Theme Thursday: Touch for GO Launcher

Theme Thursday: Touch for GO Launcher

Feb 16, 2012

I’ve always been a sucker for clean, minimalist user interfaces. For me, a phone home screen should be something that can be shown off even if that might mean a subtle loss of convenience. For a while now my main home tile has been completely devoid of the usual assortment of widgets, containing instead purely aesthetic widgets that add a small layer of class onto an otherwise pragmatic piece of tech. In this week’s Theme Thursday I’m going to look at not just a basic theme, but two more additional widgets that can bestow incredible power in making a launcher its own small piece of art.

First and foremost is the GO Launcher theme called “Touch.” This is probably the weakest part of my home page right now as the custom icons are not spectacular and the great background could probably just be found on Google Images. Small touches are nice, such as a simple, white app drawer, but I would not declare this two dollar theme a great value. Touch puts a white border around every app on the home screen which does go a way to delivering some great continuity, but it would be nice to at least have the option to disable this feature. For those using GO Locker there is also a free locker theme that works well and goes a long way to tie everything together.

Two great widgets that really break the mold from the classic HTC Sense UI-style of plastic looking 3-D widgets are Minimalistic Text and BobClockD3. BobClockD3 is a clock app that displays the time vertically with flat san-serifed text. While the customization options are thin, there is ample room for creativity. For those looking for a simple way to give their phone a facelift I would highly recommend checking out BobClockD3, and it being free removes pretty much any argument against it.

In total contrast is Minimalistic Text, playing a legitimate “Linux” to BobClockD3’s “Windows” this app gives total control over text display on the home screen. There is a myriad of display options here, ranging from time as text, to battery percentage, and even RAM usage. After some practice of the initially confusing workspace it becomes easy and fun to add text to the home screen and give it the truly modern look that it has been lacking.

So give it a shot, regain aesthetic control of the cellular domain and create a modern minimalist masterpiece that will turn heads and draw compliments.

Theme Thursday – Minimalist

Theme Thursday – Minimalist

Apr 14, 2011

As many of us already know, one of the great things about Android is the large number of ways you can customize your device. Using the right combination of widgets, launchers and home replacements, you can have a radically different user interface for a truly unique experience. One of the most popular home replacements (and my personal favorite) is the ADW Launcher.

Not only does ADW Launcher add some nice customization features, it also comes with support for hundreds of themes to give it a whole new look. There are themes based on ideas, color schemes, movies, games and products. With so much to choose from, we figured it would be a great feature to highlight some of them here on Android Rundown.

And so, without further ado, here is this week’s theme: Minimalist, a theme available for free on the Android Market.

Minimalist contains stark contrasts between the black, white, grays and blue highlights, which is something I like about this theme. It’s very simple without any distractions and comes with a nice wallpaper (which you can change, if you prefer). Also, it comes with a large assortment of custom icons to keep the theme going.

There were icons for almost all of my favorite applications, from Astrid and PowerAMP to Angry Birds Rio, as well as the default applications that come on most phones. The designer also notes that if there are any icons you’d like to see, he’d be more than happy to fill the order if you just contact him.

You might find the theme too simple, but I found it to be elegant and pleasing. I also found that it made my phone feel “snappier.” However, I’m not too crazy about the browser icon. Thankfully, ADW makes that easy to change, as you can set any icon you like.

If you’re looking for a nice, clean theme for ADW Launcher, Minimalist might be the theme you’ve been looking for. If not, join us next week when I highlight another theme!