Get A Bit Of Unity On Android With This Beta Launcher

 

Ubuntu Launcher (Beta) gives you a little Unity flavor on your Android phone or tablet.

Ubuntu Launcher (Beta) gives you a little Unity flavor on your Android phone or tablet.

Is Unity for your laptop not enough? Do you want classic GNOME 2 on your phone? Two launchers for Android currently working through beta phase are available in Google’s Play Store and both let you skin your device to look and feel like an Ubuntu desktop.

Ubuntu Launcher is the simpler of the two and consists of a single home screen, complete with Ubuntu 12.04′s default purple swirl wall paper. The launcher can be configured to hold approximately 10 application shortcuts. Pressing the Ubuntu logo, where you’d trigger the dash in the real Unity, launches an application grid.

The launcher looks nice, but that’s all it does. There is no way to add widgets or use a desktop pager or to even change the wall paper. After giving it a spin, I quickly uninstalled it. If it gained more features, particularly anything that would aid multi-tasking, it would be worth running.It’s in beta currently, so expect more to come.

The second is Ubuntu Mod Launcher. Ubuntu Mod. also in beta, works a little more like an application than a legitimate launcher and gives you a single home screen that resembles Ubuntu’s standard desktop circa version 10.04. You can launch it and get the little African music snippet that accompanied Ubuntu boot up and you can close the launcher through the power-off icon. It even has a nice task bar at the bottom that holds all you running applications.

Ubuntu Mod Launcher creates a classic GNOME 2 desktop on Android.

Ubuntu Mod Launcher creates a classic GNOME 2 desktop on Android.

Ubuntu Mod is more, well, useful than Ubuntu Launcher. It gives you access to files (in the Places menu) and applications and uses your set wallpaper, so it’s a little more customizable. But like Ubuntu Launcher it’s not able to handle widgets, which really is what makes Android Android.

So if you want something fun to show a friend (who cares), try these out. They’re definitely not practical for any other reason. At least not yet.

Get A Bit Of Unity On Android With This Beta Launcher
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  • http://www.robinj.be/ Robin Jacobs

    “The launcher can be configured to hold approximately 10 application shortcuts.”
    There’s no limit ;) Possibly you bumped into a bug I haven’t managed to fix yet.