More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Holo Launcher Brings ICS Styling to Gingerbread and Froyo
With many devices getting official and unofficial updates to Ice Cream Sandwich, there are still a lot of devices that haven’t. While some may eventually receive ICS, a good deal will unfortunately be left in the cold. The good news, however, is that Gingerbread and Froyo users can still have some ICS goodness in the form of a launcher that emulates the look and feel of the stock ICS launcher.
Meet Holo Launcher by XDA Senior Member mobint. Developed to mimic the stock 4.0.4 launcher, it can be used on older versions of Android so even users who aren’t able to upgrade can sport the look and feel of ICS. Aside from looking similar to the stock ICS launcher, Holo has several additional features including:
Full ICS Style
ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc.
Custom Desktop Pages/Grid
Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid.
Custom Drawer Portrait/landscape Grid
Set different drawer grid for portrait and landscape screen.
Up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
Loop through your desktop/drawer/dock continuously.
Pinch to access desktop previews.
Backup and Restore
Backup and restore your settings and shortcuts.
Other Customization Options
Keep in memory, home key action, hide labels, etc.
Essentially, it seems to have the look and feel of the stock ICS launcher, but with some added customization options, which shouldn’t hamper the simulated look. Furthermore, root is not required, so even unrooted users can get in on the fun.
For more information and download links, head on over to the application thread.
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