Speeding up lag on tablets

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by theapplefanboyj, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

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    I currently have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and it's been exceedingly slow since I've ever bought it (though it's unexpectedly faster then the Tab 3, in my opinion.) I've installed a vanilla launcher from the play store, and that's helped with most of the lag. So touch wiz is probably one of the issues sorted out. Any other work arounds?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Unless you can flash a clean cyanogenmod mod rom then you will still be stuck with Touchwiz no matter what vanilla launcher you utilise.

    You can put a dress on a pig, but underneath its still a pig....
     
  3. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I installed Google now to my Note 3, (thanks MacRumorUser for helping) and noticed most of the lag was gone, so yeah it seems like the launcher helps a ton. You can also turn off many of the Samsung services running in the background.
     
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    google now launcher?
     
  5. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Yes, that's what I meant. I love it, works very nicely for my needs.
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I use Nova but havn't tried google...it better? if you have tried both?
     
  7. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Nova is very nice also, and has a ton more features. They are very different, try them out both.
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Big fan of the Google Now Launcher myself - ironically though I am using Nova on top of my S4 GE but set up to match Google Experience Launcher. The benefit for me is that I can create folders in my app drawer and also create a shortcut on the menu button to trigger the multi-tasking selection.

    I do prefer bigger icons that came with the google launcher.
     
  9. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Might take a look at least...I do like Nova but want to see other options.
     
  10. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Disabling every single "S-XXX" app on my S4 helped clear up some of the stutter and lag. As did disabling a tonne of Samsungs preloaded apps.
     
  11. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Hmm, is it possible to use Nova but have the Google now page when you swipe to the left? That might be the best of both worlds.
     
  12. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Not swipe left, but you can do Swipe up, down or double tap. (There are other gestures, but they require 2 fingers to use. I personally use swipe up.)

    Nova Settings -> Gestures and Buttons -> Tap 'Swipe Up' or 'Swipe Down' or 'Double Tap' (whichever gesture you want to use) -> You will then see 3 tabs at the top of the page 'Nova' 'Apps' 'Shortcuts' -> Select Apps and scroll down to Google and tap it. -> Done
     
  13. sracer macrumors 603

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    This. I was amazed at the difference doing that on my GTab 2 7.0. Performance and battery life have been dramatically improved. It even made the windowable applets useful.
     
  14. theapplefanboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I might try disabling those samsung applications. And I may install cynagogen mod if I have the time. Thanks :)
     
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Nice, thanks.
     
  16. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Clear your cache.

    The built-in recovery should let you do this.

    I found that Link2SD helps too for whatever reason, even if it's a small SD card.
     
  17. blackhand1001, Mar 21, 2014
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    Your best option would be to install cyanogenmod. You can either do the stable 10.2 ROM or the 11 m release. I really hate that Samsung's tablets are the most popular as there are much better android tablets. The tab series always seems to have slow CPUs as well.

    The good news is from what I can recall the tab 2 series is well supported by cyanogenmod, although the best support would be the nexus series and other tablets that use a stock android base for their stock roms.
     
  18. sracer macrumors 603

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    cyanogenmod is good on GTab 2 devices, but in my opinion not as good as a carefully pruned stock ROM.
     
  19. theapplefanboyj thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  20. sracer macrumors 603

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    Stock Android or stock GTab? I was referring to the stock GTab ROM. I apologize for any confusion.

    I find the stock GTab ROM that has been carefully pruned of S-apps to be superior to any other ROM available for the GTab. Samsung took the time to tune Android for their device... adding their bloatware on top of that is what causes the slowdown. Remove the bloat, and performance is fine.
     

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