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[MOD] Stock Launcher | No Search Bar | 4x5 Portrait Grid | 4.0.4 Test Version Avail!

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By djmcnz, Retired Recognized Developer on 10th December 2011, 04:33 PM
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Introduction
Here is a version of the stock ICS/GN launcher modded to remove the search bar and reclaim that space in portrait mode by providing a 4x5 grid. The search bar is hidden, the grid is increased to 4x5 and the margins are all adjusted to compensate.
Compatibility
  • Version 3.0 is for ROM's prior to 4.0.3 (includes landscape support)
  • Verison 4.0 is for ROM's with Android 4.0.3 or later (landscape support coming soon)
Features:
  • Google search bar removed from home screen
  • Search still works as expected
  • Choose 3, 5 or 7* (*experimental) home screens!
  • Great with Paul's search button mod available here
  • 4x5 grid enabled in portrait mode to reclaim the search bar space
  • Vertical grid height reduced slightly to accommodate 5 rows
  • Landscape (where available) remains 4x4 (4x5 doesn't fit without scaling) so bottom row is chopped off (gracefully)
  • Transparent folders by Evostance included in version 4 and up!
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Installation:
  1. Works on most ICS roms (you may experience problems with smaller resolution screens)
  2. Install an alternative launcher first so you have options if this does not work!
  3. Boot to CWM recovery and make a backup
  4. Select one zip file from this list:

    Version 3 (for pre-4.0.3 ROMs)

    Version 4 (for 4.0.3 and above ROMs)
  5. Flash the selected zip in recovery
  6. Hit thanks below if it works out for you and please provide feedback
Optional Stock Folders
The latest mod includes transparent folder backgrounds, if you'd prefer the stock/standard black circular ones then follow the link below.
  • Instructions to revert to stock icons: click here
Credit & Thanks
  • Evostance for providing me with the 4.0.3 framework and launcher to work with as well as the transparent folder pngs!
  • Paul @ MoDaCo for including this mod in the MCR kitchen...
Launcher Tweaking Instructions

The method to achieve this mod with the stock launcher is substantially more complex since Android 4.0.3 so I've provided some instructions in the document linked below. I can't promise these will stay relevant and you need to have some pre-existing knowledge before you can start but they should help.

Tweaking the ICS Launcher (xda post)

If this helps you also, then consider hitting 'Thanks' below.
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10th December 2011, 04:51 PM |#2  
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so far so good. i'm not too keen on auto rotation of launchers, but otherwise i'm quite pleased with it. on other launchers it's still a 4x4 grid, which i'm sure you know. i like having that extra space personally, though. thanks
also, will let you know if i run into any issues.

edit: def a little tight at the top, btw.
edit: actually, after loading the Google Voice widget, it sits at the top just like on my SGS2. BUT, there's still room on the left and right, unlike how it was on the SGS2. it just filled up an entire square. so possibly decrease the side margins i'm thinking.
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Originally Posted by mrvirginia

so far so good. i'm not too keen on auto rotation of launchers, but otherwise i'm quite pleased with it. on other launchers it's still a 4x4 grid, which i'm sure you know. i like having that extra space personally, though. thanks
also, will let you know if i run into any issues.

edit: def a little tight at the top, btw.
edit: actually, after loading the Google Voice widget, it sits at the top just like on my SGS2. BUT, there's still room on the left and right, unlike how it was on the SGS2. it just filled up an entire square. so possibly decrease the side margins i'm thinking.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll do a non-rotating one tomorrow if I get time after looking at the margins.
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Link to download comes up with "oops google chrome cant find the file".

Wonder if google have blocked it because they dont like the fact you made there launcher better :)
10th December 2011, 05:14 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by Shetlander

Link to download comes up with "oops google chrome cant find the file".

Wonder if google have blocked it because they dont like the fact you made there launcher better :)

can confirm the path is not fully set in the link Would love to give this a spin too
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Originally Posted by Shetlander

Link to download comes up with "oops google chrome cant find the file".

Wonder if google have blocked it because they dont like the fact you made there launcher better :)

I already got the initial one lets see just restarted it the phone after replacing launcher2.apk via root explorer I was on adw. Now I will go back to the launcher more to follow.
10th December 2011, 05:15 PM |#7  
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looks good.. thanks!! always good stuff, especially from the n1 days..

using villainrom on francos kernal. margins are a bit tight, but theyve always been with launchers with 5 rows.

would it be possible to have a 5x5 grid?
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10th December 2011, 05:18 PM |#8  
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Would it work with other phone's or just for this phone ?
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Have not downloaded the modified zip yet this is the original one....

Don't get me wrong this is definitely better than the original one, but I love to use simi clock and you can clearly see the divider bar not getting along here...check it out...



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10th December 2011, 05:50 PM |#10  
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Link is down.I would like to test it.Love using the whole screen

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Originally Posted by afilopou

Link is down.I would like to test it.Love using the whole screen

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Download Temp

He had a file original which is the one I have flashed, while he fixes the link try using the one here.

How I got it to work was. I had the ADW Launcher EX bought it for .10 cent.
Then went via root explorer renamed the original launcher
And then pasted this there.
Rebooted and wallah!
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