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Seeing it's a day since ML 5.8.0.54022 showed up, but there's not been the usual official thread ...

 

Good: FINALLY I've got the 'Add new apps to phone screen'. I assume it works, but it will probably be awhile before I find out because it's been so long coming I've pretty much got every app installed I want or need now.

 

Bad: Still the bottom tab control bar in the Feed which I won't use, and wouldn't have carried on with ML if it had been there when I first tried ML as I don't use any apps with bottom controls as I hate them so much and they cost me extra pain (disability related) to use. It wouldn't be so bad if we could still just swipe from feed tab to feed tab as we could before, with just swiping the top area going back to the home screen pages - then it would just be a waste of screen real estate I could ignore. OPTIONS, people - options for people who do not like bottom controls.

 

Bad: And a new one in the news feed. Before I was always complaining that the top left 'back' arrow on news feed story pages was very poor at responding to taps, and I'd often have to tap it up to 6 times before it took me back to the news feed. Now there is no back arrow top let - there's a 'close' icon ... but more than half the time the 'padlock' icon immediately next to it catches my attempt to return to the feed and I get the 'connection is secure' dialogue instead, which takes movement to dismiss, and for me movement is pain. This is actually WORSE than when there was the back arrow as at least I didn't have to move as much to just keep tapping it.

 

Bad: The news feed still lives in a world of its own, with the limited news interest selection, not syncing with the Microsoft News apps for Android or Windows 10 and all the selectable interests they have, so not e.g. giving any stories from my local newspaper's website. By comparison the Google Discover feed I can use with Nova gave me local news as well as the rest even before I tried the Google News App, and it gives all the same interests as that app and syncs with it if it is installed. Poor show, Launcher devs.

 

Bad: The option to choose light or dark theme version independently for the folder backgrounds especially e.g. when using the transparent theme as when I started with ML still has not been restored, seriously degrading the look of my home screens. Not only does Nova Launcher allow that, it also allows the user to choose ANY colour and ANY transparency level. The now total lack of user choice over this in ML is pathetic.

 

Bad: I like a suitable visual separator mark between the dock and the rest of the home screen, and I still want the option to have the page indicator always visible, not only while swiping. Not having that means my only choice for a visual separator of sorts is to have the expanded dock for the little 'drag handle' instead of the page indicator I'd like, even though I don't use the expanded dock. But this means I have to put up with the poor touch response that far too often has the dock flying open instead of the dock-pinned app opening I was trying to open. USER OPTIONS.

 

You know, I don't know what you devs were playing with during all the 5.7 beta versions, but I never noticed a single change between any of those versions, so whatever you were working on wasn't anything I care about.

 

The fact that you've done nothing about the folder background in several point versions, and nothing about the tab navigation only bottom controls between 5.7 and 5.8 implies to me you aren't going to do anything. I have now paid for the Prime version of Nova launcher. :sad:

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Oh yes , knew I forgot one ...

 

Bad: I'm not actually sure if this came with 5.8 or started with my installing the Android Edge Beta a few days ago, but either way, in the menu on a news story opened from the news feed there WAS an option to open the story in my default browser - Firefox. Now there is only an option to open the story in Edge. Not cool when Edge is not my default browser. Kindly restore the ability to open in the default browser even if Edge is installed..