Home Replacement Apps for Android

July 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

If you want to change the way your Android phone’s home screen works, but don’t want to root it to get custom-made ROM’s, the downloading a home replacement app (or “skin”) from the Android Marketplace may be right up your alley.  Older Android phones like the G1 and MyTouch feature the stock Android home screen, which consist of 3 screens, accesible by swiping left or right, and the app drawer, which lists all the applications you have stored on your phone.  Owners of more advanced phones, like the HTC Evo, Motorola Cliq XT, and the Samsung Galaxy S, feature custom home replacements designed by the manufacturers.

For example, Motorola’s MOTOBLUR comes installed on devices like the Backflip and the Cliq line of phones.  It features widgets designed specifically for that skin which features live Facebook and Twitter feeds, and is generally designed for the social media-savvy user.  HTC’s popular ‘Sense UI’ is featured on many of their phones, like the Hero and Evo 4G, and can be customized with up to seven different home screens, and recent updates to the interface include the “Leap” feature, which allows you to jump between apps smoother than the stock Android way.

Read more at my Examiner page.

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