Gingerbread keyboard, launcher, and live wallpaper available for HTC EVO in Android Market

This guest post was written by Joseph Davenport.

Evo-gb-slinFinally, something cool that you don't need to be rooted for! 

Thanks to app developer Steven Lin, your HTC EVO can have the keyboard, launcher, and live wallpaper from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) straight from the Android Market. You can download all three for free or purchase the keyboard and launcher with additional features and more support for a penny shy of $1.

The keyboard, which previously required flashing via recovery mode on your rooted EVO, includes the enhancements Google made (better text prediction, auto-correction, and more default punctuation options), while the launcher is the stock Gingerbread launcher. The live wallpaper is a smoother, darker themed version of the Nexus one included in Froyo.

You already know how to use a different keyboard on your EVO, but just in case you need a refresher: tap Menu > Settings > Language and Keyboard > Gingerbread keyboard. Then go to a text field, long press, select "Input Method," and choose the keyboard from the menu.

To use the launcher, just install it like a regular app and hit the Home key on your EVO. You will get an option box that allows you to choose which launcher you want to use. I personally don't use the launcher (I use the paid version of LauncherPro), but I do use the keyboard as my default.

Gingerbread keyboard (free):

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Gingerbread launcher (free):

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Gingerbread live wallpaper (free):

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[Keyboard tip via Androinica]

This guest post was written by Joseph Davenport (J.D.), editor-in-chief of The Tech Councillor.

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