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How to: Organize Your Motorola XOOM Home Screens Using CircleLauncher

Just posted up the new Beautiful Widgets tablet version and noticed that a few of you were interested in the setup I have on my XOOM’s main home screen and wanted to share.  It’s really a pretty simple setup that involves CircleLauncher and a couple of quick custom icons.  I should point out that you can use almost any folder or app organizer for this as long as it allows you to use custom icons and are not necessarily stuck with CL.  Again, this is super simple, but here is a set of instructions to help you out.    

Download:  icons.zip

1.  Download the file from above and unzip it’s contents onto your XOOM internal storage.
2.  Download and install CircleLauncher. [Download]
3.  From any homescreen, press the “plus” + button to add a widget.
4.  Choose CircleLauncher.
5.  Pick your launcher type, select apps, and style.

6.  When you get to “Launcher icon” make sure to hit the “Select custom icon” button.
7.  Now, sift through your gallery until you find the icons you downloaded from above.
8.  Choose whichever you need, and then finish up by clearing the “Launcher label.”
9.  Repeat steps for multiple launchers.

And here is the wallpaper.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Ryan57ford Ryan Chapman

    This is pretty great, Where did you find those Icons? I would like to see if I could find a couple more subjects, but I cant seem to find anything that looks like them…

  • Dan Pizzolato

    I love this icons…are there any more, besides those already shown?  Like a “Finance” icon for banking apps or an “Entertainment” icon for TV apps, Netflix, or Redbox?

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  • Island808lyfe

    I downloaded both, but can’t seem to locate the icon to add as widget. I see it in my market apps but can’t drag it down

  • Island808lyfe

    I downloaded both, but can’t seem to locate the icon to add as widget. I see it in my market apps but can’t drag it down

  • Borochocho

    can anybody tell me where and how to get the watch with the weather? i find it hard to find a weather widget. that one is perfect.

    • Afgeek3

      its beautiful widgets. i still have not been able to find the exact clock skin, but i have been using NeonTransparent and it is close. no one has come out to say what skin it really is,

  • Anonymous

    how do i make the transparent background icons? i have a font i want to use, do i have to do it in photoshop or is there another program i can use?

  • Jim

    If you do this: finish up by clearing the “Launcher label.”
    Then the backup/restore option will not work correctly because it saves the configuration based on the label.

  • http://twitter.com/VisualBodyFoto VisualBody – Julien

    What is the clock and weather Widget please?

    • http://twitter.com/VisualBodyFoto VisualBody – Julien

      sorry for the last comment.

      What is the clock and weather Widget please?

  • http://www.cubastudygroup.org/index.cfm/executiveboard Alfonso Fanjul

    the new Motorola XOOM screens are awesome and gives fantastic vision and clarity to the home screen.

  • Riverjao

    Well, I finally figured out how to get this to work. After downloading the icons, they would not show up in my gallery while tying to access them through Circle Launcher. Furthermore, Circle Launcher actually wasn’t working at all even though it appeared to be downloaded on my Xoom. It was in my widgets, but I tried to open it through the Market, and it would tell me that it rejected the download attempt. So, I just downloaded the lite version in addition to the paid one, and then it actually worked, although while trying to open it through the market it still said that it rejected the download (again, it was already downloaded, but it would try to download and tell me that it wouldn’t when trying to open it) So then, I used Astro File Manager and opened up the Icons download via the Downloads folder. Once opened, I would long press on the first icon, push Edit, then Copy, then I would push the Home icon w/in Astro (not the actual Home button on the device) and click on the DCIM folder, then the Camera folder, and then I would click on the Paste icon. THEN I could actually follow Kellex’s directions with success. Maybe this will help someone.

  • Vyruzx

    What skin is it for the beautiful widget?

  • Billbilljohnson

    Oh and the lAuncher icon never shows up

  • Billbilljohnson

    I can’t figure out why this does not work for me. I bought cir le launcher after seeing this and every time I try to use it, it brings up the apps as well as the customization screen. I’ve tried restaring a few Tim’s and it just keps doing it. I am not sure how Kellex got it working.

    • Riverjao

      No luck for me either.

  • manderko

    if you guys want some great wallpapers…like the one im guessing kell is using here…google deviantart submicron ..this is not spam by the way. I pimped mine out with that free wallpaper, desktop visualizer, and apps organizer. XDA Xoom forums has a great page with some really awesome looking homescreens. Here is one that basically looks like the one I did but I am not rooted so I did not do a screen cap….but here is the one i stole my ideas for…these guys set the bar pretty high.

    when you push any of the buttons folders like this pop up- props to Knavve

  • manderko

    if you guys want some great wallpapers…like the one im guessing kell is using here…google deviantart submicron ..this is not spam by the way. I pimped mine out with that free wallpaper, desktop visualizer, and apps organizer. XDA Xoom forums has a great page with some really awesome looking homescreens. Here is one that basically looks like the one I did but I am not rooted so I did not do a screen cap….but here is the one i stole my ideas for…these guys set the bar pretty high.

    when you push any of the buttons folders like this pop up- props to Knavve

    • Borochocho

      Hey can you’tell me where I can get the weather and time widget he has on? Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenneisec Cameron Brenneise

    whats the font for the icons? id like to make some more

  • Princesation

    Why does it say load BIOS failed when I download it from my xoom

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

    Kellex, any idea if this will work with other tablets running 2.2/2.3? Wasn’t sure if this was specifically for 3.0 or not.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      It’s any android device home skillet ;)

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

        Thank you kind sir!

  • Greg Abbate

    Is that a stock honeycomb wallpaper?

  • Anonymous

    what wallpaper is that?

  • Anonymous

    Do u ne to be rooted for circ le launcher to work. I’ve tried it on my xoom and can’t find the widget

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      It’s on the market. It works for non rooted devices

      • Anonymous

        I downloaded the lite verson to see if i like it but can’t find the widget to launch it. HELP

        • grobarge81

          You may need to restart the Xoom. Sometimes widgets won’t show up right away in the menu.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    Kellex just fyi u can’t add custom icons with the lite version.

    • Anonymous

      Ahh good to know. :P

  • Scott Strool

    What are the limitations with the lite version?

  • Scott Strool

    What are the limitations with the lite version?

    • WormDoes

      you can’t use custom icons and can only use the circle “launcher style” with the lite version

  • Anonymous

    … honeycomb starts to be real fun. looks damn cool.

  • grobarge81

    You can also set it so the circle of icons will pop up in the center of the page rather than the launcher icon. Looks even better that way in my opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1422573270 Michael Interbartolo III

      totally agree I have 5 of the circle icons on the bottom of my Archos 70 screen and they all launch the circle in the center of the screen which is real nice. add some minimalistic text on the screen and you get really pack a lot of info/apps without a lot of clutter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1422573270 Michael Interbartolo III

      totally agree I have 5 of the circle icons on the bottom of my Archos 70 screen and they all launch the circle in the center of the screen which is real nice. add some minimalistic text on the screen and you get really pack a lot of info/apps without a lot of clutter.

  • http://twitter.com/m1dnite Kevin N

    What clock is that?

    • Anonymous

      I believe it’s the Beautiful Widgets for Tablet Beta that was posted a bit earlier today.

      • Afgeek3

        do you know what skin from Beautiful Widgets it is?

  • Anonymous

    For all of those with Xooms, are you still infatuated with it still or is the love affair starting to dwindle?

    • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

      Still love it. I don’t see why I wouldn’t now.

    • Mrichards86

      I was infatuated the first day, then quickly realized I don’t need it at all. It actually took a shit on me today, returned it to Best Buy. I will be paying attention to tablets being released, maybe grab one somewhere down the road..

      • Anonymous

        Shouldn’t feed it mexican food.

    • Dshudson

      Sold mine.. I will probably buy the WiFi only again though.. but not for a while.. My DX at the time and now my TB do everything that the Xoom did.. or does.. Plus I have 4g now.. man, the train rides to work have never been better. I felt guilty not using it. Hope it made the dude that drove from RI to north of Boston happy.. it did take him like 2 1/2 hours after work to come buy it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jkananian Jack Hd Kananian

      still loving it! it’s kind of replaced my laptop in my ritual of checking my e-mail. messing around online… etc…

    • Anonymous

      Basically, no one NEEDS a Xoom(any tablet actually), but they are cool and very convenient. In my case, I replaced my corporate laptop with it. As long as you know their limitations Xooms (and tablets in general) can be great secondary devices.

    • Dshudson

      They are great in bed tho, no pun intended!

    • Dshudson

      They are great in bed tho, no pun intended!

    • Mike

      I love mine and I find myself hardly using my laptop anymore.

    • Mike

      I love mine and I find myself hardly using my laptop anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/anthonyhopf Anthony Hopf

      love it, my macbook pro is feeling neglected. I can’t believe the battery life on this bad boy

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Yea laptop useless bring this thing everywhere

    • Anonymous

      Wouldn’t trade it. Have the Ipad2 as well and my macbooks are feeling cold. Love the Xoom, can’t wait for SD and 4G love.

    • Riverjao

      LOOOVE it more than I did when I first got it. Actually, I love it more and more everyday! NO REGRETS OR BUYER’S REMORSE IN THE SLIGHTEST! And I bought the $800 one before the wifi only one came out, and I don’t have a data plan on it. Again, no regrets in the slightest! Money well spent!

    • http://twitter.com/james_schafer James Schafer

      Its pretty great. Check out SleeplessNinjas youtube channel if your interested. I think this person has a blog as well, but he has been doing a thorough job going over the Xoom and different applications and it seems every day he is coming out with a new video.

  • el_bori1

    Very nice

  • Riverajeanc1

    Very nice

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    Very nice

  • viewthis66

    that’s pretty slick man. i will have to try this out later. thanks Kellex.