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GO Launcher gets personal with your Android's home screen

by Ian Black

What makes Android different from other phone platforms? The ability to customize. GO Launcher lets you change the look and feel of the home and app screens of your phone. It offers cool features — but whether you like it or not is a personal choice.

You start with five home windows that you can flick back and forth between, or personalize to your liking. The home bar gets widened across the length of the screen, and adds contacts and messages for quick navigation to those often-used phone features.

The app window tops my favorite-feature list for GO Launcher. It combines task switch/task killer functionality with the regular app window. Three tabs let you jump from "All" to "Recent" to "Running." "All" displays all the apps installed on the phone. "Recent" shows the list of apps most recently viewed. And with "Running," you can tap one bar to force quit all applications on the list.

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Another great feature lets you organize your home screens with folders. Tap and hold any of the screens to bring up a list of options. Touch "Folder+" to add a new folder. From there, you can rename it, or drag and drop apps into it for a neater-looking menu.

You can also add wallpapers, widgets, shortcuts and other stuff. For some, personalizing, your phone couldn't be further down the to-do list. But, if you're into customization, download GO Launcher.