Theme Thursday – Sense

Theme Thursday – Sense

Oct 6, 2011

When selecting a theme to feature on Theme Thursday, I usually go for something eye-catching but also simple and elegant. This week’s theme, Sense, is no exception. While the interesting and colorful backgrounds are pleasant to look at, it’s the etched glass icons that keep pulling me back. Take a look at the screen shots and see what you think of it.

As I mentioned, the icons are my favorite aspect of this theme. The beveled glass squares with each application’s graphic etched onto it is very attractive, and the subtle touch of gold as the outline of the Android peeks out from the corner is also a nice touch. Each icon is quite classy and delicate, although they might be difficult to tell apart — especially if you’ve got a particularly busy wallpaper.

As the author states, there are more than 1200 icons included with this theme. I’m not about to count them in an effort to confirm this claim, but suffice to say, most of the applications on my phone are supported. If anything, it explains the size of the theme, coming in at 15 MBs.

As usual, this theme requires ADW Launcher to run; it’s not a stand-alone application. ADW Launcher is a home replacement utility that allows you to customize your graphical user interface in many ways. From backgrounds to icons, docks and even the way the app drawer works, all of these elements are easily customized using themes. Themes such as Sense change almost every element of the interface just by selecting it within ADW Launcher’s settings. While ADW Launcher is free, you’ll need ADW Launcher EX to support the custom docks and extended app drawer features. ADW Launcher EX can be found in the Android Market for US$3.32.

Sense can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.

Theme Thursday – Droid Genesis

Theme Thursday – Droid Genesis

Aug 4, 2011

It’s hard to beat a classic layout and structure, and there’s just something I like about having large, colorful icons with rounded corners splashed across the screen. Droid Genesis, this week’s Theme Thursday, features just that.

Now, the great thing about ADW Launcher is that you have the luxury to pick and choose every aspect of your user interface. Take these icons, for example. You might want to use them across your phone, but completely ditch the wallpapers. No problem! Maybe you just want to assign some of the icons and blend in another icon set? Again, with ADW Launcher, the world is your oyster. The home screen replacement utility allows you to completely customize the look of your Android device. It’s a lot of fun to play with.

There’s not a whole lot to this theme, aside from the fact that it features 300 attractive icons, a few “spacey” wallpapers and seems reminiscent of iOS. It’s a very subtle theme, but that may be all some people are after. If you’re among the group of people out there who don’t care for the default Android icons and simply want something different that’s not too over-the-top, this theme’s for you.

One of the best things about this theme is that it isn’t restricted to just ADW Launcher. Droid Genesis is compatible with Go Launcher EX and Launcher Pro. This means you can use 3 different launchers and still maintain the same look without downloading 3 different versions of the same theme. It’s a good idea to support multiple launchers, and this isn’t the first theme I’ve seen that does it.

Droid Genesis is available on the Android Market for US$0.99. The author also accepts icon requests, so if you notice a custom icon for your favorite app isn’t included, be sure to contact the developer.

Theme Thursday – Underwater

Theme Thursday – Underwater

Jun 23, 2011

Has anyone ever accused you of being a little wet behind the ears? Well, now you can tell them that’s just your phone, thanks to this week’s theme for ADW Launcher. (Editor’s Note: If you actually are wet behind the ears, this theme will not provide a good excuse.) If you like aquariums or just want to send the Android a ticket straight to Davy Jones’ locker where he can sleep with the fishes, prepare to dive! We’re going Underwater.

Underwater is a custom theme for ADW Launcher, a home replacement application that allows you to customize wallpapers, docks, icons and many other elements of Android’s graphical user interface. By installing custom themes, you can quickly and easily change how your phone looks and operates with just a few tweaks in the settings menu.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, here’s what you’ll be getting with Underwater:
4 custom wallpapers featuring colorful scenes of aquatic life including fish, turtles and other sea creatures. There’s even an octopus’ garden in the shade!
A custom clock, so you’ll know when it’s time to come up for air.
A custom icon pack featuring many of your phone’s application icons decked out in underwater designs. They’ll look right at home at the sandy bottom of the ocean.

Whether you’ve always wanted to live the life aquatic or you just want to take a trip of about 20,00 leagues or so, this theme is sure to prove that life really is hotter under the water. And the best part? No hipster mermaids, no pineapples and no tanks to clean; it’s just you and the briny, deep, blue sea.

If this is the kind of buried treasure you’re after, leave the submarine at home and the diving suit in the closet, because you can easily find Underwater in the Android Market for US$1.85. You don’t even have to get your feet wet.

Theme Thursday – Bumblebee Yellow

Theme Thursday – Bumblebee Yellow

Jun 9, 2011

What’s busier than a bee? Your phone! Chances are, even when you aren’t using it, it’s refreshing your Twitter feed, checking Facebook statuses, downloading email and doing a bunch of other things at the same time. If your phone is a workaholic, even when you’re just chilling out, why not show it off to the world? Take a look a this week’s theme, Bumblebee Yellow.

Bumblebee Yellow is another custom theme by ADDesigns for ADW Launcher, a highly customizable home screen replacement. ADW Launcher allows you to quickly and easily customize the way your phone looks and works by adding custom wallpapers, icons, dock bars and more. You can change your icons’ layout and the way the app drawer looks with just a few quick settings adjustments. Using a custom theme like Bumblebee Yellow makes that process even easier.

This theme features more than 300 custom icons and over 170 extra app icons for use with ADW Launcher’s custom shortcuts. Each one comes decked out in a striking mix of yellow, black and gray in a Honeycomb-inspired look.

Along with that, you also get 5 theme-matching wallpapers featuring a buzzing, bumblebee’d Android, complete with wings and stinger.

For ADW Launcher EX users, you can switch between 6 different dock designs for quick launching your most used apps in style. Each one trimmed in yellow and helping to pull the theme together.

ADDesigns usually go above and beyond when it comes to delivering a custom theme, and this one is no different. It can quickly take your Android device from dull and drab to bright and exciting. Bumblebee Yellow is a delightful, fun color scheme that adds a bit of whimsy to your Android device while proving what a hard little worker it is.

Bumblebee Yellow can be found here in the Android Market for US$1.49.

Theme Thursday – Windows XP

Theme Thursday – Windows XP

Apr 28, 2011

Hard to believe it’s already Thursday again, but here we go with another Theme Thursday! One more day ’til the weekend, and one more fancy shmancy theme to show off on your Android-powered phone or tablet.

Last week, we showcased Hand Carved, a great theme that conveyed a lot of warmth and feeling. This week, we’ve got something entirely different.

The week’s theme is, well, it’s Windows XP.

I have to admit, I’m having a hard time figuring out who would actually want their phone to look like Windows XP, but there is kind of a strange appeal to this theme. I guess you could call it nostalgia, considering how old that operating system is. At the very least, it’s been a good conversation starter!

As usual, this is another theme for ADW Launcher, the highly customizable home replacement for Android that allows you to do some very interesting tricks with the user interface, either making it easier to use your device or to simply make it look really cool. Although, it’s arguable how “cool” it is to have Windows XP on your device.

Aside from the obvious wallpaper and custom icons is the “Start” button which you can assign to the app drawer. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Hit the start menu to access all of your apps and games, just like on a desktop PC. The developer has included instructions on how to do it, as it might be a bit tricky if you’re not used to customizing.

I’ve been getting quite a kick out of showing it off to friends and family. I even managed to convince a few gullible souls to believe I’d actually installed Windows XP on my phone. So, at least it’s worth it for the fun factor!

The Windows XP theme costs €0.59 (about $0.86) on the Android Market.