Theme Thursday: Awesome Nature Wallpaper

Theme Thursday: Awesome Nature Wallpaper

Oct 4, 2012

Being a small-time photographer I will always take time out to recognize those who enjoy the art as much as I do. A while ago I heard about an app that featured nothing but landscape photography by an amazing travel photographer, Yegor Korzh, and I decided to check it out. The app is simply a collection of his photographs that can be set as a rotating wallpaper. All the settings are here to put the user in full control and there is even options to include apps from other sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and (shudder) Instagram.

The photos are grouped in a handful of sections based on their attributes and each photo can be placed into a favorites folder. All of Yegor’s photos can be displayed on a constant cycle, and I wholeheartedly recommend this because every photo is just stunning. Upon unlocking, the user is greeted with a brand new, unbelievably epic, landscape shot that is guaranteed to leave anyone speechless for a while. I was amazed, not just with the incredible quality of the photographs, all of which are presented in the highest-resolution, but with the caliber of the app which is top-knotch. To be honest, I was not expecting much from the menus of this app but the large amount of customization options as well as photo sources make sure that everything is at just the right balance.

The app automatically updates itself with new images and, while the rotating slideshow is only available on the premium version, it is just over a buck. For one dollar anyone can effortlessly have a nearly unlimited resource of top quality and absolutely stunning landscape photography on their phone. There are some good deals on the Play Store but I cannot think of many that are better than this. So come out and support a truly talented artist and get some incredible eye candy in the process.

Theme Thursday – Tha Flesh

Theme Thursday – Tha Flesh

Oct 20, 2011

As Halloween shambles ever closer, we prepare for its arrival with a theme that is certainly not for the faint of heart! It might be a good idea to turn back now, if you have a weak stomach. However, if you dare to witness the grisly screenshots of this terrifying theme for ADW Launcher, well, we won’t be held responsible for whatever happens next. This week, for Theme Thursday, we present to you Tha Flesh.

Tha Flesh is a bone-chillingly gruesome display of blood and gore, done up with shreds of ripped skin, stitches and the living dead. It’s the perfect “gross out” theme for any horror fan or zombie fetishist looking for a darker take on ADW Launcher themes.

As a theme for ADW Launcher, obviously, you’ll need to have ADW Launcher in order to see the changes made by installing and running Tha Flesh. ADW Launcher is a home replacement utility that allows you to completely customize the graphical user interface of your Android device. Icons, wallpapers, dock bars and so much more. Even the way your app drawer behaves can be customized a number of different ways with ADW Launcher. With ADW Launcher, you can give your phone a radical new look simply by selecting a different theme. It’s that easy.

With Tha Flesh comes more than 720 disturbing, custom icons; a set of nightmarish wallpapers and hideous custom docks. (Note that custom docks require the purchase and installation of ADW Launcher EX).

You can find Tha Flesh on the Android Market for $2.99, but there’s always the chance that it may find you, first. Or, if you prefer to take it for a test spin and see if this theme bites you the right way before purchasing, download the free version which comes with considerably fewer icons and features, but gives you a good idea of the sick and twisted imagery that will haunt your nightmares for weeks to come.

Theme Thursday – StyGian Dirty

Theme Thursday – StyGian Dirty

Sep 22, 2011

This week’s theme for ADW Launcher is StyGian Dirty, a delicate weave of textures, patterns and a muted, pale color scheme. With 11 wallpapers, 11 docks and more than 240 custom icons, it’s sure to catch a few eyes when people see it.

You will need ADW Launcher to install StyGian Dirty; it’s not a stand-alone application. ADW Launcher is a custom home screen replacement utility which gives users complete control over the look and feel of their Android device. With ADW Launcher, you can customize your wallpaper, icons, number of screens and much, much more. You can even customize your app drawer, completely altering the way it looks and displays your apps. ADW Launcher is a lot of fun, and custom themes like StyGian Dirty are just part of what makes it great.

As you can see from the screen shots, StyGian Dirty consists of a number of background designs and icon images overlaid with several textures in a washed-out, pale color scheme. The stony textures and other patterns certainly make it feel rough and gritty, not exactly “dirty,” but I can see what StyGian Studios were going for.

One thing I will note is that the images on the icons are a bit hard to see. With more contrast and less brightness, the images might have “popped out” more, making them easier to see. As such, it is kind of hard to tell which icon is which at a brief glance.

I also admire the custom docks, ranging in design but still fitting in with the theme. Of course, you will need ADW Launcher EX to take advantage of the custom docks, but it’s worth purchasing as it brings a few more features with it.

StyGian Dirty is available on the Android Market for US$1.25

Theme Thursday – Lil Monster

Theme Thursday – Lil Monster

Aug 25, 2011

They’re here, there and everywhere! But what are they? Why, they’re lil’ monsters, and they’re taking over your Android! But, wait. Before you run off screaming, know this: the lil’ monsters are harmless. In fact, they’re quite helpful, holding up your icons for you so can quickly tap them! They’re also part of this week’s featured theme, Lil Monster.

Lil Monster is a theme for ADW Launcher, a customizable home screen replacement utility that allows you to quickly and easily customize your Android device’s graphical user interface. You can easily change entire icon sets, wallpapers and more. You can mix things up even further by using only the icons or wallpapers you want to use along with icons from other themes. It’s all so easy to do, with just a little tinkering around in ADW Launcher’s menu system.

The main attraction of Lil Monster is, of course, the smiling little monsters standing behind each of your icons. It’s a practical solution with an extra dash of whimsy to keep the theme entertaining. In addition, the theme sports several dock styles such as a brown, bushy background, a brick wall and more abstract, conventional designs. There’s also an array of wallpapers to choose from that add a little extra bit of color to the interface.

There’s only one other thing you need to know about Lil Monster, and this may or may not come as a relief to you, but, this theme has absolutely nothing to do with the 1989 movie Little Monsters, starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel. I know, that’s a real bummer; I was shocked, as well. It’s just one of those things you’ll have to get over.

Lil Monster is available in the Android Market for US$0.99.

Theme Thursday – Tha Litebrite

Theme Thursday – Tha Litebrite

Aug 11, 2011

It’s too bad I wasn’t into pixel art back when I had a Lite-Brite. Not that the iconic children’s toy has gone away, I just don’t have one anymore. I actually have ideas for art I’d like to make with one that go beyond sail-boats and smiley faces. Even so, I’m not exactly in a big hurry to rush out and grab one, which is shame, because they do all kinds of crazy things, these days.

Multiple panels, pseudo animation effects, portable versions and more. There are all kinds of Lite-Brites, today. And it looks they finally got away from using dangerous, hot incandescent light bulbs like in the ones I grew up with. That’s just fantastic! You can even download a Lite-Brite app for those various iOS devices; although, that’s probably a discussion best reserved for other sites in the 148Apps Network.

So, if you’ve always been fond of the glowing LED, pixel-like aesthetic of a Lite-Brite, now you can apply it to the icons on your Android device using Tha Litebrite, a custom theme for ADW Launcher.

ADW Launcher is a home screen replacement utility that allows you to completely alter the way your Android device’s user interface looks and behaves and will be required to use this theme. As always, ADW Launcher is freely available on the Android Market.

Tha Litebrite includes more than 540 icons, a graphically enhanced action bar, wallpapers and additional dock styles. Plus, if you just so happen to find that the icon for your favorite app is nowhere to be found, the author is willing to create custom icons for you.

Tha Litebrite is available on the Android Market for US$2.99. However, there is a free version available as well, so you can see how it looks on your device before spending any money.

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 – Blazing Chrome

Theme Thursday – Blazing Chrome

Jun 2, 2011

After featuring some wild and colorful themes over the past few weeks, I thought about delving into a calmer, more minimalist theme this week. What I came up with was Blazing Chrome.

Blazing Chrome is another theme for ADW Launcher, an easily customizable home replacement for Android. Wallpapers, docks, icons and number of home screens are all available for you to shape and mold however you see fit, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by downloading a theme from the Android Market and installing it.

Blazing Chrome takes things down a few notches in its icon design, featuring a basic shape and color scheme with a bezel that adds a slight 3D look, helping them “pop.” Easily recognizable graphics adorn each icon, letting you know its function at a glance. What’s more, it retains much of the icons’ original look. Rather than learn a whole new scheme, you can find the icon you’re looking for right away.

As simple and basic as the icon designs are, however, the wallpapers are a stark contrast. Featuring some flashy graphics in shades of grey with red accents, they are anything but minimal. Some are striking and bold, even tending to overpower the icons, which you might not want.

The great thing about ADW Launcher is that, if you don’t like the wallpapers, you can swap them out for something else. Or, keep the wallpapers and choose different icons. The choice is completely up to you. The theme manager makes it simple and easy to do.

If you found the horde of zombies in last week’s theme, Undead Android, to be a bit too grotesque, see if Blazing Chrome isn’t more your style. It’s available on the Android Market for US$1.35.

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 – 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.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Apr 6, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Did you miss me? Probably not, huh? Well last week’s Wallpaper Wednesday was scratched due to my relentless search for a new vehicle. Long story short, I now have a new vehicle, and to celebrate the occasion I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday to the automobile. Those vehicles we love to hate and hate to love. They get us where we need to go (sometimes) and empty our wallets faster than our wives/girlfriends (love you hun!). If you’re a car lover then you’ll want to check out some of these sweet automobile wallpapers that are sure to add a few extra horsepower to your device’s look.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Mar 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Is it Wednesday already? So — I was told the other day that spring was officially here, then I woke up and it was snowing out!? This week on Wallpaper Wednesday we celebrate springs arrival (or non-arrival) with a few “springy” wallpapers along with the usual catalog of static randomness. Be sure to read our wallpaper fine print before planting a new one on your device and as always, if you have any suggestions, send them our way.

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Mar 16, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday is dedicated to all those shamrock picking, green beer drinking, leprechaun chasing Irish folk. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to feature some wallpapers that are sure to bring out the green in you. Put your Irish pride on display (literally) and remind people that “Andy” the Android just so happens to be GREEN — hmmm. Erin Go Bragh!