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OESF Portables Forum _ Gemini PDA - Android _ Missing apps' names on the home screen under Oreo

Posted by: Varti May 7 2019, 04:17 AM

Now that I have updated to Oreo, the names of the apps in the home screen have disappeared, only their icons are shown. Since I can't recognize some of the apps solely by their icons, does anybody know how to put back all the apps' names under their relative icons?

Varti

Posted by: gidds May 7 2019, 07:23 AM

Have you tried removing a shortcut from your home screen (hold, and drag to the 'X'), and then re-adding it (swipe up from the bottom to show the apps list, hold, and drag into position)?

If that fails, I don't know what to suggest.

(In desperation, I managed to rename a shortcut by editing Launcher3's .sqlite file, but that's for experts only, very fiddly, and may need root access. The latter explains why I can't test it myself: I have rooted Android, and so won't be able to try the update until the new rooted firmware is made available for download.)

Posted by: greguu May 8 2019, 11:51 PM

QUOTE(gidds @ May 8 2019, 03:23 AM) *
Have you tried removing a shortcut from your home screen (hold, and drag to the 'X'), and then re-adding it (swipe up from the bottom to show the apps list, hold, and drag into position)?

If that fails, I don't know what to suggest.

(In desperation, I managed to rename a shortcut by editing Launcher3's .sqlite file, but that's for experts only, very fiddly, and may need root access. The latter explains why I can't test it myself: I have rooted Android, and so won't be able to try the update until the new rooted firmware is made available for download.)


Considering the icon names are missing also in the official screenshots from Planet Computers it is likely that this is caused by a setting in the launcher.It does not bother me at all to be honest...

Posted by: Mithren Ithil May 9 2019, 12:02 AM

QUOTE(Varti @ May 7 2019, 01:17 PM) *
Now that I have updated to Oreo, the names of the apps in the home screen have disappeared, only their icons are shown. Since I can't recognize some of the apps solely by their icons, does anybody know how to put back all the apps' names under their relative icons?

Varti


I'm using T-UI so I can't see my icons, but Keepass2Android wasn't available as an app when I typed it in the cli. It was still installed and I could run it from the Play Store. I had to reboot and it then was available.

Posted by: Varti May 9 2019, 07:10 AM

@gidds:
I have tried to remove a link and to re-add it as you suggested, to no avail unfortunately, thanks anyway for the suggestion.

@greguu:
I didn't notice that on Planet's screenshots, thanks for the tip. I was sure the icon labels were present the first time I booted into Oreo, and then they permanently disappeared after a first reboot, but now I believe this wasn't the case. I really miss them, since for some of the icons on my home screen I don't remember which app they are supposed to be. I'll see if I can find the option to re-enable them again; I have found online some references to a "Hide icon labels" setting in the Home Screen settings page, though this item is missing on my Gemini, this might be available only on newer Android revisions.

Varti

Posted by: Steve Goodey May 10 2019, 12:58 AM

QUOTE(Varti @ May 7 2019, 12:17 PM) *
Now that I have updated to Oreo, the names of the apps in the home screen have disappeared, only their icons are shown. Since I can't recognize some of the apps solely by their icons, does anybody know how to put back all the apps' names under their relative icons?

Varti


This change is a bit of a pain. Couldn't Google have left this as an option? I found some mentions of apps on the Play Store that could add the labels back but I couldn't get them to work.

Would changing to another launcher rectify this I wonder?

Steve

Posted by: gymbo May 10 2019, 04:03 AM

QUOTE(Steve Goodey @ May 10 2019, 10:58 AM) *
QUOTE(Varti @ May 7 2019, 12:17 PM) *
Now that I have updated to Oreo, the names of the apps in the home screen have disappeared, only their icons are shown. Since I can't recognize some of the apps solely by their icons, does anybody know how to put back all the apps' names under their relative icons?

Varti


This change is a bit of a pain. Couldn't Google have left this as an option? I found some mentions of apps on the Play Store that could add the labels back but I couldn't get them to work.

Would changing to another launcher rectify this I wonder?

Steve

I use Nova and don't have this problem. I've seen others mentioning that they use different launchers, and don't have the problem either. I ASSUME it will "put them back" as well (the information is probably there...), but can't say for sure.

Posted by: Steve Goodey May 10 2019, 04:29 AM

QUOTE(Steve Goodey @ May 10 2019, 09:58 AM) *
QUOTE(Varti @ May 7 2019, 12:17 PM) *
Now that I have updated to Oreo, the names of the apps in the home screen have disappeared, only their icons are shown. Since I can't recognize some of the apps solely by their icons, does anybody know how to put back all the apps' names under their relative icons?

Varti


This change is a bit of a pain. Couldn't Google have left this as an option? I found some mentions of apps on the Play Store that could add the labels back but I couldn't get them to work.

Would changing to another launcher rectify this I wonder?

Steve


I think I owe Google an apology. I've just noticed the labels are there in portrait mode, not landscape. So could this be a Gemini Oreo bug?

Steve.

Posted by: Varti May 10 2019, 06:53 AM

QUOTE(Steve Goodey @ May 10 2019, 02:29 PM) *
I think I owe Google an apology. I've just noticed the labels are there in portrait mode, not landscape. So could this be a Gemini Oreo bug?

Good find! I have checked and I can confirm it; this seems to be a feature, rather than a bug:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/pixel-2/help/icon-labels-landscape-mode-t3695588

(The Pixel 2 smartphone was shipped with Oreo). I guess the easiest way to fix this is to install an alternative launcher, as already suggested in this thread.

Varti

Posted by: gidds May 10 2019, 07:56 AM

QUOTE(Steve Goodey @ May 10 2019, 01:29 PM) *
I've just noticed the labels are there in portrait mode, not landscape. So could this be a Gemini Oreo bug?

My plan of holding off the update for a couple of weeks, until the major bugs have been identified and hopefully fixed or worked around, seems to be justified… dry.gif

Posted by: Steve Goodey May 10 2019, 08:20 AM

QUOTE(Varti @ May 10 2019, 03:53 PM) *
QUOTE(Steve Goodey @ May 10 2019, 02:29 PM) *
I think I owe Google an apology. I've just noticed the labels are there in portrait mode, not landscape. So could this be a Gemini Oreo bug?

Good find! I have checked and I can confirm it; this seems to be a feature, rather than a bug:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/pixel-2/help/icon-labels-landscape-mode-t3695588

(The Pixel 2 smartphone was shipped with Oreo). I guess the easiest way to fix this is to install an alternative launcher, as already suggested in this thread.

Varti


Thanks Varti, so I was right to blame google!

Is there anything I should be aware of installing the Nova launcher does anyone know?

Steve

Posted by: Steve Goodey May 11 2019, 06:35 PM

Quite impressed with Nova Launcher. Gives me back the home screen icon labels in landscape mode and the option of removing the google search bar at the top of the first home screen.

Might even buy the pro version as a thank you.

Steve.

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