LauncherPro, one of the most popular third party home screen replacements for Android, is about to go through some major changes. The developer has written up a blog post addressing these changes, and they all look pretty good to us. The problem with LauncherPro now, according to the developer, is that the code is “a bit hacky”, meaning the features that are built into the app (such as 7 home screens, some of the widgets, etc.) weren’t really meant to run on top of the Android platform the way that they do. This has caused some issues for users in the stability arena. But, it looks like that is about to change.
The developer has said he is rewriting LauncherPro’s code from scratch. In his post, he states that, once complete, the update will mean:
- Improved speed
- Reduced memory usage, which means fewer force-closes and possibly allow us to have up to 9 homescreens
- Increased flexibility. I’m coding everything to make it as flexible as possible, which will allow LauncherPro to better adapt to new device form factors, such as tablets.
- Cleaner code that I’ll know inside and out. That means that adding new features can be implemented faster since I’ll know every single line of code in LauncherPro.
- Rewriting the app will give me the opportunity to fix the little bugs that haven’t been addressed yet, and to improve parts of the code that could use some improvement.
Also mentioned in the post is the fact that LauncherPro Plus paid users will not have to worry about paying again for the new version. He states, “The new rewritten LauncherPro will simply replace the current one.”