About a month back, unofficial screenshots of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Nexus S were leaked on the internet without confirmation whether the OS carried the 2.4 label or 4.0. With Ice Cream Sandwich scheduled to be launched somewhere in October this year, developers from Syndicate Apps decided not to wait around and released their take on what the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher could be like. The leaked screen shots only showed the main home screen with the launcher dock visible alone, leaving the developers to build the rest purely on imagination. The launcher is in fact the first replica of the Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher and your chance to have a feel of what future Android updates/devices have in store for us.
To be honest, the launcher has nothing to impress with at the moment, but after all, it is in a very infant stage. The launcher is based on Syndicate Apps’ Honeycomb Launcher and so it isn’t surprising that it bears a slight resemblance to it. The developers state that once new and more useful information regarding Ice Cream Sandwich rolls out, they will do their best to make it feel like the real deal. For now, however, there are a few bugs such as force-closes which may be dealt with in the future.
The app drawer in this launcher sports vertical scrolling with jumps to Apps, Widgets and the Android Market. The app drawer isn’t very customizable. The same can be said for the rest of the launcher. Again, this is just an initial build.
Pressing the apps button on the far right of the dock brings up a list of running apps, which sadly does not reflect the apps that are actually running in the background. To bring up an overview of the screens, pinching on the screen will not help. You will have to hold down the Menu button on your phone for that.
For more information and updates regarding this launcher, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers or the Syndicate Apps website.
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