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Chameleon launcher gives early access to Kickstarter donors

There's a ton of launchers available at the moment, but depressingly few are for Android tablets (with Go Launcher HD being the best among them). Chameleon is a new tablet launcher that uses an impressive methodology: its layout changes depending upon the time of day, connection, or even GPS location, catering itself to which apps you use in which situations. Like seemingly everybody these days, the creators have started a Kickstarter campaign to get Chameleon finished and into the Google Play Store.

Nova Launcher updated to Version 1.1

If you've got a Galaxy Nexus or an updated/modded Ice Cream Sandwich device, your choices for worthy launchers are pretty slim. The best to emerge among the short field is Nova Launcher, from WidgetLocker developer TeslaCoil Software. We've mentioned Nova Launcher before, but their latest update adds some notable new features for both free and paid users.

Try CyanogenMod 9′s custom launcher, 4.0.3 and root required

Are you a super modder who imported the Galaxy Nexus on day one, then rooted it and installed your own custom version of Plan 9? Well then, this mod is probably a little bit beneath you. But if you're slightly less crazy, you'll definitely want to try out the custom Trebuchet launcher, CyanogenMod's tweaked version of the Ice Cream Sandwich home screen application. It brings a suite of new options to Ice Cream Sandwich's standard launcher, the likes of which will delight those addicted to home screen customization for sure. Check out this XDA thread to get started.

Espier Launcher temporarily cures iPhone envy

We give Apple a lot of grief here for outdated software, lackluster hardware, litigating for a monopoly, designing form over function, needlessly restricting their App Store, engineered obsolescence, hyperbolic marketing and... where was I? Oh yes, despite all that, Apple makes a fine-looking phone operating system. Many have tried and mostly failed to emulate the shiny, glossy look of iOS on Android, with possibly the best example being the custom ROM MIUI. If you're not quite ready to take the flashing step, consider the new Espier Launcher, which will let you ape Apple's darling design without lowering yourself to last year's hardware.

N3xGen is your custom launcher skin database

Android users like to customize their phones. A lot. Not that there's anything wrong with that. And while the more obvious application of this customization fever is a community-authored ROM like CyanogenMod, a less drastic method of sprucing up your phone is a skin for your custom homescreen/launcher. Now there's an easy way to find new ones, with N3xGen Theme Manager.
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