Three Great 3D Launchers To Revamp Your Android Phone Homescreen

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3dandroidthumb   Three Great 3D Launchers To Revamp Your Android Phone Homescreen3D performance is a competition that all current smartphones have entered into with pride.  While basic 3D has been easily accomplished on computers for over a decade, it’s still rather novel on smartphones. The hardware inside these devices is just starting to become sufficient for displaying truly impressive graphics.

Games are, of course, an easy way to show of the graphical chops of a smartphone. But what if you want a more practical way to display the power of your Android phone? A 3D launcher might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Regina 3D

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A relative youngster in the world of launchers, Regina 3D has managed to make a splash by offering a quality 3D interface without a price-tag. There are many great launchers already available on the Android Marketplace, including ADW and Launcher Pro, but they do charge for certain versions. Regina 3D is completely free.

Regina’s default interface looks like HTC Sense after getting a job at a steel mill. There’s a Sense-style dock on the bottom of the interface and the large clock is also reminiscent of HTC’s launcher, but the background is a slick metallic texture and the widgets are dressed to the nines. The 3D effects are noticeable, but also subtle. Moving between homescreens displays a 3D transition effect and widgets have a cool flip animation that is used when switching between display modes. The app tray also uses your smartphone’s 3D capabilities to provide a subtle transparency effect.

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There is great widget support in Regina, and the functionality is competitive with the veteran launchers. The main disadvantage at the moment is customization, but if you aren’t going to spend much time tricking out your interface, this won’t be a problem for you.

Regina 3D Launcher requires Android 2.1 and up.

MX Home

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Android phones typically base themselves off the concept of having numerous home screens. That’s fine, but is it really necessary? After all, flipping through screens can become a bit tiresome.

MX Home tackles the launcher question from a slightly different angle by introducing a 3D “cover page” which contains a clock as well as access to the most important apps on any Android phone, such as Dialer, Internet and Contacts. A battery life indicator, Wi-Fi switch and other gadgets are also incorporated, and the click has a subtle but smooth 3D effect that is based on user input.

The main problem with MX Home is customization, and it’s more severe than the issue facing Regina 3D. Since the cover page is a static entity, manipulating the interface requires a modified 3D model and a re-skin. Currently there are just two themes available on the Android Marketplace. The launcher also needs to do a better job of integrating the 3D cover page with the rest of the interface. MXHome is free, as is the second theme.

MX Home requires Android 2.1 and up.

SPB Shell 3D

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This launcher has a very special place on the marketplace. Most of the launchers currently out are indie apps that are made by one developer or a small team. SPB Shell 3D, however, is made by SPB software, a company with a huge variety of apps available for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and more. It’s also unique because of its price tag – a whopping $15.

You might be thinking “Wow – the other launchers are free. How can this possibly justify $15?” There are many answers. SPB Shell 3D puts its 3D effects to better use than any of the other launchers. It has a cool, quick and handy carousel view for navigating screens and it’s also possible to use a 3D view to organize what screens are displayed and where. In addition to this, many of the included SPB Shell widgets have 3D effects of their own. The global time widget, with its beautiful 3D globe, is one example.

There’s more to SPB Shell 3D than the shiny graphics, as well. It has the best folder implementation of any launcher currently available for Android, and it’s surprisingly quick considering all the special effects being used. Paying $15 for an Android app may seem crazy, but if you want a serious do-it-all launcher that also makes excellent use of your phone’s 3D hardware, you can’t go wrong with SPB Shell 3D.

SPB Shell 3D requires Android 2.1 – 2.3.3.

Conclusion

I’m honestly surprised that there isn’t a greater selection of 3D launchers available, but then, development almost certainly takes time. If you know of a 3D launcher we missed or one that it is development and looking good, let us know in the comments.

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Mark O’Neill

I’ve started using Regina 3D and it’s pretty good so far.  Despite my initial concerns, it doesn’t seem to be draining my battery.  The only weird thing is that the add-on weather app has my weather constantly pegged as “mostly cloudy” when in fact there are no clouds at all!  I am starting to wonder if the weather app might be broken.

M.S. Smith

I can’t confirm or deny there being a problem right now because it actually is cloudy here ;)

Rodrigo

It may be because of where the weather sensors from which the app gathers information are located. For example, the windows weather gadget, when configured to my city, shows data from a weather station located aproximately 70 to 90 kilometers from where i really am, so at times when it shows a thunderstorm, i look outside and the sun is shining, but make no mistake, heaven will fall down in no more than 15 minutes :-)

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Karthik Prabhu

I really loved MX Home. It’s simply the best. Will download it right away. :)

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Abraham

this article is a joke. How can you not mention the best 3D launcher in the market. ADW EX?

Anonymous

Oh yeah ADW EX is totally 3D. Beat it troll.

Mark O’Neill

We can’t know everything that’s out there which is why we invite the readers to suggest their own preferred apps.  ADW EX is yours. :-)

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Corvettezo666

I really like SPB shell 3D, its worth the money, made my phone feel like a new one….

LoL

this SPB 3D launcher looks good but how many people can really justify $15 for an android app, that’s half of what I paid for Apple OS Lion and Apple are known to rip consumers off :)

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xmscan

Hi all, we are developers of CC 3D Launcher. Recently we released our first launcher on Android Market, which is also a 3D-oriented launcher. The product is “young” and we are looking forward to having your feedback! :)

Free to download here:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.demo.launcher.business.newlib&feature=search_result

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