I don't understand why the Android 2.3 SDK docs show the home screen dock as beeing this:

And I have this, unchanged from 2.1 to 2.3.4 now:

Is it a Samsung thing? Is there an official launcher for 2.3 and the Samsung one?

Thank you.

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Basically, yes. That's Samsung's UI/framework, TouchWiz. Other manufacturers have their own UIs as well, including HTC's Sense and Motorola's Motoblur. The Nexus S has the "stock" Android UI.

  • Aaa, so that's where TWLauncher comes from. OK. Is there anyway to get the "stock" launcher as an installable app rather than mess with the firmware?
    – Francisc
    Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 0:45
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    @Francisc: There seem to be versions of it on the Market, but I don't know much about them, personally (never used them). Here's a quick search that has a few, though, and also looks to have some themes for other launchers (like ADW) that make it look like the stock GB one. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an .apk version floating around on XDA, too. Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 0:50
  • I searched the market, none looks reliable. But the XDA suggestion is good. As long as it doesn't require rooting, I'll give it a go. Thank you, appreciate it.
    – Francisc
    Commented Sep 17, 2011 at 0:53

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