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June 20, 2018

How to get Android Oreo features on device that won’t receive the update

Android Oreo is available since last February but many devices didn’t receive the update yet or never will (Huawei P9, Galaxy S5 and S5 Note, Sony Z5 series, ZenFone 2, HTC 9, Nexus 5 & 6). Don’t worry, thanks to Smart Launcher 5 you can get several of the major Android Oreo features on your device even without the system update! 

Notification Dots

Icons in the home screen notify new events with a colored dot.

1 – install Smart Launcher 5 from Google Play Store
2 – Run it and set it as default launcher for your device
3 – Long press on the home screen, then select “home page” → “Notifications” and enable the first option
4 – Enjoy Adaptive icons and Notification dots on your smartphone!

April 5, 2018

How to get Adaptive Icons on any Android device

Adaptive icons are icons that can adapt their appearance to any shape.  This new format has been introduced only recently with Android 8.0 Oreo. 

A variety of masks applied to an adaptive icon

Adaptive icons animation

In order to see Adaptive Icons on your device, you must fulfill 3 requirements. 
 – Your device must run Android 8.0 or higher
 – Your launcher must support Adaptive icons
 – The app developer must have included an adaptive icon in its app.

The new Smart Launcher 5 supports the new format but it also does something more. It opens Adaptive Icons to any Android device running Android 4.0 or higher. Some other launchers claim to do something similar requiring the download of a special icon pack. 
Smart Launcher 5 instead empowers your device with truly native support for Adaptive Icons (and for free). This means you will be able to see an app Adaptive Icons as it was intended by its developer.

You can download Smart Launcher 5 using this link

April 1, 2018

How to make Smart Launcher 5 looks like Smart Launcher 3

Smart Launcher 5 is available only by few days. Specialized blogs praised the work done by the team during this years and the new astonish UI. However, some old date Smart Launcher 3 users could prefer the old look.  That is not a problem because since build 041, the team included an easy way to get back the classic Smart Launcher 3 layout.

To restore Smart Launcher 3 category position, search bar position and home page app layout, just follow this instructions:

  • Check you’re using Smart Launcher 5 version 041 or higher.
  • Open Preferences → Themes
  • Select SL3
  • Wait until the end of the procedure

Let us know if this article helped you.

September 7, 2015

Fix lock screen problem on Huawei roms

In order for the lock screen to show up, it must have been given the permission.
This can be done under:

Phone Manager → Toolbox (upper right corner) → Dropzone management → tick the app
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September 7, 2015

Fix lock screen problem on MIUI roms

In order for the lock screen to show up, it must have been given the permission.
This can be done under:
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June 8, 2015

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