Thursday, March 3, 2011

Slidescreen 01

So in India, we all simply love themes. It's become an expected feature of any phone that we think of buying. At least, for most of us. Android allows a very high degree of customization, but it handles customization a little differently. Instead of 'themes' being the main differentiating factor, home replacement apps used. A home replacement app quite simply changes the entire homescreens+app drawer setup, giving you an entirely different user interface for your phone. Oh, and then you can install themes to change the colours and icons. A few of the most popular home replacement apps are aHome, OpenHome, and ADWlauncher. The thing is, most of these only provide extended customization options and functions for the same basic concept of swiping through homescreens and using an App drawer. What if you're looking for something totally different and simplified? Well, say hello to Slidescreen. Our App review awaits just past that Read More button.


Slidescreen Setup 01 - Welcome

The free version of the app can be downloaded from the Android Market – just search for Slidescreen. After installing it, when you open the app for the first time, a series of screens are displayed which provide much-needed info about the App. This is very useful, considering that this home replacement app is quite different from the usual me-too kind of home replacement apps out there. We’ve taken screenshots of every step in this setup process. Check them out.

Slidescreen Setup 02 - Terms of use Slidescreen Setup 03 - The Basics Slidescreen Setup 04 - Weather settings 01Slidescreen Setup 05 - Weather settings 02 Slidescreen Setup 06 - Your Info Slidescreen Setup 07 - ShortcutsSlidescreen Setup 08 - Usage Modes Slidescreen Setup 09 - Complete


Slidescreen 02

The premise of Slidescreen is simple - there is only one homescreen, and it slides vertically. The center of the homescreen is used like a stopper (Slidescreen calls it the “Status Bar”); it separates your personal phone content, located above the stopper-separator Status Bar, from non-personal content. As far as the App is concerned, missed calls, SMS messages, E-mails, and calendar notifications are personal, while Google Reader items, your twitter and Facebook feeds are grouped below the Status Bar as “public” items. The Status Bar slides up or down, and reveals more of either the personal/public content. For example, if you want to see more tweets from the people you follow on Twitter, then slide up the Status Bar. What if you want to see Google Reader items instead? Simple. Tap the twitter icon at the right end of the Status Bar, after sliding it up. Tapping this icon can cycle through all the public content feeds; if you have slid the Status Bar downward, and are viewing your missed call notifications, then tapping the phone icon would help you view unread SMS messages and unread e-mails. The screenshots below should explain this far better than thousands of our words. Go ahead and take a look.

Slidescreen 01 Slidescreen 03 Slidescreen 04Slidescreen 05 Slidescreen 06 Slidescreen 07Slidescreen 08 Slidescreen 09

Various positions of the Slidescreen home screen

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Other options for the Slidescreen homescreen

Accessing your Apps

Slidescreen 15

So if all the homescreens become a single vertical slidescreen, and your App drawer goes bye-bye, how do you access those 100,000 apps you’ve downloaded from the Market? The Menu button opens up all the available apps. It’s got shortcuts covered too - with the top two rows segregated into a kind of “favourites” section. Assigning apps to the shortcuts spaces was as simple as on the iPhone - tap and hold the space, select the app you want to see in that space. You can slide left-right between four screens of these shortcuts, which work independantly from the full list of apps, which could also be scrolled. So it’s like having two sliding drawers - a favourites drawer on top, and all the rest below. We like it, and found it easy to accomodate into our daily lifestyles.


This app notifies you for texts or e-mails with a number next to the appropriate icon on the main slidescreen. Very unobtrusive, very elegant. However, this app almost completely does away with the notification bar on top - which, if you’re like us, you would have become extremely accustomed to. Everything about an App can’t be good now, can it? We’ve seen very few really, which are like that. So when you’re in the App “drawers” section, the notification bar is present on top. You can also see it for an instant as you unlock the screen from Standby, and before Slidescreen loads. This could be written off as a minor UI glitch, but it spoils the otherwise very polished look and feel of the App.

Final thoughts

In trying to sift through the various home replacement apps available for Android, there are always some nuggets and some which are simply unworthy of gracing your Android device. Slidescreen is definitely a nugget. True, it’s very simplistic; but what it does, it does so quite efficiently and with very little processing power. No fancy graphics or animations, no messing around - this is an App for people who like efficiency and simplicity. And we love it.


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