mentioned by another responder. Or, I guess, even create images of the words, assign those as the icon, and disable labels.
Did you test whether "Homescreen" was the value for your launcher? For me, it's my launcher's name (Lightning Launcher).
I don't remember if this has exactly what you want, but If you want something a bit different and customization, I don't think anything comes close to Lightning Launcher.
Warning: this is probably the only launcher that actually needs a manual and learning curve is real. I am a tinkerer but apparently not enough, so I lost patience in 2 hours, refunded (no, there's no free version) and continued to use Nova.
If this was for Lightning Launcher instead of Nova Launcher, I'd say use the "All Apps" Lighting Action that's included in the plugin.
Lightning Launcher doesn't have that bug; for a folder, it commences closing the folder (if Auto close is checked) before launching the app. You and /u/Lonerzboy should file a bug report for Nova Launcher (or Nova Launcher Prime) if you haven't already.
Lightning Launcher provides full customization of your home screen, and also lets you create a Lock screen on your own.
But yes, AcDisplay, though not really a lockscreen, might be useful for you (it's like a full-screen notification that works even when locked, with an elegant view).
I'll repost a comment I made 9 months ago in /r/MotoG.
> On my Moto G, I use Nova Prime, but I also have a crappy old HTC Droid Incredible 2 (my previous phone, a mid-range from early 2011) that I use as a glovebox phone. On that phone, I really must conserve RAM as much as possible, so I use Lightning launcher. It has a steep learning curve and you have to manually refresh the app drawer for new apps to appear, but if you disable the reflections it can use as little as 5 MB of RAM. I'd only recommend it if you're absolutely desperate for the most efficient RAM use, ease of use and aesthetics be damned. On the Moto G, I don't think we have to go quite that far. Not yet.
Widgets on Fire Phone are nerfed due to the way Amazon manages the memory partitions. Here are some alternatives, only Lightning Launcher seemingly supports widgets, though not sure what they are doing differently than Nova.
Lightning Launcher, emulating the Aviate style (Main screen with a big widget, left screen with some small widgets, right screen with apps sorted by horizontable-scrollable categories that scroll vertically) (Aviate was too much for my old HTC Sensation). It took me ages to set up, but I love how I get to define everything. Also, a somewhat recent update added sidebars and Tasker connectivity, so I love it even more.
You can use Lightning Launcher for this, which is highly versatile. But be it's known that it has a learning curve....
Have you tried lightning launcher?
I won't pretend it's easy to use but you can place things anywhere. You can freeze any element in place so it doesn't scroll.
It's the most versatile launcher I've tried, but you do need to be happy with a long term set up for it to be worthwhile.
Lightning Launcher can do this.
I mainly got it because of the "desktops" which allow vertical scrolling (I wanted a 2x2 home screen) but with loads of possible actions per item, nestable folders, pixel-level placement options, panels, and resizing options - it's the most powerful launcher I've ever seen.
I was a Nova user for many years. I was thinking of going native, to Touchwiz, with the Galaxy S8+, for the reasons you mention.
But I realized that a grid UI was vastly superior to a horizontal UI. That is, so you can move up and down and side to side to get the app you want. Four screens being one swipe away from home. That makes much more sense to me.
So I've switched over to Lightning.
Note that, if you use Lightning Launcher, this is completely unnecessary -- you can define multiple Desktops, and since Lightning Launcher installs as a plugin to Tasker, you can use the plugin action "Next desktop" or "Previous desktop" or "Go to specified desktop&position".
>it's the best launcher around for me.
I'm betting that OP hasn't tried other launchers, certainly not this year.
Yeah you have to root your phone. The thing I love about Android if the ability to modify everything and tailor it specifically to my liking. There's also a really awesome home screen launcher I use called Lighting Launcher that provides such amazing customization I couldn't see myself using anything else. [link]
Aside from the notification shade and the on-screen navigation buttons, why does this matter? Does anyone use the default launcher any more? I haven't since, oh, 2012 or so. Sure, I give them a shot when a new phone first comes out to see if there are any killer new features/function I have to have but, so far, my launcher (Lightning Launcher Extreme) has been more than enough for me.
If you switched from Nova Launcher to Lightning Launcher then you could do this. It would involve assigning a Tasker Task to an App Drawer event, Load specifically. (Resumed might also be needed.)
From the App Drawer: menu, Settings..., App Drawer, Events & actions, Load, Launch a Shortcut, Task Shortcut, (whatever task you have).
Just for clarification, those are 3 pages, not multiple desktops. Another desktop (like one can do with Lightning Launcher) would be a completely different layout with one or more pages, separate from your primary desktop with one or more pages.
For balls to the wall customization from your launcher, go with Lightning Launcher. It isn't free, and it can be tricky to learn, but once you do it will change how you use your Android forever. Seriously. Check it out. It's worth the price.
If you were to use Lightning Launcher as your launcher then yes. You could set the Back key to launch a shortcut to a Tasker task. Said task would have two global variables:
It could be something like (untested)
If [ %TIMEMS - %BackBtnMS > 300 ]
> Variable Set [ Name: %BackBtnPressed To: 0]
%TIMEMS - %BackBtnMS
> Variable Set [ Name: %BackBtnPressed To: %BackBtnPressed + 1 Do Maths: On ]
If [ %BackBtnPressed > 2 ]
>> Perform Task [ Toggle Profile(s) ]
Variable Set [ Name: %BackBtnPressed To: 0]
%BackBtnPressed + 1
> End If
Variable Set [ Name: %BackBtnMS To: %TIMEMS]
Before using Nova I had used lightning launcher which was really cool and allows you to scroll all over (vertical,horizontal and diagonal). I haven't used it for a long time but it was really cool in its customisation
I have This one. Not on amazon, but on Google Play store. I think it used to be heirarched as a free and non-free version, then the dev just made the whole thing cost one price instead of bothering with it.
It was worth every penny.
That looks amazingly customizable... but pretty ballsy to not have a trial/free version at all.
With a different launcher (e.g. Lightning Launcher), one can assign Tasker tasks to different gesture events (e.g. long-press, swipes). That's how I did things in a widget I created; long-press and swipe up called different tasks for a Task Timer Widget.
If you're using Lightning Launcher, yes. In fact, with Lightning Launcher, you don't even need Tasker for this.
I'm guessing you have the paid version of Zooper Widget? (I have the free version, but I was able to do it with a swipe event; a tap event worked, but it also had Zooper going into edit mode.)
Lightning Launcher has a bit of a learning curve, but you might be ready for it.
Lightning Launcher ftw. It has endless amounts of customisation (far more than Nova) but it's rock solid too if you don't want to dig into any of that.
lightning launcher extreme is on sale right now
insanely customizable launcher - steep learning curve, but offers the widest array of customization elements, by far.
here are some examples of my set up:
dual position for landscape mode
more discussion from the /r/googleplaydeals thread: [link]
Lightning Launcher, Nova Launcher, Adapticons, AutoMagic, AutoMate, MacroDroid, Tasker and various plugins, Boost, DirectChat, KLWP, Pie Control, Swiftly Switch, SD Maid, YAATA, Textra, Swype, SystemUI Tuner (free, but it's so good it's worth using and donating), F-Stop
I'd say AdGuard, but it can't be bought with Play Credit, so... Maybe NetGuard?
Can you get Spotify with credit? If so, that.
Lightning Launcher is unique, no doubt.
It can be done dynamically with Lightning Launcher using scripting -- change icon pack, move icons between containers (or add/delete them), and more. Not sure about widget properties, though.
The "background", Tasker can do.
You might have luck with AutoInput, if you're just wanting to restore backups (or whatever Nova Launcher calls that).
Lightning Launcher. Small, mind-numbing flexibility, scripting support. Not for the lazy.
Perhaps Lightning Launcher. Just add a desktop (or another page) with your alternate layout, then use the included Tasker "Go to specified desktop&position" action in your tasks. You can even change the home desktop (but easier is to just change the Home and Back keys' function for that desktop to also go to specified desktop & position on same desktop, no scripting needed). There's also a method to change the homescreen of an existing desktop.
(Note: Lightning Launcher, like Tasker, can have a bit of a learning curve.)
Edit: Having repeated presses of Home and Back stay on the new desktop (if you want that behavior) is easy, no scripting required.
Yes - Nova. But if you want to make a hobby of customization - Lightning: [link]
This was inspired by another post on here:
Here's a front view, too.
Launcher is Lightning.
Icons are Whicons.
Widgets from KWGT.
Background from Lines Icon Pack.
EDIT: Oh goodness, the font is B612, which is apparently actually used for cockpit displays.
Lightning Launcher can do all of these things. Some people report there are bugs with Oreo, though.
Icons Glyphs by Tokems
Status bar, time and date made with Zooper Widget.
launcher: lightning launcher extreme
wallpaper: wave lwp
So, i'd love to show you all the amazing power of lighting launcher and it's scripting capabilities.
For my first setup, at the home-screen pressing the home-key will automatically re-organise the desktop based on the following:
Here's a gfy of it in action: [link]
This was done using lightning launcher's scripting, alongside Tasker setting variables inside of Lightning Launcher when location, device and time profiles ran and stopped running.
Another awesome trick is being able to assign actions for each icon and gestures, for instance having other apps appear on sliding an icon like so:
This is a lot more versatile than just this, as individual setups can be accomplished on whatever motion you can imagine. For instance long-tapping on the lightbulb widget will launch a tasker shortcut, but sliding it may open the app!
If you're curious at the little face, that's my assistant mode, he's a little thing I can toggle that changes a variable inside tasker, the best bit is his look changes based on the variable like so!
And for those wondering why my wallpaper is inconsistent, the blue's intensity is based on my battery life, all other colors but blue are unaffected. This is powered by KLWP. I made this by using gimp to make all blues transparent, then in KLWP making the background layer blue, and more intense based on battery
EVERYTHING else is powered by Lightning Launcher and guided by tasker, if your curious about the widgets it's just minimalistic text, a neato app.
I'm probably going to redo it all someday when I have more time because there's a huge amount of possibilities that I recommend any functional/maximalist android user to look into, but hopefully this shows enough possibilities to others of what it can do.
Lightning Launcher (Handles the scripting and desktop itself)
KLWP Handles the desktop background, and allows the intensity to be based on color.
Minimalistic text: Quick Information Display
Tasker Guides lightning Launcher alongside doing awesome things
Launcher: Lightning Launcher
Clock Widget: Fuse (Zooper)
Lightning Launcher can have, essentially, infinite icons. But, even the fixed number option goes up to 50x50.
Hi, this one is just a mock up for a fully functional theme. hope you like it.
Wallpaper: Unstirred paint edit
This theme combines vertical scrolling with the functionality of horizontal app scrolling. This theme is made from scratch so I would love to take back some critical analysis.
Can't understand why the screen capture is on a small scale, here are some images of the theme:
Edit: Links added
Wallpaper: Google Earth crop of Comino Island (i an willing to send it to you, but i'm not Uplodading since the Images are Copyrighted and i removed the Watermarks)
Drawer: AppDialer Pro
I'm still working on some of the functionality of this theme, but the home screen was done, and it looked nice with /u/FullContactTwist's photo of sunrise in Vietnam, so I thought I'd share what I had.
Launcher: Lightning Launcher
Icons: Flat White
Wallpaper: KWLP, pulling image from /r/Beachporn
In Lightning Launcher, you can put widgets in folders. I keep my Google "What's this song?" widget in a folder.
Lightning Launcher will let you do this
All of the issues you're experiencing are symptoms of low memory. The LG Stylo has only 1GB RAM, which is barely enough for an Android phone in 2016. The LG UI is also heavy, which makes it even worse. The bare minimum I would recommend for any Android phone is 2GB. 1GB is so terrible, I would even go so far as to calling out LG for cheating its customers.
You could perhaps alleviate the issue a bit by disabling all unnecessary LG apps like Health, "Smart Notice" and the like, and switching to a lighter launcher like Lightning Launcher or Smart Launcher. But ultimately, you'll run into the 1GB roadblock when you attempt any sort of multi-tasking.
I would highly recommend selling or returning your phone and getting something else, with a bit more RAM. The Android Wiki has some links to budget phones you can buy.
Finally, I always recommend that it's better to buy an older/popular flagship phone instead of a newer budget phone. You get better specs, better support (from the community and retail), better accessories, easier to repair and find spares.. and when the official updates stop, you can turn to the community to get aftermarket updates (CyanogenMod and the like). For instance, the original Nexus 5 can be purchased for ~$100-$150 on eBay, and you still get official updates and it runs pretty smoothly because of the stock Android UI. If you can't afford that, even the Nexus 4 is a good choice for the price - while the updates stopped at Lollipop, you can download aftermarket Marshmallow firmwares if you really want to (no need though), and once again, it runs pretty smooth due to it being stock Android.
Lightning Launcher is the only one that's more customizable.
Icons: Flat White, Pixel Black, Vlyaricons
Album of screens
In order to get this theme yourself, you'll need to have both KLWP and Lightning Launcher installed. This is the LL preset and this is the KLWP preset.
Wallpaper: KLWP, with the turtle photo from Bing's Photo of the day
Icons: Light Void, Flat White, Vigour (shown in video)
I saw the turtle photo on Bing's Photo of the Day (You can see the whole thing here ) and thought I could make a great theme with the color scheme.
Bing's Photo of the Day (of Shanwangping Karst National Ecological Park, China) struck me as a bit festive, with the green and pink of the trees reminiscent of the green and red of Christmas decor. It's fitting that today's photo was almost Christmas-y, since it's early November and thus almost the Christmas season. So I finished up the theme I've been working on.
Photo pulled from Bing Photo of the Day Feed
Kustom Live Wallpaper built myself with komponents from the Base Pack, Graphs Komponent, Kustom Map Maker
Widgets include the Calculator Widget and some KWGT creations of my own
Icons from Pixel Oreo 8 Black AMOLED UX - Icon Pack, Tiny White Icon Pack, Light Void, and TwoPixel
Image of vinyl record from Open Clipart
My favorite is
You might consider switching to Lightning Launcher. It has this natively as "panels."
The ones I've gotten the most use out of:
Lightning Launcher: [link]
Hide and Seek - Pixel Perfect: [link]
Two Pixel Light Icon Pack: [link]
Zooper Widget Pro: [link]
Try Lightening Launcher
Lightning Launcher has a lot of flexibility. It even has a preset for the ol' Windows Metro look [link]
Apps I used:
To make the widget pages and slide up app drawer I simply made two separate panels and made sure that "fit desktop to items" was active on settings.
> Lightning launcher
If you were using Lightning Launcher, you could use one of its plugin actions: "Next Desktop" or "Previous Desktop" or "Go to specified desktop&position" or even "Go to home desktop". With Lightning Launcher, you'd create each theme as a desktop, then use Tasker to switch between them (or use a gesture, the default is two finger swipe left or right). Lightning Launcher is pretty powerful, with some scripting you could even do something like this or maybe this.
if you you want to take a really deep dive. take a look at Lightning Launcher eXtreme (Paid) [link]
It integrates with tasker and lets you execute tasker task, and you can set variables / bindings etc from tasker to the launcher.
It has quite a learning curve, but there is a Wiki wich is being updated constantly. [link]
and the support on the G+ page is really well. You probably have an answer within a hour
Launcher: Lightning Launcher
Wallpaper is a colour selected in Lighting Launcher.
Here is the Lightning Template:
I don't know how templates really work, but I hope it works for you if you try it.
PS: The letters in the slide in box are shortcuts to contacts.
Lightning Launcher has more features [link]
I am in the process of trying to turn my nexus 5 into a media centre as well.
I've been working on a home screen (it's not done yet) that I believe will be friendly to a Bluetooth mouse or game controller. I made it using lightning launcher.
Plex is always a good choice when looking for a local media manager, but if you don't want to run a remote server, or if you want your phone to be the server while your media is in a remote location (like on a NAS), it won't really work for you.
In that case, I would fully recommend that you look into Mizuu. Mizuu is a beautiful app, and it indexes your movies just as well as Plex, it even lets you stream movies off of your NAS (which is why I like it). It doesn't have a media player built in though, but it allows you to select whichever media player you would like to use when you hit the play button. I've been playing around with VLC as my player of choice, but it doesn't seem to handle every file format.
Mizuu doesn't handle streaming from YouTube, Netflix, or Popcorn Time. But that's why I am aiming to make my launcher look like a media centre friendly interface rather than relying on a specific app to handle that for me.
My hurdles right now are that that Chromecast keeps spontaneously dropping connection, I experience choppy video playback (possibly due to overheating). And I need to root my phone so I can shut the backlight off while connected to Chromecast.
Lightning Launcher has scripting and templating
Lightning Launcher for absolute maximum customization.
Hey, huh, I don't really recommend it because you are trying to look for something easy to use, but there's this launcher called Lightning Launcher
The app is a pain to learn how to configure it, BUT once you figure it out, you can do anything you want with it, you could have icons as big as you want, and you can have gestures so things can happen if you swipe in a direction.
Again, it is a pain to configure, and I don't think that's what you want, but you might want to try it in the future
it's definitely not the most customizable. that title most likely goes to Lightning Launcher.