vHome Desktop | Nokia Home Screen Customization
There are quite a few applications that are out there to help you customize the home screen display of your symbian touchscreen PDA and Series 60 smartphones. There is Epocware’s Handy Shell which can help you quite a bit when you want to customize the screen and there is also the ported version of the official GDesk (ported from the UIQ) which can help you further. However, both of these mobile apps lack the simplicity and the core essentials that you would expect from them.
Some are way too complicated while some are plain “blunt” with their offered features. Then came the days of the Nokia 5th edition Home Screen Widgets which did solve the need of such home-screen customization based apps significantly but still a general user had to install a bunch of untested and unsigned apps on their mobile handsets to make them work the way they wanted.
For those of you who is reading this post, all these may just have vanished with this particular post today. Today I feature you an excellent, uber-cool mobile app which will make life easy for you in terms of home screen customization on your smartphones. Voyager Home Screen or popularly known as just vHome Desktop is one of a kind powerful symbian mobile app which will help you to customize the display screen or active standby screen of your 3rd edition Symbian devices like the E71, N82, N95 8gb and all others. vHome Desktop powers itself by providing you with functions and customization options on your home screen that most symbian users have not yet dreamed about!
vHome Desktop for Nokia offers you the option to easily integrate several RSS or ATOM feeds (syndication based) on your smartphone’s home screen. This all in app vHome can easily turn your Nokia symbian’s home screen into a full portal where all the information including those from your social profile to the weather condition of your location is being displayed.
Let us take a quick look at the more prominent features of vHome Desktop or Voyager Home Screen:
Quick Lock: Also known as Start Lock which is an easy and automatic lock for keypad buttons of your phone.
Application Shortcuts: Offers an option to organize application shortcuts and widgets on two rows on the home screen.
My Fav Contacts: A simple call and SMS log enhancer which displays your most called/sms-ed contacts on the home screen for one click dialing.
Contact Short Keys: Also known as Smart Keys, this option enabled you can assign a specific contact to a specific combination of number such as 2255 or 6969. When you dial 6969 or 2255 vHome automatically recognizes the command and calls up the assigned contact for that combination of number, much like an automated short key call manager.
Built in Apps: vHome comes with a number of built in apps which can fetch your local weather conditions, fetch any feed updates from any blogs and sites around the world and display them on the home screen of your smartphones. The weather details will include information about wind velocity, precipitation chances and much more which will be displayed on multiple rows.
Social Community Friendly: vHome for Nokia Symbian has the ability to fetch the updates from your social profiles located at Facebook and Twitter. It can also display those updates on the home screen of your symbian devices automatically for the rest of the day without the need of multiple sign-in sessions.
Multiple Icons and Widgets: Can double deck the home screen of your Nokia symbian with over 12 individual icons each with its custom functions and actions that you can decide upon. On devices with a bigger screen like the E71, N97 or Nokia 5800 all 12 icons still leaves the space to make the screen appear clutter free.
Search Widgets: Comes with a built in Google Search widget through you can query and display any number of searches straight from your Symbian’s home screen without the need of opening up a browser first.
Built in Color Themes: The latest version of vHome for Symbian comes with a variation of 10 different color schemes ensuring that you do not get bored at any point of time and choose the color you like whenever you feel like it.
Loads of Extras: Other cool extras are also included with this app which includes displaying of the Lunar Cycle, messing with the Operator Logo, getting the latest currency exchange rates etc.
Nokia Symbian N-Series and E-Series devices from the S60 V5 to the S60 V3 smartphones and touchscreen PDA handsets are supported. This includes Nokia N97 and N97 Mini, X3 and X6, 6120, N81, N80, N85, N73, N71, E50, E75, N95 8gb, N82, N78, 5700 and 5800 XpressMusic, E66, 6290, 3250, E51, E70, N75, N76, E71, E63, E65, N86, N79, N77, N91, N92, N93, N95, N96, E90, E72, E62, E61 etc.
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