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I've been looking all over the internet for an answer to this for a while. In hopes of alleviating other people's headache's, here's how to enable/disable automatically adding home screen icons of newly downloaded apps in the newly released Android Oreo. You won't find the setting in the Play Store anymore, nor is it in the Google app settings, or the ...


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The Android Development document Tasks and Back Stack actually covers this pretty nicely. A relevant excerpt: A task is a cohesive unit that can move to the "background" when users begin a new task or go to the Home screen, via the HOME key. While in the background, all the activities in the task are stopped, but the back stack for the task remains ...


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I havent been able to find an intuitive way to modify a desktop shortcut's URL, but I have found a workaround for the problem. Put your phone in airplane mode and disable WiFi to turn off all internet access Open the Chrome browser Type in the URL you are trying to set a shortcut for Press enter and the browser will alert you that you are currently in an ...


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There's no built-in functionality for this, but there are a handful of third-party launchers that support locking the desktop. Off the top of my head, I know that both Apex Launcher and ADW.Launcher do. For Apex, simply double tap on an empty space on the home screen and then select "Lock Desktop" to prevent icons from being added or removed. On ADW....


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Pressing the Home switches you from the app to the home screen, whilst leaving your app running in the background. This is a bit like switching between windows on a Windows PC. Except that when your phone is running low on resources like memory it will start to close apps that are running in the background, so that your phone has enough resources for what ...


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If you don't want use 3rd party apps: This requires decent computer skills and a rooted phone, but here are the steps for android 2.3 Gingerbread. Copy /system/home.apk from your phone to pc. Decompile home.apk using apktool. Goto [decompiled folder]/res/values/integer.xml Change <integer name="number_of_desktop_panes">5</integer>, to 7 or ...


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Espier Launcher might be the closest thing you can get to an "iOS experience". I gave it a test run, it does not have an app drawer... It's pretty much exactly like iOS.


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If it doesn't work out of the box, which is the case with many Android phones, then you have a few different options: A launcher replacement which adds this feature (may not work with all ROMs) A custom ROM like cyanogen mod, which has this feature built in. You can read more about custom ROMs here Wait for an official update which adds this feature. (may ...


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Sounds like you tapped into some spam trap. Certain apps place advertisements this way -- though the new playstore rules do no longer allow that. Others do the same in the notification area. Airpush is the best known evil source of such. I suggest you scan your device for such apps. Try e.g. with TrustGo Ad Detector. Quoting from the apps description: It ...


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You can add the Power Control widget to the home screen to control those functions. Open the app drawer, find the Power Control widget, long press and drag it to the home screen. There are also many widgets in the market that offer expanded functionality when compared to the stock widget.


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It's part of Samsung's multi window feature, and was added by a system update. To disable it, go to the main Settings app. In the Device group, click on Display. In the General group, there's a Multi window item. Uncheck this setting to turn off the sliding tray. If you want to use the multi window feature sometimes, but don't want the sliding tray there ...


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Found it. There's a Direct dial widget you can add from the Applications/Widgets menu. When you select this, it prompts you to choose a contact. There are also shortcut widgets for Direct message, Open contact, etc.


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I think ADW Launcher has a setting that should keep the application in memory. Also, CM has a setting to force the OS to keep the launcher in memory. I dont remember where it is at in CM6, but in CM7 it is in Settings -> CyanogenMod Settings -> Performance and it is called "Lock Home in Memory". I don't remember if it was in the same place or if it was ...


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That's a little bit tricky with Touchwiz. In order to move app links in and out of the icon bar at the bottom on phones with Touchwiz, you have to enter the app list (App Drawer) via the blue menu icon. This is the only icon that can't be removed. Then press the left hardware key and choose edit, but make sure that you are in the "Customizable Grid" view ...


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For the "typical end user", the easiest ways probably are: If the "rogue" was installed from Google Play: On a computer, open the Play Store Website with your favorite web browser Log in with your Google Account credentials Hit the "My Android Apps" tab at the upper-right of the page Look for your "rogue" app Hit the trashcan symbol next to it This will ...


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More of a status update than an answer: Jelly Bean 4.1.2 allows a landscape rotation on small screens. I previously had the same experience (accidentally changed the rotation but could not reproduce it) -- I received the system update yesterday and was pleasantly surprised after the reboot :-)


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If they're on your home screen then long press them and drag them to the trash can on the screen. Depending on what phone you have and what version of Android it's running the trash can be in a different place. On the image below the trash can is at the bottom of the screen however I think on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean it's at the top. If you want to ...


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To prevent deleting or moving your home screen Icons accidentally On your Android version 7 or up. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and hold delay. Now Select Short, Medium, or Long or custom delay It worked for me.


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My reputation is still too low on this site to vote up, so I'm answering to emphaisze Flow's answer. I keep running into this issue in one of my app's. I have various spinner controls and you have to explicitly save their state in onPause() and then restore the states in onResume() -- Android doesn't remember their states automatically. Another ...


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Pressing the Home key allows the user to start a new Task, by showing the launcher. All active Tasks (and therefore Activities incl. your "Air Control" example) will call their onPause() method. It is up to the App (and their Activity) to restore the exact previous state when it comes back visible. It is also possible that the Apps Process gets killed while ...


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AFAIK there's no built-in method to achieve that personalization. I would go with Apex Launcher by Android Does available from Google Play Store, to use with Android 4.0+, it's free and among the features you'll find: Customizable homescreens and grid size Scrollable dock Infinite & elastic scrolling Customizable app and folder icons ...


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When you are on home screen, press the Menu button, then Edit submenu and you will have all the panels displayed. A long press on one of it will select a panel, then you will be able to move it into the trash. You will be able to reduce the number of panels but no way to have more than 7 panels on a SGS2.


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Home screen has seven panels that you can customize. You can't change the number of home screen panels. The quoted part simply means that there are seven panels that can be customized to your liking e.g: add shortcuts, widgets. If you want to decrease that simply switch to a 3rd party launcher like Go launcher Ex.


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Not for a specific person -- but still a shortcut, which simply opens the "compose new mail" screen: Compose Mail Shortcut. There's also Send Mail Shortcut which, from the name, sounds to exactly fit your purpose -- but as it helds no description at all, it's hard to tell. Last but not least: Mail Linker even seems to fit right from its description. ...


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Have a play with SureLock in the Play store. It is pretty good at locking the home screen down.


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Are you sure you have the google-experience launcher? The one that comeswith the Nexus 5 and has integrated Google Now on the leftmost screen? It does not come with the Nexus 7 update, it is Nexus 5 exclusive. You CAN sideload it, but since you mention "Five Homescreens" you don't have it. You have the stock launcher. If you are using the Nexus 7 'stock' ...


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Izzy opined it correctly here that the only sensible place for having factory home screen layout is the launcher's APK itself. Since I don't own a Lenovo device let alone your specific model I used my MTK device running stock 4.2.1 as the testing ground. It has stock launcher (com.android.launcher). About that thing called factory home screen layout -- ...


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Home Button Pressed when in an app: Most apps will save their state (any bit of data that would be needed to keep itself consistent when being resumed), and the device will switch to the launcher app. Home Button Pressed when on the Home screens: This is configurable by many 3rd party launchers; however a lot of them default to bringing you back to your "...


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You can't change this. Simple solution: Don't shut down your phone any more (except when it runs out of battery). If you switch off your screen only, your phone will go to sleep and won't consume much power. If it still eats too much battery, consider disabling wifi, background data, sync or even switching to airplane mode. As noted in the comments the logo ...


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Adding additional home screens is not a stock Android feature so I can't comment specifically, but clearing data for the launcher application should work. Settings → Applications → Manage applications → Launcher (might be named differently) → Clear data You will lose your current home screen configuration, of course, but this should take care of the ...


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