So I was very tempted to not do a post today, I'm just not feeling it. My inbox has been inundated with replies from Gawker commentors and I just want to grab my sweater and cover my head with it. Because human stupidity in general is just getting to me lately, to the point that I don't even want to facepalm or deal with it. Seriously, is reading such a hard thing for the "average" person that they can't be bothered to do it? Or is the issue that if they read additional replies by clicking "expand replies" they'll see that you already corrected yourself (just not in the edit window of time)? Or that twenty other people already said the same exact goddamn thing?
Anyway, I struggled to think of a post for today but I had asked if anyone was interested in customizing their home screens and whatnot using Nova Launcher or Themer and I did get one reply. I didn't reply back that day, umataro, but your one reply is enough. Also, I miss customizing the hell out of my phone. I've been fully stock for way too long now. I'm fiending for some tinkering.
So this post is about changing things for the better potentially.
I've said before that the beauty of Android lies in being able to make your device your own. From the launcher to icon packs to what you can install and so on and so forth. If you don't like something you can change it. That's the beauty of Android. One size need not fit all and if you know where to look the various communities are all about personalizing your device and the software on it to fit your needs.
That said, when it comes to tinkering their are two main communities. There's the "I'm going to change my ROM and hack the crap out of my phone" XDA community and there's the "I want to personalize my 'stock' device to make it my own" My Color Screen community. Both are amazing communities and if you're even remotely interested in seeing just what you can really do with these devices I highly recommend visiting both and just perusing things.
That said, I would like to share a few things I've seen and used from the latter. I won't get into specifics on how to get these exact setups you'll see below, but I'll point you to the right place on where you can find that out yourself. Always remembering, your mileage may vary. Some of these have "official" setups, but you nothing is set in stone. I personally changed a few things when I first found these ages ago so they'd better suit my needs and reflect my personality a bit better. You can do the same.
Up first are a few Nova Launcher related homescreen setups.
I present to you my long time personal favorite, Flards by rabrot. For specifics on how to get this setup, you need to visit that link.
But what you'll need beforehand is Nova Launcher (and Nova Launcher Prime), Zooper Widget Pro and Media Utilities. (Just FYI, if you plan to do any homescreen personalizing you pretty much need these regardless of what theme you plan to incorporate. So if you might down the line want to get into this kind of thing just save yourself some time and get them now. Honestly, two are free and the other two are worth the price and there are indeed worse ways to spend your money.)
Rather than inundate you with how to set that up, I'm just going to show you what the end product will look like.
I love dark homescreen setups because once I get home I set my brightness to as low as possible and since I'm up late a blinding white homescreen just isn't going to cut it when I'm hanging out in my room in the dark late at night.
And now, the next one! I present Google-UI by ak0r. Again, click the link for what you need and how to set things up just so. But if you've read this far then I can't deprive you of what you really want. Which is pics!
Nice, right? That's what I was using before Flards. There was one more I used before that, but no. Just no. Not "no" as in it doesn't look great, but one of the apps required to get it setup just so was pretty much a pain in the ass to use and has been phased out from use almost entirely. I won't even state its name, that's how awful it is and how much I want to spare you from seeking it out and finding out firsthand just how "fuck this app!" it is.
But I mentioned last time that beyond doing things the "difficult" manual way (as required for the above two examples), you can always go the Themer route.
What's Themer? It's an app to make theming your phone easier. It's as simple as find, select, set and forget. You can go through the app and browse themes that have already been incorporated into it and just select one you want, apply it and you're done. No having to setup or tinker with anything. You can also download and transfer themes that haven't been brought into the app and apply those as well.
Here's a few examples I've found that I think look great and are functional, but that aren't necessarily found in the app just yet.
I present Flat Cards by viveks. You know how it works, click the link for details and downloads. And now, pics!
Up next is Circola UI by alicarbovader. I find this one absolutely stunning in it's look and simplicity. And if instructions and files for non-Themer use were included I'd set this up on my phone in a heartbeat! (I just might install and use Themer solely for this one.)
So that's all I got for you kids today. That's just a small sampling of what you'll find on MyColorScreen. There is way more there and a lot of it is subjective as to what looks good or functions well and what have you. The ones above are all what I found decent. You might not agree, but this is my show and I'll run it as I see fit. : )
If you find any examples you like, share them below. If you've got a setup you think kicks ass (and which you created yourself) then do the same, bust it out in the comments. But remember the ever important rule for this one post in particular...