Aug 18th, 2011


If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of MIUI. It’s polished good looks and big bright icons are impossible to get out of your head (like that hot cashier at Walmart). Only problem is, the ROM is only available on a rooted devices. Since I have yet to take that plunge, I’ve resorted to other methods. Take this this beautifully styled MIUI homescreen replacement on XDA for instance. After finding this Chinese MIUI launcher in the Market called Tencent Desktop (from the developers of QQLauncher), XDA user Quinny899 set to localizing the app for all us westerners.

In what will no doubt be a make-or-break for most, just like the MIUI ROM, gone is the familiar Android app drawer you’ve come to know and love. But that’s exactly what gives this launcher a true MIUI experience. You’ll find all of the MIUI styled app icons, dock and folders and even a handy themeing engine. If you’re wondering how to get the transparent notification bar, well that’s for the more experienced rooted users (and can be found here).

Honestly, I was surprised with how accurate this launcher captured the MIUI feel and is the reason I decided to share it with you all today. Tencent Desktop (Localized) works and looks great on almost every device, without the need for root access or any kind of modding. Simply download the app, install (may need to enable “Unknown Sources” in your Settings > Applications) and enjoy! Cheers!

Original version from Quinny899 [Download]

Updated version (above) with newer MIUI icons from Vipitus [Download]

[Via AndroidSpin and XDA]