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Android Community App of the Week: Nova Launcher Beta

There's a lot of options out there when it comes to third-party Android launchers, AKA homescreens. But when making the jump to Ice Cream Sandwich (whether through a new device or an updated ROM) all of them seem to leave something to be desired. I've tried out all my favorites on my Galaxy Nexus over the last two months, and the one I keep coming back to is Nova Launcher. It's not that other launcher's don't work - it's that Nova Launcher works better. This modified version of the open-source stock launcher comes from a familiar face: TeslaCoil Software, maker of the popular lock screen replacement Widget Locker.

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.

Nova Launcher brings much-needed options to the ICS home screen

No doubt about it, the fancy new launcher is one of the highlights of Ice Cream Sandwich's revised user interface. The default launcher has plenty of new animations, a revised app drawer that combines with a widget placement engine, and automatic folders that make grouping your apps easier than ever. But it's still extremely light on customization, just like all the stock launchers beforehand. Enter Nova Launcher, a quickly-created customization of the launcher found in Ice Cream Sandwich's open source code.

ADWLauncher EX gets an Ice Cream flavored update, 10 Billion App discount

There's a lot of aftermarket Android launchers out there, but very few can claim to have the kind of following that ADWLauncher EX enjoys. A rock-solid foundation, tons of customization options and a robust theme engine makes it one of the most popular launchers on the Market. Of course, with Ice Cream Sandwich's enhanced launcher a lot of the current offerings are looking long in the tooth. To that end, developer Anderweb has released a new version, with a ton of new features to bring it up to date.

Ice Cream Sandwich hidden feature “Android Dreams” Hands-on [Video]

The folks over at Google sure know how to have a good time. From adding Easter Egg's and random things like the Android Nyan Cat to this brand new "Dream" or screensaver feature that was uncovered in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich yesterday. The guys from Android Police gave us the first look but today I have actual hands-on video with a real device, not a render from the Android SDK. Check out this new Android Dream feature on video below.

ROU UI video teases a new experience for Android

The extremely wide array of options and customizations of Android is one of the many things that makes it great. From custom ROM's, themes, and the ever popular home launchers. What we have here is a teaser video of the new and upcoming ROU UI Launcher for Android, it looks extremely polished and impressive. While currently still under development, it is coming soon and I can't wait to check this out when finally released.

Samsung Pure Breeze Android Launcher app Review [Video]

If there's one thing that device manufacturers across the board are NOT known for, it's optional user interfaces. Instead it's nearly always a face over the top of Android that, if you're not too keen on hacking your device, you're sort of stuck with. Of course manufacturers don't want you to see it that way, promoting their devices alongside their user interfaces as added value - take TouchWiz for example on Samsung devices (video included below aside Pure Breeze video). TouchWiz is what Samsung places on the vast majority of their Android devices, namely their Galaxy S II line coming to the USA this month and the Infuse 4G which we're using for this hands-on look at what Samsung has silently released as a brand new Launcher - Pure Breeze!
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