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Download: HelixLauncher 2 V.07

Your favorite launcher which includes 4 persistent apps plus the 3D app drawer is back and available in the market for your Motorola Droid!  (I told you this was going to be a great week didn’t I?)  Yep, the HelixLauncher 2 is back and fully working on the Droid.

As you’ll notice from the screenies I just capped, the launcher button has in fact been moved back to the middle.  And why is that?  Because Droid Life readers said that’s where they wanted it!  You’ll also notice that you can remove the glass dock from the app bar which was a nice touch from Faruq.

Enjoy!  (And remember to donate if you haven’t already.)

*Note 1* – This app is for everyone!  Rooted and non-rooted users.

*Note 2* – If for some reason you are seeing force closes, try removing widgets from other launchers.


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  • gadgitgurl

    This app worked great for 2 weeks until it started force close loops with gmail and market. I couldn't read my email nor download new apps. I had to do a hard reset and and reload everything. Anyone else have this issue?

  • gadgitgurl

    This app worked great for a couple of week until it caused force close errors on my gmail and market. I couldn't get new apps or read my email. I had to do a hard reset on my Droid and reload everything. Anyone else have this issue?

  • mygixxer

    Anyone gone to GDE or Open home with Helix 2 being so slow? I dont want to do it but Helix is making my phone terribly slow

  • MG.

    My phone is not going into sleep mode anymore? I have helix2 installed on stock 2.1 DROID. I thought it mite be handcent but I had not issues until the upgrade from helix1. None of the timer options are working anymore. I have to push the power button for it to sleep.

  • 1xiii3

    i had go back to the v1 cause it was to damn laggy on my moto droid and i dont have that many apps on it

  • 1xiii3

    i had go back to the v1 cause it was to damn laggy on my moto droid and i dont have that many apps on it

  • I can't stand the 3D app tray — even overclocked to 1.1 with nonessential apps killed, it still runs very sluggish on my Droid (it's the only thing that does). Someone mentioned there was a version of HLv2 w/out the 3D app tray — link?

  • Michael C.

    Great update, but is causing major delay and issues. Needs improvement!

  • droiddidit

    Have you guys noticed any delay when you click on the “phone” icon with non-stock launchers? I find the dealy really frustrating.

    I wish the droid had a dedicated phone button or at least a built in dock available on all 3 screens.

  • mrgimpy

    What is the time and weather widget you are using?

    • mrgimpy

      nvm i found out.

  • LTD10

    hope everyone had a happy 4/20 😉 I did!!

  • Thegoldendroid

    I wish I could just get someone to root my droid for me… is anyone in new orleans?

  • Thegoldendroid

    Ok guys someone help me out.. I installed it but the notification bar is still white.. I want it to look like the one on the screenshots that kellex has up.. what am I doing wrong?

    • That the theme he has applied that makes the notification bar black (and the diff icons up there).

      Sounds like you figured out that it needs to be rooted to get there, though.

      • brisal73

        What are the steps to get this done?… can't figure it out.. and l like the of the black notification bar.

      • Thegoldendroid

        yea but on 4/20 I just cant seem to find th energy!

  • mnkyhead

    I love the new app drawer with the home button, would like to be able to remove the bounce. v2 seems to have slow my phone down a little; coming back from sleep takes a little longer, portrait to landscape is a little slower. hitting home while in some apps seems to take a little longer to respond. Thinking about going back to v1, but I really like the app drawer…

  • mayhem55

    Removed other widgets from other launchers and still get force closes currently using HelixLauncher1 with no problems. Have installed and reinstalled when home key is pressed screen goes blank.

  • AK

    damnit.. I just payed for the Clockwork Mod Launcher…But i love the dedicated icon option Helix offers.

    • Tom

      You are also supporting Koush with that small fee. Also he will continue to dev for it. so its all good.

  • ozzy0086

    has anybody noticed that it goes back to the old homescreen then swithces to helix

  • Is there any way to change the 'Launcher icon” with one of your own? The square boxes are way too simple.

  • n0m0n

    Well I again tried checking out helix2 but its SO SO slow when you call the draw up.
    The app's take what feels like for ever to populate.

    It'll it operates at a quicker rate its helix1 for me. 🙁

  • snodrtrider

    Link would not open using the barcode image so I used the phone and opened the link. It takes you to the market where I downloaded Helix2 and installed it. I thought I had the wrong (older) version that had problems on Droid but everything seems to be working fine.
    Under Application Manager it tells me it is Version 9??? Is this the correct one that everyone else is using?

    Stock Droid running 2.1


  • Juan

    Question guys.. I flashed sprecovery to the 2.1 update just like kellex showed on the video and down loaded simply stunning rom. But when I do the update.zip function it says that install from sdcard done but the progress bar gets stuck at like 25%. Any thoughts ideas on what could be the problem? Thanks Best site!!!

  • RLJSlick

    Good update, though it FC a few times, and it's sluggish. I think I will stick with 1 until a update or 2.

  • LTD10

    Im unrooted and tried the helix 2. It forced closed every other minute. I loved it when it worked. It was also very slow. I had to uninstall, after setting all my widgets and folders up. Miffed me quite a bit. Someone let me know when and if it gets more stable.

    • timarnette

      Did the same thing to me!!!!!

  • Drew

    Not sure if I just didn't notice it in 1, but 2 has the ability to turn off the app names, which I know I had at least commented on here about before. Would love to see the positioning of the icons change and maybe increase in size a little bit in relation to not having the names there, but loving 2 so far!

  • palomosan

    What happen to the 3D app launcher.

  • jerbush91

    got it rocks and the speed is doing great on the overclocked droid

  • WARNING!!!! Too many force closes. Especially when running live wallpapers, it force closes really often. When the phone in landscape mode, it force closes all the time. Please fix this issues. Thanks! BTW, I never had any problems with the previous Helix2 launcher.

    • Jer

      Ya, also having trouble with Beautiful Home…..anyone else?

  • fatboy1184

    how do u get the black notifacation bar do u need to be rooted or is it part of the live wall paper

  • dylan84

    How does this compare to Clockworkmod launcher, which I'm currently running.

  • chops5648

    just deleted clockwork launcher and iam just going with this now love the launcher very quick just laggy in landscape mode a little bit

    • chaozu

      How do I get to landscape mode? The new version is better than the beta but still a bit laggy and some FC's here and there.

  • timarnette

    Having problems with witches loading. Keeps telling me loaning, but they never load.

    • try deleting them from old launcher first?

  • Smitty258

    App drawer takes forever to load, and scrolls very choppy. Going Back to Helix 1, with the standard app drawer instead of the gimmicky 3D one. I gotta take function over form here.

  • herooftimeloz

    It's a lot faster, but I noticed that the phone heats a lot faster now (I'm overclocked to 600mhz).

  • TheMadGasser

    I loved Helix 1 and am loving Helix 2 but the only issue that i am having is when i turn on my phone it always starts on the home screen farthest to the left (if that makes sense to anyone), is there a setting that I can have it start in the middle?

    • TheMadGasser

      Never-mind Im an idiot I figured it out.

  • droidroks

    I just switched from the h1 launcher to this h2 and I have to admit it looks a lot faster. This is great thanks for all that you do kellex and faruq! oh btw i noticed the same issue others are having with apps over lapping the home icon in landscape mode with the app drawer up.

  • PatriotVirus

    How did you make the notification bar black?

  • Nice I've been waiting for this!

  • xFenixKnightx

    Amazing! Smooth! Rocking all 7 screens full of widgets and apps. Better than ClockworkMod. Wow just wow!

  • It's great that this just updates the Beta, I don't have to drag all my icons to where I want them again.

    Although I was one of the few people who liked the launcher button on the right. 🙁

    • Doolidg

      Im with you on the app drawer being on the right….im sticking with helix 2 pre update, its working great for me

  • GadgetGeek

    Is HelixLauncher 2 V.07 available in the Market?

  • 2 thumbs up for a great app!

  • Brad Russell

    To me, it seems like it's faster than Helix 1 when moving from screen to screen, and very, very slow when switching from portrait to landscape. Also, the app drawer seems to take a long time to load. I have to wait for the animation to finish before I can scroll down. I'm not sure I like it too much.

    I'm not rooted and I tried it with and without live wallpapers, and that didn't seem to affect things much.

    Maybe I need to root and overclock in order for this to be worth it?

    • drewr1992

      I'm rooted and overclocked at 900mhz, and it's the same for me. I think they still have some tweaking to do. So don't worry. 🙂

  • I like it very smooth, but it makes my phone slower, is there anyway I can delete launcher2 from cyanogen mod, to make my phone run faster, or should I just keep it installed

  • Jason

    Is this for 2.1 people only ?? Kellex what theme are you using ???

    • rooted or not…everyone should be on 2.1

      and if you're asking if this app is for rooted or non-rooted…the answer is both parties can download

      • RealGame22

        I'm still on DroidMod…it doesnt work for me.lol

  • jkfit77

    is there anyway to add a widget icon on this tray. for instance i use unread email widget for my gmail, but it is only a icon. any chance?

  • rockymtnhigh

    I know you loved it on the right Kellex, but I am glad to see it back where it belongs. 🙂

  • zerolozen

    Ok…though I had everything figured out…please explain everything to me so i can get it figured out once and for all…can someone please explain to me the entire process…How do all of these play off of each other and everything…I just need to understand!!!!…define the following and how these play off of each other

    • zerolozen

      My phone is kinda running like crap…I just want a smooth running, up to date, running phone…I get lots of hiccups when i use the browser, pandora, and other major apps…the screen will go black when i open the app drawer, except for the home button…sometimes, not always though.
      Here are my specs:
      helix launcher

      • rals

        First if you have a lot of widgets, you can forget about having quick performance. Pandora as a widget is a memory hog. Get rid of that for starters. Also if you're running the latest stable version of cyanogenmod you need to remove the “memory set in launcher” under spare parts.

        Hopefully, that should gain some speed.

    • zerolozen

      AND!!!…when I am done text messaging i will hit the clear button and it will take a million years to get back to the home screen…ill be done texting and then i will hit clear…the main screen will come up with and take a while to load my Beautiful Widgets and anything else on the screen.

      When you mentioned that “Yep, the HelixLauncher 2 is back and fully working on the Droid.”, does that mean that it was put out once and then taken down because of problems???

      Is it possible I have the old Launcher 2???…and that what may be causing my Droid to be a piece of crap lately???


      • joandy

        For starters, I will update to the newer CyanogenMod. I will suggest getting RomManager from the market and that will allow you to get the latest version. When you do, I will recommend wipe data and cache since that can get rid of any conflicting issue.
        HelixLauncher has 2 versions. One with standard app tray and the other1 with the 3D launcher (the one it was suppose to be release with 2.1)

        *ROM = CyanogenMod is a ROM. What it came with your phone originally it's also a ROM. Good read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROM_image
        *Launcher = What you use to access your apps, the way your home screen looks, etc.
        *Theme = What goes over your ROM, the look and feel (icons colors/images…. etc) JRummy's theme is based on CyanogenMod with extra tweaks as well.
        *Kernal = It's actually kernel and its a layer that takes user actions/applications and reacts depending on them… Here is a good read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernel_(computing)

        Remember, when in doubt… Google is here for you :)!!!

        • zerolozen

          ok…yeah i had that…just didn't use it i guess…didn't know there was an update for Cyanogen…and i did some research on Titanium Backup…saved my apps…but i dont know how to restore them now…any help there?

          • joandy

            I don't use that app but I will assume there is a restore apps tab/option (http://www.androlib.com/android.screenshot.app….). If you did a clean install of newer CyanogenMod go to the market and get Titanium Backup. Then look for the option and restore all your apps.

        • zerolozen

          oh my god…even after I downloaded the newest version Cyanogen it still says…what am i doing wrong?

          • joandy

            Did you wipe cache and data? Not sure if its needed when you go from different version of the ROM but it can help….
            Did you use Rom Manager or are you doing it manually?

        • josh1980


          Did you flash SPRecovery and then installed a custom ROM or did u use the 2.0.1 flash and root. Just curious to know if it is easy, this will be my first attempt at this.

          • joandy

            If you are using official 2.1… this is what I did about a week ago (I posted this 2 days after I did it):

            I've been meaning to root but I was lazy to do it. Two nights ago I got mad and decided to do it… one of those moments where you dont care about anything :P. Anyways, this is what I used and it took me all of 20 mins.
            1: back up your apps using Astro File Manager. (Menu->Tools->Application Manager/Backup)
            – To save SMS you can use Sprite I believe. Your pics are in your SD card.
            2: Go to phones settings and have some of your settings saved. From the home screen (Menu->Settings->Privacy then check back up my settings)
            3: Do what it says on this video http://www.droid-life.com/2010/04/13/video-flas
            4: Follow this video http://www.droid-life.com/2010/04/14/video-inst
            – I downloaded Jrummys Cyan and its nice indeed.
            5: For setCPU go here: http://www.droid-life.com/2010/03/26/video-upgr… and start watching after 6:05
            6: You are done…..

            Download Astro File Manager and doing same as STEP 1 but instead of backing up apps you want to restore them… And you have all your apps back.

            Hope this helps!!!

            After I was rooted I downloaded RomManager (premium, about $4) and that will allowed me to download and install ROMs easily. Right now I'm using the latest JRummy's cyan theme (Its fast!!). Before you set your home screen try different themes/ROMs and see which one you like. When you go from theme to theme you don't always have to erase data and cache but it can help avoiding errors.

          • josh1980

            Appreciate it greatly. I will try and tackle it tonight!

          • josh1980

            Are you running any particular kernel? And what do you recommend for overclocking?

          • joandy

            Using w/e it came with the latest JRummy's theme. But if the ROM you chose doesn't let you overclock then pick whichever you want. Here is a breakdown by Kellex, http://www.droid-life.com/2010/04/05/unable-to-

  • peggsie

    When you change from Helixlauncher to Helixlauncher2, how do you “easily” get all your Apps back on the same screens that you were using for Helixlauncher?

  • jmc

    Hey guys, how is this Helix2 launcher different from the one that came with CyanogenMod (which included Launcher, Helix1 and Helix2)??? I mean, other than minor cosmetics like the 'glass' underlay… has it been improved in any way?

  • Christopher

    I have 2.1 and ever since you talked about helixlauncher coming to the 2.1 I have been in anticipation! Thank you so much! I still am on the fence about rooting my Droid though…

  • RealGame22

    Seems like this doesn't work on DroidMod.. <{-_-}>

  • mikecaffey

    I like, but i still like Helix 1 with the stock drawer. But now we got options 🙂

    • I agree. stock drawer, with more icons is way nicer…..

  • chasemanhattan

    Which runs better? Helix2 or Clockwork Mod Launcher?

    • adept

      in my experience on stock droid 2.1 helix 2 runs much smoother

  • Danny

    Tried it on a non rooted 2.1 Droid and it can't load widgets it says on one screen. Seems quite flunky so I uninstalled. Wish it had actually worked for me.

    • kellex

      Not sure what you mean? Never seen that error before.

      • Not all widgets can be ran under multiple launchers (Kellex, im sure u know this 😉
        that sounds as if its the problem to me….

      • droidocd

        I got that when I first installed helix2. Just trash that widget, and long press to pull it back up again. Should work. Love this! Stock 2.1

      • scorpion77

        Kellex what theme are you running in this screen shot ??

    • u need to remove widgets from old launchers… then try agin. 😉

      • Eak

        Did all that and still having force close issues when I have too many widgets running. When I take out most of the widgets it works great. Also got the home key overlapping in the app tray in horizontal mode. Also my wallpaper doesn't set quite right, it cuts the ends of a little.

        • Eak

          Btw guys I found out what was causing my force close issues. It was the Battery left widget. As soon as I try to put it on the home screen it starts to force close. I guess I'll report it to the dev so he can fix it.

          • Hmm, i run (and LOVE) that app/widget. im am running both HL2 and BL, without probs… :-/
            Sorry bout ur luck…

          • Jean

            I have found the same to be true with me. As soon as I add the Battery left Widget, it force closes repeatedly. I switched to “Battery Widget” instead. It has its pros and cons. I like that when you tap it, it opens up a power controller for your GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, and Display. I don't like that it isn't as customizable as Battery Left, nor as incremented in the % of battery life left.

    • I too had a problem loading widgets error. I just long pressed and put it in the trash and its working fine. Better than fine. I really like the 3d application menu. I'm to much of a coward to attemp rooting my phone so this is the first time I've seen that.

    • Avery42

      try removing all your widgets then load helix 2

  • Outstanding, luv it. Would like the oppertunioty to have to “5-wide” icons in the tray. Otherwise, THANKS to Kellex for the attentivness and to the developers.

    • Although as Droid users we really dont need a home icon, or the loss of icons in the tray….

  • Drummer62

    Same here with the overlap, also I cannot seem to hit the home icon when its like that. I seem to hit the app that is either above it or below it. If that gets fixed and the apps moved over to the left and the home all by itself in its own column than this thing is money!!! It is very smooth and very fast for me. Thanks Faruq!!

  • emanuelC

    Thanks for the Heads Up

  • Napes

    Well done! Very stable and quick now.

  • LOVE IT! The beta was great too! Never had problems! ALSO, I <3 that you can hide the notification bar. Sweet sauce! lol

  • DeeMat

    Everything seems to be working fine so far.

  • josh1980

    Got the same problem with landscape mode the home icon is overlapping the apps.

  • John

    Beta has been stable for me since about hour 2 (saw a few FCs right away but then they stopped).
    Just downloaded the official release and I'm very glad he added the option to remove the “glass” behind the launcher. Overall it's smooth and seems stable.

  • bcreekski

    What screen do you get when in dock at night?

  • droiddev

    Great launcher – congrats to the dev, you are doing some amazing work with these apps. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  • motodroid

    Thank you very much for all your great work and posts Kellex! Running much smoother than the beta version!!!!

  • aggressor2323

    Beautiful widgets was my favorite app until helix launcher 1 came out and now my favorite app is now helix launcher 2 for my Droid! Thanks for all of the updates Kellex!

  • adgoat7

    Hey guys, do you have to be rooted to used this launcher?

    • kellex

      Nope, it's for everyone. 🙂

      • adgoat7

        Thanks! I'm going to try it out now…

    • dramatix01

      Nope. Running on Stock 2.1. I've been waiting for this one. Thanks, dev!

    • No, but i highly suggest NOT makeing this ur default till u know its stable on ur fone. its pretty simple to figrue out. Props to Kellex for the epic attentiveness towards Droids and the k-a apps.

  • jasongrier

    DAAANNNG this thing is smooooth!!! Love it!! Great Job developer!

    Great way to start the week, hopefully more surprises are in store!

  • vonbane

    Is the app drawer for the new Helix Launcher 4 icons wide or 5?

    • gwilson93

      its 4 wide.

      • vonbane

        OK thanks.

      • yeah, 4, but we seen 5….
        I'd like 5… 😉

    • evltwn

      the Helix Launcher is 4 in portrait mode and 5 in landscape mode. Helix Launcher2 is 4 in both modes.

      • vonbane

        was using the Launcher for JRummy's ROM, which was 5. But having the extra 2 home screens and the persistant icons at the bottom made me switch back to Helix.

  • Kellex, I'm at 2.1 stock, I'm thinking about rooting with SPrecovery method you showed us, but is there an easy way to get your settings and apps back after wiping the device??

    • Check out Titanium Backup in the market.

      • I'm not rooted yet, that's for rooted users, thanks tho.

        • nkhex19

          You can back up your apps using Astro and your contacts through your google account.

  • Anondroid

    I notice that the screen sliding back and forth is slightly more snappy. It doesn't ease quite as much as before, which is nice!

  • Ron

    I just install it and it looks awesome…

  • evltwn

    awesome app. glad to see they got it working.

  • drewr1992

    I love helixlauncher! Both the first and second! The only problem I see is when in landscape mode, the home button overlaps the apps. Hope fully I'm not the only one…… :/

    • jasongrier

      do you mean landscape with the keyboard extended? Mine is fine… maybe try uninstall and reinstall?

      • drewr1992

        Alright, I'll give that a try. Thanks.

    • amosk

      same thing for me

  • Mrpicolas

    Just as fast as helix launcher and stable now IMO.

  • Mark

    I downloaded this. Works great, but I don't know how to get to that configure screen. Help?

    • drewr1992

      Just press the menu button and it should be in your bottom left hand corner

    • Mark

      Nevermind, figured it out. Just had to press the Menu key and select Configure.

  • cool Helix Launcher is better but is this one more speedy? What theme are u using there?

    • kellex


      • joandy

        Kellex, have you noticed that JRummy's cyan theme is using soo much memory. It's around 190 for me. You?

  • Yay! Let's see how this goes.

  • Yay! Let's see how this goes.