Theme Thursday – PinkyBubbles

Theme Thursday – PinkyBubbles

Jun 16, 2011

Once again, it’s Theme Thursday, where I dig through the Android Market to find the latest ways to prettify your Android handset or tablet. For this week’s theme, I decided to do something a little more bold and daring than the social norm; I went pink.

Did you know that pink used to be considered a boys’ color? According to Wikipedia, in the early 20th Century, pink was considered appropriate for boys because, being related to the color red, it was a more masculine and authoritative color, whereas blue was more delicate and dainty. Then, for some unknown reason, attitudes shifted in the 1940s. Since then, blue has been for boys and pink for girls. So, depending on whether you want to prove how strong and authoritative you are, or dainty and delicate, it looks like pink might just be your color.

Coming from ADDesigns, PinkyBubbles is a theme for ADW Launcher, a highly customizable home screen replacement that allows you to radically alter the way your phone’s graphical user interface looks and behaves. Everything from icons, docks, wallpapers and layout can be easily changed. Once you’ve got ADW Launcher up and running on your phone, all you need do is install the theme and select it within ADW’s settings.

PinkyBubbles features more than 250 custom app icons plus 165 extra icons in an icon pack for use with ADW’s custom shortcuts.

This theme also comes with 4 matching wallpapers featuring pink swirls, floral starbursts and other interesting collaborations between pink, silver, gray and black.

Wherever your tastes may fall on the color pink, you have to admit, it’s a striking look. So, whether you believe real men really do wear pink, or you think you’re honestly fooling anyone by telling them it’s actually magenta, this theme is not for the shy types. Be bold!

PinkyBubbles costs US$1.49 in the Android Market.

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 – BlackGold

Theme Thursday – BlackGold

May 12, 2011

I’m of the mindset that you have to be careful about adding gold accents to things. You can go from classy to trashy if it’s not done right. That said, I think this week’s theme sits somewhere comfortably in-between.

This week, I’m looking at BlackGold from ADDesigns, a theme for ADW Launcher.

ADW Launcher is a highly-customizable home replacement for your Android device. You can customize everything from the wallpaper to the icons. You can even customize the dock and app drawer to work in a variety of ways that take it beyond your stock phone settings. BlackGold is a theme for ADW Launcher that will instantly customize most of those features.

There’s something very solid and sleek about BlackGold. The gold accents in the black icons, plus the general shape and sharp lines make it look very precise. It almost reminds me of a wrist watch that has just enough of a stylish flair to take it beyond a mere timepiece.

When you consider that, most of the time, the only reason people pull out their phones is to see what time it is, you begin to feel that the cell phone is the modern day equivalent of the pocket watch. Therefore, I would assume it only makes sense to have a theme that suggests the more luxurious side or your Android phone. After all, smartphones don’t exactly come cheap.

BlackGold costs US$1.49 on the Android Market and comes with more than 250 custom icons, an additional 170+ icons in an icon pack for use with ADW’s custom shortcuts and 6 wallpapers to match the theme.

If last week’s theme, Tha Shag, was too rustic and retro for you, see if BlackGold isn’t more inline with your chic fashion sense.

Note: The clock widget featured in the screen shots is called SiMi, available in the Android Market.