RE: [peditors] Custom Android launchers
- Thanks Dennis. Raphael's blog is generally quite useful. I've been using the launcher he discusses, Nova, for quite a while and am highly pleased for many of the reasons he discusses.
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Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:51 PM
Subject: [peditors] Custom Android launchers
Folks here who have moved to Android might find this of interest:
One of the earliest things I did when getting my first PalmOS PDA was
finding alternatives to the stock Palm launcher that served as the UI
for the device. I'd been doing that on other platforms, and decided
to see what was available for Palm gear.
I looked at a number, including GoBar, Home, iSpin, MegaLauncher,
Launcher III, LauncherX and ZLauncher. What I settled on was the
freeware Launcher III in the beginning, and upgraded to the shareware
Launcher X to get support for running things from an expansion card.
I still use LauncherX.
It was no surprise that alternatives to the stock launcher were
available for Android, though Android 4.0 brought improvements to the
native UI that removed the need for a custom launcher for many users.
They still exist, and since lots of things out there still run an
earlier version of Android or have vendor imposed quirks a custom
launcher can work around, they are still a useful alternative, and
many folks just like to customize their devices.
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- On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Markley Jr, John <jmmjr@...> wrote:
> Thanks Dennis. Raphael's blog is generally quite useful. I've been using the launcher he discusses, Nova, for quite a while and am highly pleased for many of the reasons he discusses.You're welcome.
Smartphones, whether running Android or something else, have subsumed
PDAs for the sort of tasks PDAs did. While the hardware, OS, and
precise capabilities of the devices may differ, form factor remains a
common concern. You have a small device with limited screen real
estate and controlling buttons. What sort of UI can best expose what
the device can do, in a form easiest for the user to deal with?
We were already seeing future change before Palm devices became
largely irrelevant - the Treo added an additional wrinkle to the
issue, because people wanted to be able to use the device with one
hand. A stylus was a deal breaker for many operations.
(My TX with 5 way navigation pad can be used one handed to some
extent, but a stylus is still required for various operations.)
UI looked at a variety of launchers for Palm devices, and I'm curious
about the state of the art in Android devices, so I was fascinated by
Mozilla's mobile browser began as research into the best way to use a
small screen for browsing, and how to handle the controls. I expect
to see more developments on this line as time goes on.
> ~ John______