Android Home Replacements Here!
Want the ability to customize your phone even more?? Then check out the home replacement apps listed below
- A home replacement is just what its name says - it replaces your home screen(s). With a H/R, you get a new UI so you can further customize (depending on what one you choose) the gestures, animations, and themes.
Some of the ones are paid only, some are free, and some have a free and a paid version.
Want to have more than one? just get a home switcher so you can try them all out!
and heres an article on how to set up your home screens
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Layout options: Like other launchers, LauncherPro lets you choose how many home screens you want, but it also offers a few other options. Like ADWLauncher, you can choose how many apps shortcuts fit in each row, though you can only do it for the app drawer itself. You can choose to organize apps in five shortcut rows on the home screen though, but that's as far as it goes. If you'd like to, you can also hide icon labels, so you only see icons on the home screen and not the names of the apps below them.
One of LauncherPro's best features, however, is removing apps from the app drawer. Thus, you can hide the crapware that comes with your phone, or hide apps that you want running in the background but don't want cluttering up your drawer. Of course, if you need to edit their settings later on, you can always un-hide them with just a few taps.
Usability options: The dock is the center of attention in LauncherPro, where most of the customizability happens. LauncherPro's dock is scrollable, themeable, and has a few goodies in there that can make your life easier. It features five shortcuts along the bottom instead of the usual two, and you can scroll through multiple docks as well, giving you a total of 15 shortcuts along the bottom of your screen.
LauncherPro also has the usual usability enhancements, like enabling auto-rotation, choosing an action for the home key, and hiding the notification bar. In addition, if you put something like Gmail or Messaging in the dock, you can enable dock badges for those apps, so you know how many unread messages you have in each.
Theming: While you can't theme the entire home screen like in ADW, you can do your fair share of visual customization on the dock. LauncherPro's default icons are white, somewhat transparent versions of Android's original icons, and they look pretty good—but you can also use the default Android icons if you prefer. You can even add your own from your phone's SD card, meaning you can make it look like whatever you want. Furthermore, if LauncherPro doesn't contain an icon for a certain app, you can find LauncherPro-style icons for other apps around the net.
Performance: Despite its remarkable number of features, LauncherPro is fast. If you have a particularly old phone and find it a bit sluggish, you can still turn down some of the extra UI enhancements, but I've found that even with all of them turned on, it's one of the most responsive launchers around. Scrolling through the app drawer is so smooth it's an almost iPhone-like experience, so you can't go wrong if you're looking for good performance.
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Adw / adw ex
Layout options: ADW offers numerous ways to re-organize your home screens. You can add up to 7 screens, which is pretty standard for a custom launcher, but if you need to fit even more shortcuts, ADWLauncher offers the ability to choose how many rows and columns of apps you want on your home screen—up to eight each—so you can squeeze in as many shortcuts as possible.
If that's a bit too extreme, you can also choose to just squeeze apps together in the app drawer. This way, your home screen stays tidy, but you have to do less scrolling when you need something in the drawer. You can also set the drawer's background color, remove app labels (so you only see the icons), and tone down the 3D graphics effects.
Usability options: ADW has packed a pretty large number of actions into its system preferences, to which you can assign different shortcuts. For example, you can re-assign the home button to show a preview of all your home screens, open a specific app, or hide the notification bar.
Furthermore, ADW has a few gestures built-in to which you can bind these actions. For example, by default, swiping up on the screen shows and hides the notification bar, and swiping down shows the notifications drawer.
Themes: One of ADW's biggest draws is themability. It doesn't get much easier to theme your phone than with ADW's built-in engine—just download a theme from the Market (they usually range from free to about a dollar or so) and select it in ADW's preferences. It will change everything from your wallpaper, icons, and miscellaneous UI settings to give your phone a completely new look. Lots of themes contain icons for popular Market apps, too, so it won't just be your pre-installed Google apps that get themed—apps like Barcode Scanner and Shazam will often fit in too.
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GO Launcher (now Go Launcher EX)
Go Launcher is an amazing home replacement app for Android .
-Extremely smooth scrolling
-Convenient icon pop-menu
-Useful app drawer to uninstall apps and kill tasks
-Removable screen previews (Up to 30 screens)
Supported android versions: 2.0 and above
The app also lets you kill running apps and even uninstall apps from the home screen — something that normally takes an awful-lot of clicks to do on Android phones.
There’s a custom app drawer which lets you view installed apps alphabetically or by the date they were installed. You can also use this screen to see apps you’ve run recently or currently running apps.
[APP] GO Launcher v1.22 released - xda-developers
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Tired of the same monotonous default Android Home Shell? Check out the unique aHome application and start customizing!
aHome is the highest-rated Android home replacement application in the Android Market. With aHome, you can download and customize multiple home themes and have access to real-time weather through its built-in widgets. In addition, aHome's dock bar displays your four most frequently used icons, that continue to stay on the screen, even when you slide to other screens. aHome also supports third-party widgets, thereby allowing you to run your own!
more info here
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Zeam Launcher 2.8.7 (requires Android 2.x or higher)
- elastic scrolling
- scrollable dock bar
- 1 to 7 screens with pinch screen previews
- configurable action bindings (swipe up, swipe down, double tap, home)
- long hold uninstall from trashcan
- hide home screen icon labels
- scrollable widget support
- auto rotate orientation
- widget size spanning
- live wallpaper support
- fullscreen mode
more info here
[APP] Zeam Launcher 2.8.7 - xda-developers
another review here
Zeam Is the Fastest Android Launcher We've Seen Yet
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*Spark is your customizable Home screen with everything you want in one place. *Spark delivers live Twitter & Facebook social streams, get the best local deals every day from Groupon with the new Deals module and save money, plus real-time News updates, Entertainment, Sports, Politics, & other top news content feeds from CBS News, SKY News & AP News. Update your Twitter & Facebook statuses at the same time! Blog, comment, or share News stories via Facebook, Twitter or SMS. Always know your current forecast wherever you are with *Spark’s location-aware Weather module featuring WeatherBug. All this right from your Home screen!
*Spark is simple, organized, and personalized just for you. You can turn on or off the features you like, add feeds, & discover new content – without opening an app or a browser. *Spark delivers a Live Mobile 2.0 Experience with Social, News, Entertainment, Sports, Weather and more!
*Spark Is a Colorful, Info Stream-Based Android Launcher
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LiveHome is a free home replacement app.
It based on nexus and adw but add many utility tools.
3.IconManager,can hide and custom your app
4.Taskmanager and app Uninstall.
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Branching from the stock home app, Home++ offers more
* 3rd party animated widgets & scrollable widgets support
* Drag&drop uninstall
* Workspace looping
* 3~7 screens and a screen switcher
* lazy load app drawer by default
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An android desktop with some unique features!
Custom transitions like:
Cube, stretch, flip, rotate, fade
Endless scroll and custom widgets like conversation and appdock.
Ability to change themes and icons.
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