Theme Thursday – CrystalX: Blue

Theme Thursday – CrystalX: Blue

Oct 13, 2011

Feeling a little blue? While it’s great to have plenty of colors to choose from, you might not want them all showing up at the same time. Therefore, it’s good to have just one or two for a more uniform appearance, and if blue just happens to be one of your favorite colors, this week’s theme is going to be of particular interest to you! For this Theme Thursday, we present, CrystalX: Blue.

Some of the features of CrystalX: Blue include 10 custom wallpapers to choose from, along with an internal wallpaper selector so that you wont have to dig through all of the wallpapers you might already have installed. In addition, you also get 4 custom dock bars, 120 custom app icons and, finally, 60 app drawer icons to complete the theme.

Of course, this is a custom theme for ADW Launcher, not a stand-alone application. That means you’ll need to install ADW Launcher first or you won’t be able to use this custom theme. ADW Launcher is a home replacement utility which can radically change the entire look and feel of your graphical user interface, changing everything from the way it looks to the way certain elements behave and function. Basically, it’s like a makeover for your phone or tablet. Also, it’s worth noting that in order to use the custom dock bars, such as the ones available in CrystalX: Blue, you’ll need ADW Launcher EX. While ADW Launcher is free, ADW Launcher EX costs US$3.32 and supports a number of features ADW Launcher does not.

As you can see from the screenshots below, the color blue prominently runs throughout this theme and its many icons. You may also note the custom widgets being used, although I am unable to identify them.

CrystalX: Blue can be found on the Android Market for US$1.20.

Theme Thursday – Rainbow Pride HD

Theme Thursday – Rainbow Pride HD

Jun 30, 2011

For this week’s Theme Thursday, I decided to take a little inspiration from current events. In honor of the Marriage Equality Act, a New York State law that grants same-sex couples the right to marry, this week’s theme is a celebration of diversity called Rainbow Pride HD.

Rainbow Pride HD is a high-quality custom theme for ADW Launcher, a home screen replacement utility that allows you to customize your Android device’s appearance and operation. From custom wallpapers and icons to changing the way the app drawer displays and behaves, ADW Launcher makes it easy to control and manipulate these elements. Custom themes built for ADW Launcher are a quick, convenient way of completely altering your experience.

Rainbow Pride HD comes with more than 370 high quality icons. As you can see from the screenshots, they pull the theme together by displaying a rainbow texture against a shaded background.

The wallpapers each feature varied, vibrantly colorful scenes that are sure to make your Android device stand out from the crowd.

The theme is definitely colorful, and I really like the gray, semi-opaque backgrounds on the icons and folders. It’s certainly a different look, and while some might not agree with the message, I think it definitely delivers that message loud and clear. Of course, maybe the message you’re trying to send is just that you really like rainbows. With this theme, that should also be abundantly clear.

According to the theme’s description, the author of Rainbow Pride HD is continuing to support it by offering updates and inviting users to send email with icon requests — just in case there’s no icon for your favorite app.

Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, transgendered or otherwise, I think we can we all agree that diversity and equality are both good things. Here’s to those who are willing to say it loud and proud!

Rainbow Pride HD is available on the Android Market for US$1.00

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.