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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


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

  • Anonymous


  • 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.

  • John Burke

    I’ll wait until they have a sale, I’d rather not pay more than 10$, sorry.

    • Exactly. Watch, this will be Amazon’s Free App of the Day next week =)

    • Beagleent

      Exactly. I emailed TSF and told them that $10 would have been a more fair price. They did work hard, and create a fantastic new interface, but it isn’t a new operating system. OVer priced! I was so looking forward to this, only to be disappointed by the price. Not buying it today!


  • Bacon T Rex

    At least give a free trial with that price tag.
    If it runs as smooth in real life use as it does in that video, I might consider paying $5

  • Skyskioc

    Just way too much on this thing ! Who in there right mind can utilize every option in this launcher ? We pick up our phone and touch a short cut and open the program or whatever we are needing to do at that time. We touch the phone icon and make a call etc, etc, What the heck is all this needed for ? Do people really live on there phones 24-7 to use every feature ? Thats crazy. Although it looks cool, Just dont see in my opinion that all this is nesessary. Just saying.  

  • zaraza

     $17 lol WTF these people want to become billionaires!

    • webby

      They won’t sell enough copies @ $17 to get rich.  They would make a lot more money if the charged $5 or less, due to much much greater volume.

  • whats up with the touchwiz squares around the icons

  • JustAnotherGuest

    WOW!! I actually sat here and watched the full 8 min. video, and I’m just amazed at the things this launcher can do. I have never seen another phone UI / launcher be able to do most of those things, if not all of them. By the way, what’s up with those icons that were on fire at the end??? All that aside, even though this is something that I think has never been done before and just looks incredible, I don’t think I can justify paying $17 for this…

    Are there any other launchers or ROM’s that are a bit similar to this?

  • shdowman


  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    Looks cool and all, but I just can’t do it at that price point.

  • Bionic_Pags

    I would give it a shot for $17 if we were back to the old 24hour return policy, but no way am i forking over that cash for 15mins of testing only to learn that it kills my battery and crashes my phone a day later.  Google really needs to revisit this refund time policy, as it hurts developers that create (sometimes) amazing products and charges a high price because people like myself won’t take the risk.

  • Zepplin76

    Maybe they mean $1.68 and messed up?

  • Wow I am really looking forward to comments on this.  It looks REdonculous!

  • Is anyone else intrigued by the actual price point?  I mean why exactly $17?  Why not $10, $15, or $20….

    • Yes, but because its 16.80

  • Harryeballs1234

    That is the coolest launcher I’ve ever seen!

    You think 17 bucks is too high? Cheap bastards!


      @Harryeballs1234  OBVIOUS TROLL IS OBVIOUS

  • See this is where that 15 minute return policy gets me…To spend 17 bucks on this thing I would need atleast a day to play around with it to see if I loved it.  If not then just wasted nearly 20 bucks.

  • Skyskioc

    Thats more than half the cost of my data plan each month ! At $17.00 I say no way. I’ll wait for it to come out on Amazons free app of the day.

  • $17?  Let me preface this with the fact that I spent $35 on pizza for me and the roommates last night.  Money is not the issue.  Value, however, is.  There are a lot of launchers available for free or a lot less.  $5 would be worth trying it based on what I’ve read.  $10 if you really sold me on some functionality I couldn’t live without.  $17?  Meh.

    Example, I’d spend $10 on swype if I had to. I use it every day and it works the way I want without competition being close enough in the results I receive.  $17 is a bit much for most apps.

    • Trueblue711

      The reason why the value seems high is because a lot of developers have undercut themselves and their worth. What’s wrong with a $17 launcher if you use it for a full year? That’s less than 5 cents a day for something potentially very useful. Use it for the life of your phone and it’s even cheaper.

      Why do people pay the Apple tax? Because they say their products are worth it, and people seem to agree. Good for this company for doing the same.

      • Tabe

        The difference between this product and Apple’s products is that Apple is a well-known company who sells proven products that people know are worth it. The maker of this app is shooting themselves in the foot by not offering their app for cheaper (or offering a trial) so that people will give it a chance to prove its worth.

        • AlexKCMO

          On top of that, what guarantee do we have of updates and bug fixes from a generally unknown company.

      • Not only is it unproven but there are options available for less.  If it is reviewed as the hands-down best launcher ever known to man and there is a guarantee for updates and bug-fixes, then maybe it would be worth it.  There is also no trial or free version to check it out.  I also own an iphone and ipad for work.  I have yet to buy an app over $11.  $17 is only worth it if there is a need and a value. 

  • If I were to use an alternate launcher, I would use Go Launcher. It’s consistent, simple, and stable. Just seems silly to spend so much when you want to do is access your apps. Who cares how pretty it is. Nevertheless, good luck.  I hope it’s a success.

  • EvanTheGamer

    $17? Only if hell froze over, then we’ll talk.

  • Lenny

    Ahh haha for $17 I can feed the whole family for a week in some countries.

  • Something ugly that complicates my phone unnecessarily for $17. Ill pass.

  • Aardvark99

    After reading this thread, I think we need to redo that “how much would you pay” survey…

    • Just thinking that!!

    • JDHokie

       That thread had me thinking back to the 10 cent app sale around Christmas.  Every day people were B&Ming … “Why don’t they have (insert $10-$15 premium app here)?”

    • kixofmyg0t


      The most I ever paid for an app was like $7 or $8 and it was Super Street Fighter 4 or Infinity Blade 2, dont remember which one was more expensive. 

  • Daniel Archibald33

    what is your opinion on this Kellex?

  • Aardvark99

    I’m not so sure I need such a wiz-bang UI around customizing/rearranging my home screen and accessing applications! I think this company has lots of great touch user experience ideas and wanted a platform to demonstrate them. They did a great job showing off tons concepts, but not a great job making a more useful launcher – unless you need to completely re-layout your homescreens in 5 seconds.

  • This is like the TAT Home Screens they were talking about a year ago.  But not sure if $17 is worth it and I’ve been waiting a while to get my hands on this.

  • Beagleent

    Dang, $17! I will wait to see what those that pay for it think before I buy, but it looks awesome!

  • Nexussss

    It compatible with Verizon GNex

    • Darthseph23

       It’s also incompatible with my now ICS flashed Razr.  Go figure…

      • Just to ask, are the people that have incompatibility issues running a lower screen density?

        • I had incompatible on the web version on the market. Purchased on the device market with no problems…

    • droidman

      Yep, when I go to the Market it shows as compatible with my Nexus. I just don’t have the full belief in the product to dump 17.00 on it….yet.

    • Stock Nexus? Just asking?

  • cancerous_it

    This is why we can’t have nice things.  $17 may be a lot but like MIUI, it’s significantly different and innovative enough to reward the developer for the creativity.  Who am i kidding…$17??????  If it were $5, I would buy to show support.  $17, you ask too much.

    • Pooch Nuts

       I agree with cancerous_it.  I will pay for apps, but the $17 pricetag is a little steep, considering the market place.  I believe that the developer’s pricing will hinder the success.  Maybe a $10 price tag would prove more appropriate, as seeing that solid launcher apps that are already out on the market are free.  TSF might be pricing themselves beyond the marketplace. 

      They definitely need to make money for the time and resources that they put in.  There is no  doubt about that.  I just wonder if the $17 will hurt them, as opposed to making it $10 and getting more sales.

      • Bob Martin

        u must own one of those cheap $5 prepaid phone’s that u get from 7-11. i know u can’t possibly own a $300 phone or any phone over $30 if u complain that $17 is too much. i already bought spb shell for $15 and still willing to buy this for $17.

        • ericl5112

          I bought a (then) top of the line phone, and am very willing to pay for apps that measure up to their value.  I would happily buy a $17 app if it had $17 of value for me, but this doesn’t appear to.  Just because is does to you, doesn’t mean everyone else is so incredibly cheap that they can’t possibly be as cool as you…

  • I made the mistake of getting SPB Shell for $15….not gonna be dooped into getting this even though the videos make it look freakin awesome. Well, I may get it, if it goes on the Amazon app store of the day for free or they have a huge sale on the Android Market and chop it by a few bucks or even half off. Plus if you wait longer that will force them to do so hahahaha

  • yeah if it was 2 – 5$ then every one would buy it just to try it out.. that is just bad marketing.. apple and android markets have proven this… if angry birds was 10 bucks no one would have tried.. but because it was only as $1 every one .. even people that dont play games downloaded it, just to see what it was all about.. 

  • Lololololol

    look, its the windows 7 beta desktop background!

  • $17? No thanks.

  • humungus

    Man, that looks (like an) awesome (battery drain).

  • It looks like a bad copy of an iPhone homescreen with widgets.  No thanks. 

  • digitalicecream

    $17 for something you can use across all of your devices, and any device that you use your account on? I will pitch in $17 in hopes that the devs have enough seed money to work on other projects at a price that is more agreeable to everyone. $17 is lunch money, let the Devs eat lunch already.

    • Tabe

      $17 lunch?! Man, you go hard! Really though.. Maybe if there were a trial version for people to check out some would end up really liking it and dropping the $17. But that’s a lot of money for a new home screen replacement that people aren’t even sure they’ll like. That’s great that you consider $17 nothing and have the ability to just throw it around as dev seed money, but not everybody is in your boat.

      • 17 dollars for lunch? To feed an elephant maybe!

        Lunch for me cost 4-7 dollars.

        • Curren$y

          Stop eating fast food

          • Tabe

            You can get non-fast food lunch for around that price. You can also buy stuff at the store and make your own lunch for that. You shouldn’t assume…

          • I six pack alone is $5.00+ LOL…j/k

      • digitalicecream

        I guess I didn’t consider taking into account that some of us still use lunch tickets? About $20 Is what you pay when it’s your turn to buy when someone else flies. Sorry if I offended anyone still in K-12.

        • ericl5112

          So what you’re saying is, $17 is lunch for 2 people.  Very different than what you actually said before.  Guess you need a little more of that k-12 math 😉  

          17/2 != 17.

          Really, you didn’t offend people in K-12, just people who can do math.

          • digitalicecream

            I didn’t think I had to spell out that I usually eat lunch with my team mates. You math heads are certainly lonely.

          • ericl5112

            I eat with my friends 6/7 days a week for lunch. We just happen to be responsible adults who pay for our own meal. Besides, if you’re only dividing the meal two ways, I’d consider a meal for 2 pretty lonely if it was just a friend…

            Besides, when did knowing how to divide by two make you a “math head”? You have got to be one of the worst trolls of all time. I believe I learned that one in 3rd Grade? If you haven’t gotten there yet, I believe you are one of those K-12 that you seem to think everyone else is.

          • digitalicecream

            You’re still here? I’ll tell you what, since you’re so attached to this conversation I’ll let you get in the last word.

          • trollhunter1123

            God digitalicecream, you are such an obvious desperate troll, baiting ericl5112 to respond, so you think you win.  Your 12 year old games were painful to read.  Sorry ericl5112, you tried.  There are just some people who are too stupid for their own good.

        • Tabe

          What in the world is a lunch ticket??

  • 17 dollars = a joke.

  • nwd1911

    For $5, I would give it a try..for $10 I would pass.  For $7.50, I would have to drunk download and be happy in the morning when the return window has closed.

  • Teng247

    $17????  Damn thats alot but judging from look, it does make your phone unique

  • Tabe

    Definitely does some really cool stuff. The animations and such are pretty awesome. BUT I don’t like the look. Looks way too busy and the background behind the icons makes them look like crap. Also, $17?? C’mon… They should at least start with a lower price in order to get people on-board! With the super short Market refund timeframe, I don’t see too many people giving this a chance.

  • James_C_L


  • MikeMike

    For $17 I expect something ground breaking. This is meh

  • No launcher is worth $17! 

  • Lansdownunder

    Did I read that right???? $17???? Who are they kidding?

    I was really looking forward to this one. Oh well. Back to ADW

  • Dshudson

    I hate launches and will never use one. 

  • Tommy Thompson

    Looks neat, but looks too busy for me.

  • Kyle

    Sorry – way too much money to even give it a shot.  Maybe $5, but not $17.  I’ll stick with Nova Launcher for now.  Would love to try this out – hopefully they’ll drop the price at some point or offer a version with fewer features for less $$$.  Not trying to be a cheapskate, but that’s expensive.

    • cns2007

      Ditto. I had the free version of Nova and bought the $4 Pro version as soon as it hit the market. $17 is a bit much.

      • Greyhame

        How are you liking the pro version?  What are those two finger gestures they mention?  Pinch to zoom out at your screens?  Or more than that?  Thanks.

        • ericl5112

          It includes two finger swipes in the same vein as the one finger swipes.  For example, I have swipe down with one finger as open notification tray, and two finger swipe down launches Vlingo InCar.  That kind of thing.  Between useful features like that, and supporting the developer, it was worth it.  At least they gave a (generously featured) free version to try out.

  • Only $17?  What a bargain considering almost every other launcher has a free version.

  • Nexussss

    This app is compatible with your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

    • Alex9483

      How are you so sure? Do you have it installed on your GN?

      • Nexussss

        Whats what is showing in my market. I’m not gonna buy it but worth noting

  • Football4lifeson

    Who do they think they are?!?!?! A GPS app on *OS?!?!?!?!?!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    $17.. F you

    • vitriolix

      How dare that developer charge what he thinks it is worth!

      • Tabe

        If they think its really worth that then they should put out a trial version so users can decide if they agree or not.

        • vitriolix

           That would be smart

        • justincase_2008

          Shut up with your logic tabe. 

          • Tabe

            Oh, hai!

          • justincase_2008

            sup buddies

      • FortitudineVincimus

        well the public will decide.. sales will tell the story

        But as part of the public, it is a ludicrous price. Even more so when you consider average prices and what other Devs who make full ROMS, kernels and more charge.