Saturday, February 2, 2013

[ssLauncher-Tip] The options for smoothness

One of the most important criteria to select a launcher of many users is 'smoothness' of the animation. To improve this 'softness' of course, all the launcher developers are trying as much as possible they can. But so many version of Android OS make it hard to implement this smoothness for all. As you know, there are so many versions already for the references of Android OS: 'Eclair', 'Froyo', 'Gingerbread', ..., and 'Jelly bean'. And device manufacturers modify this for their each device model. Also, There exist many customized ROMs.
This is part of the biggest advantages of Android's operating system, based on open source, but also disadvantages.
(Well, in personal opinion I think the advantage is much greater. :P)
For these reasons, the 'smoothness' can vary according to the firmware even if it is the same launcher. Since each of the launchers on the market has different implementation of the animation used when switching screens, a firmware will has a launcher of which chemistry fits well.
Therefore, it should not be assumed that a launcher is not well-optimized because it has so many lag on my current device. It can be the most smooth launcher for another firmware.

ssLauncher has the following 6 options related to this 'smoothness'.

1. 'Scroll wallpaper' in menu > preferences: It can decrease the smoothness. (May not be effective depending on the firmware.)

2. 'Buttery smooth' in menu > preferences: It can improve the smoothness dramatically. (May not be effective depending on the firmware.)

3. 'Less memory' in menu > preferences: Generally it can decrease the smoothness. But it can remove the lag by high memory use on the device with high resolutions.

4. 'Type' in menu > theme > animation: The smoothness is varying according to animation type.

5. 'Hide frame' in menu > theme > animation: If this option is checked, there is quite a bit of smoothness improvement.

6. 'Use GPU rendering' in menu > theme > animation: This is enabled from over Android 3.0 for some animation types. However, please keep in mind that hardware acceleration does not always guarantee the smoothness improvement.

As I mentioned earlier, the effect of the options can vary depending on the firmware. So you should find the best option set for your device.

Try it now. :)

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the good work!

    With 1.9.7, I now get a permanently bleeding area at the bottom every time the task bar area gets hidden at the top; same size.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. Please let me know your device model and Android version.

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    2. i have the same problem. im running 4.1 on my galaxy s2

      still, thx for a great launcher :D

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    3. This issue has been resolved in the upcoming update. :)

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    4. wow that was fast! gj and thx a lot :)

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  2. I have a Cynus T2/4.0.4; if I unselect 'Full screen', everything is stable. On my Ascend G300/4.0.3, after the unselect the screen area actually get that bit larger; I can overscroll it vertically.

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    1. This issue has been resolved in the upcoming update. :)

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  3. And here's a new one :) :
    On 4.0.4 only, if I select an app from the task manager and then exit it via the back button, I end up with the stock launcher. A click on 'home' then gets me back to ssLauncher.

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    1. I could not make the issue on my test devices. :(

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    2. I couldn't reproduce it after an hour or so, either...

      But here is one: Under 4.0.4, whenever the Top App page opens, the menu pops up at the bottom as well.

      (Will you be including an option to switch off the labels at some point ?)

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    3. You can hide page label by checking the option 'hide labels' in menu > theme > label. Also, you can hide the dock menu bar with the option 'hide dock bar' in menu > preferences.

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    4. My fault, sorry :)

      Is this a bug or a feature ? :
      If I flip the notification drawer up quickly, the status bar gets hidden (my default), but if I just release it gently, the status bar stays visible (4.0.4, just updated to 4.1.1).

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    5. It seems a bug of Android 4.1.x. The launcher is listening 'focus on' event to hide status bar when closing the notification panel. But sometimes the event is not delivered properly on Android 4.1.x. It is same for Apex launcher.

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  4. When i try to install this launcher i got an error 'could not install' using android 4.1.2 on a note 2.

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    1. Which version did you try? The free or the paid?

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    2. Free version. I dont have a cc. Is there a wat to buy the paid version whit PayPal?

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    3. Sorry. You can get the paid version from only Google Play.

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  5. Some themes doesnt applied on the latest ssl version

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  6. I seem to miss the standard; tlf, sms,app-drawer and so on, on my HOME Screen. Yes, I'v obviously managed to make them through the edit settings, but only by TITLES and that's OK, but I would prefer to have the accordingly icons for the standard HOME Page as well. Please tip me here how to get them back, if possible.
    Best regard,
    Lapthor.
    Heres my mail:
    tmbernt@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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