Sunday, March 16, 2014

Released New SquareHome Themes!

The new 4 themes for SquareHome were released!
Try and enjoy it!

1. Glass theme - download

2. High glossy theme - download

3. Pastel theme - download

4. Transparent vivid theme - download

Friday, March 14, 2014

[ssLauncher-Tip] Setting Gestures

Now we review the gestures in ssLauncher, which supports it in some different way from the other launchers.
SsLauncher has two kind of gestures: 'global gesture' and 'shortcut gesture'.

The 'global gesture' can be invoked on any area of the screen.
This consists of the following gestures.

- Swipe down (can be set in preferences) : 'open status bar' in default.
- Double tap (can be set in preferences) : 'nothing' in default.
- Triple tap (can be set in preferences) : 'nothing' in default.
- Pinch in (cannot be set) : open the menu screen
- Swipe up the second touch while holding the first touch on screen (cannot be set) : show up the 'dock menu bar' when it is hidden by checking 'hide dock bar' in preferences.

Hmmm... Too few gestures comparing the other launchers? haha...
Let's start to review the 'shortcut gesture' from now.

First, make a shortcut to 'music' and edit it.

You can set 4 activities for the 4 direction gestures in the 'Gestures'.
For example, we will set an equalizer app for the 'up' direction.

1. Check on 'enabled' for 'Gesture: up'.
2. Select your equalizer app for 'target'.

After applying the changes, you can run the music application by tapping the shortcut and also the equalizer app by swiping up the shortcut. So you can set totally 5 activities for one shortcut in this manner: 'tap' and 4 direction gestures. This is very simple example to use 'shortcut gesture'.

Let's learn more complicated way to use 'shortcut gesture' with the 'pin' feature from now.

1. Create a empty shortcut and 'pin' it.
2. Move and resize the pinned shortcut on the right edge of the screen as the screenshot.

Uncheck 'Clickable' and check 'Invisible when locked' in the configuration screen of the shortcut.

Now assign a web browser for the 'left' direction gesture and apply the changes.
Then, open the menu screen and lock the layout by toggling the 'locker' icon on the left-bottom screen.
The shortcut will be invisible like the screenshot.

Try to swipe left the right edge of the screen. The web browser will run.
This gesture can be invoked on any pages because the shortcut was pinned.
You can define many gestures for any part of screen in this manner. I think this is very strong feature than the other launchers.

How do you think? =)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New SquareHome released!

There is a big development in the SquareHome 1.4.
Now you can use two versions of SquareHome, 'SquareHome.Phone' and 'SquareHome.Tablet'.

"SquareHome.Tablet" is the new name of the old SquareHome.
As you know, it can be used well on the phone but it has similar user interface of Windows tablet.
The new name is intended to make it better distinguished from another new version.

"SquareHome.Phone" is another new version of SquareHome designed for phone.
You can decorate very easily an Android phone to either of WP style or Nokia X launcher style with this version. Please see the following screenshots for examples.

[Main features]
- drag out the application drawer from the right edge of screen.
- drag out the menu from the left edge of screen.
- create a tile by dragging an application, shortcut or widget.
- select multiple tiles and merge them into a folder.
- resize the tile by dragging right-bottom corner.
- control the size of widget in a tile by clicking the central button when resizing it.
- change the style and form of a tile.
- so many forms are supported: auto image, custom image, CPU load, available memory, battery level, missed calls, unread messages, unread Gmails, date/time...
- apply a theme or icon pack easily.
- easy search for applications, shortcuts and widgets.
- hide useless applications.
- assign behaviors to many gestures.
- other many intuitive features.

[Screenshots for 'SquareHome.Phone']

* The both of SquareHome shares the key which can be bought in Google Play.
If you have got the key, you would unlock all the features of the two!

[Update history]

- supports Dutch
- supports "OK Google" hotword detection
- can search icons by name from icon packs
- fixed some bugs

- fixed some bugs in the icon picker for icon packs

- improved icon pack features
- fixed the bug that the column number is reset when restart. (SquareHome.Phone)
- fixed some bugs

- fixed an issue for system wallpaper on KitKat
- fixed an animation error for the folder tile
- fixed some bugs

- fixed some bugs

- quick bug fix

- loading home faster
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- added an option: 'transparent system UI'
- fixed an error in backup/restore function
- fixed some bugs

- new free theme: "Concrete"
- supports transparent system UI for some devices of non KitKat
- fixed some bugs and optimized

- fixed some bugs and optimized

- new 4 themes
- fixed a bug in Gmail counter
- added new forms for standard, some counters and current time
- fixed some bugs

- added another 'next event' form
- added 'divider height' option (SquareHome.Phone)
- fixed some bugs

- fixed the remained time bug in the next event form
- restored the 'hide' menu in the app drawer when locked
- fixed some bugs

- changed the name to 'SquareHome.Tablet'
- published another SquareHome for phone, named SquareHome.Phone (It shares the key)
- added 'Next event' form
- added 'double tap' and 'triple tap' to gestures
- fixed a bug in applying another theme to the app drawer
- fixed system wallpaper bug in KitKat
- fixed many bugs and optimized