This may have been done partially as a joke, but an iPhone 5 launcher for Android devices has been released. I say joke because Android users are notorious for making fun of the rival mobile device from Apple. Samsung in particular have made it their business model to poke fun at, not only Apple, but more specifically their fans. The Galaxy Nexus and S3 maker has even gone viral with their TV ads, such as the latest one which ran all day last Sunday during NFL games (you can see it here).
The folks over at XDA Developers, who do some absolutely amazing things when it comes to creating apps and ROM's and rooting Android devices, announced the new iPhone 5 launcher earlier today. As the name implies, this app will skin your Android device and leave the screen appearing as if it were actually running the new iOS 6 mobile operating system.
User panmoto shared news of the free app on the XDA Forums and it's available right from the Google Play Store, where it goes by the name "Fake iPhone 5 Launcher". Ironically, the launcher may actually be more capable than the real iPhone 5. The developer lists the following features on the app download page:
I'm not actually sure how many people would truly want this on their Android device, especially thos running the Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the operating system. However, it already has more than 100,000 installs and a four star rating, so perhaps I am in the minority. It requires you to be running Android 2.1 or higher, but that shoudn't leave any device out at this point.
Update: The app has been removed from Google Play. There is an abundance of iPhone launchers available though. Just check out iOS 7 Launcher for example and download this one instead. It provides a similar experience.
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