Theme Thursday – MIUI Cartoon Mob

Theme Thursday – MIUI Cartoon Mob

Nov 17, 2011

The theme chosen for this week’s Theme Thursday, MIUI Cartoon Mob, is an interesting one, no doubt. For one thing, I find it to be fun and visually appealing. The cartoony, hand-drawn style of the icons, backgrounds and other elements all look great. For another thing, it comes to Android and ADW Launcher by way of the very popular MIUI ROM.

I admit that I’m not quite brave enough to install a custom ROM on my phone. For whatever reason, I just don’t want to do it. As I said, I understand that this is kind of a weird hang-up, but it’s my hang-up and I don’t really want to go into it. Even so, to get this theme on my phone, I’d almost consider taking a risk and going through the process of installing MIUI. Well, thankfully, I don’t have to go through that process, I can just purchase MIUI Cartoon Mob and set it as the current theme in ADW Launcher. It’s that easy!

Of course, it’s easy because ADW Launcher makes it easy. The custom home replacement utility allows you to customize your Android’s user interface in a number of amazing ways. From custom backgrounds to completely new icon sets, everything is customizable — even the way the app drawer displays and behaves. It’s very powerful.

So, if you’re like me and want to install a cheerful looking theme without getting your hands dirty dealing with custom ROMs, buying MIUI Cartoon Mob and installing it in ADW Launcher seems like the easiest way to go. You can even mix and match it with other themes for a truly unique user interface. Just another one of the great things about Android; the sky’s the limit when it comes to customization.

You can find MIUI Cartoon Mob on the Android Market for US$1.49.

Theme Thursday – Frozen Android

Theme Thursday – Frozen Android

Nov 10, 2011

In the mood for something cool and refreshing? Perhaps you would like to try an Android on the rocks? If so, take a look at Frozen Android and see if it’s a theme you would like to chill with.

Frozen Android puts your favorite app icons on ice, surrounding them in cool shades of blue and hard freezing them. It even extends this idea into several of the 5 included background images, giving you a good view of the “honeybee” Android mascot looking a lot like the Demolition Man.

Running in ADW Launcher, a home replacement utility, Frozen Android instantly transforms the graphical user interface of your Android device into a customized look and feel. It’s the easiest way to give your device a unique design that you’ll love to show off at every opportunity you get. And, of course, in case that isn’t quite distinct enough for you, you can always further customize the theme by mixing and matching it with others. From icons to wall papers and dock styles, there are a multitude of ways to make your Android device truly your own.

Frozen Android is completely free, so you won’t have to spend anything to get it up and running on your device. The author of Frozen Android has stated that more icons are on their way; however, the theme hasn’t been updated in a while. The author does includes contact information, though, just in case you don’t find an icon for your favorite app and would like to get in contact to get more.

Of course, a frozen droid is never a good thing, unless we’re talking about this theme. In which case, hopefully, plenty of people will agree that this is an attractive theme, well worth the download.

You can find Frozen Android on the Android Market.

Theme Thursday – Tha Pumpkin and Tha Jack-o

Theme Thursday – Tha Pumpkin and Tha Jack-o

Oct 27, 2011

It might not be science-fiction, but this week’s Theme Thursday is definitely a double-feature!

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween with a theme for ADW Launcher and thought last week’s Tha Flesh was just a bit too extreme, Tha Pumpkin and Tha Jack-o are a lot more friendly.

First up, Tha Pumpkin carves up over 720 of the famous gourds into the easily identifiable shapes and symbols of apps for your Android device. It’s all the fun of digging into a pumpkin without any of the mess! And the best part is, they’ll never rot away. You can have the memory of happy Halloweens all year round.

Next, Tha Jack-o features more than 720 icons in the same unique style of Tha Pumpkin, but this time, illuminated from within. These spooky lanterns are just waiting to greet trick-or-treaters on a darkened doorstep, and you won’t have to worry about any nasty tricksters smashing them in the street, as they live right at home on your Android device. You don’t even need candles!

Each theme is built for ADW Launcher, a custom home screen utility that radically alters the graphical user interface of your Android phone or tablet. By switching to ADW Launcher, you can use these custom themes to quickly and easily change everything from icons to wallpapers and more, even the way the app drawer behaves can be easily changed! One caveat is that to use the custom docks included with these themes, you’ll need to purchase and install ADW Launcher EX, available on the Android Market for US$3.32 and includes many other features not available in the free version.

Tha Pumpkin and Tha Jack-o are each US$2.99 and available on the Android Market. However, you can download free versions of Tha Pumpkin and Tha Jack-o to see how you like them before purchasing. Happy Halloween!

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 – Tha Litebrite

Theme Thursday – Tha Litebrite

Aug 11, 2011

It’s too bad I wasn’t into pixel art back when I had a Lite-Brite. Not that the iconic children’s toy has gone away, I just don’t have one anymore. I actually have ideas for art I’d like to make with one that go beyond sail-boats and smiley faces. Even so, I’m not exactly in a big hurry to rush out and grab one, which is shame, because they do all kinds of crazy things, these days.

Multiple panels, pseudo animation effects, portable versions and more. There are all kinds of Lite-Brites, today. And it looks they finally got away from using dangerous, hot incandescent light bulbs like in the ones I grew up with. That’s just fantastic! You can even download a Lite-Brite app for those various iOS devices; although, that’s probably a discussion best reserved for other sites in the 148Apps Network.

So, if you’ve always been fond of the glowing LED, pixel-like aesthetic of a Lite-Brite, now you can apply it to the icons on your Android device using Tha Litebrite, a custom theme for ADW Launcher.

ADW Launcher is a home screen replacement utility that allows you to completely alter the way your Android device’s user interface looks and behaves and will be required to use this theme. As always, ADW Launcher is freely available on the Android Market.

Tha Litebrite includes more than 540 icons, a graphically enhanced action bar, wallpapers and additional dock styles. Plus, if you just so happen to find that the icon for your favorite app is nowhere to be found, the author is willing to create custom icons for you.

Tha Litebrite is available on the Android Market for US$2.99. However, there is a free version available as well, so you can see how it looks on your device before spending any money.