At the annual Game Developers Conference being held in San Francisco, NVIDIA announced the latest addition to its collection of devices, the NVIDIA SHIELD. Powered by the Tegra X1 ARM SoC, the SHIELD is a set-top box running Android TV at its heart. But since it is a NVIDIA device, it does things beyond the simple streaming and gaming that is expected in this age. The SHIELD can locally run and stream 4K content to a capable TV. It is compatible with existing...
Arikui Launcher is Metro and a Bit More
For a good while now, Android users have had to compromise quite a lot to experience a Metro launcher experience—most notably, widgets and home screens. Of course, this isn’t to disregard the apps out there that provide a pretty authentic Windows Phone experience, because they do. But the Metro experience does feel lacking for some, especially for those who’ve been conditioned to the flexibility and practicality of Android launchers.
So this begs the question, why not merge both Metro and Android into one launcher? Rather than concede our favorite Android features to feed our curiosity and interest for Metro, it’d be a pretty sensible idea to experience the best of both worlds in one launcher. Maybe a launcher like Arikui?
Developed by XDA Forum Member masa@android, Arikui Launcher is pretty much a welcomed and tasteful blend of Android and WP-style launchers. Yes, the colorful, vertically-scrolling tiles are there, and so is the tile customization such as opacity, resizing, and dynamic placement. Yes, the horizontally-scrolling home screens are also there, maintaining support for widget and shortcut placement, and our grid-like app drawer can still be accessed tapping the bottom edge of the screen.
In addition to the rather fine-tuned customization options masa@android has included in regards to tiles, further options for the desktop are also available. These include transition effects of home screens, transparency, locking tiles, and hiding tiles. Additionally, home screen setups can be backed up and restored, and there’s also support for Apex/Nova/Go/Adw icon packs.
The launcher is compatible with devices running Android version 4.0.3 or newer. If you’d like to check it out, be sure to visit the original thread for more details.
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