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homescreen 3D – an OpenGL Android program launcher

Video demonstrating my first “experiment” with the Android Market. An answer to a question nobody asked– “What if you made an Android program launcher in 3D?”

Video updated with most recent version running on Honeycomb, 6/2011

It was, to be frank, a gigantic pain in the ass coding the motion for this, since there seems to be no Tweener-like class written in Java (Java, not processing…). Anyone know of one?

Built using min3D.

 free version

 almost-free version


13 Responses to “homescreen 3D – an OpenGL Android program launcher”

  1. @insan3 says:

    Hi, I´ve downloaded your app from the market, whenever I try to lauch it from my motodext clicq gives me the error “homescreen 3D could not be launched” any ideas :( ?

  2. admin says:

    Hi, I’m not familiar with that error happening but I’d like to find out about it. I’ll email you. Thanks,

  3. esedeerre says:

    Wow, great, i´ll download it on my magic!!

  4. Pam says:

    How do I uninstall this application?

  5. admin says:

    Navigate to:
    Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > homescreen 3D > Uninstall

  6. Paul Schlichter says:

    Hi Lee,

    I’m playing around with your engine and really like it :)
    Maybe this is a noob question (I’m new to Android development),
    but how do you implement touch events in a min3D scene?

    Best regards

  7. PWR says:

    Just d/l’d this morning, and seems like a fantastic concept! However the issue I am running into, is that none of the icon graphics are showing up, only the cubes. I’m running the app on a HTC Hero, 140 LCD density. Any ideas?

  8. Chris says:

    Hi, nice work I have a Desire 2.2 but I cannot launch it. Do I need another program launcher? Any ideas. Thanks in advance.

  9. MarauderDeuce says:

    2 thoughts -
    1. As someone says in the marketplace – it needs to incorporate widgets.
    2. When you rotate the screen the orientation of the icons should rotate to match.

    Beyond that it’s a fine looking app. I’m not buying it yet as I don’t think it’s ready to replace the standard homescreen but given time I think it might be there – great work.

  10. Tjerk says:

    Very very very well done man! I just bought it. Also because i use min3d in my own app. You should check it out, its 3DWeapons. Thanks for your work on Min3D man. Really respect it. B.t.w i will add you to the “about” section of my app.. didnt do that yet. sorry :-)

  11. lacroix says:


    Min3d is free? I d like to make a wallpaper with this, mind3d support live wallpapers?
    Can I use min3d to make some cash with games?

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