POSTS TAGGED: launcher
Posted February 6, 2014 at 09:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
HTC devices are quite popular for many reasons. Naturally, one of these is their fantastic build quality. However, many people also favor HTC’s trademark Sense UI. Sense isn’t easy to port because of some code implementations in the framework. Of course, there are some ports available like the one from HTC Sensation, but these ports are unlikely to be found on non-HTC devices. The only solution seems to be writing some elements from scratch, like the launcher.
XDA Recognized Developer doga.ozkaraca took up the challenge, and now all XDA users can test a Sense 5-themed launcher on any phone running Android 4.1 or greater. The launcher supports basic BlinkFeed-like functionality, which shows t. . . READ ON »
Posted January 27, 2014 at 08:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
When you think about a launcher, Nova and Apex are likely the first choices that come to mind. That said, there are some smaller projects out there, and such are great opportunities for new developers to start their journey with Android coding. Some time ago, we talked about a video tutorial by XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 that showed users how to make a launcher. This knowledge was used by the developer of the next project, XDA Forum Member naresh babu.
In naresh_babu’s launcher, you won’t find a spectacular UI, tons of features, and freemium options to unlock. Rather, NLauncher is an easy-to-use, minimal launcher that uses swipe gestures to access your favorite apps, settings, an. . . READ ON »
Posted January 18, 2014 at 07:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
There’s no need to mention the importance of your launcher app. It’s the second thing you see when looking at your phone, right after the lock screen Most launchers look pretty much the same. They feature a dock bar with a few icons, and a main screen with icons and widgets. While this works, some people like to keep things as simple as possible.
If you fall into this group, you might be interested in launcher developed by XDA Forum Member SickSky. SickSky Launcher breaks all of the traditional launcher rules. You will fail to find phone, SMS, or media player in the dock, but you can easily find a weather widget and calendar. I said widget, but the inbuilt “widgets” are the only things th. . . READ ON »
Posted January 4, 2014 at 05:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
A good looking and highly functional launcher is something that everyone needs to have installed on his or her Android phone or tablet. Stock launchers are fully capable of doing the job, but they often lack of features in aftermarket launchers such as Nova or Apex. This time, however, we will present something a bit unique.
Not too long ago, we wrote about a video tutorial by XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 that explained how to create a launcher from scratch. The product of his work is available on XDA as Lucid Launcher.
This launcher is completely different from most known launcher apps. There is no grid, so an unlimited number of widgets can be placed wherever you want. There is also no typical applic. . . READ ON »
Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
With a launch of the Google Nexus 5 and the release of the Google Experience Launcher, Android users were allowed to enjoy the new translucent status bar and other goodies offered by Android 4.4 KitKat. Of course, many of you have used similar third-party modifications in custom ROMs years before, but now these features are available for regular users to enjoy as well. Many developers realized that the new Google Experience Launcher has a big potential, but lacks functionality. That’s why new launchers are springing up all over the place.
Posted November 22, 2013 at 09:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
A good launcher can often be one of the best pieces of customization on our mobile devices. The newly released KitKat Google Experience Launcher makes your home screens beautiful, with various effects and animations. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the functionality and customization seen in other alternatives. Apex Launcher is one of the most popular alternatives launchers, and now there is a new update to Apex to bring it inline with KitKat.
XDA Senior Member dennisxl, creator of Apex, announced that his application now supports more and more of KitKat goodies such as the transparent system bars and KitKat-styled folder backgrounds. Version 2.2 is still in an early beta stage, but it’s only a ma. . . READ ON »
Posted September 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm by TheRomMistress
Posted April 13, 2013 at 08:00 am by Samantha
Yes, it’s been done. Whether that’s something to squeal in joy over or cringe in disgust about is up to you. However, that’s besides the point. Facebook’s ‘exclusive’ product reserved for the HTC One, One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 (Don’t ask why there’s no love for other devices) debuted in the Play store on 13th of April, 2013 and has garnered a lackluster two-and-a-half stars rating with near 2 thousand votes. Want to know what’s the hype about? Read on.
Posted April 6, 2013 at 04:30 am by rstanford
Altering your home screen has been made simpler thanks to the work of XDA Forum Member Buzz Plan. Buzz Launcher, which is only available for phones with Android 4.0.1 or greater, allows users to quickly download, apply, and share home screens. The application also makes it possible to create your own home screen using features such as Multi-Wallpapers and My Icons.
The Buzz Custom Widget add-on gives users access to clock, date, and battery widgets to include in their own personalized home screens. If the stock look of the widgets doesn’t leave you satisfied, you can modify them to look any way you want. Home screens that you create can easily be shared thanks to a one-touch upload feature.
Buzz Launc. . . READ ON »