Install Stock Gingerbread Launcher In CM7 On HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2


desire_ZCyanogenMod may be the best thing that ever happened to the world of custom Android ROMs but when it comes to CM7 in particular, which is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, many prefer the speed, look and feel of the stock Gingerbread launcher over the ADW Launcher used that it ships with. Well, HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2 users are in luck thanks to XDA-Developers forum member martonikaj, who has come up with the stock Gingerbread launcher for the G2 / Desire Z. To install this launcher on your device, read on!

While there are countless launchers available for Android on the Market and other Android app resources, at times you want to stick with the simplest one around – the stock launcher that ships with Android. It has no configuration options, the minimal feature set, and no support for themes etc. but it simply works, and in case of the Gingerbread launcher in particular, it works blazing fast because of using full hardware accelerated GUI. That’s why if you don’t want any of the features offered by more advanced launchers and simply need a way to access all your apps, widgets and home screen shortcuts, the stock Gingerbread launcher is the best option for you.

Also, unlike on most other operating systems, the launcher on Android is merely an app and can be installed as a regular app. However, when you want to choose a launcher as your primary home screen app, it’s a good idea to have it installed as a system app rather than a user app. This method installs the Gingerbread launcher as a system app on your G2.

Note that while it was released for CM7, it should work fine with other ROMs too.



  1. To begin, copy the downloaded stock launcher to the root of your phone’s SD card.
  2. Once done, reboot your phone into recovery and wipe cache and wipe Dalvick cache.
  3. Now navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and choose the launcher you copied to your SD card.
  4. When you choose the launcher, you will be prompted with whether to install or not. Choose YES to install and wait for the process to complete.
  5. Once the installation completes, reboot your phone.

Voila! Your phone will now boot into CM7 with the stock Gingerbread launcher. For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.