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One of the most anticipated features of CyanogenMod 9 -- the upcoming custom Android distribution based on Ice Cream Sandwich -- is its new home screen launcher, dubbed "Trebuchet." Much like CM itself, Trebuchet expands upon what's offered in stock Android with a host of new settings and features, like the ability to customize the number of home screens, and kill the persistent search bar if you want. Now, thanks to the release of an initial alpha build, early adopters can test out Trebuchet before it's rolled out in CM9 next year.

The catch is that to install the Trebuchet alpha you'll need a rooted Android 4.0.3 device, along with some command line skills. Currently the GSM Nexus S is the only phone that has 4.0.3 officially, though other devices like the Galaxy Nexus can run 4.0.3 code built from the Android Open Source Project.

The current Trebuchet alpha includes just over half of the planned feature set -- for example, extra functionality like infinite scrolling and transition effects have yet to be implemented. However, if you want a sneak peek at what's coming in CM9 in the months ahead, you can find out more over at the source link.

Source: XDA
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