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How to Install the ICS Launcher on any Gingerbread device

The Ice Cream Sandwich operating system has been released from a while now, but unfortunately, it’s not available for all the Android powered devices out there. Furthermore, even the promised updates are being delayed one by one, so most of the users are looking for alternative ways in which they can enjoy the Android 4.0 experience on their own handsets. That’s why during the following, I will show you how to use and install the Ice Cream Sandwich launcher on your Gingerbread running device.

As already stated, it’s sadly to see that Google is still keeping its latest Android version for just a few handsets. More sadly and annoying is to expect the update and when the day comes to see that it was delayed due unknown reasons. Of course you can anytime choose to install custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, which comes with the ICS included (the official nightly built of CM 9 has just been released and here on android.gs you can find numerous how to guide that is learning you how to flash the same on numerous devices), but then you will not get the classic version of the OS.

Also, there are available the unofficial versions of the same OS which can be applied on any handsets but, installing them will make you void the warranty, meaning that in case you manage to damage or worst wreck the system, then you will be on your own. The unofficial variants of the ICS are also coming with bugs and features that are not working, so most of users are avoiding them. But, then, how can you still get the software? Well, easily, you can use apps that install parts of the firmware on your Gingerbread device.

That’s what we are going to do in what will follow. I will teach you the easiest, safest and quickest way in which you can get and install the Ice Cream Sandwich launcher on any Gingerbread device. This can be achieved by downloading an app from Google Play / Android Market, so there shouldn’t be any kinds of issues on your way. The tool is named Phoenix Launcher and it’s available in two versions, the free and pro one. For the second one you will have to pay in order to download it. The differences between these two variants consist in the features included; check them and only after that decide which of them is more appropriate for you.

So, after you have downloaded the app (just click on the links from above) you should learn how to use it. It’s more than easy. Just follow the steps from below:

How to Install the ICS Launcher on any Gingerbread device

  1. Before starting you should know that the first time you use this launcher it will erase shortcut icons from your Home screens. Remember where everything is located so you can restore the same after installing the tool.
  2. Tap on the “home” button from your device.
  3. A pop-up will be displayed (“Complete action using”).
  4. From the list you must choose the Phoenix Launcher Free option.
  5. The Launcher will allow you to interact with the Home screens of your handset; there are many capabilities available try them and see if you like it.
  6. That’s it.

There you have it, the easiest and quickest way in which you can learn how to get and install the Ice Cream Sandwich launcher on any Gingerbread powered smartphone / tablet. If you have any questions related to this subject, or to another that is linked to the Android concept, feel free and share your thoughts with us(in the comments area). Remember that this tutorial is suitable for any Android smartphones and tablets so don’t hesitate to use it; stay close for further Android how to guides.