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The Game 161
Apr 28, 2013, 05:30 PM
Do you guys just have widgets in your home screen and just go to the apps section for your apps or do you have your favourite apps only in your home screen and apps you don't use all the time you leave in the apps section?



mattopotamus
Apr 28, 2013, 05:49 PM
I never use any widgets expect for maybe dash clock. I always use nova prime, and make my main home screen simple and a second page for other frequently used apps. Here is a ss for reference.

MacRumorUser
Apr 28, 2013, 05:52 PM
I have clock/weather widget. No more widgets. I find them annoying generally.

I prefer simple design rather than cluttered mess.

tech4all
Apr 28, 2013, 06:07 PM
I put whatever is used often on my home screen. Including widgets that I use.

Dr McKay
Apr 28, 2013, 06:34 PM
I have these select folders on my main screen, I used to have a clock, but when wondered why have 2? So I let Google Now have free reign. My 2nd screen is just various music widgets.

slu
Apr 28, 2013, 07:39 PM
I have a weather widget the same size as an app icon. Other than that, my home screen is full of app icons. Try not to use folders for frequently used apps.

onthecouchagain
Apr 28, 2013, 07:44 PM
Home screen:

http://i.imgur.com/Hhzbc5X.jpg

tbayrgs
Apr 28, 2013, 08:14 PM
Generally a little of both. I use BobClock and Eye in the Sky widgets and most frequently use apps on the main home screen. My screens on either side of the main screen have large scrollable Twitter and Calendar (Android Pro Widgets).

KentuckyHouse
Apr 28, 2013, 08:24 PM
I like simple and clean. Widgets are on other screens (Evernote, SoundHound, etc) as are folders. I have a single row along the bottom of every screen to follow the clean lines look.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/29/5y2ymysy.jpg

tbayrgs
Apr 28, 2013, 08:42 PM
I like simple and clean. Widgets are on other screens (Evernote, SoundHound, etc) as are folders. I have a single row along the bottom of every screen to follow the clean lines look.

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/29/5y2ymysy.jpg)

Very nice indeed. Car to share what widgets/themes you've used here?

KentuckyHouse
Apr 28, 2013, 09:14 PM
Very nice indeed. Car to share what widgets/themes you've used here?

Sure, no problem.

I use Nova Prime as my launcher. The circle on the left of the dock opens the app drawer and the one on the right opens multitasking.

The worded icons are done using Icon Changer and an app called Simple Text. With this, you can type out the names of the apps as anything you want and change the size and position of the words within the icon area. It's pretty addictive once you start...LOL.

The calendar is Simple Calendar. I love it because you can really tailor it to how you want it to look, what calendars it shows, how far into the future, etc. You can even change the opacity of the background. Right now I've got it completely clear.

And I have the persistent Google search bar on every screen through Nova Prime. You can choose from two different looks (either ICS or Jellybean). I like the minimal design of just an outline, so I use the ICS search bar, though I'm running Jellybean on my Optimus G.

Feel free to let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know.

Assault
Apr 28, 2013, 10:29 PM
Do you guys just have widgets in your home screen and just go to the apps section for your apps or do you have your favourite apps only in your home screen and apps you don't use all the time you leave in the apps section?

Ribbon bar (similar to Pie Control found on some ROMs) opens for a few seconds when you swipe from the right edge of the screen and allows for any app to be placed there. I use it for menu, back, recent apps and frequently used apps.
News ticker on top, customized for the RSS feeds I want.
And then a few apps onscreen with custom icons and folders. Sometimes I use a dock and sometimes not. Depends.
FTL drive live wallpaper. Or warp speed. Whatever you want to call it. Only live wallpaper I use.

Screenshots with and without ribbon bar;

Dontazemebro
Apr 29, 2013, 01:17 AM
I don't really care for widgets except for clock, battery, weather and maybe a news feed. I'm a minimalist fan myself. Here are some of my screens over time

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/2012-06-24_00-11-45_zps1eae2ad4.png

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/2013-03-15_17-41-57_zps2b2a9082.png

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/2012-06-03_01-44-46_zpsda3965ca.png

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/Serenescreenshot_zps07c6835b.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/Screenshot_2012-09-23-10-29-44_zps2fcc1b82.png

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/2013-04-29_01-23-55_zps78e795c9.png

adder7712
Apr 29, 2013, 01:37 AM
I place widgets on my other homescreens. The only widgets on my primary screen are a digital clock and Google Search.

paulsalter
Apr 29, 2013, 05:31 AM
On my main screen I have 2 widgets

One is for the weather, like to see at a glance what the weather is going to be for the next few days - living in the UK it's usually wet and cold though

Another for my book reading app, shows current book with stats, and I can flip through to see other recently added books, quicker than opening the book app

Apart from that it's the apps I use most often set into folders (Books, Music, Social, Video), things like Gmail, Chrome are on the bottom tray

Apps I only use occasionally just sit in the app drawer, never put these on home screens

daveathall
Apr 29, 2013, 05:37 AM
On my lock screen I have a widget that is for the emergency services in case of accident (ICE)

On my home screen I have 3 widgets, clock, battery and weather.


Lock Screen

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-28-10-36-29_zps35e32dc6.png


Home Screen

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-29-11-33-39_zpsbcb87a12.png

My other screens are quite minimalist.

Films and YouTube etc.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-29-11-39-32_zps846d5699.png


Reading and social media.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-29-11-39-36_zps57ffcb62.png


Music

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-29-11-39-41_zps637d5b6e.png


Web and cloud based facilities

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-29-11-39-45_zpse755f12c.png

mattopotamus
Apr 29, 2013, 06:46 AM
Sure, no problem.

I use Nova Prime as my launcher. The circle on the left of the dock opens the app drawer and the one on the right opens multitasking.

The worded icons are done using Icon Changer and an app called Simple Text. With this, you can type out the names of the apps as anything you want and change the size and position of the words within the icon area. It's pretty addictive once you start...LOL.

The calendar is Simple Calendar. I love it because you can really tailor it to how you want it to look, what calendars it shows, how far into the future, etc. You can even change the opacity of the background. Right now I've got it completely clear.

And I have the persistent Google search bar on every screen through Nova Prime. You can choose from two different looks (either ICS or Jellybean). I like the minimal design of just an outline, so I use the ICS search bar, though I'm running Jellybean on my Optimus G.

Feel free to let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know.

If you are using nova, you do not need icon changer....that is actually redundant. Nova allows you to change the icons without having a separate app to do so :)

stevensr123
Apr 29, 2013, 07:47 AM
My home screen is just the htc one blinkfeed, I love it! I'm a massive fan of just reading news, seeing what's going on in soccer etc and being able to have an update on all technology is heaps cool! On my sg3 I used to have 2/3 pages of widgets for all my news and sport intake, so now that I have this blinkfeed, I'm super happy haha.

My secondary, main page though just consists of the google search widget, the htc one weather/time widget which looks really nice, and 4 folders of apps which contain: a google apps folder, a multi media folder, a social network folder, and a productivity folder.

I only have two pages though at the moment haha

KentuckyHouse
Apr 29, 2013, 07:54 AM
If you are using nova, you do not need icon changer....that is actually redundant. Nova allows you to change the icons without having a separate app to do so :)

You know, now that you say that, I realize it...LOL. I've noticed that option in Nova but never really explored it. Thanks for the heads-up! :D

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I don't really care for widgets except for clock, battery, weather and maybe a news feed. I'm a minimalist fan myself. Here are some of my screens over time

Image (http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/jaytrajik/2012-06-24_00-11-45_zps1eae2ad4.png)



I'd love to know what you're using to get this look. Especially the toggles and icons below them. This is VERY nice!

Dontazemebro
Apr 29, 2013, 03:28 PM
You know, now that you say that, I realize it...LOL. I've noticed that option in Nova but never really explored it. Thanks for the heads-up! :D

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I'd love to know what you're using to get this look. Especially the toggles and icons below them. This is VERY nice!

Thanks, been a while since I did that one. I can't remember what news feed that was but the clock, date, battery and (mail/text/phone) counter bar were all made using UCCW. If you're not familiar with UCCW go read up on the original thread over at xda. The counter bar is one of the templates you'll find there. It takes a bit of trial & error but once you figure it out, you can create any widget your heart desires.

Last but not least, the icons are ICS plates EX and the power toggle is widgetsoid donate version (I created the actual toggle icons myself using the 'simple text' app).

kdarling
Apr 30, 2013, 08:16 PM
I'm pretty stock, although I use lots of folders and usually never have to leave my primary screen.

Widgets: search, weather, time, alarm, calendar and moon phase.

Folders: contain about 60 favorite apps only two touches away.

410308

Another page is also full of folders of lesser used categories.

KentuckyHouse
May 1, 2013, 10:40 AM
Thanks, been a while since I did that one. I can't remember what news feed that was but the clock, date, battery and (mail/text/phone) counter bar were all made using UCCW. If you're not familiar with UCCW go read up on the original thread over at xda. The counter bar is one of the templates you'll find there. It takes a bit of trial & error but once you figure it out, you can create any widget your heart desires.

Last but not least, the icons are ICS plates EX and the power toggle is widgetsoid donate version (I created the actual toggle icons myself using the 'simple text' app).

Thanks! I appreciate the help.

I've tried messing with UCCW before, but MAN...it'll give you a headache fast if you don't know exactly what you're doing! I need to do some more reading and figure out how to use it correctly. You can do some really amazing things with it.

Thanks again!

Tinmania
May 1, 2013, 11:10 AM
Usually keep just a weather/clock widget but recently added a news widget as well. With the size of the Note 2 I can run a 5x6 icon grid so still have room for my most-used apps on the home screen.



Michael

J.Appleseed
May 2, 2013, 05:55 AM
Totally empty except for the Google-bar and Google Now-widget.
Swiping up reveals the app drawer.

Very minimal, I really don't need anything more.

http://d.pr/i/FVdl+

John Kotches
May 2, 2013, 06:05 AM
kdarling and I have similar approaches. I have exactly what I need in my home screen. While I appreciate the aesthetics other people show, my primary drive is function not form.

This phone is both work and personal, so I have a weather widget, a calendar widget and my heavily used stuff on the main home screen.

Here ya go.

410568

The top is rings widget, then calendar widget.

The background is a recent Hubble image of the Horsehead nebula in infrared bands, which is then realized in visible frequencies.

mattopotamus
May 2, 2013, 06:14 AM
I like simple and clean. Widgets are on other screens (Evernote, SoundHound, etc) as are folders. I have a single row along the bottom of every screen to follow the clean lines look.

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/29/5y2ymysy.jpg)

can you post that background. I know it is mostly black, but really like it

KentuckyHouse
May 2, 2013, 08:48 AM
can you post that background. I know it is mostly black, but really like it

Sure. Here you go.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_5NqDPutW1RamllYjFZQ1dTOFU/edit?usp=sharing

mattopotamus
May 2, 2013, 10:19 AM
Sure. Here you go.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_5NqDPutW1RamllYjFZQ1dTOFU/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you sir!

KentuckyHouse
May 2, 2013, 12:54 PM
Thank you sir!

No problem at all. Glad I could help! :D

The Game 161
May 2, 2013, 02:29 PM
Can somebody confirm it is only 7 home screens you are allowed right?

KentuckyHouse
May 2, 2013, 02:49 PM
Can somebody confirm it is only 7 home screens you are allowed right?

I believe that is correct.

gmanist1000
May 2, 2013, 05:16 PM
Totally empty except for the Google-bar and Google Now-widget.
Swiping up reveals the app drawer.

Very minimal, I really don't need anything more.

Image (http://d.pr/i/FVdl+)

Very minimal indeed!

dkersten
May 5, 2013, 08:54 PM
I personally like to keep things clean and simple. I have no problems going into my app drawer to open apps that I don't use as much. I have my power toggle widget and a weather widget. Then I have my most frequently used apps on the bottom half.

411029

On a separate note, does anyone know how I can get rid of the Google search bar at the top? Whenever I try to hold it down I can't remove it. Or at least make it more inconspicuous?

bembol
May 5, 2013, 10:24 PM
I love Nova Launcher Prime it keeps my Home Screen clean.

I had it on my hTc One but I like Blink Feed so I put it back to stock. This is my Samsung Galaxy S4 with BobClock & Simple Text. I use Gestures to launch apps.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/LouDiamonds/AudiS4_zps94f1972d.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/LouDiamonds/NovaLauncherPrime_zpse3bfd031.jpg

Kayden & Lily are their names. :)

Chodite
May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM
I like simple and clean. Widgets are on other screens (Evernote, SoundHound, etc) as are folders. I have a single row along the bottom of every screen to follow the clean lines look.

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/04/29/5y2ymysy.jpg)

Looks good. Just installed Simple Calendar but can't find in Settings, how to make it transparent. Any help?

KentuckyHouse
May 6, 2013, 12:24 PM
Looks good. Just installed Simple Calendar but can't find in Settings, how to make it transparent. Any help?

Sure, I can help.

If you've already got the calendar on your homescreen, you can just tap on the right side of it to access it's settings (it's invisible, but you'll see it highlight when you touch it).

Then go to Appearance...Background Color...and underneath the color spectrum you'll see a bar with "Alpha" in the middle of it. You should see a little slider in the middle of this bar (it will probably be right there where it says "Alpha"). Slide this all the way to the right (towards the lighter side of the shaded bar) and then hit OK. Now hit your back key and then tap the check mark in the top right hand corner.

That should do it. Let me know if you have any other questions. :D

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I personally like to keep things clean and simple. I have no problems going into my app drawer to open apps that I don't use as much. I have my power toggle widget and a weather widget. Then I have my most frequently used apps on the bottom half.

411029

On a separate note, does anyone know how I can get rid of the Google search bar at the top? Whenever I try to hold it down I can't remove it. Or at least make it more inconspicuous?

This looks great! As far as the Google Search widget goes, it looks like you're using either a Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus? If so and you're running the stock launch, you can't remove it.

However, if you install another launcher like Nova, you can choose to remove it altogether or have it look like the Google Search bar from either Jellybean (the one you've got on your screen) or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Chodite
May 6, 2013, 12:24 PM
^ Thanks!

KentuckyHouse
May 6, 2013, 12:29 PM
^ Thanks!

No problem at all!

rockitdog
May 6, 2013, 01:54 PM
Here's my current home screen:

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/07/e8y6uquz.jpg

daveathall
May 6, 2013, 01:56 PM
My home screen is quite minimal now.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-05-06-17-50-14_zpsa165b242.png

dkersten
May 6, 2013, 09:13 PM
This looks great! As far as the Google Search widget goes, it looks like you're using either a Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus? If so and you're running the stock launch, you can't remove it.

However, if you install another launcher like Nova, you can choose to remove it altogether or have it look like the Google Search bar from either Jellybean (the one you've got on your screen) or Ice Cream Sandwich.

You are absolutely correct... just picked up a Nexus 4. I think I can live with it for now. BTW thanks for posting the background and the simple text idea. It looks super slick!

Southernboyj
May 6, 2013, 09:26 PM
http://i.imgur.com/ypyrnW5l.jpg

Mine's pretty basic. :p

KentuckyHouse
May 6, 2013, 09:29 PM
You are absolutely correct... just picked up a Nexus 4. I think I can live with it for now. BTW thanks for posting the background and the simple text idea. It looks super slick!

No problem! Glad I could help. Personally I use it all the time, but I like the ICS version better (the simple outline of the box and not shaded in like the JB version), so I use Nova on all my phones.