May 31, 2010 8:00 AM –
Based on the stock Android Launcher (Home app), LauncherPro adds some new and exciting features: Super-smooth scrolling, Animated screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense), Up to 7 home screens, App drawer with a fly-in effect and smooth scrolling, Shortcut dock, You can see the change log at my website listed below. (For Android version 2.0 and higher)
Pros & Cons:
- Experience up to 7 home screens for widgets, shortcuts, bookmarks, and apps
- Pinch to see all home screens at a glance
- Faster/smoother scroll in list of Android Apps
- Numbered notification icons for new text messages, missed calls and new emails
LauncherPro Android App in a home screen replacement app that is a fork from the stock launcher from Android 2.1 (Eclair). By default you have 3 home screens which is configurable to up to 7 in the Settings menu. Along the lower section are convenient icons with quick links to Phone, Contacts, Android Apps Launcher Drawer, Messaging, and Browser apps. The latest release added numbered notification icons for new text messages, missed calls and new emails. When you open the Android Apps launcher drawer, apps are presented similar to Android 2.1 launcher only difference is the cool 3D roll effect is missing however LauncherPro features a faster and much smoother scroll… convenient when you have a lot of apps like myself!
LauncherPro Missed Call, Missed Text, and Missed Email Notifications
LauncherPro Home Screen
LauncherPro Pinch for Quick Glance at All Home Screens
LauncherPro Android Apps List
LauncherPro Settings Menu
For those who like the effects of HTC Sense UI or need more home screens than 3 or 5 as some stock Android versions offer, then this app is for you. Plus it provides an alternative way to customize your Droid.
I personally didn’t realize how useful this app was until I recommended it to a buddy with an updated Samsung Moment running Android 2.1. If you’re not familiar, this update does not give the Launcher like Nexus One nor does it come with 5 default home screens. So LauncherPro was able to give him the goodies he was missing.
Android Advice™: How do I make this app my default home screen app?
Whenever you install a new home app Android presets all home screen apps every time you press the Home button. Click the checkbox “Use by default for this action” then select your desired home screen app.
Android Advice™: No popup prompting default choice shows, how do I make this my default home screen app?
If you want to change your default home app (or any default app), go to Settings Menu » Applications » Manage applications » find the default app and select it » click “Clear defaults” button. The next time you press the Home button you will be prompted which app to use… follow the steps above.
If used, every time you tap the Home button.
Your organization or imagination determines the final UI, however the app is all about giving users freedom to customize their home screen.