aShell Launcher Homescreen

aShell Launcher Homescreen

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Docking bar
  • Stylish
  • Highly configurable
  • 3D/2D widget style
Cons
  • No themes/icons
  • Not as fluent as expected
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Expert's Review
5.0
Worthy

"Innovative dockbar and 3D effects"

Reviewed by / Apr 12, 2012

aShell is a launcher which keystone is a new concept of dock

There are lots of launchers already. For this reason, we really appreciate when one of the new releases comes with innovative features. aShell is one of this kind.

First off, aShell launcher changes the static nature of the dock and turns it into a sort of blind-like swipable status bar. It opens up like the built-in status bar but from bottom to top. This way, you can see the call log, SMS inbox, app drawer preview or aShell quick settings and easily give calls, reply sms, launch an app or set backgrounds, wallpapers or sound settings.

Regarding scenery, it has been set in a good-looking 3D-like layout (although you can choose between 3D/2D widget style). It is really stylish and in some regards it reminds ICS 4 layout. The app drawer is simple (horizontal swipe) with no effects (well just one, a zoom-like effect). It's highly configurable though, from aShell settings.

Although it looks like really stylish, it doesn't work as smoothly as we expected (specially if you choose 3D widget style), at least regarding screen transitions. No complaints regarding amount of options: from settings you can set this launcher to your own: clock widget settings, general behaviour, system preferences, sounds and vibration, etc. However, it doesn't include either themes nor icons.

In a nutshell, a reliable launcher with an interesting added-value feature (docking bar) set in a good-looking layout that just needs to be enhanced regarding fluency and themes.

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Developer's original description available here
aShell - Android default home screen replacement also known as 'shell' or 'launcher'. BETA version (bugs are possible).

It have innovate docking bar with usable calls log, text messages and task manager (under apps button). It also have on-screen settings where you can set for example wallpaper or transition effect and preview it on your screen.

aShell is our vision how mobile UI should look. For now it have not all features we want to develop. More new features coming soon, but let us know what you lack right now.

Key features:
- Base launcher features
- Skin in Android 4.0 ICS style
- Animated 3D clock widget (weather coming soon)
- Innovate dockbar with fast access screens
- Calls log (speed dial, call, SMS, add to contacts)
- SMS log (quick message, reply, copy, translate)
- Task manager (quick launch, switch, close, uninstall, market, details)
- Personalization (fast bluetooth, visibility, wi-fi, sync, wallpapers, effects, sounds, other settings and preferences)

Features in development:
- Advanced App drawer
- Landscape mode
- Skins support
- Speed optimization
- Memory usage optimization

aShell is ADW.Launcher descendant, ADW Launcher EX, like GO Launcher, LauncherPro and other.

Help us to translate aShell to your native language
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!!! Please note, what aShell still in BETA version - bugs are possible. Please send bugs and your requests by email with your phone model. Thank you for your understanding!

Recently changed in this version

Help us to translate aShell to your native language
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1.4
+ Updated to latest sdk, removed depricated methods
-some bugs are fixed


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Comments and ratings for aShell Launcher Homescreen
  • (67)

    by Teshira Landsm on 13/12/2014

    I love this app so much like it great it's like you have a new phone thank you for making this app

  • (67)

    by Ken Granger on 10/12/2014

    When I tried to install the weather thing, it says it can't find it in the store.

  • (67)

    by Repaz Gonzalez on 29/11/2014

    I like it works great

  • (67)

    by Ben Van Bokkem on 28/11/2014

    A nice change from the other launchers. Sleek and elegant and already has a lot of features packed in. Been working without a problem on my Xperia Z1. Would like to see a user favourites bar/panel in there though. I certainly wouldn't mind giving up some money for this one. 5 stars for innovation alone. The other 5 stars are transparent, so you can't actually see them. :p UPDATE: Such a shame. An

  • (67)

    by Bill McAlister on 24/11/2014

    Is great given my default home screen was poor. I suspect I wont be able to go without this now. Only problem is that it is hard to scroll in the apps menu without long pressing an app.

  • (67)

    by KAVI MADIGA on 14/11/2014

    Axed your

  • (67)

    by Zaenal Arifin on 05/11/2014

    Really love the pull-up thing, but its too slow.. And I notice that there has been no update for long time. Do u guys still workin this app??