FTL Launcher on Android 2.1
Originally Posted by lowveld
2.1 support is very tricky, I cannot guarantee it at the moment. But Froyo support is now validated, so it's safe to use.
But one thing that surprises me, is that there are almost no "lower end" users downloading from market. It's like the mdpi and froyo support update went completely unnoticed. It's sad, because it gave a truckload of work.
Having this is mind, it's not very encouraging to spend time supporting further devices/resolutions... Just my 2 cents...
As you said, maybe the "lower end" users didn't even notice the compatibility. But it's exactly those lower end users that would benefit more of a light launcher on their slower devices (exactly my case with an XPeria X8 with ~200Mb RAM only and slower clock). I arrived here looking for something lighter than ADW Launcher (after coming from GO Launcher, that as well as big became buggy).
One day I'll upgrade to a new device, but while my (rooted) X8 allows me to do so much on it, I'd rather pay $
for a lighter and faster launcher than pay a whole lot $$$² to get a new device. I see my friends' Samsung Galaxy S II lightning fast and dream of one. But as one friend said, for him there's no need to install another launcher as the internal one is good and fast already.
Today I took a look at a launcher called "Lightning Launcher". The concept is interesting: the launcher is a small app, while the settings and widget options are separate apps. The user runs the settings app when needed, but it doesn't remain loaded in RAM together with the launcher. But unfortunately it's full of bugs...
Anyway, let's try and advert the compatibility of FTL to the lower-end folks. I'd be willing to pay for 2.1 compatibility.
Thanks for your response.