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Jul
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Look, we all love skeuomorphism. Without reservation, I will admit to drooling over digital interfaces made entirely of green felt and leather stitching. That's why this Android launcher is just so darn good. 3D Home turns your home screen into a room. Everything you use on your phone becomes an object in this room – a digital recreation of a real world item. Clearly, you must have this immediately. Lucky you, it's free.

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You get around 3D Home by swiping just like in other launchers. If you want to check out a video, just use the TV on the wall. Apps? Tap the Windows 8 computer on the table. Also on the table is a camera to open your camera, a mailbox to get to your email, and an address book to open your contacts. Want to make a call? Use the telephone sitting on the table! Duh. The table, as far as I can tell, doesn't do anything. This disappoints me.

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You can also decorate the walls of your new pad with apps and widgets. What more could you want? What's that? Outdated UI elements? Well, this launcher also has a legacy menu button on devices with on-screen navigation bars.

But really, this app is horrendously tacky. It's also kind of fascinating, though. This is skeuomorphism run amok, and there are a lot of people that like this. 3D Home currently has over 100,000 downloads and 4.5 stars in Google Play. Matias Duarte is super-sad now.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • MarkG

    Jonny Ive is working on this for iOS8

    • Enes Taşdemir

      Johnny Ive doesn't like skeumorphism. That's why the ios7 is so simple.

      • Lars

        That's precisely why his comment was funny - he was being ironic :-)

  • mfr118

    Reminds me of the old Microsoft program Bob from the mid 90s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZegWedG-jk4

  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    Holy skeumorphorama Batman!

  • Sven

    Thanks, but i'd like to use my phone longer than 5 Minutes.

    • Gadget-Man

      battery drain

  • ProductFRED

    Windows 8? An iPhone? What the hell were the devs thinking?

    • Michael Ta

      galaxy s3 on mine for some reasons.

      But i'm amazed at how smoothly it is. So good devs..?! i guess..?

  • Mohibb

    Wait, why is the phone on the table an iPhone? Isn't this something that can only be done on Android?

    • Matt McKee

      It's a GS3 by default, but you can download the iPhone from the shop.

      • Astridax

        The iPhone "upgrade" xD!

  • r2DoesInc

    Lol, bewbs

  • Dan Strong

    Looks like the old Packard Bell Navigator UI laid on-top of Windows 3.1 http://toastytech.com/guis/pbnav35info.png

    • Mobile Nerdy

      BAhahaha..awesome!

    • don

      love that Navigator, bring back memories..
      I hope someone release launcher that even more close to Navigator.

    • thewriteguy

      Huh. I kind of wish my place looked like that in real life.

  • Bertel King, Jr.

    Just what my HTC One needs - a home screen with a legacy menu button, because the Facebook app just isn't painful enough.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    Nice NSFW picture on the bottom left screenshot

    • Aaron Guzman

      How exactly is that NSFW?

    • Sam Thomas

      Well before your boss digs though the picture to find it NSFW, you'd be fired before that for surfing Android Police. So that image is ok.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    I guess history hasnt proven well enough how environments like these just do not work.

  • David Margolin

    the place needs a toaster.... nothing is complete without toast...

  • dNj

    Looks like some mess VZW would create then proudly pre-load on all devices.

  • Mastermind26

    "Ooooh! Look at me new launcher......oh crap my battery just died." >:/

  • Elliot Kotis

    Frigging hate skuedocrapisms. No thanks, but what every floats yah boat :)

  • David Dudovitz

    Microsoft Bob returns!

  • Mr E

    Coming soon to a WTF apps list near you!

  • Metroview

    A friend showed me this launcher just the other day, telling me how it does this and that and how awesome it is, and in my head all I was thinking was "this is the most pointless, ugliest launcher I've ever seen."

  • Matt McKee

    Silly titles like this article's is one of the many reasons why I love you guys.

  • Matt McKee

    When looking at the weather, planes and blimps drag banner ads across the sky. That's really creative and silly. XD

  • fixxmyhead

    Installed and on the TV it pulls the thumbnails from my pornos lol so I was greeted with a big ass on the TV screen :)

    • Alan Shearer

      lol, that is just classic!

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    This looks great on paper, But how difficult is this to set up?

  • Miroslav Gajan

    WTF ?

  • Reg Joo

    It should have a toilet, for files you delete, with sound.

  • thewriteguy

    You gotta wonder if the developers behind this are trolling. Made it just because they could and for laffs, but then it took off.

  • Gadget-Man

    completely useless

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    Reminds me a bit of 3DNA for windows.

  • pflave

    Check out my review of 3D Home over at Droid-Now: http://www.droid-now.com/2013/08/3d-home-review/