The impending release of the Google Now Launcher (GNL) presents a bit of a dilemma. The cool Google Now integration isn't possible with third-party launchers, but GNL doesn't have many customization options. If you're rooted, there is at least one way to get around that – the new Xposed GEL Settings, which as you can tell from the name, requires the Xposed Framework.

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Xposed GEL Settings adds a number of useful features to GNL (remember it used to be known as the Google Experience Launcher). This is still an early release, but here's what it can already do.

  • hide Google search bar / automatically show search bar on Google Now
  • hide apps from the app drawer
  • resize the home screen grid
  • change the number of hotseat apps (icons above the navigation bar)
  • hide icon labels on home screen and/or on app drawer
  • apply settings without rebooting your device
  • The developer, who has posted this mod on XDA, plans to add more features as he gets requests. Coming soon are export/import settings, changing the color/size of the icon labels, hiding the page indicator, and more. Keep in mind messing around with Xposed modules can cause some instability, and root in general makes it easier to break things. The full details are available at the link below. Use your best judgment and have fun.


    Ryan Whitwam
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    • Connor

      It could really do with icon changing.

      • aNYthing6

        Unicon works, but I wish it would allow me to apply icons manually.

        • Elliot Kotis

          doesn't have changing specific apps does it?

      • Trent Callahan

        You're doing a great job with Holofication - Honestly, keep it up.(:

        • Connor

          Hah, thanks. Didn't expect to see someone here from Holofication Nation.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Yep, we all love what you are doing with it! It's sucks FaceBook isn't possible, you would make that an absolute gem!

          • Andy Stetson

            There are a few of us in here! Instagram and CNN are great! I don't use the other two, so can't comment on them.

            • Connor

              Last.fm is coming soon if you're interested

            • Andy Stetson

              I'll keep an eye out, haven't used it in years (since they made users pay to listen on mobile, and I lost unlimited data), but will give it a go!

    • Fry

      Great! Now I can use it again. The icon labels and not being able to change the grid was killing me. Hopefully he'll add support for icon packs to.

      • Matt Dowdy

        You can use the unicon xposed module from the play store which allows you to apply icon packs system wide

        • Fry

          Yea, I looked at it the other day. The only thing stopping me from using it is what @aNYthing6 said down below.

        • Catherine Roberts


          ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛⫩ ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛︨♛ ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛If these are added in this mod in future version, I'll switch to GNL in a heartbeat.

    • Alberto Blasi

      folders in the drawer would be nice

      • Dan Andersen

        I think app drawer sorting options (ie; alpha, categories) would be a nice addition. collapsible categories to keep it clean. but i wish that there was an option to hide apps in the app drawer that I've moved to the home screen. I don't need them in both areas.

        • baj

          theres an xposed module for that... Hide Apps Xposed.. worked great for me

        • baj

          theres an xposed module for that... Hide Apps Xposed.. worked great for me

      • Rook HD

        yup... can't live without sorting my drawer into folder

      • Rickin

        I have a folder with message apps (whatsapp, hangouts, fb messenger and skype) with messages icon on the drawer, it fells great

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Xposed is the future!

      • Stanley Chan

        I agreed. A lot of people are giving up of CM and another custom roms because Xposed. My Nexus 7 with gravity box and this Xposed GEL is perfect. My GS 4 with WanamXposed and Nova laucher with stock sammy with a total clean up rom, are way better than the buggy CM 11.

        Yes Xposed framework is the future!

      • Fussolia

        What's going to happen when ART becomes standard?

        • Sergio

          Xposed will adopt ART

          • David Spivey

            In case you missed the post on XDA, this was asked, and the author specifically said it wasn't possible at this time to make xposed work with ART, and he didn't know if it will ever be. I really don't know where you get your information. Do you have proof to back up this statement, or are you just spouting rubbish?

            • jaduncan

              I'm pleased to say that the dev has started work on it, and has stated that he got App Settings to run under an experimental Xposed ART build at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=49979752

              You might also want to work on talking more pleasantly to people.

            • brkshr

              Thanks... and well said.

            • Pradeep Viswanathan R

              +1 Thanks for posting my exact thought :)

    • George

      I love that wallpaper. Anyone know where I could find it?

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Nova launcher has ruined me for other launchers. Tabs and folders in app drawer and swipe gestures on icons - these two are my must have features for any launcher. If these are added in this mod in future version, I'll switch to GNL in a heartbeat.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell


        Can't live without my separate "Games" tab in Nova, though I wish there were a way for it to automatically know to put games in there up installation so I wouldn't have to do it manually. (Nova could query google play with the apk name and get the category... so it's feasible)

        Also love swipe gestures on icons, though, another wish I have is a setting for swipe-up on icon folders to auto-launch the "first" app in the group by default, which is how I usually set it up (only deviation being my Google Maps, where a swipe up navigates home)

    • Benjamen Meiers

      Out of Xposed and ART... I chose ART. Would be nice though.

    • Stacey Liu

      I'm assuming there's no fix for the blurry icons on the Nexus 4.

    • Rickin

      Can you apply icon packages on this?