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TSF Shell Pro Released on Android, Say Hello to the Coolest Launcher Ever for $17


TSF Shell Pro was teased back in mid-December, dropping jaws of Android fanboys across the globe. The launcher looked extremely similar to a UI from TAT that we saw way back in the day, but with a ton of added functionality. It has a lasso tool for multi-selecting, incredibly polished and animated widgets, a 3D card switcher, and so much more. Well folks, it’s now available on the market for a whoppin’ $16.80. The price may be steep, but I’ve had a chance to play with it for all of 5 minutes now and am enjoying the hell out of it so far. There is one catch though, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is showing up as not compatible. I was able to load in on my GSM Nexus without issue, so I’m not exactly sure why they have blocked that device. Then again, you could always try our Google Wallet trick.

Update:  The widgets are all in the market now – links added below. Also, they have yet to release the widgets to the market, so for now, you just get to play with apps and lassos and cards. The previous preview video they released is below. I’ll hopefully have some time today to get you guys another video of it running on my Nexus. 

Market Link | Widgets

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Cheers Graham!

  • Papapau

    Can someone please explain to me what the FUSS is all about? Can someone tell me how TSF Shell outclasses or even in-par SPB Shell?

  • Kimsballs

    Looks amazing, $5 amazing.

  • ericl5112

    The irony, the only device on my account it is compatible with is my old Nook Color I don’t have anymore that shouldn’t run it anyway.  The SGS and TF101 that probably could run this, and the Tab 10.1 I used to have are all incompatible. 

  • bogy25

    17 bucks to make the apps on my Droid look like an iphone?  NO THANKS!

  • John

    Let’s just hope this launcher doesn’t end up like LPP…..& cease development once everyone buys a copy =P

    • mike919

      I love how you snuck this in here without a LPP fanboy jumping your sack. LOL

      • John

        ya i was lucky 😉

  • Angelrod111

    I’ll stick to the simple stock launcher….way too much going on here!!

  • It’s showing up in the market as compatible with my LTE Nexus.

  • Christopher Riner

    Can you only get the widgets if you have the launcher?  I tried getting them for my LTE nexus and they installed but its not showing up in my app/widget drawer

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  • Davelisa3210

    Marked the release on my calendar. But I have the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Found a demo version on XDA, it uninstalls itself when you connect to mobile network. Its definately an interesting launcher, would take some time to get used to. Prop bar is an interesting idea, but I wish there was a dock that was always there

    • Beagleent

      Can you post a link?

  • Crashes on launch for both my and my wive’s galaxy nexus(which do show as compatible despite this article. Crash reports submitted, email into the dev. Been wanting this sucker for months.

  • chris

    Awesome Price for what it does!!!! but would be nice to have a free trial 🙂

  • Benjamin Mackie

    I hate the lack of a dock. This is a major point for me

  • JonathonFlores

    it looks very… nintendo…and by that i guess i mean… child appealing or kid likeable lol i dont know… it’s cartoonish or something. i wont be buying this to say the least.

  • Granpa

    $17 is too much given that it doesn’t really do anything extraordinary.  It’s just a cutesy way of managing your icons and some eye candy.

  • Michael_NM

    Nice eye candy, but I’m sure it would end up in the same category as SPB shell for me. Use it for a day, and then uninstall. I’ll stick with ADW until Fede finishes his rewrite. I like a launcher that I don’t really notice. Get me to apps quickly, without unnecessary animation or lag and I’m happy.

  • Sorry, I need money to pay for gas to get to work…$17 really? Curious to see how many they sell!

  • Dsel892

    Anyone know were I can get that wallpaper ?

  • this looks amazing!!! for $17, you’re basically getting a new phone. I tried SPB Shell 3D and enjoyed it alot. I think this is worth experiencing a new way of using your same old phone.

  • rohicks

    Some really cool features indeed. Shows the power of what people can do with android. The paper like throw with the map at 7:12 is rad. This is how homes screens and touch devices should be. Interactive and realistic to human touch and gestures. I’d never buy this as it’s too much for what i need (and money for an app), but i’d like to see some of the features come stock on phones or in some roms.

  • MKader17

    $17??? Maybe they thought they were releasing on the Apple App Store?

  • bigillz

    Are you all living on ramen in your parent’s house? $17 for the core app of your phone, the interface for how you use it every single day. You will literally use it more than any other app on your phone. Did you watch the video? This exceeds the quality of every other launcher made. I pay $10-20 to park my car downtown for a day. I pay $9 in gas and $7 in tolls to get to/from work every day. Good lord you people are cheap.

    • Tabe

      You don’t get it… People are complaining because they’re asking $17 for an unproven app. An app that looks cool in a video but they have yet to use. I’m sure if there were a trial version and people end up liking it they’ll have no problem dropping the money. But fact is that’s a high price for an app with no trial and a 15min Android Market refund window. Yeah, in the grand scheme of things its not like $17 is $1million or anything, but many people still don’t like to throw away money like that.
      “Exceeds the quality of ever other launcher made”?? So you’re using this launcher now? Or are you deducing that from the eye-candy video? Even if you ARE using it and like it, not everybody has the same taste in how they want their phone to operate.

      • Bob Martin

        im a little curious about something. What’s the difference between this $17 app that u have no idea what its like or a movie in the theater that u pay $10 to see after seeing a short 2 minute preview which this launcher has. I think it’s u that doesn’t get it. everyone in this decade charges too much for everything. $4 for 1 gallon of gas a few years ago? $10 for 1 movie ticket? people pay for either what they need, want, or if they choose to support the dev. i understand that most people r cheap but there’s no reason to complain since everyone knows almost everything is overpriced.

        • Tabe

          First of all, you chose the wrong person to throw the movie ticket argument at. I refuse to see movies in the theater and always just wait until they’re shown for free. They’re just not worth it, to me. 🙂
          Gas? Really? That’s kind of a necessary thing for most people, unlike a launcher replacement.
          Yes, everything is overpriced these days – BUT most of these overpriced things at least follow the trend of their respective markets. Not many apps in the Android market are $17+
          Again, my main point throughout this thread has been that the price is exorbitant as compared to its competition in the market – but even with that, at least provide some sort of trial for users to take some time with the app and decide if they want to keep it and give the dev $17.
          I really want to try this app, and I have no problem throwing down the $17 for a job well done IF I like it. But I’ll be waiting until I can try it for an extended period of time before I do so.

          • justincase_2008

            OH SNAP

    • Trueblue711

      Finally, someone speaks the truth!
      I find it outrageous that everyone here has no problem paying “the man” $30 a month for data and $10-20 a month for SMS (which costs the carrier nothing), yet they have tons of problems supporting hard-working independent developers. Time isn’t free, people!

      • Tabe

        If there were a trial, or the market refund period were longer, I’d give it a try. And if were to end up liking it, I’d gladly drop the $17 for it. It has nothing to do with having a problem supporting devs and everything to do with a really high priced app that doesn’t give the ability to try before buying. Yeah, time isn’t free… and $17 in one’s wallet isn’t free either.

        • Bob Martin

          yea imagine if movie theaters did that instead of making people pay $10 for a ticket. or what about free games. Nothing of good quality is free. and if it is then it can’t b that good

          • Tabe

            I’m not talking “free”. I’m talking trial… Whether it be limited functionality, time-based, or whatever. I already stated my stance on movies in the theater, but also you get previews of movies. Movies are about audio/visual, this app is about visual AND functionality. You can more easily decide on a movie’s worth with a preview video than something that you have to use like a launcher. You can play demos of many games, as well.

      • mike919

        ya dude… SPB Shell 3D had the same concepts… and was 15 dollars at launch. But at least they offered a few editorials a trial version to review for people that want to know whether or not its WORTH 15 DOLLARS. ITS NOT ABOUT CHEAP, Its about knowing what your going to buy.

        • Trueblue711

          I agree, but a majority of the comments and reactions are along the lines of “OMG $17 FOR AN APP!”

          Also, I believe this is a problem with Google’s App Store. Maybe they feel the 15 minute return by the Market is enough, after all Google feels it is. I really think Google needs to let the return period be set by the developer.

    • monkey business

      To justify spending $17, I would need a launcher to be approximately 1700% better than my current launcher (GO Launcher EX), which is free,

      I don’t think anyone reasonable is saying “It should be free.”. Rather, they’re saying “$17 is a lot to pay for one app, even a good one.”

    • Bacon T Rex

      Not cheap. More like not willing to pay that price on principal alone. I pay just as much as you do for the things you mentioned and don’t complain about that. 

      This is a launcher for your phone. Not a secure place to leave your car for the day, or a necessary fuel or toll to pay in order to live day to day life.

      • bigillz

        Who among those here commenting does _not_ look at their phone 100 times a day, feel naked and partially helpless without it, use it for work, fun, family, etc? And the core functionality of it isn’t worth the cost of parking your car for a day? Which would you rather do – get a ride to work from a friend for a day, or go without your phone for a day? Most people here would take the ride and keep the phone.

    • AlexKCMO

      I make pretty good money, but it’s all about value. 

      LauncherPro, as old as it is, does everything I need and more.  Sure there’s tons of eye candy here, but without trying it, I can’t tell if it’s valuable based purely on a video. 

      Hopefully, Kellex can do a full review since most of us aren’t willing to try without buying.

    • D+T→n(14.1MeV)+α(3.5MeV)

      Shocking, isn’t it? As much as I love Android, I often think that the majority of Android users are the cheapest people on the face of the planet. Especially when you see people constantly complaining that a 10cent app “totally sucks” or “wasn’t worth it even for free” on Amazon’s FAoTD.
      If you buy a video game for $60 from most stores, and you take it home, and it isn’t what you were hoping for, or outright sucks, you’re out $60.
      How is it that people will spend $600+ for a phone, plus the data bills that go along with it, then act as if a few bucks are going to bankrupt them? -smh-

      • Butters619

        Exactly. People are willing to spend $100 a month on a phone bill, but bitch over $17 (even $5) for an app

    • Butters619

      Where do you live?  And yeah once I became a working adult (with a disposable income) I sort of stopped complaining about the costs of things like this.  If you think about how often you use it versus the price it’s really not bad.  And hell one sushi dinner is around $17 and that is useful for a few minutes haha.

      • Tabe

        Again… It’d be nice to be able to test it (for more than 15min) to decide if I actually DO want to use it before I drop the dough.

      • Plastic

        DERP I dropped $17 but idun car som imma let you ahve
        it K?

        Saying that you don’t mind wasting money isn’t a valid argument, and frankly it just makes you look like a fool.