Apr 24 AT 1:52 PM Guest Blogger 15 Comments

GDE: The new home experience


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.


  • 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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  • Alan Reboli

    I’ve been using GDE since it was first released. Such a great program. The only thing I didn’t like, was it killed my battery like no ones business. It’s definitely not the fault of the app, but I think it’s the nature of the beast. Home replacement apps are going to kill your battery. Best way to theme and not kill your battery, is root. :) But still, great article and great app!

  • http://www.youtube.com/droiddoc97 khuram

    nice review. hey u guys i have some apps reviewed at my youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/droiddoc97

  • http://www.askabouthugo.com hugophang

    I can not find GDE in the market ,why? I found many GDE theme.

    • http://Website souljagirl

      It’s GDE – The new home experience, I guess :)

  • http://colinscattergood.com Colin Scattergood

    I don’t know, I’ve been using Helix and its pretty freakin’ sweet..

    • http://Website Anthony

      Helix is only available on 2.0+ (maybe only 2.1)

  • @darifresh

    @athony Wow i thought helix had 2 versions …not sure never been to bgi on home replacement apps.

    Nice article though! Only a week left in the month guys good luck!

  • http://Website Yankee

    I tried Helix on my Droid, and it sucked the battery out of my phone! I installed Helix at roughly noon, and by nine at night I was down to 40% battery life. Is GDE better on battery consumption?

  • http://Website tap

    Does live wallpaper work with this UI replacement?

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  • http://gadgeticmusings.wordpress.com/ Soul_Est

    Almost makes me want to give up Home++ but I need a screen switcher (mapped to menu button).

  • http://Website ben dover

    Adw.launcher is by far the best home replacement. I have been using it for a long time now & it’s stable & runs smooth even on my droid Eris.

  • http://Website alaa

    Must have app

  • Rudolph

    Try aOS Launcher that was launched recently ( https://market.android.com/details?id=com.andromob )

    I just loved it. iPhone like dock bar and icons, virtually unlimited icon styles. pretty quick, too.