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Like the GUI controlling home screen and app icons, etc.

How or what is this called that renders this?

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It gets the name of the Android OEM front end interface :

  • Touchwiz for Samsung
  • HTC Sense for HTC
  • MotoBlur for Motorola
  • ...

For the "basic" version of Android - i.e. the version embedded in Nexus phones and tablets - people often refer to the Android version as "stock Android". So what about "stock Android UI" or "stock UI" in this case ?

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    another term for stock Android could be vanilla Android.
    – TronicZomB
    Jun 14, 2013 at 2:36
  • ...and, accordingly, Vanilla Launcher or Vanilla GUI. If I remember correctly, the current one is Trebuchet?
    – Izzy
    Jun 14, 2013 at 6:22
  • @Izzy - No, Trebuchet is the launcher made by the Cyanogenmod team. As far as I can discern, the basic vanilla android launcher from Google doesn't have an actual name.
    – Compro01
    Jun 14, 2013 at 14:22
  • Oh -- OK, but that's almost AOSP #D Thanks for clarification, Compro01!
    – Izzy
    Jun 14, 2013 at 18:16
  • The app that runs the vanilla launcher on a 4.2.2 Nexus device is called "Launcher" in the Apps list, its package name is com.android.launcher and it comes from an APK source of /system/app/Launcher2.apk. So given all that, I'm pretty sure that it's called "Launcher"
    – GAThrawn
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:43

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