Theme Thursday – Undead Android

Theme Thursday – Undead Android

May 26, 2011

I don’t know how, but it appears that the dead have come back to life! These zombies aren’t human, however, they’re androids. That’s right, androids have come back from the dead, and they want brraaaainnnnss! But there’s no need to panic, because the zombies aren’t real, they’re just a part of this week’s Theme Thursday!

This week’s theme, Undead Android, is a real thriller, featuring zombies that have invaded your smartphone and begun feasting on icons.

Undead Android is a premium theme for US$0.99 and is designed to run on ADW Launcher. ADW Launcher is a highly customizable home replacement for Android smartphones and tablets. All you have to do is install ADW Launcher and then download this theme to change your background, dock, highlights and icons. From there, you can customize icon placement, the number of screens and add custom shortcuts. It’s extremely easy to do and can really spruce up the look of your phone’s interface. Or, in the case of Undead Android, turn it into a bloody mess of brain-hungry undead androids.

The story behind Undead Android is that the theme was inspired by the work of DethBecomesYou and based on the web comic Android Undead.

You’ll be able to proudly display your love for Android AND zombies at the same time with 85 icons that are being, or have been, munched on by undead androids, smattered with blood and cartoon gore. You also get 5 docks and 8, blood-soaked wallpapers to show even more zombie love.

Currently, the premium version of Undead Android will get access to new icons first, but the designer promises that the updates will eventually roll over to the free version as new icons come to the premium version.

For those of you who are interested in the premium version, you can find it here on the Android Market while the free version of Undead Android can be found over here.

Theme Thursday – Tha Shag

Theme Thursday – Tha Shag

May 5, 2011

I was born just late enough to miss most of the 70s, but not soon enough to miss some of the leftovers of that decade. Of course, when your parents don’t have a lot of money, they tend to hang on to whatever came with the house, and that included deep-pile, shag carpeting. I fondly remember spending long afternoons in front of our 26-inch, RCA console television, playing Atari 2600 video games on the floor, comfortably nestled in the greenish-yellow shag carpeting of our living room. Ahh, the good ol’ days.

That’s why, in the name of nostalgia, we’re going to take a trip back with this week’s Theme Thursday – Tha Shag.

If you don’t know the drill by now, Theme Thursday is when we highlight themes for ADW Launcher, a free, highly customizable home replacement for Android.

The idea behind Tha Shag is to cover your Android device in wall-to-wall retro. While there is a free version, for US$2.99, you get a graphically enhanced action bar, additional dock styles and over 540 custom icons. You also get 8 gaudy wallpapers that feature various scenes — from a plush, shaggy Android to rainbows, stripes and, the coup de grace of old-school home decor, wood wall panelling. Oh. yeah; this theme goes there.

On the negative side, a few common icons seem to be absent. However, the author of this theme is more than willing to create them for you if you send him an email. Other than that, only one of the wallpapers really complements the icons; the rest sort of stick out.

If you’d like to take a test spin, try the free version. Otherwise, go straight for the US$2.99 version and get the deluxe icon set. Just don’t run too fast or you’ll risk getting rug burn. Shag is all fun and games until someone gets hurt, baby.