When the official 4.2 update started rolling out to the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, one of the things I was most looking forward to was switching to the updated launcher. Unfortunately, ASUS decided to omit this option, which happens to be readily available on the TF300 with 4.2. Feeling disappointed and sad, I turned the TF700 off and set it to the side.
Thanks to a comment left on our TF700 Jelly Bean ROM download post from earlier today, my spirits were once again lifted. Turns out there's actually a very simple way to enable the new launcher, ASUS just decided to leave the option out of the standard settings menu. Here's how to access it.
- Download and install a third party launcher like Nova, ADW, Apex, etc.
- Launch said launcher.
- Long-press on the homescreen and select Shortcuts > Activities.
- From there, scroll down to Settings, hit the drop down, and select "Switch Launcher."
- Run the newly-created shortcut to open a hidden option in the settings menu that allows you to switch from the old-style launcher to the new, and vice versa.
The off-center home button is driving me mad.
And that's it. It's unclear why ASUS decided to leave this option tucked away, but at least it's only a few taps away to uncover what was once hidden.