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Why does the arrangement of app icons change (to alphabetical order), and why do folders get deleted, on every update of the Android version?

Follow up Qs:
1. How can I prevent this from happening?
2. Is there a way to restore the previous arrangement, after the update (if I did not follow your answer to Question 1) or does it have to be done manually?

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Are you talking about the app drawer or the home screen? They're different, you know. The app drawer is just a list of your apps. The home screen allows you to arrange icons (including putting them in folders) and widgets. – Al E. Sep 21 '12 at 17:12
I was talking about the drawer. We can customize the arrangements on both the app drawer and the home screen. – S M Sep 21 '12 at 17:25
Not my phone. What device/carrier? – Al E. Sep 21 '12 at 17:38
Samsung Galaxy Note. Vodafone. Maybe its the IceCreamS Launcher's feature or the Samsung Touchwiz Launcher's feature. Am unsure. – S M Sep 21 '12 at 18:03
Only 1 Launcher can be active on a phone right? How do you know which Launcher is currently active? The android one or the carrier one? – S M Sep 21 '12 at 18:09

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