Android tablets seem to be slumping hard: sales are down and developers aren’t interested in supporting them with specific apps…not even Google. But with slumping interest comes depressed secondhand market sales, so tablets are also hard to get rid of. There are a lot of things you can do with a tablet you’re not using, but my favorite use is sticking it on an elaborate PC desktop and using it as a dedicated widget pad and notification center. Here’s how you go about it.
What we’re aiming for here is a large, flexible area to fill up with visual information. Google’s default launchers aren’t especially well-suited for the task, as they’re focusing more and more on individual apps and animations, and the launchers grudgingly made by non-Google Android tablet vendors tend to range from okay to terrible.
For preference, I use Nova Launcher. I’ve tested dozens and dozens of Android home screen replacements in several years of working for an Android blog, and I have no reservations about recommending it. For the sake of this article I’ll be using the free version of the app, but the $4 upgrade is absolutely worth it if you want extra features like custom gestures and notification badges. Nova Launcher also has the option for integrated Google Now, which as far as I know is unique among launchers on the Play Store.
The following setup instructions can be duplicated on other launchers if you prefer. But seriously, Nova Launcher is great.Read More...
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