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  1. Guytronic's Avatar
    Thread moved to "Other OS's" under "Android"
    Wolfjt and libra89 like this.
    10-22-2017 12:56 PM
  2. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    I understand the feeling, but Android is ok to me. I carry both a Lumia 950XL and an LGV20. I would recommend Launcher 10 on Android and get the paid version with live tiles, and you will get some of the features from Windows phone. You can pin any apps to the home screen. It's really a nice launcher.
    THanks for that. Have you found Launcher 10 to be better than Microsoft's? Do the live tiles really work?
    10-22-2017 02:01 PM
  3. aximtreo's Avatar
    THanks for that. Have you found Launcher 10 to be better than Microsoft's? Do the live tiles really work?
    I just downloaded Launcher 10 to my Pixel xl. Looks promising, works fast and seems to offer the tile ability. Not sure if they are live tiles; more use will determine that.
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    10-23-2017 09:11 AM
  4. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I've been playing around with Launcher 10 all afternoon on my Mate 9. It definitely looks really nice. Live tiles are hit and miss. I paid the premium upgrade to get live tiles and remove ads. The ads are indeed gone, but the live tiles are not all there. My weather tile, contacts tiles, and news tile are not live. Also, moving tiles around was smooth at times and very jumpy at times. When moving a tile went wrong, it usually jumped up two or three rows or even superimposed itself over and existing tile. Once I got everything set up, though, it looked really nice. But, after a few hours, I went back to my stock Android launcher. I'll probably try it out again though.
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    10-23-2017 03:54 PM
  5. Wolfjt's Avatar
    I've been playing around with Launcher 10 all afternoon on my Mate 9. It definitely looks really nice. Live tiles are hit and miss. I paid the premium upgrade to get live tiles and remove ads. The ads are indeed gone, but the live tiles are not all there. My weather tile, contacts tiles, and news tile are not live. Also, moving tiles around was smooth at times and very jumpy at times. When moving a tile went wrong, it usually jumped up two or three rows or even superimposed itself over and existing tile. Once I got everything set up, though, it looked really nice. But, after a few hours, I went back to my stock Android launcher. I'll probably try it out again though.
    After two years on Android I just don't miss the live tiles and I'm pretty sure everyone here will feel the same. I was a big fan of it but it's not missed anymore. The Microsoft launcher is really, really nice. I'm using that
    10-23-2017 04:05 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The Live Tiles were dead more than live back when I used Windows Phone. I've used Android for 2½ years now and have never had any desire to make my Android devices look like Windows devices. I've used Nova Launcher Prime all this time and see no reason to bother with Microsoft Launcher.
    10-23-2017 04:10 PM
  7. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    After two years on Android I just don't miss the live tiles and I'm pretty sure everyone here will feel the same. I was a big fan of it but it's not missed anymore. The Microsoft launcher is really, really nice. I'm using that
    Yeah, I'm like you. I'm gonna get destroyed here after I say this, but the live tiles were awesome at first; however, for whatever reason, they became kind of gimmicky to me. Most of the non-MS app tiles never really worked reliably anyway. But I always loved setting up a new WP and seeing those new tiles light up the screen for the first time. I do suffer from a bit of nostalgia from time to time, and even though there are no live tiles, the MS Launcher is really nice.
    10-23-2017 04:14 PM
  8. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    The Live Tiles were dead more than live back when I used Windows Phone. I've used Android for 2½ years now and have never had any desire to make my Android devices look like Windows devices. I've used Nova Launcher Prime all this time and see no reason to bother with Microsoft Launcher.
    I've tried a few different Windows style launchers, but never for more than a day or so. Android works as is for me, so I always end up back at the stock launcher. I bought Nova Launcher Prime a while back, but got bogged down in customizing the launcher so much that I had to quit and go back to stock. Lol
    10-23-2017 04:17 PM
  9. Timbre70's Avatar
    Lol... Thought only I had this issue. I tried many live tiles launchers, but now just stick to MS Arrow 🎯 launcher.
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    10-23-2017 05:49 PM
  10. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm like you. I'm gonna get destroyed here after I say this, but the live tiles were awesome at first; however, for whatever reason, they became kind of gimmicky to me. Most of the non-MS app tiles never really worked reliably anyway. But I always loved setting up a new WP and seeing those new tiles light up the screen for the first time. I do suffer from a bit of nostalgia from time to time, and even though there are no live tiles, the MS Launcher is really nice.
    I agree. Of all the ones I've tried I like it the best.
    10-23-2017 06:47 PM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I've tried a few different Windows style launchers, but never for more than a day or so. Android works as is for me, so I always end up back at the stock launcher. I bought Nova Launcher Prime a while back, but got bogged down in customizing the launcher so much that I had to quit and go back to stock. Lol
    I've saved my Nova settings in backup, so I've restored the same settings on 3 different Android phones. It didn't cause me to have to redo any customisations.
    10-23-2017 08:25 PM
  12. Guytronic's Avatar
    Nova launcher Androidster here.
    I've tried a number of launchers.
    IMO they all pale next to Nova.

    Once the ins-and-outs are learned there is just no going back.
    Not sure how Nova could improve, yet it does with each update.

    Nova launcher smooths out so many dislikes that some Android users might have.
    10-23-2017 10:11 PM
  13. etphoto's Avatar
    I guess I'll try a launcher on my Galaxy just to see the difference. Personally, I get the feeling MS doesn't want me around so why change my Galaxy to resemble a WP?
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    10-24-2017 07:31 AM
  14. cnashx's Avatar
    I used the stock launcher on my Essential for awhile (Launcher3), but I have recently switched to the Microsoft Launcher and am liking it quite a bit for now.
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    10-24-2017 07:46 AM
  15. JeevanP's Avatar
    I used the stock launcher on my Essential for awhile (Launcher3), but I have recently switched to the Microsoft Launcher and am liking it quite a bit for now.
    To be frank it needs some visual refresh at east for home screen. I do like the way that Pixel launcher looks like. Home screen style of Pixel launcher plus Microsoft launchers side pans is be my dream launcher
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    10-24-2017 07:53 AM
  16. Joe Frazier's Avatar
    I tried using Microsoft Launcher with Microsoft services (even using Edge which I like). However Cortana is so much slower than Google Assistant and, even making apps default etc, it just doesn't have the same "baked in" experience. I have since reverted back to Smart Launcher and dumped MS services for Google's except for Office. I loved Windows Phone but those experiences just aren't the same under Android.
    11-06-2017 08:24 AM
  17. etphoto's Avatar
    I moved to the Galaxy S8 and there was a learning curve but just spend a little time with it and it'll get easier.

    Twitter: @PhotographyET
    11-06-2017 01:26 PM
  18. cnashx's Avatar
    As an update... I have dumped everything Microsoft except for OneDrive... Even switched to Gmail from Outlook (because the integration is just better for google apps).

    I have also dropped Microsoft's Launcher, it was nice but the Google Now pane is just a lot nicer. I have played with the stock Launcher3, Nova, Lawnchair and have now settled on the Pixel Launcher for the last 4 days or so.
    11-06-2017 02:57 PM
  19. Wolfjt's Avatar
    As an update... I have dumped everything Microsoft except for OneDrive... Even switched to Gmail from Outlook (because the integration is just better for google apps).

    I have also dropped Microsoft's Launcher, it was nice but the Google Now pane is just a lot nicer. I have played with the stock Launcher3, Nova, Lawnchair and have now settled on the Pixel Launcher for the last 4 days or so.
    Interesting. I've stayed with Outlook. Only reason is my main mail is an MS account and Inbox only handles Google accounts. I like the outlook mail app. I've dumped office 365, and went with Amazon as my cloud storage and going to use Google docs. I use office for work, but I don't need the fancy office apps for personal use. Sadly MS is just going to be an enterprise biz and nothing for consumers.
    11-06-2017 08:07 PM
  20. cnashx's Avatar
    Interesting. I've stayed with Outlook. Only reason is my main mail is an MS account and Inbox only handles Google accounts. I like the outlook mail app. I've dumped office 365, and went with Amazon as my cloud storage and going to use Google docs. I use office for work, but I don't need the fancy office apps for personal use. Sadly MS is just going to be an enterprise biz and nothing for consumers.
    I use the gmail app for multiple accounts, 1 Exchange, 1 Gmail, 2 Outlook, 1 Other. I have no issues using it this way no more than any issues I had using the Outlook app.
    11-07-2017 09:20 AM
  21. etphoto's Avatar
    Interesting. I've stayed with Outlook. Only reason is my main mail is an MS account and Inbox only handles Google accounts. I like the outlook mail app. I've dumped office 365, and went with Amazon as my cloud storage and going to use Google docs. I use office for work, but I don't need the fancy office apps for personal use. Sadly MS is just going to be an enterprise biz and nothing for consumers.
    Its 2017 and the Android Outlook app doesn't have month view. Its mind blogging. I dumped everything MS (except for my free Onedrive storage). For mail and calendar I settled on Nine. Actually paid $15 for that app but so far, its worth it. Syncs nicely with my calendar (Outlook) on my Window desktop.

    Twitter: @PhotographyET
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    11-07-2017 09:27 AM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    Its 2017 and the Android Outlook app doesn't have month view. Its mind blogging. I dumped everything MS (except for my free Onedrive storage). For mail and calendar I settled on Nine. Actually paid $15 for that app but so far, its worth it. Syncs nicely with my calendar (Outlook) on my Window desktop.

    Twitter: @PhotographyET
    Yep, I agree with you about that. Nine is all I use. I don't care for Outlook.
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    11-07-2017 10:16 AM
  23. neo158's Avatar
    Originally posted by Mark Kaplan
    Originally Posted by Guytronic
    Why did you jump to Android?
    WM should be solid for a bit longer.

    I can see how switching could be very frustrating if you really didn't want to.
    Fair question. I was kind of forced into a move because my diabetic son uses a Dexcom G5 which only has support on iOS or Android. The share app also requires the same. I just cannot deal with the garbage on this os. I may just use the app on wifi and go back to my WP. Pretty expensive to do that but I'm too frustrated. It's been almost a month now.
    Sounds like you might have been better off with one of the Nokia or Pixel devices. Samsung are known for the bloatware they add to their devices.
    03-07-2018 08:50 AM
  24. neo158's Avatar
    Originally posted by RumoredNow
    IMHO, switching to Samsung is a tactical error. They clutter a phone with so much useless, extra, stultifying, overkill add-on un-necessary-ness.

    For me, the closer to stock Android I am the happier I am with the device.

    [/mytwocents]
    Exactly why I'm using a Nokia 8
    03-07-2018 08:51 AM
  25. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    I'm trying Android, A Galaxy S8 Plus. It's a hard transition for me, one that I may not be able to maintain. The lack of standard day to day functions that I took for granted on WP just do not exist on Android. Right down to an assistant (Cortana) that allows me to be so functional by voice when driving. I feel like I've taken a HUGE step backwards. Sure, the apps are nice, but what good are they on an OS as unproductive for me as this? I can live without the apps. I cannot live without having what I consider to be basic functions embedded in the OS. Maybe the lack of apps is what prompted MSFT to do this in the first place. I do not feel I will be away much longer. I've just updated both my X3 & 950 XL to the latest build. I miss Cortana. I never thought the transition would be this hard. As primarily a business user, this is horrible,
    Sorry I could not read through the whole thread, what are the basic things you wanted that you couldn't find in your S8+?
    03-11-2018 01:45 PM
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