A common annoyance that many Galaxy Nexus users have often griped about is the inability of Ice Cream Sandwich to remove the Google Search bar from the homescreen. While many users don’t mind the Google Search bar hanging around, some just don’t want it and end up exasperated after not being able to turn off the widget from their homescreen.
Luckily, there’s a workaround available for that. The solution comes from developers on the XDA Developers site, and the solution not only removes the search bar but also enables a 4×5 grid, which provides 1 more row. The device originally has support for a 4×4 grid.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to rework that homescreen and give you a bigger grid, in addition to getting rid of the Google Search bar on the homescreen.
Installing the mod gives you a whole lot of features including the ability to remove the Google Search bar from the homescreen, the ability to choose between 3 to 5 homescreens, a 4×5 grid enabled in portrait mode, a vertical grid height that accommodates 5 rows, and a landscape view that has a 4×4 grid (4×5 when scaling is enabled). Take note that this mod does not remove Google Search functionality from your phone. Google Search will still work, but it will no longer be shown as a widget on your homescreen.
Download any of the following mods that you wish to install in unto your Galaxy Nexus:
Version 3 (Smaller Left / Right Margin)
Congratulations! You have successfully disabled the Google Search bar in your homescreen.
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Or just use Launcher Pro.
Came here to say this. I almost immediately installed Go Launcher. Works great!
Nova launcher was one of the first launchers designed for ICS and I love it, definitely worth checking out and obviously has all these features and more.
Whew – this works! Dang that huge, unmovable google search bar on EVERY home screen in ICS. No options to remove it either. It’d be great if this had a GUI (sort of like Go Launcher) where we can set rows/columns, transition effect etc. Request #2 – add multiple swipe lines to the bottom quick launcher. In other words, make the quick launcher multi-page also (I only use 2) sort of like Go Launcher. BTW – Go Launcher is NOT compatible with ICS and will crash your phone big time
The free version of Go Launcher works without rooting, etc. using ICS
Ok, i am ready to do it BUT….my question is ….will it void the warranty? Didnt the same issue come up with the iphone a while ago?
How do i undo this? My data connection goes in and out and the phone restarts frequently. I want to stay rooted, just go back to the screens as it came loaded.
Or just go into apps and disable Google Search.
i installed the “standard 5 screens with landscape V3″ but it doesnt go to landscape in the homescreen….the search has been removed but the homescreen doesnt rotate. is there a way to enable the rotation? my auto rotate is enabled in the settings but no luck with homescreen. any ideas? thanks for this mod, the search on all 5 screens was killing me.
All the smart alecses recommending to disable the Google search app, be aware, if you do this you will also loose the voice typing recognition, if it matters to you.