The easiest way to customize your Android-powered phone or tablet is to install a 3rd-party launcher to replace that which comes pre-installed on the device. In previous episodes of “Launcher Wars” we’ve shown off various launchers, each with their own advantages.
Today we’ll dig into Trebuchet by Cyanogen, the launcher that comes pre-loaded in the CyanogenMod9 custom ROM.
You might recall that we’re not particularly fond of HTC Sense 4.0, because in a lot of places, it holds back Ice Cream Sandwich, which is already elegant, functional, and fast. With Android’s fantastic ability to change the launcher (meaning: the entire homescreen/app drawer experience), those running Sense 4.0 (or any undesireable stock launcher) can opt for something better. We’ve shown you options in the past such as Laucher Pro, ADW Launcher EX, Go Launcher EX, and others. Today, we’re going to add a new one to the list: Apex Launcher, which is free in [...]
Open Home was one of the first launcher replacement apps that I saw in the Market that allowed a deep level of customization. You could add skins and custom icon packs, much like StarDock had done with WindowBlinds on Windows PCs.
To do much of anything one had to buy the app, which honestly cost more money that I was willing to spend at the time. Now, with version 6 of the app available and a pocketnow reader asking about Open Home, I had a reason to spend the money and give it a try.
As with the launchers I’ve previously reviewed, I wanted to jump in and use Open [...]
One of the things we like best about Android is the ability to replace the launcher. Doing so can change the look-and-feel of your phone, and add new features and functionality. In our previous videos we’ve looked at ADW Launcher EX and LauncherPro. Today we look at Go Launcher EX.
Go Launcher EX is free and highly extensible. Like the two other launchers we’ve featured, this app lets you apply custom themes, resize widgets, and configure a lot of settings to help make your Android look and feel exactly like you want.
Where this app differs is in the amount of [...]
You’ve seen our Launcher Wars videos in the past, and we’ve made mention that developers of both LauncherPro and ADW Launcher are working on ground-up re-writes of their apps.
Recently Brandon talked about some of the new features coming in the next version of ADW Launcher. Those new features include the ability to long-press a widget to bring up advanced options, a cleaner way to add shortcuts to your homescreens, plus application management right from your app drawer.
What’s included in this early look is very slick and polished. However, this [...]
There are a lot of fantastic launchers for Android. Launchers can give your Android smartphone a fresh look and feel, allowing you to customize the homescreens and the app drawer. The two that we talk most about on Pocketnow are Launcher Pro and ADWLauncher EX. The latter is undergoing a significant overhaul for the second version of the software, and it’s currently in beta and available for your testing. New features include the ability to long-press a widget to bring up advanced options, a cleaner way to add shortcuts to your homescreens, plus application management right from [...]
The Android launcher wars are heating up! Recently we showed you the newest entrant, Spb Shell 3D, which left us impressed, but also broke, thanks to the high $15 price tag. If you’re looking for a 3D homescreen launcher that offers some visual pizzaz but for free, Regina 3D Launcher might be just what you’re looking for.
As you can see in this video, Regina 3D Launcher offers multiple homescreens, each of which can be moved around or deleted, or customized with their own wallpaper or title. If you swipe from one screen to another, you’re taken to an [...]
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 [...]
For those of you who’ve been following our “Android Launcher Wars” series, you’ve already seen Brandon show off LauncherPro, and I showed you ADWLauncher EX. They’re both very fast, and highly customizable — and available today. That makes us ask, if these are the launchers of today, what will the launchers of tomorrow look like?
SPB Mobile Shell 5.0
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Brandon and I agree on many things, but (contrary to popular opinion) we’re different people with different preferences. These preferences may be superficial, but when it comes to our launchers, the gloves come off!
Brandon recently showed us why he thinks LauncherPro is the best launcher for Android. With respect, ADWLauncher EX is even more amazing! To keep the comparison on level ground I’ll compare the “unlocked” version of LauncherPro (US$2.99) to the “EX” version of ADWLaucher (US$3.15).
You can customize almost every aspect of [...]