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Anyone that pays attention to Android might have heard that the OS is about to get a major update. If you haven't, first off, shame on you. Second, check out this write up of the changes coming to your Android handset soon: Ice Cream Sandwich Preview. As you can see, there are some rather tasty, sorry, but I'm running with the food motif, changes and upgrades in store. I'm personally looking forward to having my phone only open up to my mug.
A lot of people feel the time is right for this update; many people thought the iOS5 update was a bit underwhelming. But some of us fear that the update may be six months or more in the works for our phones. My G2 took about six months after people began enjoying Gingerbread for me to join the party. But, fear not my friends; you can test drive the Ice Cream Sandwich right now. The good people over at Syndicate Apps have created the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher app. It is free and waiting for you in the Android market as we speak.
The new launcher is a nice update to the old Android Launcher. The first think I liked about it is the fact that I can fit five apps in a row instead of four. This really may seem minor, but on the prior launcher, you can fit 16 icons on a screen, whereas on this bad boy you can get 20 per screen. For people out there that have to have every app in the market, this really lets you maximize your screen real estate. You'll also notice the included Google Search widget has gotten a bit of a face lift. It stills functions the same, it looks a bit cleaner to me.
On my Gingerbread launcher, I have the standard Phone, App Drawer and Browser perma-shortcuts at the bottom. With the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher, I have 5 perma-shortcuts at the bottom that I can change to be anything else. The only one that can not be changed is the App Drawer. But say you don't want a Browser icon down there, just long press and send it packing. You can then add whatever icon you'd like to have access to from every screen. Maybe Facebook is too important to not be one click away from at all screens. Maybe it's your messaging, or camera. It doesn't matter, you can add any icon down there that you can add to your home screens. If that's not cool enough, your perma-shortcuts can actually vary by the page. Say you want certain apps to show up down there on certain pages, just navigate to that page and then put the icon down there. It will then only be in that shortcuts area on that certain page.Continued on the next page