I feel like it has been ages since we last asked everyone what their current launcher of choice was. Is everyone still using one of the old standards like ADW and LauncherPro or have you gravitated towards some of the more frequently updated replacements like GO Launcher? Is there a chance that some of you have adopted the current crop of stock launchers that Moto, Sammie and HTC are tossing out? I feel like there is some sort of new home replacement that is dying to be found that we just haven’t heard of yet. If you answer “Other”, please let us know in the comments which launcher you are using.
The GO Launcher team tossed out an update today that included a handful of goodies including two new screen transitions and a new theme preview UI. On top of that though, they also released GO Locker, which is their take on a lock screen replacement. Just know that you will need GO Launcher installed to use this new add-on (similar to all their add-ons) that so far has 4 or 5 options to use as your lock screen theme. Some give you the ability to jump straight into your phone, text app or camera. The only down-side I’m seeing so far, is a lack of options for you to really customize it with. Can’t even change the background of the lock screen yet? Hmmm. Still, worth a look since it’s free!
Over the last couple of weeks, our buddy MrPicolas convinced us to give GO Launcher EX a shot at becoming our next home replacement app. Since then, we have actually enjoyed the heck out of it and have yet to switch back to ADW or LauncherPro. While it may lack some of our favorite icon packs from ADW, there are a variety of incredibly polished themes to choose from, along with enough customizations to make even the most accomplished home screen addicts drool.
In today’s update, those customizations became even more robust with the addition of 8 new app drawer transitions. If you are not familiar with GO Launcher EX or what a fancy transition looks like in your app drawer, we have attached a quick screencast for you below. (more…)
Mr. AnderWebs has released an update to his extremely popular ADW EX home replacement app today, and the crowds of fans are happy. The changelog is somewhat minor, but it still leaves other home replacements in the dust as they play catch up. If you have been using ADW on your Honeycomb tablet, then this update is definitely right up your alley. (more…)
Saturday’s App Of The Day was Timeriffic. Hope everyone had a chance to take a look at it.
Today, I am writing up an app called Simple Text. This app is for users who are looking for a change up from standard icons or for those of us who like minimalistic styles (Kellex). To use the app you do have to have LauncherPro, ADW, or Go Launcher. (In the pictures above I am using LauncherPro Plus.) The app is about as straightforward as they come. There are two words you can edit. One is on top (see “SIMPLE” in pic) and the other is on bottom (see “TEXT” in pic). Just type in any word you want for top and bottom then customize size, scale, position, color and font. Save the icon and apply it to the launcher icon of your choice.
Here are his exact instruction per market:
How to use with ADW Launcher or ADW Launcher EX:
1. Long-press an app icon
2. Select “Edit”
3. Tap on the app icon
4. Select “ADWTheme IconPacks”
5. Choose Simple Text
6. Create your icon
7. Press Menu, then “Save Icon”
How to use with other Launchers ( LauncherPro, GO Launcher… ):
1] Run Simple Text in your application list
2] Create your icon
3] Press Menu, then “Save Icon”
4] Use your launchers specific change icon option and browse to your images ( stored in /sdcard/Simple Text )
*Today’s free paid Amazon App Store app is: Aces Bubble Popper.
Fans of GOLauncher should be excited after receiving today’s update and finding out that they now have 2 widgets to bring them closer to some of the other big dog launchers. Well, they should only be half-excited since one of them is a task manager. Yep, they opted for a task manager over say, a Facebook, Twitter or even calendar widget. At this point, anyone with any knowledge of Android knows that task managers are useless after updating to Froyo, so it’s a little puzzling that they would go this route, unless of course their userbase is all pre-2.2. At least the contacts widget is decent!
And I will admit though, that I’m excited to see the GO team start to release widgets and hope they continue to pump out more in the very near future. Truthfully, if it weren’t for our dual-obsession with ADW and LP, we’d definitely be using GO as our daily flavor.
To use these widgets, you’ll need GOLauncher installed. After that, hit up the links below to install each widget separately. Then add them to your home screens just like you would any other widget.
In my 11 months here at Droid Life, it’s become apparent that most of our community use one of two different home replacement tools: LauncherPro or ADW Launcher. It’s gotten to the point that these tools are deemed essential to Android users because of the additions they bring to an otherwise boring Android home screen. That one row of buttons adds a lot of functionality and saves a lot of space; something that’s precious on a stock 4×4 grid.
Naturally, when a new home replacement comes along, it’s easy to dismiss it. How could it even come close to the “big two?” However, I urge you to read on: GO Launcher is no half-assed effort. (more…)