CyanogenMod team share pre-release launcher build

CyanogenMod has always been one of the most popular aftermarket ROMs for Android phones, and with the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, that does not seem set to change any time soon. The developers have released a sample of their work on a launcher at the XDA Developers forums.

The launcher, identified as 'Trebuchet', is destined to appear in the Cyanogen builds of Ice Cream Sandwich, but can be tried outside of the ROM now. It is still only in alpha, however, so caution should be taken before setting the launcher as your default. Since launchers are one of the easier parts of the Android OS to modify, Trebuchet could become a popular choice even outside of the CyanogenMod ROMs, assuming people update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Trebuchet offers plenty of features, even as an alpha release, so when it is fully completed, it should definitely be worth paying attention to. At present, Trebuchet runs only on devices with Android 4.0.3, and they also need to be rooted. At present, the feature list is as follows:

  • Custom number of home screens
  • Enable and disable persistent search bar
  • Separate apps and widgets in app drawer
  • Show and fade scrolling indicator in both home screen and drawer
  • App sort in drawer (eg. size, install date, etc.)
  • Widget resizing
  • Auto-rotation of launcher and toggle

More features are also planned, such as transitions between the home screen and app drawer, though Trebuchet already sounds well equipped. It can be installed via a flashable .zip file on the XDA forums, or also as a regular .apk file, which would likely be more familiar. Check out the image gallery for pictures of the launcher, from the original poster on XDA.

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Just switched from MIUI to CM for a few days but depending on who releases a stable ROM or launcher for ICS first I'll switch and test it out. Love MIUI though.
I am excited at the hardwork CM team is putting into this.

I have tried Go Launcher Ex too and it's pretty swish :-). ICS has opened an Android world of excitement, anticipation and sheer technology brilliance!

I'm still into Go Launcher EX...I imagine it will be updated to have ICS features.

Can CM release a nightly alread? stop teasing lol

Looking great, I love ICS and the CM team is making good progress it seem. Looking forward to the release on the Evo 4G. I have tried other Devs ICS builds and while they are pretty stablw the lack of a camera is a killer for me. I am currently using MIUI and I love it!

NoLiMiT06 said,
Looking great, I love ICS and the CM team is making good progress it seem. Looking forward to the release on the Evo 4G. I have tried other Devs ICS builds and while they are pretty stablw the lack of a camera is a killer for me. I am currently using MIUI and I love it!

+ 1

I switched to MIUI this morning and I am loving it so far!

boumboqc said,
this persistent search bar is a good thing.
I hate it.
Nuff' Said.

I'm confused. It's a "good thing" and you "hate it"?

TCLN Ryster said,

I'm confused. It's a "good thing" and you "hate it"?

I assume he means the feature of being able to disable it is great and he hates the search bar.