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Old May 9th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, ever since I got my Droid I've been looking for something that will allow me to customize my Droid a little more than I'm able to currently. I love the way my phone runs, which is extremely fast, but I'm unhappy with the aesthetics. Unfortunately many apps on Android look horrible and all the icons don't follow any type of guidelines. I don't mean to support the iPhone, but that's the one thing I like better. Looks matter to me, because a phone should be about speed and looks -- especially with a phone that has a high density screen.

Okay on to the discussion.. what I would like to do is create a simple home replacement app that allows me full customization (similar to Sweeter Home -- but less buggy, simpler, and more user friendly).

What I dislike about all the current home replacement apps are:
- the cheap and amateur looking themes
- pointless features that I cannot disable
- all of them based off the same exact thing (the default Android home app)

What I would like on a home replacement app is:
- customizable icons, on the home screen and in the launcher tray
- customizable icon sizes that have the option of showing or hiding the application name
- due to my Droid being a landscape phone as well as portrait, the home screen turns when I open the keyboard. I don't like this and I would prefer it to just rotate the icons rather than flip everything around. For example, the launcher tray icon is at the bottom of the screen in portrait, but in landscape it should remain in the same spot, or on the right side of the screen
- customizable grid size (it's currently 4x4 due to the landscape issue, it should be 4x5 which would look much nicer and more evenly spaced -- also I would like to be able to resize widgets -- and be able to move objects locked to a grid and in free space, that way I could get a fully customized look

There's many other things I would like to change, but I just wanted to mention a few. Sweeter Home is the only home replacement that comes close to what I'm thinking. Unfortunately, it's weak and has force close problems, along with many bugs. Its interface is extremely confusing as well.

If you're reading this and are interested in joining some sort of team to develop a customizable home replacement, please contact me. There's no way I could do this alone, considering I have barely any knowledge of developing for Android. I see myself as an idea person and interface designer (I'm good with layouts and graphics).

Contact me on here, or email me: Groffy77 at gmail.com.

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i was just about to make a post saying literally the same thing.
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What I would like on a home replacement app is:
- customizable icons, on the home screen and in the launcher tray
This is the biggest thing/limit for me so far with the Android OS. I don't like how everything is just alphabetized. Organization is limited with that format when you have about 70 apps you have to go through. I really hate when I have to go to the app launcer to find an app now
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Default Sweeter Home is the only thing I have found Like you.

Sweeter home is it to my knowledge and its coming along a little better. Other than that I would like to know if you find something
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What I would like on a home replacement app is:
- customizable icons, on the home screen and in the launcher tray
- customizable icon sizes that have the option of showing or hiding the application name
- due to my Droid being a landscape phone as well as portrait, the home screen turns when I open the keyboard. I don't like this and I would prefer it to just rotate the icons rather than flip everything around. For example, the launcher tray icon is at the bottom of the screen in portrait, but in landscape it should remain in the same spot, or on the right side of the screen
- customizable grid size (it's currently 4x4 due to the landscape issue, it should be 4x5 which would look much nicer and more evenly spaced -- also I would like to be able to resize widgets -- and be able to move objects locked to a grid and in free space, that way I could get a fully customized look
Not that I'm super knowledgeable about programming a new home or anything, but I'm using LauncherPro right now, and it does everything that you mentioned above and more.

Here's an example of why I've used it for so far:


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