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GDE: The new home experience

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Does your homescreen seem a bit plain? Maybe you just don’t have the real estate for all those widgets? Or perhaps those transitions from page to page are just…well, dull? If one or probably all these sound like you, I might just have something to perk up your Android.

GDE is a home replacement application. It is similar to PandaHome or OpenHome, though from personal experience, GDE has shown the best stability of the three. Along with great stability (which is important since nobody like force closes), it allows for up to 7 homescreens. Each can probably hold every widget you could ever want, and with it’s fast fling option all of them are just a swipe away.

One of GDE’s best points is it’s four unique transitions: Cube, Stretch, Fade, and the latest, Normal Cubed. Cube works like it sounds, changing the whole desktop and wallpaper setup into a spinning cube. Stretch presses the screen while dragging in the next. Fade uses a fade effect to switch screens. And my personal favorite, Normal Cubed, combines the standard Android transition with the Cube creating a pretty cool effect.

GDE has two widgets of it’s own: a conversation widget that comes in 4×3 and 4×4 sizes, and a 4×1 dockbar widget that allows quick access to your favorite apps.

Pluses:

  • GDE is only $3.53, which makes it one of the cheaper home applications
  • It’s exceedingly stable and offers multiple transitions
  • Internal widgets allow quick access to both apps and conversations
  • Up to 7 homescreens for all your widgets and apps

Things I’d like for the future:

  • Although GDE has plenty of it’s own themes, the ability to use other homescreen application themes would be a welcome feature
  • Perhaps a screen selector for those who have plenty of screens active

Bottom Line

GDE is a stable, capable, and customizable home replacement. You can’t get any better for your phone.

Note: This review was submitted by Andre Patterson as part of our app review contest.

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