KitKat Prime Launcher Questions

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MBX, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Hey there

    Anyone using/ familiar with KitKat launcher (Prime)? I use it on my Note 3 and love it. Especially the prettier icons and the landscape mode.

    The only thing that I dislike is that it removed the "My Magazine" access via Home button and even in My Magazine settings when checked on it's no longer working.

    Anyone familiar with this and know if it's possible to force the "My Magazine" back onto Home button with KitKat launcher?
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    If that app launched the Play Magazines app, Google has replaced that app with the Play Newsstand app. It's possible the launcher needs to be updated for the new app.

    You may also consider contacting the developer.
  3. Wankie macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2003
    The My Magazine thing is connected to the Touchwiz launcher and is not a separate add-on. It won't work in any other launcher at least on my S4 upgraded to Android 4.3.
  4. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Ok thanks for info. Seems only with TW then.

    Not a big issue as I can put the My Magazine icon on a desktop to access it.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    The native gesture to open it (or button, not sure as I don't have a Note 3--was a swipe up on the Note 10.1) won't but you can assign a gesture in Nova Prime launcher to it. I did just that using Nova on my Note 10.1 when I had it.
  6. topherg macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2009
    Sorry to thread hijack! Was wondering if nova prime unread app counter works for all apps or only the stock ones? I'm on the note 3. Thanks for the help, just wondering if I should pay for prime or not.
  7. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2013
    Only app it doesn't work for is hangouts
  8. akuma13 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    I was experiencing serious battery drain after installing Google launcher and Search. I uninstalled and (back to Nova) it's all good so far.
  9. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Yeah I kinda notice battery draining a bit faster and wondering if because of these launchers. Can anyone confirm these launchers using more battery?
  10. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Pay for Nova Prime

    Long press on app drawer icon

    Choose edit

    Select gesture and assign my magazine to it

    Now you can swipe up from app drawer icon to launch my magazine.

    Alternatively just assign two finger swipe up to launch.


    No. You must have something else running.

    Only your battery stats will tell you what's eating your battery.


    Likely Google Now itself, not the launcher.

    If you have google Now on with location history & reporting on you will get battery drain as it is always on.

    Likewise OK Google will be draining as it's not really optimised currently for other handsets.
  11. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Oh ok. I disabled location service on Google Now, seems helping. Need to see if really improvement once I used the phone more today.
  12. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    So, are you guys saying these launchers have no effect on battery life really? Anyone know specifically with this Kit Kat launcher? Not sure, maybe I'm just paranoid
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Generally no, unless they are badly programmed.

    I suggest you download Nova Launcher instead (it's number 1 for a reason). Pay for Nova Launcher Prime, and sign up for Nova Launcher Beta.

    This will give you the awesome Nova launcher + KitKat theming and it definitely doesn't effect battery life.

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