That open source soul is slowly being bared.
While Android is famed for attracting many with its open source approach the fact is the OS hasn’t been as easy to open up as many would like, most notably in one of the most fundamental elements of all…
This is about to change however as ‘Open Home – Lite’ from Better Android Apps is now freely available in Android Market and it brings that much loved feature: skinning.
Currently only themes made by users at the xda-developers.com forum are supported but that will soon change with BAA saying it will stick to the spirit of Android by opening up the app within the next few days. Alternatives to Open Home are available – most notably aHome and dxTop – but this is by far the most impressive to date.
Appoholics will also be pleased to know Open Home expands the number of screen panels from three to a total of seven (three either side of the home screen) resulting in more than double the amount of real estate.
Hopefully BAA’s app is just the start because when I first pictured Android I dreamt of an OS which the right programmer could easily teach to limbo, bring me beer and coach Newcastle United to a League Cup double (yes, Unibond and LDV Vans seem more likely…).