Many of us have and seen these third party “home screen launchers” available on the Android Market, the more popular ones being Launcher Pro, ADW Ex, and Go Launcher. The purpose of these apps are to customize your phones interface and to replace your manufacturer’s custom Android experience such as Samsung TouchWiz, Motorola’s MotoBlur, and HTC’s Sense UI.
To refresh your memory last year, when Android 2.3 Gingerbread launched, only a few days later, a third party launcher was available on the market called Gingerbread Launcher. The launcher worked well as a nice mirror and example to what vanilla Gingerbread was.
This year it’s all happened once again, and an Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) launcher has appeared onto the market. While this is by no means a perfect replica of ICS, the launcher will give you a very good idea of what it would be like to own a phone with Android 4.0. There are some hiccups in the app such as, the dock at the bottom doesn’t stay consistent, the recently opened apps button is not fully functional yet, and the widget portion of the app drawer isn’t perfect. However, you will get your on screen buttons, a few 4.0 widgets, the new app drawer, and the overall look and feel of ICS.
For those of you wondering how ICS will be go download ICS Launcher on the Market for free. It’s not perfect and I wouldn’t recommend using it as a daily driver because it still feels like it’s in a beta mode. That being said, it’s still fun to play with , and can potentially give you a bit of an idea of what the mighty Android 4.0 will be.
Check the launcher out in action below!
Will you be trying this launcher out or are you going to wait it out for the real thing?