One of my all-time favorite Android applications is LauncherPro. It’s available for free on the market, or you can pony up $3 through Paypal for the Plus version, which gives you a few extra features, including some widgets that mimic the popular Sense ones. LauncherPro replaces your phone’s homescreen and main menu, and lets you customize nearly every aspect as you see fit. It runs right alongside your default launcher, which means you can install it, check it out, and if you don’t like it, just uninstall it – no harm done. You don’t need root access or anything fancy, either.
So, why do I love it so much? For starters, LauncherPro lets you customize the dock that sits at the bottom of your screen. Typically, the default docks on most Android phones – including ones with Stock Android, HTC Sense, or even Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface – have crappy selections for the dock – probably a phone link, a main menu button, and a browser button or settings one. Worthless. With LauncherPro, I can get five slots – I can use them all, or leave a few empty, if I wanted. What’s even better, though, is that I can also assign swipe gestures to each of those. With swipe gestures, LauncherPro turns 5 shortcuts into 10 – freakin awesome.
To help show you how this all works, I put together a quick video walkthrough of my current LauncherPro setup: