Special Ice Cream Sandwich: Launchers

We continue with our special dedicated to Ice Cream Sandwich. After speaking of the main novelties of this version, Google applications and memory management today touch speak of the launchers that exist for this operating system. The launchers, for those unfamiliar with the term, are those applications that manage your desktop.

Today there are many and some of them like ADW Launcher are compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. However, following the release of this update, many developers have launched their own thinking in this new version. Although that brings the default is OK, let’s talk of the three main alternatives it exist today.

Nova Launcher, a launcher that comes stomping

Perhaps Widgetlocker sounds like you a plus one; that application that allowed us to customize the screen unlock Froyo and Gingerbread. Well, now its creator has decided to stand up to the world of the launchers with Nova. If I had to define quickly to this application I would be with two adjectives: fast and customizable.

Although in earlier versions it was not especially stable, Nova Launcher It has been improving update after update. On the one hand emphasizes its speed: transitions are fast and navigate through the different pages of the desk is a perfect experience. It is also true that such and how is Android hardware today would have banter that was slow-up.

On the other hand of Nova Launcher is customization. From small details such as to be able to resize widgets or anchor the search bar, to others that give us more game in customizing its appearance: change the number of columns and rows, manually resize the widgets… Another very curious and useful is the possibility of having several desktops in the dock and thus change the visible applications just move your finger.

Nova Launcher Version 1.0.2

  • Version of Android: from 4.0
  • Developer: TeslaCoil Software
  • Download it in: Google Play Store
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity

Trebuchet, the launcher of CyanogenMod 9

About Trebuchet we discussed in his day on the blog. Among other reasons it has made a name for being the launcher that takes by default CyanogenMod9, which is now available in the form of nightie for a few devices. However, this application is not exclusive and We can install it on any ROM with Ice Cream Sandwich, since time is not available in Google Play.

The Trebuchet customization capabilities are a little more limited that Nova. It allows us to choose the number of desktops, show or not the search bar and resize widgets. Still goes a little short of options but the truth is that it is a good choice for those looking for a simple launcher and do not want to break the head customized down to the smallest detail.

In the future more features will come but at the moment it will be waiting. If you are curious to try it can download Trebuchet from XDA e install it manually through ADB. Not try to install it as a normal apk because it will not work correctly.