Theme Thursday – Inspired

Theme Thursday – Inspired

Jul 21, 2011

I can sum up this week’s theme in one word: bokeh. That’s the first word that popped into my head when I saw the screen shots for Inspired, a theme for ADW Launcher.

ADW Launcher is a home screen replacement utility that allows you to customize the look, feel and function of your Android device’s graphical user interface. Custom themes built for ADW Launcher make it extremely easy to replace the entire icon set, wallpaper and dockbars, giving your device a more personal identity.

Now, back to that word I mentioned earlier, “bokeh.” In photography, bokeh refers to the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in the out-of-focus areas of photographic images. It can make for some very appealing shots that many photographers strive for in their work, and, as you can see by the screenshots, it’s part of why I chose this week’s theme.

I’m not sure if the images in the included wallpapers were photographs that have been blurred to the point of abstraction or if they were already abstract splashes of color with a blurring filter applied to them, but they are simply gorgeous. They cause the icons to pop right out at you. It makes for a perfect wallpaper that is both beautiful and eye-catching, but not distracting. You can see the icons clearly and identify them quickly.

The only thing I don’t like is the color scheme of the folders, as seen in the screenshot below.

The way the folders are done here is a wrinkle in an otherwise flawless theme — one of my favorites to date.

The clock being used in the screenshots is a free clock widget called BobClockD3. I think it’s a perfect complement to this already outstanding theme.

Inspired is available on the Android Market for US$1.00, and the author does welcome icon recommendations, just in case you don’t find a custom icon for your favorite app.

Theme Thursday – Tha Plus

Theme Thursday – Tha Plus

Jul 14, 2011

I must confess that I’ve become somewhat obsessed with Google+ after my first week of using it. As the newest kid on the social networking block, sure, it’s got a few kinks to work out, but I think Google is on the right track. Google+, for me, does a lot of what Facebook doesn’t, and while it seems to lack a lot of the simplicity that makes Twitter so easy to use, the level of interaction I’m already getting keeps me coming back. It’s true, I’m completely hooked on it.

Now, if you find that you are as addicted to Google+ as I am, you might want to take a closer look at this week’s theme, Tha Plus, which carries over the unique look of Google+ into your Android device.

Tha Plus is a custom theme for ADW Launcher, a home replacement utility. ADW Launcher allows you to quickly and easily freshen up your Android device’s look and feel simply by downloading and installing custom themes that change the icons, wallpapers and other elements of the graphical user interface.

Tha Plus comes with more than 620 custom icons, covering just about every app you could possible have installed on your device. And, just in case your favorite app doesn’t have a custom icon, the author of this theme has mentioned that he is more than willing to design one for you.

You’re also getting several wallpapers, a graphically enhanced action bar and custom dock styles to complete the look of this custom theme.

Tha Plus is available on the Android Market for US$2.99. However, there is a free version called, simply, Plus, which comes with a much more limited number of icons just to give you a feel for the theme and decide whether you wish to pay for the whole shebang.

If you’re into the look of Google+, this might just be the theme for you!

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 – Hand Carved

Theme Thursday – Hand Carved

Apr 21, 2011

Well, it’s time for another Theme Thursday where, once a week, I go trolling the Android Market for themes that are compatible with ADW Launcher. For those unfamiliar, ADW Launcher is a highly customizable home replacement for Android devices.

Last week, we looked at a theme called Minimalist, which I liked because of how clean and simple it was. This week, the theme I wanted to highlight is called Hand Carved by Dan Josiah.

Hand Carved is a really fun theme that applies a neat wooden texture to the look of your device. Featuring several custom backgrounds (which you can access through the wallpaper menu) and a custom icon set, it’s a look that’s sure to appeal to those who are looking for something with a little more warmth and feeling.

The icons are the real stars of the show, here. If you take a look at the screenshot, you’ll notice that they each appear to be carved out of the wooden background. Some have touches of color in them while they all appear to be slightly transparent, allowing the wood grain to show through and complete the effect.

Most of your device’s basic functions and pre-loaded apps are represented, with icons for the dialer, text messenger, contacts, GMail, Maps and YouTube. You’ll also find icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and more.

The only problem I have with the icons is that you don’t seem to have access to all of them. For example, if you wanted to use the custom browser icon on a folder, it’s not available. You only get access to a small number of generic icons.

Despite this small issue, I really like Hand Carved. I think it’s a very unique theme that is sure to get plenty of attention from anyone who sees it in action. Follow this link for more information on how to install it to your device.