Monday, June 18, 2012

ICS Launcher for Gingerbread and Froyo

One of the problem with smartphone is the hardware will be outdated much faster than software. For PC or laptop or desktop, usually we can use for at least 3 to 5 years until it is really slow, but for smartphone the apps and OS upgrade force users to change to a new phone in less than 3 year or most of the time 2 years. Apple in that other hand have a new iPhone every year, so you must buy a new iPhone every year to enjoy the full goodness of new iOS.

Luckily for Android users that there are always developers that write very nice interface or theme or launch for others user to enjoy and most of the time they are free!

The Launcher that I going to show here is Holo Launcher, which looks very similar with ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich, a.k.a Android 4.0). In fact it is based on Android 4.0.4 Launcher, so you will get the same feel.

pic credit: Google Play

Some of Holo Launcher features:
  1. Full ICS Style
    • ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc.
  2. Custom Desktop Pages/Grid
    • Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid.
  3. Custom Drawer Portrait/landscape Grid
    • Set different drawer grid for portrait and landscape screen.
  4. Scrollable Dock
    • Up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
  5. Infinite Scrolling
    • Loop through your desktop/drawer/dock continuously.
  6. Desktop Previews
    • Pinch to access desktop previews.
  7. Backup and Restore
    • Backup and restore your settings and shortcuts.
  8. Other Customization Options
    • Keep in memory, home key action, hide labels, etc.

One of the thing I like about Holo Launcher is no root required. Some people might prefer to stay away from rooting their Android, so this is the apps for you. Just download, install, configure and you are good to go.

To download from Google Play, go to this link:

If you prefer to download directly:
Holo Launcher Stable APK
Holo Launcher Beta APK

You can also help to translate Holo Launcher to your language:
Holo Launcher Translation

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