July 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
LauncherPro is one of Android’s most-popular apps, joining the ranks of the 250,000+ download club. The homescreen replacement app now has a Plus version that could bring that popularity further thanks to few widgets that will further replicate Sense UI.
To be fair, Launcher Pro is not a cheap Sense rip-off like we’ve seen from other developers. And LauncherPro actually one-ups Sense by including support for scrollable widgets for select third-party apps and changing views. However, let’s not pretend that this isn’t purposely replicating elements of HTC’s user experience. But for those of you who don’t mind this sincerest of flattery and want some Sense-like widgets without getting an HTC phone, LauncherPro Plus is your chance.
As the “Plus” indicates, the app costs $2.99. It’s not available in the Android Market because Google still hasn’t added paid apps support to the developer’s country. You can purchase the app via PayPal instructions on the developer’s blog, the price will go up once he completes the widgets pack, which will be scrollable and come built into Launcher Pro. Here’s a quick list of what you can expect over the next few weeks.
- People Widget – To quickly access all your contacts, or just your favorites, or a particular group. (Included in this release)
- Bookmarks Widget – Quick access to your browser’s bookmarks
- Friends Widget – Lists your friend’s status updates from Facebook and Twitter, and lets you update your own status too.
- Calendar/Agenda Widget – Shows you a calendar you can scroll through to switch months, and also lets you see your agenda for any particular day right within the widget.
- Messaging – Scroll through a list of your SMS messages or one by one. Quick links to delete messages, reply, etc.