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SPB wants to be first Honeycomb launcher replacement, shows off interesting concept
Android 3.0 – Honeycomb Hardware 2 min read No comments

SPB wants to be first Honeycomb launcher replacement, shows off interesting concept

 There's no shortage of home screen replacements on your favorite Android phones and many of them have grown tremendously since they first hit the market. WIth Honeycomb only being in the hand of people for a little over a week since the Xoom launch, there aren't that many apps that are tablet optimized yet, and certainly no launcher replacements. SPB, a leading brand in launcher replacements on Symbian and Windows Mobile, is trying to change that and their concept video below looks pretty interesting, though not ready for prime-time just yet. You can check our first-hand coverage of Honeycomb here and here and then take a peek at what these guys did with it after the break.


It's a solid offering and it looks like a lot of thought went into making it, but there's just too much clutter and too many layers. The learning curve for a regular user would be pretty steep over the very simplistic Honeycomb stock UI. I like some of their ideas more as concepts, though I'd like them work in a less flashy and dynamic manner. I'm all for eye candy, but it becomes a little much if it's in your face every time you navigate from a task to another. 

There's no word yet on a release, but reports say that SPB is working with OEMs to get this implemented in products, so it might not be a market app until later. I can't wait to see what other people come up with. I very much enjoyed using Honeycomb on the Nook and with the bigger screens, tablets offer less of a playing ground for devs of launcher replacements, but I'm sure there are a few things Google didn't intend that we'll see once Honeycomb gains traction.

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