Okay, before I even go anywhere, I know this is only for a group of readers, those who own Android phones. If you don’t have an Android phone, you can safely ignore this post.
If you do have an Android phone, though, I’ve made two huge discoveries over the last two days that I can’t help but share. The first is Zeam, a new launcher application (it replaces your home screen, and app dashboard, and a few other screens) that is screamingly fast, super light-weight, simple to use and customize, and has made my phone both noticeably zippier and longer-lasting. It’s not particularly feature-rich, but it looks nice and works perfectly. It’s free, and available in the Android Market (just search for “Zeam”).
The other thing is newer to the Android Market. Gingerbread, the newest version of Android (version 2.3) is full of great improvements and optimizations, and a few of the best ones have been made available to anyone with a recent Android phone.
The Gingerbread keyboard, launcher and wallpapers are all available as free downloads (though a couple of them require companion apps, which cost a bit), and they bring most of the goodness of Gingerbread to your not-as-delicious phone. So far, I’ve only installed the keyboard, but it’s terrific.
Between a new look and a new keyboard, I feel like I’m using a brand-new phone: a faster one with better battery life, and one that makes me less envious of Android 2.3 owners (or even 2.2 – thanks, Samsung, for not updating my phone yet). So, if you’ve got an Android phone, go go go! It’s all free and easy to undo, but I bet you won’t undo.