what’s this Nova launcher all about
@fdrcamb519 it's a home screen & launcher replacement with a boat load of customizability. Try searching YouTube for "nova launcher" and you will find a wealth of info. Here's a good starter from what I can see:
Nova Launcher is free, though there is a paid version that gives you more features, called Nova Prime. Here's a good tutorial on getting the most from Nova Prime (some of this stuff applies to free Nova as well):
EDIT: I should add: I discovered Nova shortly after moving from BlackBerry devices (last was a Z10 running BB10--was a nice OS at the time!) to Android (started with a 1st gen Moto X), and have been using it ever since now 3 devices later (OnePlus 3, then OnePlus 5T, now OnePlus 7). I've also installed it for family members and configured it for them. One nice feature there is you can lock the layout so that you can't accidentally drag or remove apps without intentionally doing so, which is great for less technically inclined family members (e.g. my mother and uncle).
For a launcher, I tend to use Lean Launcher. It's great on battery life, doesn't have a lot of fluff and it's FREE with no ads or more stuff to buy. Nova is good too, but I find the load time is a bit slow when you have widgets.
Widgets can make your phone look cool with weather, media player and calendar. If you are not worried about batter life, GO NUTS!!!! hehe.
Look for icon packs as well. They can change your look without battery drain. Having a black background with neon blue icons is really crisp.
For customization, ZEDGE is great! Backgrounds, lock screens, sounds and ringtones. I would install Zedge, customize what you need and uninstall it unless you want to keep customizing it every few days.
There are lots of add-ins for android like side menus where you can slide from the sides and create wheel menus. This can keep your home screen open for you background and widgets and keep your apps out of sight and easy to get to.
Just remember, the more you add, the less life you will get. I had an Acer Liquid Zest Plus. Out of the box, I was getting 2.5 days of batter life with moderate usage. After a few widgets, enhancement apps and side menus, it took it down to about 12 hours.
Add a screenshot when you get it the way you like it. I'm sure we'd all love to see it.
I recommend using Google Phone app (on Google play it's called Phone in the Google LLC channel) and by far, it's very good. It also has a spam alert system that will notify you if a call is spam or suspicious. There's also a security tab notifier that tells you the caller could be spam.
My favorite feature is that if you want to make sure, there's an AI answering machine that tries to know if they're legit and you can pickup after.
But if you're using iOS, Truecaller is good app, although I paid for the premium and it's ad-free and useful.