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Get the real Android 2.2 launcher on your HTC EVO 4G


When the HTC EVO was released in early June, people were able to turn off its preloaded Sense UI and use the standard Android home launcher instead. A software update (version 1.47.651.1) pushed out a few weeks later made the stock launcher unavailable and unfortunately for Sense-haters, Froyo didn't bring the function back. This was disappointing to many users because one of Froyo's many new features was a new home screen dock.

ADW.Launcher makes it possible to get that dock on your EVO, even if it's still running Eclair, but since a substitute isn't as good as the real thing, you can now get the real dock along with some other stock goodies from xda-developers forum member superevilllama. Along with Android 2.2's native launcher—the one seen here—you also get the stock app drawer/menu and the stock wallpapers.


Simply download the .apk file and install it using a file manager like ASTRO. The next time you hit the Home button, a pop-up menu with HTC Sense and Launcher (and any other home screen replacement apps you may have previously installed) will appear. Choose Launcher and press the "Use by default for this action" checkbox if you want to use it as your default launcher.

One thing to note, however, is that the permanent phone icon may not work correctly. On my EVO, for example, tapping the icon brings up a "Application is not installed on your phone" message, which is obviously not true. Easy, though not ideal, workarounds are to add a phone app shortcut or a direct dial shortcut to your home screen. Not all users seem to have this problem, though, so your mileage may vary.

Personally, I think ADW.Launcher is a better solution for getting the Froyo launcher because although you don't get the stock app drawer/menu, it's more customizable and you can change the phone and browser icons. For those who don't like home replacement apps, though, the stock 2.2 launcher can be found here.

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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18 thoughts on “Get the real Android 2.2 launcher on your HTC EVO 4G

  • Can’t download it. Oh well.

  • THANK YOU!!!!!! Finally this works perfectly!

  • I am a bit confused. Does the launcher program add the 2.2 app drawer to the HTC Sense bottom of screen, or does it force you to use the entire Nexus One-type home screen or similar. What exactly does the apw.launcher give you options of doing? I don’t want to lose my HTC Sense background or the clock, but only want to add the transparent app drawer at the bottom. Also, if it is uninstalled, can you get back the working “phone” part you mention may become disabled?

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  • Avatar of greg wyatt

    I downloaded and installed the program on my evo (with 2.2 /.3 version) and it works great except for the phone icon in the new dock. when I press the phone icon i get a message that says”application not installed on your phone”. To bring up the dialer I have to go into the applications and click on the phone icon. The browser icon in the dock works fine and so does the applications folder icon???? any suggestions???

  • I’m getting that error, too. :

  • Yeah I get that error too. if anyone figures out how to fix that this would be perfect!

    been waiting for this for a long time!

    p.s. anyone know how to get the native android “unlock screen”?

  • Avatar of Jim Bruce

    No Lock in the Market is a free option.

  • Hey you know how to change icons on the dock?

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