Update 23-02-2012: Added GO Locker review.
Everytime I buy a new gadget (or install a new OS) is to replace the default applications. For my Android Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360 smartphone, I immediately searched for a replacement of the default “SMS", “Contacts", “Dialer", “Launcher", and “Keyboard” apps that comes with it.
I found GO Launcher EX (which comes with GO Store & GO Widget), GO Contacts EX (which comes with GO Dialer EX), GO SMS Pro, GO Keyboard, and GO Locker. I never looked back since.
GO Launcher EX
GO Launcher EX is the replacement for the default launcher that comes with Android. A “launcher” is the software (or application) that serves as your desktop and app drawer (or “program files” if you are a Microsoft® Windows user). It is what you always see and use.
The default is simple and it was left to the manufacturers and Android enthusiasts to develop their custom or better launcher, in effect creating an Android community and ecosystem. You, of course, want to have a better launcher right?
Some of the features are:
- 3 Dock rows
- Screen and App drawer transition effects
- App drawer search field
- App drawer folders
- App locking
- App hiding
- Better app sorting
- Close all running apps
- App history
GO Contacts EX (with GO Dialer EX)
GO Contacts EX replaces the default contacts/phonebook app of Android. Although the default is more than enough for the average user, the added features that comes with this will surely convince anyone to download this replacement app.
- Better Contact-Group management
- Favorite contacts
- SMS all
- Email all
- Backup contacts to SD
- Restore contacts from SD
- Transition effects
GO Contacts EX also comes with GO Dialer EX which replaces the default dialer of Android. Not much is different between GO Dialer EX and the default dialer that I noticed, except the ability to change the theme of your dialer.
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