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Download: Black Themed HelixLauncher

If you are not rooted and still interested in installing a black themed HelixLauncher similar to the one we posted with our white Droid Life live wallpaper, you are in luck.  One of the fantastic themers in the Droid game, Bgill55, has released an apk that works for everyone.  Yes, non-roots are covered!  While I’m still working on releasing an apk of our our white and black live wallpapers, at least you can go black with the launcher, right?

Download: Black HelixLauncher 1

Download: Black HelixLauncher 2

Instructions for installation…

*Note 1* – This will remove all settings from your current Helix setup, meaning you will have to replace all widgets and apps on homescreens.

1.  Uninstall previous versions of the HelixLauncher.
2.  Download either Helix1 or Helix2 from the links above.
3.  Tap on the file once it finishes and select “install.”
4.  Press your “home” key and you are done.

Source: CyanogenMod Forums

Cheers Tim-o-tato!

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  • Bgill55

    WOW you guys posted this too?? I should just post all my work here!!! Thank you for your support!!!! Really its kind of cool seeing my stuff here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

    no help?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

    No screen shots???
    :-(

  • jizzoizzm

    Am I the only one in the universe thts unrooted???

  • jizzoizzm

    Am I the only one in the universe thts unrooted???

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      NO, ur not alone. many of US chose not to root. ;-)

  • Nick

    It wont let me download either one of them. can someone please help

  • Nick

    It wont let me download it for some reason. Can anyone help me with this

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.h.wegand Drew Harrison Wegand

    can't get the OG Helix1 to uninstall. I don't know what else to do. I am on BB 1.0 @ 1.2 ghz. I tried manage apps and don't see Helix in the list. Tried Uninstaller – wasn't in the list. I tried installing helix from the market to replace the application and then uninstall that, and it just uninstalled the updates and not the app. HELP?

  • DiGz76

    Where are we supposed to download it to? I downloaed to my sd card. Extarted the file. Then used root explorer to move to my app folder. Then I installed. After I installed when I tried to choose Helix Launcer for my home I just got stuck in a force close loop. Had to pull my battery to reboot. Can anyone help me out?

    • DiGz76

      Nevermind, I just figured it out. Should've given myself about 2 more mins before I posted this. LOL
      Oh us noobs!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DJYBY2JCJIAHPKWT6AD2OK6BF4 Scott

    I test both of the apps and also both on the market and if you want the fastest and the one that uses less battery get the basic helix from the market. It may not have a fancy drawer but the speed is worth the trade off

  • XxDAVEExX

    This is probably off topic, but when you ROOT your phone, do you lose your data (like apps and phone numbers) or does it stay?

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      You need a backup APP like “mybackup” to back those things up…

  • XxDAVEExX

    This is probably off topic, but when you ROOT your phone does all the current data (like phone numbers and apps) get erased or reset?

  • ben

    I uninstalled my helix launcher first and accidentally clicked back. Wasn't able to go back to homescreen since…i have no home launcher. I rebooted the phone and it's now stuck on the droid eye. I'm guessing its because it has no launcher at all…any suggestions on what to do????

    • DiGz76

      Are you rooted? Just restore a back up if you are.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      ifur not rooted, do a safe-boot. Start while holding the menu button. reset ur home app as default home.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DJYBY2JCJIAHPKWT6AD2OK6BF4 Scott

    What's the difference between 1 and 2

    • kellex

      2 has the 3D drawer and is also pretty laggy.

      • Mrpicolas

        Haven't had any lag issues with helix2 maybe I'm just lucky

      • mkedroid

        I'm on Bugless Beast, nex theme with Helix 2 and I get no lag. This thing is the mother-freaking-bomb. By far the best rom and theme I have ever used. I'm running at 900 Mz, and I seem to be getting more battery life? No excessive heat. Great response from my phone. Love the look too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314742307 Rich Gurska

    Thanks for thinking of us stockers, afterall we do make up the largest majority of Droid users.

    • kellex

      Amen to that. I'm always trying to find stuff that works for everyone. More to come!

      • nyvz

        Yo kellex, I was curious if you've checked out sweeter home 2 beta. If not just google it and it'll be the top entry I think. I just discovered it today, its not on the market. Anyways, what I saw of its capabilities, its looks like it has potential to be effin awesome, however I was having some trouble figuring out how to work it, add delete edit, etc. If u have checked it out I was wondering if u might could give some pointers, and if u haven't I was curious of ur professional droid user experience :-p. Either way I was curious of ur impressions :-) thanks ahead of time. Thought it had potential for post worthiness.

    • mkedroid

      Actually, there was a poll done for this website, and the majority of people here are rooted.

  • bildo818

    I cannot signup for the forums — I've tried on PC and my phone — Keeps saying my registration code doesn't match…HUH WTF!???

  • http://twitter.com/DNasty222 Danish Bashir

    had a question about bugless beast…when ur in rom manager should i do the baseband update? what is it exactly?

    • kegofkillians

      updated radio to 2.1 firmware – better reception

      • http://twitter.com/DNasty222 Danish Bashir

        nice bout to do it

        thanks

      • aarynk

        If you already have the baseband ending in 03 do you still need the radio update?

    • mkedroid

      if you received your 2.1 update from Verizon, you don't need to do it. If your baseband version ends like this: .03p, then you're good

      • mkedroid

        UNLEASH THE BEAST!!!!!

  • kegofkillians

    Random question for those who can help…

    JRummy on ROM Manager has a new download for 15 boot launches – I'm currently running Bugless Beast. If I download those launches will they work even though I'm not running Jrummy Remix???

  • justin

    Aw I was hoping that my status bar would be black as well. /letdown.

    • azurikai

      root and install a theme! super simple.

      • justin

        I would LOVE to root and I regret not doing it pre-2.1 but unfortunately I'm running OSX and there is no viable option for me to root my phone at this point (and no, I'm not going to run BootCamp, etc).

  • del

    can someone upload this to their dropbox and share it? Thanks,

  • Jarred

    Hey Kellex, I know it's not Friday, but I think we need to see some DarkEdge over here, unless you're waiting on the pink theme like me.

    • http://twitter.com/DNasty222 Danish Bashir

      whats DarkEdge?

  • Mrpicolas

    Like it but the menu button needs to be moved into the middle trash can reskin is nice also

  • CCC

    must I be a member of Cyanogen to dowload? And I cant D/L directly from phone? Any fixes you guys can do?

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Here is the regular launcher for you…
      http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J02MIN08
      Hope that works…

      • http://twitter.com/cchaplain Cody Chaplain

        Does this turn the notification bar BLACK?

        • aczm1988

          No

  • blackcatroad

    this sounds cool, but before i remove helix and install this, I'd like to see a pic too ;-)

    • aczm1988

      All it does it make the launcher, the little square at the bottom, black.

      • http://twitter.com/cchaplain Cody Chaplain

        BOOOOOOooooooo… I have been holding out on rooting for months. This is the last draw!

        • aczm1988

          Man its so worth rooting, this site makes it idiot proof. The benefits outweigh the risks ten-fold.

          • http://twitter.com/cchaplain Cody Chaplain

            I have been holding out. Not sure why. I guess I don't want to brick… I have read over the instructions at least 15 times. Kellex makes it seem easy. I'm so over Helix 2 running slowly. I want more customization.

            I think I'm ready to take that leap!

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Do it! If you need help, feel free to ask!!! :-)

          • rjfrank

            I've been holding out too, but for a different reason. Will I have to reinstall all the apps I have downloaded and will I have to reinstall helix launcher and redo all my screens? I've been hesitant because I don't really want to go through all that unless it's really worth it…

          • cody

            I gave in. im rooting RIGHT NOW!!!! been doing it for the past couple hours. Im going with Bugless Beast 1.0 as my first ROM. IDK about getting my apps back? o-well I'll just d/l them again. Thanks for the easy to follow videos.
            Quick question. do I have to boot in recovery and wipe everything again to get BB 1.0 to work? I'm a total noob, but going for it tonight.

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            How did it go???

          • rjfrank

            I don't know how cody did but i bit the bullet and rooted and am now running Bugless Beast. I feel so powerful! I feel like I own this thing now. The Droid works for me! It's awesome… Don't know why I waited. Just have some questions about overclocking. Mine seems to be running a little hot. I'll check the forums…

          • Cody

            Where can I find a comprehensive list of things I can D/L now that I am rooted? ie. Sense Widgets, new apps, anything. Would be nice if Kellex made a post about this.

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Kellex is constantly posting about user apps for rooted users. Technically there isn't a comprehensive list, but look here to see a list of some VERY useful apps for root users. You can also go in to the Market and just search “root”.

            Scroll all the way to the bottom to “Other Info”
            http://www.droid-life.com/2010/05/06/guide-to-r

          • azurikai

            bricking an android phone is NIGH impossible. you NEED TO ROOT!

  • mlfca

    Link no work?

    • blackcatroad

      You have to register @ CyanogenMod Forums first, before the links will work.

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        Thank you for clarifying for them!

    • blackcatroad

      You have to register @ CyanogenMod Forums first, before the links will work.

  • Jason

    When I try to download over my droid, I get an error that says “Can not download. The content is not supported on this phone.” Any clue what Im doing wrong?

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      These files are zips. It is probably best if you download onto your computer, then place the APK straight to your SD and go from there :-)
      Thats what I would do.

    • Mrpicolas

      Check the box under options to allow non market downloads in Droid menu

    • Jason

      Still not working for me. I might have to use my lap top to do this when I get home from work. I dont have my usb cable with me.

  • droid head

    the links do not work

    • CaliDroid

      Dissapointed…unloaded the old Launcher for this! And It did not work!!!! Now I have to waste more time with my homescreen! Not Kool!

  • droidroks

    This is great news for everyone. Were the glitches in the Black HelixLauncher 2 fixed compared to the reg H2 launcher? Can you put up some screen shots or a video? That would be great.

    Thanks always

    • droidroks

      haha nvm. there's a picture right below this post. looks sweat, but i would still like to know if the H2 issues have been fixed in this version. thanks

      • kellex

        Helix2 is still slow. This is just a theme on top of it.

        • droidroks

          Thanks! haha I'm such a noob :) anyways, I hear Helix2 on BB1.1 will be fast and smooth and now I patiently wait staring at the screen for any news.

          • aczm1988

            I have bugless beast 1.0. I tried helix 2 and frankly its faster however theres still enough lag for me not to use it. I just use the regular helix. It doesnt have the 3d app drawer but its fast as hell and it rotates my home screens. Good enough for me. On the plus side bugless beast is fast as hell.

          • kellex

            Agreed. I use Helix1 for every ROM now.

          • aczm1988

            I feel like ive been graced by god, Kellex commented to my comment ! Lolz

          • kellex

            Hah :P

  • http://twitter.com/MrCapcomSama MrCapcom

    no pic? :-)

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Thanks Kellex! B-)

    • Drew Wegand

      cannot remove helix1 i got helix2 to replace application but the helix1 won't i am on BB 1.0 OC @ 1.2