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SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 UI Beta Released, Here is a Quick Look

Some of you may remember a little product that was introduced back in December called SPB Mobile Shell 5.0?  If not, just think of it as a home replacement on UI-enhanced beautification-steroids whose beta testing period finally went live.  And with sneaky apks flying around the forum-sphere, we were able to get a hold of it for just enough time to do a quick walk-through.

So what do we think about it?  It’s got potential.  You can’t deny the fact that they’ve put a ton of effort into making the UI super smooth, but also very eye appealing.  Once you get into “wheel” mode you really get to see the beauty, like how each panel has it’s own custom animation.  While it didn’t like any of my Blur’d phones, it ran just fine on my original DROID because of the stock Android and I’m sure it would just fly on phones with a much more powerful processor.  They also allow you to quickly create folders, extend out apps to show more options, and even hide certain things in the bottom tray.  It’s a unique experience that really can’t be described.

The one problem I did have with it though, was the fact that it removed the application drawer and instead placed all of my apps into their own separate panels.  This just reminded me way too much of iOS, so if they can find a way to include an app drawer, they might really be on to something here.

Note:  About the beta program…it’s closed and we aren’t allowed to post up the apk.

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  • Jawshua

    The MOBILE VIEW is still not working! I post this like every day hoping they will fix it but still nothing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEP2PO6BC524BBC4K5CRPFOJFY josh

    I got one of the .apk to work on mine. Seems like a interesting design but no app drawer makes me wounder if I will like it. Only time will tell though!

  • InTheKnow

    I may be in the know… :) It works amazing on devices that its meant for. Each apk, is specifically designed for a specific phone, at least from my knowledge. It is definitely still beta, and has been for quite some time now ;)

  • Mygolazo

    works good in my droid x, u have to play wit the error screen, and block the screen and thats it

    • Anonymous

      true and im using it…if you click an icon of yours and hold it…it has its own widgets for everything…kind of neat…but i don’t really see any difference from using adw ex and its just easier because i know everything right now…i don’t need 18 pages…though i will use it…not right now…

    • Jay £P

      How come I installed it and it say device not compatible, can u please tell us what rom ru using, than k u

    • Mygolazo

      well is rooted, but im using the regular froyo,,none rom necesary,,

      • Mygolazo

        and i used the 2 links above, and as apk apps installer, no backup or something like that used,,i used the droidhead99 link and the other ,,,

  • Sinistar83

    Couldn’t get it to work on my OG Droid, force closed when I ran it and when I clicked OK, I saw the activate button right behind that, but it wouldn’t let me check it and force closed. :(

  • http://twitter.com/mnkyhead mnkyhead

    The ‘no app drawer’ is a no sale for me, it’s why I don’t use the MIUI rom.

  • Anonymous

    Yah the droid x deffinatly isn’t supported…it needs to keep being activated if i click backspace or home sometimes…..not sure how i feel about 14 home screens though after 10 minutes it stopped lagging…. ill stick with adw and try it on my bolt when it comes…

  • Anonymous

    Oh p.s…i would not recommend this for anyone with over 100 apps….i have 14 home screens now.. and its not intollerable laggy…but it lags a little on my droid x on performance mode. It works though….

  • Anonymous

    So can anyone help me? I installed it like a lot of people on my droid x and it came up with activation….should i just leave it there for a while? under that there is a compatability error….i clicked the search button like some did and my droid x rebooted into a wiered new wallpaper and it still asked me if i wanted to activate…i clicked no….black screen….so i guess ill just let it sit and activate?

    • Anonymous

      actually now i can’t get it out of the black screen….battery pull :(

    • Anonymous

      now its at the spb mobile shell is loading thing with a compatibility error under it….should i just let it run….its like it boots with the wallpaper and everything but then needs to activate or something is going wrong…

    • http://twitter.com/tb110895 Tom Burke

      It doesn’t let me click okay. It just says what you said it the post underneath this,then it goes back to the screen that says your copy of spb MS is not, etc.
      Any ideas?

      • Anonymous

        hmmmm, do a battery pull… wait a couple minutes….tell me if when you turn it on again you get a wallpaper with birds and its blur like the ocean…and sky….

        If so then it should say activate…click yes, it will say compatibility error…wait 5 minutes….and should be gone and say something and then ok…click and it should be fine…

        • Tb110895

          I have a D2 not a DX. Mines different.

      • Anonymous

        tell me how it goes.

  • Drjasonmadrid

    Droid life sadly missed one of the best UI animations for this launcher. When you stop on the wheel windows the pages come alive with some very awesome 3d effects. Epic fail

  • Anonymous

    I thought this Home Replacement was pretty good, like Kellex sid it needs some enhancements to step it up a bit, but nice overall concept. Again I don’t the ios look maybe more of an Android feel or more originality. The 3D is very sweet.
    This is what Moto needs for BLUR. fuly customizable and have the capability to turn it off or on. Are you listening MOTO???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797475274 Nadeem Najib Kizi

    How do you unroot a droid X?!? I have the Apex 1.4 running & some other root apps!
    Someone please help me :[
    I tried going on the #droidlife channel on IRC, and it keeps saying “you need to be identified by servers” and it has like (r+).

    • Mr Blurryfingaz

      Download z4root. It will do the work for you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797475274 Nadeem Najib Kizi

        I have it, and that’s how I rooted. However, if I click on unroot, does it uninstall everything that I need to get rid of and put me back as a “stock” droid x user?

        • Mr Blurryfingaz

          Use the droid x sbf file to gain stock status. Look in droid forums.

  • Mr.Joe

    I love it! It runs VERY SMOOTHLY on OG Droid. Here’s hoping that it will be public soon.

  • Kashtrey

    I like the widgets and I like the rotary launcher thing but other than that I don’t like a lot. I don’t like that everything is on homescreens. I only reserve homescreen space for my most urgent apps (like shazam to get to tagging quick) and widgets. There are only about 4 app shortcuts on my homescreen the rest are organized in folders on launcher pros task bar.

  • Mr Blurryfingaz

    Its workin on my D2 liberty 1.5

    • http://twitter.com/tb110895 Tom Burke

      Are you running a certain theme? how did you get it to work?

      • Mr Blurryfingaz

        I’m using the water marked theme. When it asks me to activate the spb I tap yes. Then it does its thing. After its done it shows up for a second but when you select ok to the not supported box the screen goes black. After that I just pulled my battery and put it back in 10 seconds later and it booted and is working fine. Oh yeah, I also checked the default box when it gives you the option to choose your homescreen

        • Tb110895

          Its not working on mine.
          Would you mind emailing me the file you have?
          Also, when it rebooted did it just start up or did you have to do the activate the thing again?
          tb110895@gmail.com is my email

          • Anonymous

            just download the file from the sites below here on to your computer….drag it on to your sd card….yah reboot on your droid x….p.s…don’t ever press the back button or it will make you reactivate which it will work but its annoying…..its like its starting up again… Just sit tight for 5 min while it activates, then click ok and it will work but don’t press back…

  • Alvinm 77

    FINALLY GOT IT WORKING ON MY Droid X. After multiple apk downloads and trials. I went ahead and flashed Rubix 1.9.7 (stock ROM) then tried again and Its up and running. I like it so far. Going keep it on here until I get my Thunderbolt.

    • Alvinm 77

      And its super smooth!!!!!!!!

      • KETANARORA

        I HAVE SONY X10 TRIED EVERYTHING …AFTER I INSTALL THE APK…..IT SHOWS ACTIVATING YOUR COPY …IT DOES SHOW RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND BUT IT SHOWS A MESSAGE THAT THE DEVICE IS NOT SUPPORTED…PLZ HELP ME

      • Maor Hasan

        i have HTC DESIRE HD and im trying to install this for 2 weeks now with no success
        when i run it after installation is says “your spb mobile shell is not activated would you like to activate it now” i click yes and it does something like it activates it and then says loading spb mobile shell
        and it comes back to the last screen i was in and nothing is changed except my background
        can some well tell me please how to activate ? is the apk i got bad?
        my version is Android 2.2.1

    • Fdefd

      Didnt need to flash anything, just press a hard function button and the msgbox goes away, running it fine on apex 1.4.1

      • Sacnotsack

        amazing…….i tried everything for my OG Droid and nothing worked until i read this post. thanks man, i was getting VERY frustrated. now i have to reroot. i went back to 2.0.1 tried it there when it didnt worked i upgraded to 2.1 then i read this post.

      • Alvinm 77

        Ohhhh, its cool tho. I was gonna put Rubix back on my phone anyways. Thanks for the info tho

  • Carloz

    try this download link. http://hotfile.com/dl/107594968/edf8fde/Spb_Shellfix.apk.html
    its for all devices unsupported.
    activate and if u receive and compatibility issue but everything loads in the background let it sit for a while then press okay then it will work.
    works for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

    It does look sexy, but with no app drawer no go for me….

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

    Doesnt work.

    Droid X Liberty 1.5

    disappointed to cause this seems like it would run amazing on the droid x considering its speed

    • Anonymous
      • BDizzle

        Droid X – Apex 1.4.1 – still didn’t work for me. Got to the same activate prompts and it goes to a loading type box, but I see the compatibility error behind it and it drops me back to ADW.

        • Anonymous

          Are you letting it activate? You have to!

          • BDizzle

            Yup, goes through the activation and gives me the device not supported error. Tried pressing the search button as somebody suggested above and it just took me to a black screen.

          • Fdefd

            press the back button afterwards and wait 10 seconds

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Cropley/668531301 Matt Cropley
  • Carloz

    Dosent work on moto droid cm 6.1.2.
    what rom should i use to get it to work?

  • http://www.Droid-Life.com/ JosueD

    Didn’t work for me on CM7 Motorola Droid, But i did enjoy spb mobile shell back in my windows mobile days which im definitely glad are over because windows mobile is a piece of shit.

    [JD]

    • ANDRIJA NEDIC100

      dont  be sad  it didnt warke on my r2 d2 star wars robot droid XD XP

  • http://twitter.com/tb110895 Tom Burke

    Why wont it work on a liberated D2
    “your device is not supported”

  • Idle0095
  • Anonymous

    I’ll pass on this one…not impressed with the cumbersome method of getting to your favorite/essential apps…You seemed kind of quiet in this video K…baby sleeping?

  • Kevinxxx22

    http://hotfile.com/dl/107477633/41635e5/Spb_Shell.apk.html here you guys go but it still dont seem to work with stock droid x email me if you get it to go please kevinxxx22@hotmail.com

  • Droidhead99
  • PSU_DI

    I was really excited for this as I used to use SPB 3.5 for WM back in the day but I really think SPB has really missed the boat with version 5. I tried this last night and although its a little bit cool, there are too many things with it that bug me. It is very i*honish, I do prefer an app drawer method but I could live with out it if its done right but right the biggest flaw I see is not being able to move shortcuts or widgets to anywhere you want on each panel, in this beta they are all pinned to the highest available point which becomes a big limitation in personalizing each tab, also there too few widgets available that was the best part of SPB MS3.5 and its completely lacking in SPB MS5. As for where to find it google moblism.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR6HpRLyzMY Walter Sobchak

      Just put it on Dinc cm7 rc1 and it worked perfect.
      Also tried it on OMFGB 1.1.1 works just fine.

      • PSU_DI

        I guess thats why its a beta… Thanks for the update so I take back what I said about it not working on Gingerbread, must just be my phone… Just to clarify I was able to install it but the every time it tried to authenticate it would just close. Its probably an issue with the APK I was using.

  • Just Post The Link.

    Oh God you folks are buttholes not posting the apk. Just google search SPB Mobile Shell .apk and bam.. it’s under two sources. XDA got scared and removed the link.. So take the —DW route.

  • BDizzle

    Apex 1.4.1 gives me “device not supported” error. Ah well..

    • matt

      Just press the Search button and the msg box will go away

      • BDizzle

        Just takes me to a blank black screen with my status bar across the top. All the function buttons still work, but no dice on the launcher. Ah well..I’ll keep fiddlin with it and see if I can get it goin

  • Tyrelsackett

    Anyone have any idea why it won’t work on a DX?

    • Mr. Joe

      Watch the vid :-)

  • http://twitter.com/azurikai Austin Witherow

    definitely not impressing me.

  • Anonymous

    anyone find a link yet?

  • Kdkinc

    boring…Oh nizzar the pretty pictures spins

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Cropley/668531301 Matt Cropley

    just google search for it you will find it… i have it on my dinc. i love it

  • LBJ

    My guess is it will kill your battery with that many screens and ‘widgets’

  • Dbond306

    Anyone know a website or link to one where we can find it?

  • Romma1

    This is a very excellent looking rom. That said, being the rom addict that I have now become, running on the OG it is too bad there is not enough power to drive it properly. I would like to see this on the Dinc or better. This rom reminds me of MIUI on steroids.

    • Alvinm 77

      Its not a ROM. Its a UI home replacement like ADW, Go Launcher, Launcher Pro. Its just installing an apk. No ROM flashing involved.

      • Romma1

        Ahh, thanks for pointing that out. It’s tough paying attention to little things while working.
        Thanks Alvin

        • Alvinm 77

          Lol no problem.

    • Agacom24

      hey could you possibly send me an email with the link to this?? I cant find it anywhere? (agacom24@gmail.com)

  • Alvinm 77

    Downloaded it and just installed. Bout to give it a shot. Cant post the link. Dont want to get in trouble with Kelix but its easy to find.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Has anyone tried it on a DX/D2 with a blurless ROM? I’m about to give it a go running the most recent version of Apex on my DX.

    • Mrhug3

      Just tried to install on my DX running liberty 1.5. Device not supported. Damn.

      • Mazz0310

        It’s not supported on my DroidX Liberty either :(

    • Anonymous

      Not supported on my D2 or Droid 2 Global. It’s weird since I told them I had a D2 and they still sent me the apk… Weird.

  • Alvinm 77

    Downloaded it and just installed. Bout to give it a shot. Cant post the link. Dont want to get in trouble with Kelix but its easy to find.

    • Anonymous

      Call me an idiot but I can’t find it, at least with a site I know is reputable and won’t ruin my phone.

      • bad4u6669

        Sites dont ruin your phone, the user does….

        • Anonymous

          Users that mess with the files. That’s what I meant.

    • Agacom24

      hey could you possibly send me an email with the link to this?? I cant find it anywhere? (agacom24@gmail.com)

      • Alvinm 77

        type “spb shell 5 0 unsuported devices” in the google search

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    minimalist fans will hate this

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    minimalist fans will hate this

  • Alvinm 77

    I WANT THIS!!!!! So tired of stock ROMS, ADW, and Launcher Pro on my DX. This will hold me over til the Thunderbolt.

  • 07aspenx

    Had this running on my Samsung Omnia and Omnia 2 back in the days. It’s better than the windows mobile UI but I don’t see any reason to switch from LP.

  • DroidzFX

    nice idea but looks kinda ugly. Not feeling the the pointless spinning of the screens or the overall look of the icons.

  • Anonymous

    You didn’t like it because it “reminded you of iOS.” Bullshit.

    • DBK

      You’re right, iOS is bullshit. Thank you for pointing that out.

      • Calculatorwatch

        Not liking having all your apps on your homescreen is one thing but not liking it because that’s how iOS does it is just kinda dumb. We all know kellex likes having a super clean homescreen so it’s understandable not to like the feel, but to some of us the app drawer is just one more button to push before you get to your apps.
        Besides what really separates the Android homescreen from iOS is widgets and this home replacement seems to do them quite well.

    • DBK

      You’re right, iOS is bullshit. Thank you for pointing that out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteege Terry Steege

    I’ve used their products since my Compaq Ipaq days. They make great software. I’ll have to try this out on my OG Droid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteege Terry Steege

    I’ve used their products since my Compaq Ipaq days. They make great software. I’ll have to try this out on my OG Droid.

  • brodieduncan

    Download link?

  • dannyjedi

    Neat, but seems hard to use if you are on the go….

    • Maor Hasan

      i have HTC DESIRE HD and im trying to install this for 2 weeks now with no success
      when i run it after installation is says “your spb mobile shell is not activated would you like to activate it now” i click yes and it does something like it activates it and then says loading spb mobile shell
      and it comes back to the last screen i was in and nothing is changed except my background
      can some well tell me please how to activate ? is the apk i got bad?
      my version is Android 2.2.1

      PLEASE HELP ME MAKE IT WORK ON HTC DESIRE HD