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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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Early build of CyanogenMod's 'Trebuchet' launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices


yes...old news, but it runs pretty smooth on my galaxy nexus for verizon, props to Cyanogen mod...

I just realized.. You asked this exact same question on Droid-Life yesterday, you didn't read the part where they said rooted either.

Does anyone else think it's ridiculous that the Nexus S has a more updated Android version than the GNex? Not really complaining, I just think it's ironic. Seems like it should be the other way around...

I don't know what to think about this... I have stayed away from Cyanogenmod on my EVO 4G because it's almost like they're trying to do too much nowadays. I was really looking forward to just having plain ol ICS on my phone through Cyanogenmod, but now it looks like I might not even get that...

I don't think I'll be able to give up Nova Launcher. I haven't played around with Trebuchet much yet though. It wouldn't surprise me if it would allow me to have 5 rows and 4 columns eventually, but right now, I can't seem to find that setting. If it's there, then I'm just completely missing it. But since it's an early build, it will probably be much more customizable.

Still waiting for ICS on my Bionic and XOOM.

(poke: Google/Motorola / VZW / Cyanogen ... in no particular order)