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Bring back HTC Blinkfeed on Nova or Apex Launcher

If you are like me, you liked Blinkfeed on your HTC One using its built in launcher, Sense 5. However, despite Sense 5 being very polished, more customisation and speed can be obtained using a third party launcher like Apex or Nova. The problem is Blinkfeed is part of Sense, so doesn’t appear with any third party solution. However, there is a solution to create a shortcut that looks like an app on the home screen.

Below is a screen shot of my home screen using Nova Launcher Prime. Two thirds down on the right hand side is an icon HTC, labelled Blinkfeed. Pressing this brings up Blinkfeed.

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To get to this point, first press and hold on a blank area of the screen to bring up the below menu.

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Press shortcuts, and then you will get to the screen below. Select Activites.

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Then scroll down till you get to HTC Sense and select this.

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The icon will now appear on the home screen. Press and hold it and rename it Blinkfeed. Now press the icon and its brings up Blinkfeed and any other home screens you had with Sense. Remove these other home screens, setup Blinkfeed and once finished, press the capacitive home button.

Job done.

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How to get notification badges on android apps

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Look at the above screen shot. You will see notifications on the Twitter app, and on the folder above, which when opens shows a notification for Pocketcasts.

To achieve the above you need to download Nova Launcher, buy Nova Launcher Prime and Missed it. In Nova Settings, Unread Counts, change the Provider for Missed it. In the phones settings app, go to accessibility and turn on Missed it. Go to the Missed it app and select all the apps that you want badges to show. The proviso is that badges only show for apps that send notifications to the status bar.

I must admit it has been refreshing using Nova Launcher instead of Apex Launcher, but I do prefer the one setting on Apex that allows for the status bar to match the wallpaper. Also Apex allows individual resizing of icons for the dock, folders, and homescreen. But Nova allows the clock to be removed from the status bar, has alternative folder styles as shown in screen shot and allows integration with Missed it. For a number of the advanced features you need to have rooted your phone.

Apex Launcher Themes – 16 options

The beauty of android of iOS is the ability to customise it. This can be done without rooting just by using a different launcher which has optional themes. I personally prefer Apex Launcher Pro.

Below are 16 screen shots and a note of the theme name. Let me know your favourite.

First up is the default theme.

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Next up is Crystal HD

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Cube Theme

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Next is DCikonZ theme

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Next up is iDroid

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Inspire

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iPhoned HD

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Jellybean HD

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To make sure these all display, the next 8 will be in the next article.