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god yes, ReadIt is so much better than "reddit is fun" and the offical app too.
I hope he ever considers porting ReadIt to android, I'd buy it again.
Thank you guys for all the suggestions! I check them out :).
I also got a recommendation, SquareHome2 is a awesome launcher that looks like a windows phone home screen but is extremly customizeable. Worth the money I spent on it.
Wallpaper: One of the Pixel 3 live wallpapers
In Samsung there's an option under Accessibility->Answering and ending calls that lets user answer calls by pressing volume up key, or the Single tap mode which lets user respond to alarms/incoming calls with a single tap instead of sliding. I'm pretty sure LG devices has a similar settings.
I have also installed Square Home Launcher on my mom's device, which allows me to customize the home page with apps she uses most, rename apps with "easy to understand" terms (for example, rename Spotify to Music), and lock it down to prevent accidental changes. I found that squares are easier for them to understand it as an appliance.
Windows Phone forever. I had to jump ship to Android but I skinned it to a Windows Phone style with Squarehome. Requires a fair bit of setup but it's worth it.
Yeah, I used Square Launcher 2. It took a while to get the hang of. A little bit more of a learning curve than Nova Launcher.
Android is very flexible. If you're feeling you'll be missing out on the Microsoft approach you can work in their apps, which are available on Android. There's also a Launcher that mimics Windows approach as well.
I'm sure you could find a middle ground between what you're moving toward and what you'll be missing.
I recently switched from Windows to android - Verizon didn't even get the 950XL, or I'd likely still be on Windows.
This app/launcher changed my android life: squarehome2
It's not quite as useful as real live tiles, but the aesthetic is there and the "cube" button is really sweet.
This one is my favorite, I've only used a couple, but I have 0 issues with this one.
I'm using the free version of Square Home 3. The Tiles show little notifications and take you straight to the item. It has a number of effects and styles to play with..... Most of the stuff you pay for I don't need.
It even has a slight tilt effect with the background when you move the phone in your hand. You can have the tiles also embedded or embossed.
Battery life is par with Microsoft Launcher or the ColorOS with my Oppo R15 Pro.
Ive tried others but for some reason I keep going back to this one.
SquareHome 2 Launcher is by far the best and I've tried them all. you can customize the sh*t out of this launcher and it has gesture / widget support and pretty much anything else you could want in a launcher Square Home 2 Launcher
About 9 months ago I swapped my WP for an S7. My wife has an iPhone.
The official Tesla app is on both of them. iOS has more 3rd party apps, including at least one that works with Apple Watch.
iOS is lacking in customization and usability. Has a 20 year old home screen. Nothing like Live Tiles. If you want to select a WiFi network, you can't just long hold the icon. You need to go to settings > wifi > networks.
Android you can customize it to look like Windows Phone. However, I do experience a fair amount of lag. I'm told it's because I have a Samsung and not something like a Pixel.
Square Home 2
Former WinPhone user here and this is the best one I've found. Has all the transparency/blur effects as well as the normal colors. Infinite scrolling, resizing of tiles, tiles groups. Even has blank spacers to help with tile layout.
I've set mine up so that when you swipe left it has the "All Applications" list, swipe right for "Contacts" list. You can even have extra "Main" screens that I've used to set up a family contact list, and a "while driving" screen
It's a try-before-you buy, 30 days or so. Costs $4, but it's totally worth it.
If you want something close to the home screen design, Square Home 2 is really good. I like it a lot and reminds me a lot of my Lumia 950XL. The tiles even react and show alerts/previews.
> Out of curiosity, what launcher is that?
This was an old launcher, I recently switched to this launcher which has much better live tiles, which animate, put pictures and parts of the notification text in the tile.
> Supposedly, the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 doesn’t control coma well, so despite being ideal in terms of focal length and aperture, it’s not the best choice.
Indeed, coma is quite important to astro, and it's surprising to see a giant Sigma Art that isn't ideal optical performance.
I never had a Windows phone but I admire the tile layout.
Did I forget to mention Square Home Launcher in my post? It's pretty amazing, you can set tiles as app shortcuts, or interactive folders (open seamlessly into new tiles), or cubes (swipe left/right or up/down and have six apps on one tile). Some widgets work with it too.
I liked it. It was really fast and smooth too. However my phone would occasionally lag and get hot - I honestly don't know if it was Square Home or something else as I was trying out a few new apps at once. It's a Moto Z2 Force that never gets hot, so that bugged me. I may revisit it though.
I'll look to see if it's still supported, but when I switched last year there was a launcher based on tiles. It was okay but a real memory hog. M8 might struggle. I'll try to find it though. I feel your pain though - I kept going back to my Lumia 930 until I dropped it and the screen cracked.
Edit: This seems to be the most popular. [link]
Actually, yes you can. Change icon size, grid size, widgets, etc.
You can also change the icon pack if you're using a custom launcher or CyanogenMod, or sometimes the phone's default UI.
In fact, here's how much you can change things: [link]
I changed the transparency/theme of all apps, used a live background (which I customized), change the launcher, changed the lock screen layout, changed what happens when I use certain gestures while the screen is off, changed the icon pack, changed the launcher grid and icon size, changed the font, changed the font color and theme color, changed the action that happens when I swipe up on an icon or tap on another, changed my status bar icons for Wi-Fi and cellular and such, changed my keyboards look and layout, changed the audio processing software the OS uses, customized widgets to my heart's content, changed the animation speed, changed the app opening animation, changed what double-tapping hardware buttons does, changed the bootup animation... Did I mention I changed the kernel?
Now how much of that can you do on WP?
EDIT: also, [link]
Square Home Launcher is your best bet. Even though it's a launcher, you can use it like a regular app. Just add your widgets and whenever you open the app you get the scrolling page of widgets.
Yo, I had similar issues and always searched for something better and versatile as possible. I have good news, try Square Launcher. It has tons of features. I went thought every single setting and still find new stuff �� it's really the most customizable launcher. The dev also answers very fast and helps you if you need help.
It might look kinda sketchy and boring, but trust me, give it a try and go through all settings. Except cut offf text everything is there and perfect ��
I suggest SquareHome ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.squarehome2&hl=en_US ). You can change the icon and resize it to whatever size you with. Turn off animations for the icon or it will swap between the small size and large size when you set the full size.
The best tweak I ever installed on my iPhone 5 besides custom themes was one that allowed you go back to the homescreen via a swipe up gesture and just use the home button to wake the phone up. Looks like Samsung's new UI features those gestures that now similar to the iPhone X, but I'm not sure if I'll use it since I actually like Android's on screen buttons so I'll have to test it out and see how well the gesture works
My mom uses a 7 Plus that I set up and do tech support on for her so I'm still well versed on how the new iOS works and I still don't like it at all.
In my case these are the reasons I prefer Android:
Custom home screen and system wide themes: I can setup my home screen to look however I want. I am huge fan of how Windows Phone OS looks so I setup mine to look like it via the this app.
Prefered notifications and quick toggle design
Better integration with Google services
Faster scrolling speed, IOS just feels so damn slow to scroll
Smart lock with my Pebble Smartwatch which keeps my phone unlocked as long as my phone is connected to the watch, I never use my phone's fingerprint sensor and use double tap to wake up my screen
Can automatically set phone to vibrate and turn off Wifi when I leave home then turns it back when I come home, this is a feature of my LG G5 so I hope Samsung has something similar too, it's very useful
Relay for Reddit = best Reddit app I've ever used and it's only on Android
Chrome adblock via the Adguard app
Free Spotify and Youtube Red
I use Square Home 3 - Launcher : Windows Style because I am still not over the death of the Windows Phone Platform.
Square home launcher 2 let's you sort your apps. You can also set it up to mimic a classic Nova look. Its an interesting launcher, just not quite there yet. [link]
My device has OTA updates.. so did my last one .. and I have received updates for my older device but not this one yet. I also get the Google Software Updates from within Play that improve quality.
The thing is you don't need any support for these devices because they are setup just like phones.
You can also add a Launcher for Android which I did and it completely changes your interface its as good as any out there.
here are a few examples but you can basically edit your launcher to look like anything
right now I just have apps and weather on my front page
what kind of games can you play on a Roku?
can you load emulators and get access to a whole load of games from other systems? I am not a gamer ... I am looking for a FPS game for my box if I can find a decent one or maybe a car game but
I don't play games a lot.
I know on android there are a ton of emulators for old games and there are a lot of games out there to play like PlayStation and Sega and Gameboy.. i don't really like those games..
anyway if you haven't used a newer Android Box then you are missing out on a lot. Fast processors and lots of ram and storage and ports to expand.
I use Sqaure Home 2 with a lot or custom images I googled and then uploaded using airdroid from my computer. Also downloaded icon apps with square shapes as well.
You loved the home screen?
I swear by smart launcher but if the windows phone UI is your thing you might like this.
I think there are more, but this one is the most popular
I use Square Home 2 Launcher.
If you'd like to get the same tile thing on Android there's a launcher for that
Sqare Home will do it, and don't let the windows style screenshots scare you away it is really customizable.
Like the look of SquareHome 2, coupled with the Min Icon Pack. Like how it hides the notch nicely.
I don't know of any custom ROMs, but would recommend SquareHome2
With a bit of customisation you can end up with quite an attractive layout, here's mine:
Actually prefer to stock AndroidTV launcher.
At least for the UI, check out SquareHome 2
I'm running Square Home launcher on my Android to use the old Windows Tiles UI.
See this theme in action
Square Home Launcher Tweaked alot
Try square home 2....definitely one (if not the best) I've tried.
Square Home Launcher is what you need then
Launcher: Square Home 3
Icon pack: Zwart
Weather/Clock widget: KWGT Widget Backup
Raw screenshot 2
Just a start to my setup. Lots to do still.
Legacy Rom (Firmware) 1.8GHz build. : [link]
Guide to install Legacy: [link]
Launcher - Square Home 2 Launcher : [link]
"Turbo Button" and CPU control: Kernel Aduitor : [link]
"Turbo Button" widget created by: Pop up Widget 3 : [link]
Rom/Game Browser : Halauncher : [link]
FTP Connection: ES File Explorer Pro : [link]
Mobo/CPU Monitor ( upper left of home screen ): Cool Tool :[link]
Screen Recorder : Mobizen : [link]
These are the main components to my setup. I'll update as I progress with my rig. I am open to suggestions if anyone has any.
Give this a try for your launcher.
Honestly one of the best, more accurate launchers I have seen.
Nothing revolutionary or custom here: this was just put together with Square Home Launcher 3.
Icon pack: Immaterialis
My idea is to fit multiple widgets and icons without it looking too disjointed. It seemed like a tiled setup was the best route? Sometimes I love what I did here. Sometimes it looks too cluttered.
On one screen I managed to fit:
- things I use on a daily or even hourly basis.
Then the screen infinitely scrolls "down" for more things: My to-do list, my shopping list, and less essential but still frequently-used apps. Couple more screens here: [link]
Swipe right to get to all apps.
Square Home has some neat little tools, like that "cube" you see with Soundcloud and Youtube Music. That's actually a cube you can spin with all six (yes, six, sigh) of my music apps.
Surprisingly, all the widgets don't slow the phone down and they all initiate play or open instantly when touched.
I wasn't sure if this post "fits" here since you guys construct such masterpieces with KLWP, and this, well, basically is just a bunch of a widgets I slapped together. But let me know what you think. Or delete if not allowed. Thanks!
Square Home or maybe Total Launcher?
I think he's recommending this one: [link]
I'd recommend SquareHome for W10 look: [link]
Square Home 2 I found this to be the smoothest and most user friendly windows launcher
> start screen
Try this and tell me if it's any good. I'm starting to think about moving too.
If you want the Tile screen, you may want to try this. [link]
Im running android on a OnePlus One and the app is SquareHome 2
Honorable mentions not shown: textra, nine mail and SwiftKey which allow an almost completely black theme on them. Other apps I've tried theming black as much as possible.
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> loved the OS
If you still do, try SquareHome 3. Best Launcher ever!
My home screen, created by this app
I searched for the same and didn't find anything... Then i tried to create it myself, which works, but it's cumbersome. At the end i found a new launcher ��
I use Square Launcher, which let's you place apps and widgets on the screen on tiles and on dices. You can see in this Screenshot my home screen with and with hidden Todoist widget. You can also adjust transparency and size. In this GIF you see how the user can rotate the dice faces to show and hide stuff, like the Todoist widget in my case.
If you need help feel free to ask ��
Is this good?
You could try Square Home 3 and see if you like it?
Square Home Launcher 3 to really maximize the hell out of screen space. I feel my phone is both prettier and more utilitarian now. It's surprisingly well designed.
Microsoft Launcher is another decent option with surprisingly useful integration with Windows 10 (sticky notes, reminders, wallpaper sync)
Standard Notes is nice for encrypted cross-platform notes with nice Markdown support. Kind of a beefier Simplenote that's still simple. Evernote is still great too.
For quick notes and shopping lists, Google Keep. Zoho Notebook is similar with some other features and great on mobile too.
A password manager definitely.
SquareHome 2 launcher?
Perhaps this one? I've never used either though.
For the launcher you could try SquareHome 2.
SquareHome 2 is one that I've heard is pretty good
I dig Square Home 2 after using Nova for years. I used to feel that the more customizable settings in KWLP made it better but I'm tired of tapping my screen thousands of times for hours to almost get what I want. I've also always hated how I couldn't make all of my widgets look the same while they take up space so this popup widget app is fantastic for hiding them until needed.
My only complaint so far is moving one tile while keeping the others in order can be a pain - they don't seem to slide over when placing a tile in between.
Being a long time android user looking to switch to a windows phone (the mysterious rumored slate phone) this was a interesting read.. I personally don't understand the gripe about Google, but each to their own. The reason for the switch ? A fresh scene, emphasis on "long time android user".
You can flash AOSP/custom roms on heaps of phones which strips out all the traces of google and I mean ALL of google including the playstore.. Lineage being one of the popular widely supported roms. However you can then install whats called a micro gapps (google apps) package which includes nothing other than access to the playstore (app store) and the bare bones framework. For the average consumer I understand they don't want to deal with flashing etc. which is completely understandable, but if you are that concerned about your privacy there is a solution.
I personally have no issue with Google, nothing a good adblocker can't fix anyway!
In my opinion the android ecosystem is excellent and has improved vastly over the last few years. Syncing is effortless and synced data accessible on any device with a internet browser which I personally love. The google suite has really impressed me lately.
I'm a android developer and love tinkering, so I think my android experience is quite unique compared to every day consumers.. however I can say that android is one of the most versatile widely supported platforms out there, which allow's you to really tailor your experience to suit your needs/wants. If you enjoy tinkering it's the platform for you !
EDIT: I want to add that recently I have found myself tinkering with the core android OS less and less (system apps).. Honestly, beside blocking ads in youtube and the internet browser there really isn't much else I mess with. Everything else is as easy as installing an app from the playstore... custom launchers provide a ton of UI customization for any use case along with some excellent widget apps which allow full customization of content and widget layouts.. tailored personal experience, which is what makes it so hard for me to leave android. I wouldn't be suprised if a launcher exists which imitates of the windows 10 UI.
Not sure if you ever tried this one but ive tested heaps of launchers and this was by far the best windows launcher I could find.
You could try [link]
>I miss live tiles the most.
Here you go
You can get live tiles for Android.
There's a Windows phone styled launcher that can do it but that's probably not what you want: [link]
A while ago I found this:
I keep it bookmarked, in case I need to switch.
Square home 2 launcher does this in a way. And lightning launcher does it in a way that is too extreme.
Yeah that calendar thing was a real debacle when I went back to android. I was really surprised to find out that... well I dunno, I'm not sure if MS is blocking people from calendar access outside, or... what... really. All my digging and I was only ever able to find one app at the time that could use Outlook's calendar, and that's Sunrise Calendar. That was a great app.
I say 'was' because MS bought them, ugh. Bit off topic, but I wish MS would stop buying up good android startups then instead of just running them with the great product they have, and slapping their name on it, they wreck the company and make them make a brand new inferior app that's only a shadow of it's former self.
Needless to say, that's what happened with Acompli mail and Sunrise calendar, their teams got mashed to make the Outlook app, it's... ok... but I don't really use it, I think it's the only thing that get into the outlook calendar now though. After they closed Sunrise I said f'it and moved to Google's calendar just because it was able to work right.
As for your notification issue, I don't get the thing with blocking notifications either. I haven't seen it in a while, but sometimes I'd have apps not even update or anything, show as blocked and still show notifications it's like what the hell? Haven't seen this since Nougat on my tablet though... Nougat's also got some hidden new notification settings you can enable through a hidden dialog if you choose to.
As for apps for launcher I will mention that Nova's rather popular and I use it. It's similar to stock android but it has a lot of features to tweak, you can mix and match combinations of launcher components from older android styles all the way up to newest, and some of the google pixel launcher features and some originals. If you'd like to attempt to keep that WP feel, I haven't tried it myself but I've had my eye on this fairly reasonable looking clone [link]
On the top of your ReAlarm thing, no idea what could handle that. I always thought that was really stupid in smart phones myself. My old dumb phones, if I missed a text would buzz at me all damn day until I read it, android does nothing of the sort not even optionally, I would not mind seeing something for that myself
If you still miss the UI, there are things like this
Maybe not to everyone's taste, but I like the square tile launcher look and this has been working really well for me. Well enough to steer clear of Nova for the moment
Squarehome 2 launcher - [link]
Rifon icon pack - [link]
Tip: to get the full tile size, you have to set the icon to 'full size' from the icon you select from the icon pack.
Day Widget - [link]
I scaled the day widget to fill the 'tile'
SquareHome 2 is a good one if you're into Windows style.
yeah this one
I used this for a long time and still do. Extremely customisable and gets fairly frequent updates
> Square home launcher
Found it, thanks!
I use SquareHome 2as my home launcher.
Launcher: SquareHome 2
Icons - Whatever I could find in square shapes.
Most images of certain brands logo/icons were googled and then edited in Photoshop and then transferred with airdroid to my LG G4.
Most widgets were stock when downloaded from play.google store. (came with the app...)
Background (image was blurred as well) - Beach image
Zune Wannabe - noozy
If I missed something or you have a question, let me know, I will try to answer to the best of my ability.
This is the squarehome 2 launcher. I wanted to try something different and I used to be on windows phone so I decided to bring back that usability with this really fantastic launcher.
A lot of the icons have more than one app, or function tied to it.
Say with the weather widget. When i tap it once, it opens Dark Sky. When i tap and hold on it, it will open MyRadar.
When I tap Inbox, it will open inbox, when i tap and hold it opens the outlook app.
For spotify, when i tap and hold it opens a shazam popup widget.
I also was a loyal Nova user, but I noticed that even Nova has some limits... I needed a launcher with much much more options, almost infinite amount of customization and theming possibilities.
After testing almost any launcher I found: Square
Please don't judge by the play store preview pics and how it seems. Just go through settings of the app and see how powerful this Launcher is. Once I used it I think I could never use any other launcher ��
I personally really love the possibility to have cubes and place apps, shortcuts, third party widgets and also built-in widgets ��
You can built almost anything you like �� first think about what you want and need and then create it. If you need help, feel free to ask ��
PS: you can make all tiles transparent and then it looks really dope and awesome ��
My clean homescreen and my homescreen with calendar widget cube