One of my favorite launcher apps, LauncherPro just got a nice update — and no, it isn’t the “total rewrite” that many of us are itching to get our hands on.
This version adds a very fun and useful feature that gives you the ability to access your homescreens faster. The homescreen metaphor today is that of a very wide, linear, landscape-oriented desktop in which you have a view port that can display a portion of the whole desktop. This feature essentially “bounces” you back past the entire desktop to the opposite edge. To enable the feature go to Preferences, then Homescreen Settings.
It’s not quite a paradigm shift from a flat, linear desktop into a “ring” where reaching what would have been the far edge is simply the completion of the ring, and swiping again rotates you further around that ring, but it’s a step in the right direction.
A couple other niceties were added that will make your overall launcher experience just a little more convenient and friendly”
- New “Recent Apps” dock popup: Allows you to quickly switch between your recently used apps.
- “Clear cache” option for Twitter and Facebook widget data.
LauncherPro is available free in the Android Market for devices running Android 2.1 and higher.