Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
PhoenixLauncher Gives Gingerbread Users a Taste of ICS
Ice Cream Sandwich has been a big hit with users, and many just can’t wait for ICS to land on their devices. Unfortunately, the waiting list is a pretty long one for devices that don’t have it already, and most are depending on the likes of CyanogenMod and leaks to get their fill of ICS.
XDA Recognized Developer andy572 has other plans, though, to help users get a taste of ICS in the form a launcher called PhoenixLauncher. This gives users on Gingerbread a chance to taste the ICS goodness without waiting for OEMs to release it. The launcher is for root users only, which is kind of unique as most aren’t. The reason behind it, according to the developer:
Otherwise you cant use widgets shown in the Application drawer. Its required because of a general
permission in the Android operating system, this can never be fixed by me!
The launcher comes in both free and paid versions. In the free version, you’re limited to 3 home screens and the dock bar of ICS along with some other fun features. It’s a little stripped down, but it definitely gives users the feel of ICS without actually having it. The installation method is also a little complicated, and requires users to put the .Apk in the in /system/app before using, otherwise it will cause problems.
For anyone who wants to try it out, you can find all the details, the installation method and screen shots in the original thread. Don’t forget to make a backup, just in case.
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