Dec 27 AT 3:46 PM Dustin Earley 52 Comments

CyanogenMod 9′s Trebuchet Launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices


While hackers and modders from all over the world are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for CyanogenMod 9 to make a mass release appearance, anyone lucky enough to own an Android 4.0.3 device can get a taste of the ROM now. Trebuchet Launcher, the launcher that will come preloaded in CyanogenMod 9, is available for download in early alpha form.

There are two requirements for running Trebuchet Launcher, you must be on Android 4.0.3, and you must be rooted. If you happen to own a device that fits that criteria, like a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, then you can download Trebuchet and see what the standard launcher for CM9 will come with. TreBuchet is modeled to look just like the stock Android 4 launcher, but comes with a slew of customization features not found in vanilla Android.

  • Custom number of Homescreens
  • Enable/Disable Persistent Search Bar
  • Separated Apps/Widgets in Drawer
  • Resize Any Widget
  • Show and Fade Scrolling Indicator in Homescreen and Drawer
  • Enable/Disable Auto-Rotate
  • Drawer Apps Sorting (Title, Install Date)

Personally, I’m really looking forward to app drawer sorting and disabling the persistant Google search bar. Since I have a Nexus S, I still use the search button, making the persistant search bar pointless. And who couldn’t use a little more organization in their app drawer?

As time goes on, more and more features will find their way into Trebuchet Launcher. Infinite scrolling and screen transition animations are just two among many slated to make an appearance eventually.

For more information on Trebuchet Launcher, and to download the alpha, visit XDA now.

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Via: DroidLife

Source: XDA

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • keridel

    I dobt know any gsm galaxy nexus owners with 4.0.3 yet. Its maddening..

    I really want to give this a try.

    • amgala

      There are some 4.0.3 ROMs available for the G-Nex

      • tmihai20

        There are some pretty good ports for HD2 as well. I am holding back for now just like I did with Gingerbread. I bet CM9 will run perfectly on my good old HD2.

        • Jorge Eslava

          My wife used to have an HD2, take good care of it, her’s got replaced with a HD7 which doesn’t have any Android ports.

          • tmihai20

            A few weeks back I almost replaced it with a Galaxy S II (we had a Black Friday promotion in my country). I gave up on flashing new ROMs on a daily basis, I am sticking with stable versions (Typhoon 3.7.0 based on CM 7.1.0 final). I placed my faith in my HD2 and I declined the offer for the Galaxy S II.

      • Jorge Branco

        I really thought the point of the nexus was to always have the latest software. Silly me :-(

    • Louis A

      Ok my Galaxy Nexus from Verizon list the software as 4.0.2, im I missing something? Does everyone with a GN have 4.0.3?

  • YellowDucati

    Thanks cyanogen for all ya’ll do.

  • YMS123

    Now if only I had a device running 4.0.3…

    • iamXiV92a

      Same here – c’mon Skyrocket!!

  • crunchybutternut

    Now we just need an RC for Cyanogenmod 9 so I can try it out on my Evo! :)

  • mikeyDroid

    Options are great, they make me all warm inside.

  • zyphbear

    They are really on the ball! Keep up the good work!

  • nrorm

    so jealous…gonna try this on my evo 3d this week

  • vid500

    Looks great, now I only have to wait till they release the ICS update for my phone. But for us with older devices really handy becouse thay have a search button and the google search is kind of unnecessary.

  • Shawn Flanagan

    Beautiful! Can’t wait for CM9 on some more devices!

  • GrendelJapan

    Removal of that persistent search bar would be nice…

  • scores87

    Does it work with other versions? like 2.3.4?

    • Anne A

      Unfortunately, according to the article, it’s only for devices running Android 4.0.3.

  • johnnycsx

    A trebuchet is also a medieval catapult. Makes sense as its a “launcher.”

  • Ryan Gails

    I wish I had something running 4.0.3 so I could try this out.

  • ben dover

    must. hold. off. a. little. longer. on. loading. custom. roms. to. my. gnex….

    I’m trying to wait until everything is just a bit more stable. Plus I need to get a really good feel for how stock runs so I can compare to CM9.

    • ArticulateFool

      just give in! I never had the strength to hold out on my gnex.

  • Zagrash

    Someone didn’t play enough Age of Empires back in the day…Pack up your Trebuchet and roll out! =)

    • johnnycsx

      This +1

  • Steve Heinrich

    Those are some great additions and features to the stock launcher. I am looking forward to and wondering what other features they are going to add in to the whole ROM. ICS has upped its game and I love watching developers get creative with features that we didn’t know we couldn’t live without.

  • rashad360

    This is what makes CyanogenMod great. It basically gives you a vanilla Android experience while including a few advanced features for power users

  • madtnotn

    A very powerful launcher…

  • MoSDeeb

    I’ve held off flashing any “kangs” and such, but I really find the persistent Google search bar annoying.

    I have an OCD problem with minimalism on my homescreen.

  • Nathan D.

    To bad I don’t have a GN yet =(

  • Anjie Cai

    :[ too bad cm stopped development for vibrant, looks i’ll never get cm9

  • redraider133

    Looking good. Cyanogen always incorporates some nice features and breathes new life into devices that manufacturers stopped supporting and devices that manufacturers support yet people want a change.

  • taketheleap

    Dammit, now I wanna go play Civ 5.

  • pmex83

    I hope my G2 gets CyanogenMod 9

    • thunsaker

      I can’t wait for CM9! Wouldn’t mind a back-port to previous versions if that is even possible. :)

  • lokidokie

    Cool. Can’t wait for CM9

  • alexanderharri3

    Awaiting this capability on the ol Thunderbolt

  • Cwalden21

    Can not wait for the Galaxy S II from sprint to get this!!! AHHHHHHH

  • damambt

    screenshots are sexy —– and they know it!😝

  • CTown

    I would love folders in the app draw!

  • w9jds

    Personally I am glad they are just modifying and adding onto the already existing launcher from ICS. I didn’t care much for ADW, Yes it is a good launcher and everything I just liked stock a lot better.

  • staryoshi

    Im going to root my phone soon… I want to be a part of thr (mobile) modding community :)

  • Josh G

    Who would have 4.x besides Galaxy Nexus owners?

    • donger

      nexus s users also.

  • Hall Lo

    Nice addition! As always, awesome work Cyanogen team!

  • curtisas

    Ugh, I wish I had >10 comments on XDA… I would really appreciate the ability to have the applications and widgets be sorted vertically, and to get to the other type be swiping side-to-side. This wouldn’t have to be all the time, it would just be nice to have this be an option. I really don’t like horizontal-page type scrolling… My only annoyance with my Nexus so far.

  • Aidey2711

    Been running ICS with the new launcher on my desire for the last 3 weeks and i have to say it is awesome. if you hold the menu button you get tiles of all your recent apps, either click to open or just swipe em to remove from the list. nice transition moving between screens in app draw also market now a tab in app drawer. The most useful to me though is the scale able widgets, have to say loving ICS.