Will Verduzco · Aug 31, 2014 at 07:30 pm

Create Your Own Launcher with HTMLauncher

There are hundreds of launcher replacement applications available for Android. Most of them are based on the AOSP launcher’s codebase, with various tweaks and feature additions baked in to allow for a better overall experience. Others, like what we’ve seen from our friends over at Themer, start fresh to deliver a fundamentally different and more customized experience. Now a new launcher called HTMLauncher takes an even different approach by essentially letting you create your own launcher through HTML editing.

HTMLauncher is a unique new launcher that comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member smaybe. The launcher itself is built fully using the Web languages HTML, CSS, and Javascript. As such, you are able to modify the entirety of the displayed launcher pages by direct HTML editing or the traditional drag-and-drop style interface seen in other interfaces.

At this time, the launcher itself is fully functional, and you can indeed use it as a daily driver. However, in my usage on a Nexus 5 running Android L developer preview 2, the experience wasn’t quite as stable or smooth as I would desire. That said, this is still an intriguing prospect for those looking for a different kind of launcher with a fundamentally different level of customizability.

You can monitor the app’s process or give it a shot for yourself by heading over to the HTMLauncher application thread.

 


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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