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This is related to this question about removing apps, but I thought it was different enough to merit separate focus.

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy 2 S, and it has a custom interface designed by Samsung.

Mostly, it's fine. However, some things bug me. For example, at the bottom of the screen, where there are standard buttons like "Phone" and "Internet" - things I'm likely to access very frequently - they have this stupid "SP Mode" mail app thing that I will never use. Ever.

I'd like to kill it, but after searching options, I don't know if I can make that kind of change.

Is it possible to get different "skins" and load them into the phone? Are existing interfaces modifiable?

Is this another thing that would require rooting the phone?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Your best bet would be to go with either LauncherPro: my personal favorite, or ADW:

Both provide customization to the dock (set of icons at the bottom), number of homescreens, transitions, app drawer effects, as well as custom themes and widgets. Note: there are free versions of both, but the paid versions add more features.

While you can cover up some of what Samsung has done, things like the Notification bar and lockscreen aren't affected by these apps. In some cases rooting and/or installing custom ROMs would be required to manipulate them.

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Good recommendation. I'm trying it out now and it has removed the offending email from the bottom menu. – Questioner Jul 26 '11 at 6:14
There are a number of customized launchers for Android, not just these two. Personally, I prefer Zeam. A search for "home screen replacement" or "launcher" on the Market should give you a good bunch of options. – Al E. Jul 26 '11 at 12:48

I think the SGS2 has a newer version of TouchWiz than my original SGS Vibrant, but hopefully you can still customize those icons. I don't have my phone on me but I believe t The process is:

  1. Open the app drawer
  2. Press the Menu button
  3. Select "View Type"
  4. Choose "Customizable Grid"
  5. Press the Menu button again
  6. Choose "Edit"
  7. Exit the app drawer (return to the home screen)
  8. You can now drag icons off the dock and drag new ones on
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nice, I just put all of the operator's bloatware apps to a "banned" folder and freed up the app drawer – Smugrik Sep 29 '11 at 12:36

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