QLauncher Pro is a homescreen replacement app by 腾讯 (Tencent in case your Chinese is a little bit rusty) that takes a few of its cues from the iPhone but still manages to feel individual & very polished.
Easy to set up
Clean & intuitive interface
Gives a new but familiar interface
Not as customisable as other launchers available
Doesn’t feel fully featured
The lockscreen is flawed by design
RATING: 4.5 Stars
UPDATED: September 9, 2011
CURRENT VERSION: 1.33
REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.0 and up
INSTALLS: 50,000 – 100,000
CONTENT RATING: Low Maturity
When you install any home replacement application it removes the default setting for the home button so you will be presented with this the first time you press your home button, decide the app you would like to have as your default homescreen app then tick the check-box at the bottom of the screen & select it.
After you get past that you are in the launcher & it is smooth! There are nice animation touches everywhere that add a quality feel. You get two unique widgets with this launcher Task Manager & Quick Switch. Task Manager lets you clear down device memory quickly from the homescreen but it also displays the amount of memory available. Quick Switch is very MIUI influenced in its design & acts as a faster way for you to turn off or on certain phone functions.
The application drawer comes in two flavours, grid view & list view. In grid view you can arrange your apps by name, frequency of use or by install date which is handy if your into that sort of thing I guess, if you want to move your apps about manually inside the drawer you can do that too by long pressing the app you want to move. At the bottom of the grid view are the page indicator dots that when swiped will give you very quick access to the different app pages which is a massive help if your like me & have close to 200 apps installed.
The list view is a bit more basic but it is still very visually appealing with a alphabetical scroll bar on the right of the page that you can use to jump to the section that you require.
Adding applications to the homescreen is a very easy affair but where QQLauncher Pro comes into its own is folder creation à la iPhone. You just drag & drop one icon onto another & it creates a folder like magic! OK maybe not magic but it is pretty damned slick & the whole thing is animated very smoothly. Where this trumps the iOS method is in the ability to add multiple apps to a folder at once by giving you a checklist of your apps & letting you choose which ones you want to add, its a nice touch.
Themes are also supported but currently they are limited to just four at the moment. That being said they are all very slick & easy to install & select.
The last stand out feature of QQLauncher Pro is the included lockscreen which feels like it was ripped from Honeycomb & given a spruce up. There are now quadrants that contain predefined shortcuts camera, dialer, text messages & unlock. It looks amazing but I had problems getting it to work reliably on my stock Desire Z, which was a massive let down for me as it is one of the best that I have seen, hands down.
I wont be using this as my daily driver but I will be awaiting future updates as this launcher has loads of potential
Review by: Milt