Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Oct 2011 18:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, today I finally joined the ranks of millions and millions of Android users, meaning I now have access to three of the major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7). I am, however, a complete Android noob, and I'm suspecting there will be many more Android noobs in the years to come - among OSNews readers as well. Hence, I figured this might be as good a time as any for an OSNews Asks item: Android all the things! Okay, technically that's not a question, but these are: what are the best Android applications? The most useful widgets? The most beautiful themes? Should you root your Android device? Is there any reason to add the Amazon App Store? Are there any tweaks to improve the Android experience? And so on.
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Replace the homescreen launcher
by debio on Wed 12th Oct 2011 18:53 UTC
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This is of course a personal call/taste issue, but remember that your experience of the interface (animations, smoothness, responsiveness, behaviour as relates to creating folders, mechanism of uninstalling apps, etc etc) are to a large extent a function also of the particular "launcher". For good or ill, the "experience" on Android is variable. In much the same way as you can choose between KDE, Gnome, xfce, etc on Linux desktops, there is a thriving ecosystem of different "launchers".

I have a Samsung Galaxy S I and the Samsung TouchWiz UI never really did it for me. Managing apps from the app screen (like deleting/uninstalling) was painful and nothing like the simplicity of iOS. In fact, I've long since rooted/re-flashed with different ROMs, but that's a different story.

What I will say is that in my quest for a "launcher" I like, I've settled on LauncherPro. A whole different experience, and in my opinion, much better than TouchWiz. Give it a try! It's a free download on the app store and you can always revert back to stock with trivial effort. There is a paid version, too, which adds support for LauncherPro widgets (in fact the Facebook widget in LauncherPro is the best I've seen bar none).

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