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  Reply # 1100735 2-Aug-2014 17:26
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LazyDr: People expecting lots of customisation I don't think really understand what the Google Launcher is aiming to do. It's essentially Google's version of a standard launcher, meant to be a potential substitute for things like TouchWiz and Sense, not Nova/Apex/Go etc. The idea being it has a simple easy to use interface, and easy access to Googles standout features e.g. Google Now

That's my opinion anyway


No, not expecting much. But it's even a stretch to compare it to sense or touchwiz. It is very basic and simple to use, but I couldn't even see how to add shortcuts to the home screen. I can only assume you have to push them from the browser.
I discovered that you add extra homescreens by dragging things to the right, and it automatically delete them when you remove the last item from them.
So, okay to test drive, but as I said earlier, Apex is my daily driver still.




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  Reply # 1100759 2-Aug-2014 17:59
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Adding shortcuts is the same as in Sense, and I believe other stock launchers also: Long press on them in the app drawer and then you'll be able to place them on your homescreen.

I personally find it intuitive, but I'm a simple guy

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1100766 2-Aug-2014 18:14
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I like the simplicity and easy acess to search but... I don't like how widgets are not layout the same as HTC Sense.

For example with HTC Sense the Metroservice widget uses four across  one line (4 x 1) and the same widget on Google Launcher actually uses three across:










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  Reply # 1100787 2-Aug-2014 18:41
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I noticed that on my GS4 , so went on the hunt for a new weather app and found Go Weather EX , nice app and great transparent widget.





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  Reply # 1100864 2-Aug-2014 20:42
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LazyDr: Adding shortcuts is the same as in Sense, and I believe other stock launchers also: Long press on them in the app drawer and then you'll be able to place them on your homescreen.

I personally find it intuitive, but I'm a simple guy


Yeah sorry, not app launch shortcuts (just called 'apps' in the drawer in the likes of sense and touchwiz, if you long press on the homescreen) I meant shortcuts to browser bookmarks, file manager folders, music player albums, image galleries, tasker/trigger actions, etc. These look like they need to be pushed from the parent apps to the homescreens rather than being selected from the homescreen via a long press.

And Mauricio, will that widget not just allow a resize with a long press?




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  Reply # 1101161 3-Aug-2014 15:46
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Looks like shortcuts have been merged in to the widgets page, in line with what Samsung's skin does.

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  Reply # 1101205 3-Aug-2014 17:01
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can anyone report back what this launcher is like in regards to battery consumption & phone speed?

My note 2 seems to slow up alot when I use other launchers, so am a lil skeptical tbh, although I do have alot of apps. but still.




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  Reply # 1101219 3-Aug-2014 17:48
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jarj: Looks like shortcuts have been merged in to the widgets page, in line with what Samsung's skin does.


Quite right. Must have missed that as I tried to flick though about 20 pages of widgets. Has anyone discovered a way to get to the last page of widgets quickly? Bit of a PITA if you have to flick manually from the beginning to get to UCCW or Zooper widgets.
As to the power drain. My M7 battery seemed to deplete pretty quickly. But that was possibly due to it being used a lot while playing with GNL. Discussion online suggests that nexus devices must use a single core at low power when listening. I wonder what the power state is on others. Certainly it is only listening when the screen is on and in a homescreen. As mentioned earlier "okay google everywhere" doesn't work with NZ English as the default.
The biggest advantage I can see is handsfree in the car if you've got it set up to have the screen always on when docked/charging or always listening when docked/charging.




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  Reply # 1101983 4-Aug-2014 19:11
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I am grateful for this launcher to have been publicised, if for no other reason than it made me research the "okay Google" voice function. I have discovered that my launcher of choice, Apex, has had this capability since it's last two updates (mid June). It would seem the likes of ADW, Action, Nova, etc also have it. So instead of farting around for the last month trying different ways of triggering Google Now using gestures, I could have just activated the function.

So now the best of both worlds from my perspective.




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  Reply # 1102237 4-Aug-2014 23:03
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I've been using home2shortcut for donkey's ages to trigger Google voice search instead of stupid s-voice on my note 2. And bluetooth launch to do it from the handsfree kit. The loss of touchwiz on my note would not be worth my while to use this crippled google now launcher. Mind you my note 2 does have google now baked in as a shortcut (long press) on the menu button from homescreen.

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  Reply # 1103197 6-Aug-2014 12:13
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freitasm: I like the simplicity and easy acess to search but... I don't like how widgets are not layout the same as HTC Sense.

For example with HTC Sense the Metroservice widget uses four across  one line (4 x 1) and the same widget on Google Launcher actually uses three across:








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  Reply # 1104031 7-Aug-2014 13:18
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I really like this launcher. Its made my Samsung Tab2 7.0 feel like a new device, and seems like a nice relief from touchwiz.
I'm not sure what it's missing from touchwiz (anyone know?), but all my normal stuff is there.

QUESTION:
The tab2 doesnt have a physical options button, it relies on on-screen buttons, BUT there is no on-screen button for options in the google launcher, so I cant (for example) un-hide hidden apps (unless I install yet another 3rd party app).
Am I missing something, wheres the options button in the app drawer?

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Dairyxox: I really like this launcher. Its made my Samsung Tab2 7.0 feel like a new device, and seems like a nice relief from touchwiz.
I'm not sure what it's missing from touchwiz (anyone know?), but all my normal stuff is there.

QUESTION:
The tab2 doesnt have a physical options button, it relies on on-screen buttons, BUT there is no on-screen button for options in the google launcher, so I cant (for example) un-hide hidden apps (unless I install yet another 3rd party app).
Am I missing something, wheres the options button in the app drawer?


It's missing a lot that Touchwiz has - badge counters, Samsung widgets, infinite scrolling, overview of all pages + the ability to rearrange them, a widget menu in the app drawer, & a fair few other things (I am really not a fan of the Google Now launcher). You can long-press on an empty area of homescreen to bring up the settings, however.




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Some of those touchwiz features are more gimmicks (like infinite scrolling). But thanks, its niceto know what im missing out on.

My question still stands though. Long pressing the home screen brings up settings. But the same does not work for the app draw, which I believe has different "options" to the home screen when the options button is pressed.

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I "found" it because I follow Nexus on Google+

But since I have a N5 I have always been using it. My son has my old GN and he installed it and so far he likes it.

I hate Touchwiz which my wife has on her S4 but she is fine with it so I won't install it for her.




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