SlideScreen

For anyone who chases news for a living, it's important to get information in front of you as quickly as possible. The advent of RSS feeds and homescreen widgets has made that easier than ever with Android, but SlideScreen is just out of control.

We could try to explain what it is you see here, but we go cross-eyed every time we try to do so. After the break, our hands-on video with SlideScreen.

OK, we lied. We will try to explain this a little. SlideScreen is a homescreen replacement (though you can still use the stock home screen, too) for Android that brings just about every information stream available onto a single home screen. Its basic look and feel is that of panels, kind of like Titanium on Windows Mobile 6.5, or the Zune HD. At the center is date, time, weather, temperature, battery WiFi indicator and cell signal strength.

That's just in the first panel. You see where this is going.

The other panels include: Phone calls, SMS and MMS, gmail, calendar, Google Reader, Stocks and Twitter. All on the home screen, all available at a glance. There's also a launcher on top of that. It's a little intimidating, but it's surprisingly easy to use. There's a free, ad-supported version available in the Android Market, or you can buy the non-ad version for $6.99. SlideScreen takes up just 1.72MB on your phone.

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