Liked the Jolla smartphone's UI, but not the phone? Don't worry, you can skin your Android easily with the Jolla launcher
posted by Chris P. / Oct 17, 2014, 6:27 AM
But that doesn't mean everything about the Jolla smartphone was bad. The interface, for example, was interesting, if not quite intuitive for first-time users. Obviously, this means that you'll either end up loving or hating it, but that's actually okay. The good news is, if you belong in the first group and have an Android device, you can side-load the Jolla Launcher apk easily and get to experience the gesture-based UI in as complete a form as can be reasonably expected on devices other than the Jolla smartphone itself.
The launcher requires Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above, and we've tested it on several devices to ensure that it works normally. There are still some small kinks to be worked out, but overall, we were happy to see that the port was a well-executed one.
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that's the freakin' reason, why I'd love to switch to Android.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 6:42 AM 16
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when you will realize that the launcher drains your battery faster you will not regret uninstalling it :)
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 10:13 AM 2
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Is this based on actual use....or trolling..... Just curious because if it is on actual use settings in the app could make things better. Or an update away from better battery life. And sometimes it just does eat more battery.
posted on Oct 19, 2014, 1:31 AM 0
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I'd like to switch to Jolla if they make better hardware.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 10:39 AM 3
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but how do you remove it -_-
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 6:53 AM 0
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uninstall it from the apps section in the settings...you can also (if you have android 4.4.x)go to settings, select "home", then you will get a list of the installed launchers and each one of them will have a trashcan icon on the right side, you can use them to uninstall the launchers that you don't like...if you have an app like es file explorer you can also delete the junk files(if any) that are left after uninstalling.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 11:52 AM 1
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#der_damo make the jump to Android...you won't be disappointed. Just get a good Android not a base model and you'll be happy. Grab a Nexus 5 for under 400. Sent via my rooted Note 3 running HyperDrive R.5 & Lean Kernel(at the moment! )
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 6:57 AM 3
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This is one thing that will always make me pick Android over everything else. No Android phone will ever be the same. With changing your lock screen, keyboard, launcher, icons, even ADDING functionality. And that's all built in. It's why Android is on top and always will be in my opinion.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 9:35 AM 6
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Tried it, and it wasn't bad. Back to Nova! (Only because I'm a creature of habit, and as much as I like a different launcher or theme, I always come back to the same layout I've had since my G1...) Heads up though, Lookout will report the sideloaded APK as malware. I had to fight around that to get the app installed.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 9:57 AM 1
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The Jolla review was just ridiculous thing from PA. It is perfectly usable phone with a nifty UI.
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 10:37 AM 6
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What did you expect from PA? You can't let a writer whose a android fanboy write a review of a new phone like jolla. Plus most of these guys hate nokia and MS so it could be that these are all ex Nokia people
posted on Oct 17, 2014, 4:09 PM 0
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