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iPhone envy? TouchLauncher gives your Palm OS that iPhone look.

Fri Jun 13, 2008 - 1:06 PM EDT - By Dan Nimtz

Ok, so all of the new 3G iPhone hype has died down (at least a little bit). And everyone is now limited to watching the various iPhone demos floating around until July 11th at least. Plus you own a Palm OS device, so what's the point? Enter TouchLauncher by ahsirg's software. TouchLauncher provides a bit of the look and feel of the iPhone on your Palm OS Treo or Centro. There have been other iPhone look-a-likes floating around, but this one goes beyond just an icon set.

TouchLauncher allows you to start applications much like you would on an iPhone. It allows you to scroll between launcher pages by sliding your finger as well. You can use drag and drop to rearrange the applications, to display information, categorize icons, rename, delete and beam the items.

With TouchLauncher, you can add icons representing contacts and web pages too. Adding contact links requires the use of TouchBook (additional software).

The SMS application icon will even display the number of unread messages as part of the icon just like the iPhone (see the little red 3 in the SMS application icon above).

TouchLauncher includes a set of custom icons many of which match those of the iPhone. Several additional iconsets are available on the author's website as well.

The software cost is $6.99 and has a free demo version. The demo version is limited by only allowing you to launch the first 10 icons in its database, but otherwise allows you to get the idea.

I'm going to be checking this out further - perhaps it will throttle back my slight longing for an iPhone. After all, we all know the Palm Treo and Centro are our real work horses. But this might be a way to get a little of the look and feel of the iPhone while making use of the extremely versatile Palm.

You can watch a demo video here.

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