January 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Android homescreen replacement apps are a dime, no, nickle a dozen. However, there was once a time where Open Home was the class of the few homescreen apps available. Then LauncherPro and ADW came along as being more customizable and impressive.
Open Home 5.0 was released today as an app that is trying to play catch-up. Version 5.0 of the app has adopted some features from HTC Sense UI, namely the “leap” feature that allows users to pinch the screen and jump to one of seven screens. There are also new music and setting widgets that are resizable, as well as support for the HTC music player app.
Better Android Apps has also added custom shortcuts, Quick Actions, and bug fixes. Open Home includes a feature that will create a new shortcut and change the icon or text. Quick Actions will then allow users to long-press on an icon and then bring-up options to Remove or edit the icon, get info about it, or go to an app’s Market page.
Open Home has the advantage of being a relative veteran in the homescreen replacement game, but it lost a sizeable chunk of enthusiasts to the previously-mentioned LauncherPro and ADW. Both of those apps made some serious advancements, so it will be interesting to see how people respond to seeing some of the features that made those apps great appear in OH5.0. Download the app if you previously purchased the $3.99 Open Home Full app to see if it’s good enough to go back.