If you’re looking to replicate that Ice Cream Sandwich look and feel on some of the older Android devices, especially for those who have been deprived of the latest Android flavor, you definitely want to check out what one senior member at XDA-developers has developed. The Holo Launcher is a light, fast and highly customizable launcher replacement that won’t burden your device’s battery.
Based on the stock Android 4.0.4 ICS launcher, the Holo Launcher features most things that make ICS great and a lot more, such as:
- Full ICS Style
ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc.
- Custom Desktop Pages/Grid
Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid.
- Custom Drawer Portrait/landscape Grid
Set different drawer grid for portrait and landscape screen.
- Scrollable Dock
Up to 7 icons per page and up to 3 pages.
- Infinite Scrolling
Loop through your desktop/drawer/dock continuously.
- Desktop Previews
Pinch to access desktop previews.
- Backup and Restore
Backup and restore your settings and shortcuts.
- Other Customization Options
Keep in memory, home key action, hide labels, etc.
The launcher is compatible to run on devices with Android version 2.2 and up. While getting the Ice Cream Sandwich experience is something that Froyo and Gingerbread users will no doubt appreciate, Honeycomb users can also get in on the fun. What’s even better is that the Holo Launcher doesn’t require any rooting.