Following on from yesterdays “Android Pub Quiz” on out LandOfDroid twitter page, where the prizes were a copy of Circle launcher, we thought we would do a review for all of those of you who didn’t win, but are interested to know what Circle launcher is all about.
- Great for de-cluttering your homescreen
- Very customisable
- ADW launcher icon packs supported
- No Root needed
- Light version to try before you buy
- Line modes hard to see on small screens
- No Move to SD (not really an issue)
RATING: 4.4 Stars
UPDATED: September 27, 2011
CURRENT VERSION: 2.0.3
REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.1 and up
INSTALLS: 10,000 – 50,000
CONTENT RATING: Everyone
MOVE TO SD: No
Now, contrary to its title, it isn’t strictly a launcher, but does behave like a mini launcher that is fully customisable.
Circle launcher is basically a home screen widget, that you can use to create groups off apps, contacts or bookmarks, directly on your home pages, without having lots of icons and clutter.
You start off with long pressing your homescreen and selecting “Widget”, then select “Circle launcher” and then decide on the size of your widget from the 4 options. Once you have done this, you will be greeted immediately by the configuration page (below left) where you can select the “Launcher type”. This basically sets the type of items you will have in this launcher. (below right)
Once selected, you can move onto “Selected Apps” (depending on which option you chose in the first menu), here you pick what you would like in the launcher widget. (below left). Next is launcher style. Now for a phone, i would probably suggest that you stick with circle. as using the line modes get a little difficult to see. BUT this would really come into its own on a tablet i think, so is a very worthy part of it. (below right)
The next two icons form the visual settings. Selecting “Launcher Icon” will take you to the page below, where you can set various icons and transparencies etc, too many to list fully here, have a play around!. It also allows you to use your own icons or pictures for the central “button”. Here i used an android icon, and added the text “Games”, along with setting some transparency.
The Main icon can be moved about too, and if set over to one side, the circle cleverly adapts and re-aligns the icons accordingly. Particularly handy if you want to have one on either side of the screen (below left), or as i have done on my homescreen, above each other. (below right)
Here is my setup, i have my most used apps in one, and my social media in the other. Set with a dark blue button with transparency, very unobtrusive. and uncluttered. Just how i like it.
If you found you want to edit the circle, press once to brink up the circle of apps, then press again and hold. this should bring you straight back into the settings page.
I’ve only really scratched the surface with this app, there’s loads of customisation and other settings to fiddle with, to set it up just the way you want it. So have a try for yourself and let us know what you think.