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LauncherPro Plus launches. Lineup of widgets planned.

On July 19th, 2010 at 9:52 pm
by Mike

Fans of Android no doubt have discovered the joys a 3rd party launcher can provide. While Android’s stock launcher isn’t bad, there are certainly better options out there. As of late, ADW and LauncherPro beta have been the top dogs as far as options and performance goes. Not to mention, both give users options to have that Froyo look that so many people apparently are seeking. But tonight, LaunchPro developer Federico launched a new LauncherPro Plus. What exactly does the “Plus” tag gain us? Widgets! Initially, there’s only a single “People” widget available. But over the next few weeks, the exclusive LauncherPro Plus widgets will increase in number…

  • People: Contacts on the homescreen. Plenty of options to configure.
  • Bookmarks Widget: Browser bookmarks
  • Friends Widget: Twitter and Facebook status updates as well as ability to update your own accounts
  • Calendar/Agenda Widget: Calendar and day planner widget that gives you at-a-glance month overview all the way down to a single day’s events.
  • Messaging: This one is one of my more favorite — drill through SMS in bulk or one by one, combined with the ability to respond, delete, or ignore.

Overall, it easily catapults LauncherPro one step ahead of ADW. **Sidenote: I personally have been more of a LauncherPro fan than ADW as I find the latter slower and overall less refined. This is but one more reassurance I picked the right home replacement app. Though if there’s one thing I could add, it would be a weather widget. No, not a copy of HTC’s weather widget. To be fair, HTC’s flipclock weather widget is stylish and clean. But it’s old and frankly, long in the tooth. Beautiful Widgets, even with it’s huge list of custom skins, isn’t really that stylish. Most of the skins are just so-so. But if Federico can come up with his own weather widget, it would be another tool in the belt.

One thing that will immediately catch some off guard is the lack of any LauncherPro Plus in the Android Market. Unfortunately, Federico doesn’t live in a country that currently supports paid Google/Android apps. So purchasing LauncherPro Plus will have to be done old school — via PayPal. **Make sure you use Skyfire as the stock Android browser does some funky things with .apk’s downloaded OTA. After that, install it and you’re good to go. Hopefully Google will add support for paid apps in Federico’s country soon. Regardless, it’s a minor inconvenience.

If you’re looking for a home screen replacement app, don’t even bother looking elsewhere. LauncherPro Plus is where it’s at!


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