By Legacy | August 20, 2009 11:38 PM
2daysoft’s yrgo is one of the most customizable user interfaces available for Windows Mobile. It’s been around for a while, but has always been missing important functions that kept it from competing with the likes of other, more popular UIs. Changes found in recent updates, however, prove that the app is headed in the right direction. Continue reading to learn how customizable yrgo is and to see a full video walk-through of its features.
Yrgo is most known for its customizable desktops. In fact, you can add and customize 64 independent desktops if you want. That might be overkill for the majority of us, but the fact that we have a choice is an indication of the UI’s biggest selling point – customization. One of the newer features is a navigation bar at the bottom of the interface. It’s a nice option and gives a TF3D like feel to the interface, but I decided to scrap it for more screen real estate (see screenshot below). I was able to do this because the navigation bar is actually one of many “gadgets,” or widgets, available at your disposal. Basically, if you don’t like something, make it your own and rearrange it until you’re satisfied.
There are tons of gadgets that help make yrgo functional. As you can see in the screenshot below, I placed WiFi and Bluetooth togglers on the home screen. These gadgets change from red to green when you turn their respective commands on, which is great. Another cool add-on is the SMS gadget. This gadget gives you a preview of all your text messages, allowing you to quickly reply to or delete a message without having to navigate to the default messaging application. Some other gadgets include: contacts, phone profile, notifications, battery, time/date, alarm, calendar, most used apps, simple appointments/tasks and more. For most of the widgets, you can adjust the text’s color, position, size and other attributes. You can pretty much add any file or shortcut to any of the desktops as well.
Most interfaces out there don’t allow us to easily add 3rd party Today plug-ins to the main screen. Well, yrgo allows enabling of Today plug-ins on each of its desktops. Even better, you can position the plug-ins anywhere you want and also resize them. Being able to integrate Today plug-ins gives yrgo a huge advantage over other interfaces.
Aside from all the gadgets, yrgo also has an easy to access built in menu panel. This panel is similar to Mobile Shell’s launcher in that it gives you access to your contacts, texts, call log, programs, settings, system info, office utilities and even a built in file explorer with internal image viewer.
In previous versions, pressing the home and end keys would cause yrgo to minimize or close, which was pretty annoying. With the latest beta, however, yrgo can finally be used as a Today screen replacement, which keeps the app running on top. You can download a fully functional trial of the latest yrgo beta from 2daysoft’s forum. The only limitation is that it makes you restart the app every hour. Yrgo is considered donationware, so pay as much or as little as you would like for the full copy and one year of free upgrades. This price could change at any moment, so be sure to jump on board if you find the app useful. Check out more video tutorials on 2daysoft’s site.