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Sony’s EvolutionUI homescreen turns customization into a game

A certain Disney character once said "in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun", probably the earliest expression of what is now termed "gamification". Sony has just released an internal research project called EvolutionUI that does exactly that, by incorporating achievements and badges into the process of learning how to use your smartphone.

Smart Launcher Face-off – Battle of the Brains

Android has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to app launchers, but there is a certain breed of them that deserves special mention. These are the so called smart or contextual launchers and today we'll be giving you the rundown on a few of them.

Aviate now supports icon packs

The Aviate launcher is not only smart but can now also be pretty. Starting with the latest update, Aviate can now use the myriad of icon themes available in Google Play Store to help turn the Aviate smart homescreen into a truly personalized experience.

Facebook Home Review

Time to get social folks! In just a few days time you'll be able to get your hands all over the all-new Facebook experience on Android, simply called Facebook Home. If you want an even deeper experience the HTC first smartphone will also be available on the same day, April 12th, for you to enjoy Facebook in all its glory. We've had a chance to take Facebook Home for a spin lately and you'll want to read on to see if it's a worthy home screen replacement, or just a gimmick by Facebook to stay relevant.

HTC Myst ‘Facebook Phone’ hardware details leak

For those that missed the news late last week, Facebook is preparing something big for our Android smartphones, and are hosting an event this week to show the world. With rumors regarding their own Android OS skin like the Kindle Fire, a Facebook Phone built from the ground up, or even just a Home Launcher. Today however, we have the hardware details on the actual device.

Next Launcher now available, arrives as a $16 launcher replacement with 3D effects

One of the perks that we have with Android is the ability to customize. Some of those customizations are smaller, and some come in the form of home screen replacement apps. It was just a short while back when we saw Action Launcher, which came by way of Chris Lacy, the developer behind Tweet Lanes. Action Launcher aside though, it looks like the Go Launcher Dev Team has released their latest launcher -- Next Launcher.

MIUI Launcher modded for any ICS ROM

No two ways about it: the MIUI family of ROMs has a unique visual approach. Blending elements from Android, iOS, WebOS, and plenty of manufacturer skins to boot, it's become one of the most popular ROMs for those who love to tinker with their user interface. The Android 4.0 version MIUI 4 is still a work in progress, but if you've got an Ice Cream Sandwich phone or ROM, you can try out the MIUI 4 launcher and lockscreen now, thanks to RootzWiki member "hoppermi".

GO Launcher HD hits the Google Play Store for ICS and Honeycomb

There's no shortage of custom launcher apps for your Android smartphone, but when it comes to tablets, options have been somewhat lacking for the better part of a year. One of the first to release a true tablet launcher comes from a familiar place: the Go Launcher team. Their new app, titled Go Launcher HD for Pad, is designed for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, and it's a free download in the Google Play Store. If you're looking for something beyond the standard launcher that's built for tablets from the ground up, you should check it out.

Acer Liquid E to be Priced at $49.99 from Rogers

This June, the Acer Liquid E will be launching for $49.99 on Rogers Wireless. All you have to do to get this get deal is sign away 3 years of your life.   Off-contract, the phone will be costing customers $349.99, and that’s not a bad deal. I would opt for the full price rather than being stuck with the same phone for 3 years. As fast as technology moves, this phone will be dated by the time you’re a third of the way done with your contract.
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