Theme Thursday – Minimalist

Theme Thursday – Minimalist

Apr 14, 2011

As many of us already know, one of the great things about Android is the large number of ways you can customize your device. Using the right combination of widgets, launchers and home replacements, you can have a radically different user interface for a truly unique experience. One of the most popular home replacements (and my personal favorite) is the ADW Launcher.

Not only does ADW Launcher add some nice customization features, it also comes with support for hundreds of themes to give it a whole new look. There are themes based on ideas, color schemes, movies, games and products. With so much to choose from, we figured it would be a great feature to highlight some of them here on Android Rundown.

And so, without further ado, here is this week’s theme: Minimalist, a theme available for free on the Android Market.

Minimalist contains stark contrasts between the black, white, grays and blue highlights, which is something I like about this theme. It’s very simple without any distractions and comes with a nice wallpaper (which you can change, if you prefer). Also, it comes with a large assortment of custom icons to keep the theme going.

There were icons for almost all of my favorite applications, from Astrid and PowerAMP to Angry Birds Rio, as well as the default applications that come on most phones. The designer also notes that if there are any icons you’d like to see, he’d be more than happy to fill the order if you just contact him.

You might find the theme too simple, but I found it to be elegant and pleasing. I also found that it made my phone feel “snappier.” However, I’m not too crazy about the browser icon. Thankfully, ADW makes that easy to change, as you can set any icon you like.

If you’re looking for a nice, clean theme for ADW Launcher, Minimalist might be the theme you’ve been looking for. If not, join us next week when I highlight another theme!

Amazon’s Appstore for Android Officially Launches

Amazon’s Appstore for Android Officially Launches

Mar 22, 2011

It’s finally here, and open for business. Amazon’s Appstore for Android went live this morning, loaded with games, tools and other applications.

Despite a false alarm where the Appstore went live a few days too early, the Amazon Appstore for Android officially launched today. Offering a familiar interface that Amazon shoppers have known for years: User reviews, detailed descriptions, personalized recommendations and the ability to take apps for a “test drive” on a simulated Android phone, Amazon’s Appstore for Android is looking like it’s off to a great start.