By Brandon Miniman | March 30, 2011 11:47 AM
Spb Mobile Shell has been around for a while, but not for Android. For about a full year it idled as a beta, only available to carriers and OEMs. We took a look at Spb Mobile Shell 5.0 for Android a few weeks ago, and really liked it.
The final version of Mobile Shell 3D (called simply Shell 3D) is even better, and it’s now available for $14.95. It’s a complete homescreen replacement that goes up against the venerable Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher. If you like eye candy, you’re going to love what Spb has done. You can add a near-unlimited number of homscreens, four of which are pre-made by Spb: time, weather, calendar, and Flickr. Beyond that, you can add blank homescreens onto which you can add Smart Folders (which will keep track of which items you click on the most), Spb widgets (most of which can take on multiple forms if you hit the green arrow in “Edit” mode), Android widgets (the ones that you’re already familiar with, or have downloaded from the Market), shortcuts, and more.
There’s plenty of 3D eye candy: the homescreen rotate in an intense geometric carousel, and stopping on a preconfigured widget will play a 3D animation; certain widgets can transform into a 3D view like contacts, photos, and weather; and managing panels is done through a three-dimensional area.
Overall, we came away very much impressed by what Spb has done. If you want something more clean and light, you’re likely to enjoy Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher.