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Fugly Android: a blog about horrible home screens

Every once and awhile a skinning experiment goes awry and our phones don’t turn out exactly how we want them to. I know here at Droid Life we can be pretty meticulous about how our Home Screens look, but some people… aren’t. Fugly Android is a Tumblr dedicated to those of us whose home screen fashion might need a little bit of policing.

My friend Amanda pointed this blog out to me yesterday and it’s actually a pretty fun read. If you ever want to feel better about the way your Android looks, look no farther than some of these monstrosities.

Thanks Amanda!

Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and he can’t tell you how many times he’s fiddled around with horrible icons. Contact him via Twitter or e-mail.

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  • Anonymous

    How do I remove the ugly green droid image that pops up during an incoming call?

  • Anonymous

    How do I remove the ugly green droid from the phone which appears every time I have an incoming call?

  • J Dub

    Giselle had potential.

    • Adam Metzner

      I didnt even click the link, but did because of your post. I LOLed IRL! <– is that how the teens are doing it now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Howard-Brooke/1457958012 Darren Howard Brooke

    Well, I guess people who designed websites in the 90s are catching on to this smartphone thing.

  • Anonymous

    Nice post, keep them coming

  • http://twitter.com/Mooem7 Dave Trivino

    Clearly these people are paragons of interior design and color scheming.

  • Mr.Joe

    Some of these are pretty cool. They just need some touch up.

  • Mr.Joe

    Some of these are pretty cool. They just need some touch up.

  • http://twitter.com/ChronicAndroid Android Fool

    It’s fun to make fun of stuff other people did.

  • http://twitter.com/ChronicAndroid Android Fool

    It’s fun to make fun of stuff other people did.

  • Jake

    That is a fugly blog. Anyone notice the tag line “arguements for closed systems.”? As though an iphone-esque grid of icons is inspiring? This is the apple arguement…people shouldn’t be allowed to customize their own desktops because they’re not all professional graphic designers. Well, I am a graphic designer, and I see horrible desktops, pitiful page designs, amateurish PowerPoint presentations, and sad websites. While I may crincge and wince, you will never hear me say that people shouldn’t be allowed to do these things on their just because they can’t match my own aesthetic benchmark. Even the best designers had to start somewhere.

  • Jake

    That is a fugly blog. Anyone notice the tag line “arguements for closed systems.”? As though an iphone-esque grid of icons is inspiring? This is the apple arguement…people shouldn’t be allowed to customize their own desktops because they’re not all professional graphic designers. Well, I am a graphic designer, and I see horrible desktops, pitiful page designs, amateurish PowerPoint presentations, and sad websites. While I may crincge and wince, you will never hear me say that people shouldn’t be allowed to do these things on their just because they can’t match my own aesthetic benchmark. Even the best designers had to start somewhere.

    • Rizzidy

      It’s a joke. Get over yourself.

  • ProjectXero

    thank you baby jesus for this thread

  • ProjectXero

    thank you baby jesus for this thread

  • Anonymous

    There are some absolutely hideous homescreens on that blog!

  • Anonymous

    There are some absolutely hideous homescreens on that blog!

  • Anonymous

    Actually I kind of like the matrix green text wallpaper, haha. I wonder if its a live wallpaper.

    • Anonymous

      It is. :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

      Yeah, it’s in the Market.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I kind of dig the matrix wallpaper, ha ha. Wonder if its a live wallpaper…

  • Anonymous

    What are the weather widgets being used here http://fuglyandroid.tumblr.com/post/4147185523 and here http://fuglyandroid.tumblr.com/post/4147363047. Anyone know?

    • http://twitter.com/ChronicAndroid Android Fool

      Both are part of the Beautiful Widgets packages. First is “Beautiful Weather 1 x 4″, not sure of the skin and second is “Beautiful Weather 1 x 1″ with the “Brushed Ink White” skin applied.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RKR5EVIUDY373XLMI5NRATGLOM MarlonH

      Both of them look like beautiful widgets. The first being the weather 4×1 widget, think thats the beautiful weather HD weather skin. The 2nd one being the small home 4×1, with chalkboard weather skin.

  • Anonymous

    Some of those are very WiMo-6.5-esk

    • Guardianlvg

      yeah, they are. I’ve seen the “Giselle” one on XDA, the guy who put it up was whining about how much he loved his HD2 and hated his myTouch 4G due to Android’s lack of customization and how he had to root to do anything to the phone. he has been banned multiple times over there for flaming and putting out false info that caused people to have major issues with there phones.

  • Aaron

    i have a DX 2.2 stock with the blur.

    I win.

  • Anonymous

    ha ha. Ugly or not, at least we can create our own home screens, unlike those o*ther guys….

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      homescreen customization or access to the most amazing mobile apps available…….i think i will go with the apps!

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know bout you buddy but I’ve got some pretty amazing apps on my DX along with a pretty amazing home screen, customized..

      • schrockdog

        GTFO!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        What’s it like to have no life?

        • Droidzzz

          Fer real dude, you’re annoying. Mission accomplished. Now gtfo!

          • Droidzzz

            Meant to reply to Bernerd*

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            oh i get it Bernerd hahaha that is clever

        • Droidzzz

          Fer real dude, you’re annoying. Mission accomplished. Now gtfo!

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

          I have no life yet you send me message on my twitter account and you “have a hard time looking away” that is both comical and creepy.

          • Apostrafee

            its hard to agree with fact jeff

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        What’s it like to have no life?

      • ITrolls_Are_Pathetic

        Seriously dude, you need to find something useful to do with your time. If your such an iFan maybe you should be spending your time on pro-apple sites. . . or just get a f’n life in general.

        But thanks for being such a troll. . . now when iFans say Android fans are the worst trolls I have your account to point to just to prove that by far Apple fans are THE WORST TROLLS on the net ;)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

          Click on his name and you can see the douche bags twitter account. It’s pathetic, yet I have a hard time looking away.

      • http://twitter.com/TheGrantSays Grant Williamson

        I’ll go with BOTH ya dingus.

      • Apostrafee

        i love how all it takes is one pro apple comment on here and you get eaten alive, figure theyd learn to stay away after a while.

      • Apostrafee

        i love how all it takes is one pro apple comment on here and you get eaten alive, figure theyd learn to stay away after a while.

      • Anonymous

        Duh, LOSING!

      • Jelement111

        jeff, i’m honestly suprised the i*hone let you get on an android website, what with it’s closed-gated homosexuality and what not. now please, go dabble in bi-sexuality somewhere else

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603285212 Bill Morrow

    I actually liked some of those

  • 1949google

    Its all in the eye of the beholder. Rule ANDROID.

    • Anonymous

      android is fugly.

  • MikeC

    I vote for Giselle! :D

    • Anonymous

      android is fugly.

  • Dshudson

    He said “monstrosities”. I truly did LOL

    • Dshudson

      Even the weather is shitty. lol

  • Bsbabcock

    That’s awesome!!! It’s right up there with peopleofwalmart! :)

    • Anonymous

      Hahahaha, exactly what i was thinking, u win

  • Dshudson

    lol that is bad.. kind of funny..

  • tehshift

    Now that is a battery widget I have not seen before:
    http://fuglyandroid.tumblr.com/post/4147128856

    That battery should be kept full at all times.

    • RavenWulf

      If you have Beautiful Widgets, it is one of the skins for the battery status that replaces weather icon for the “Super Clock” widget.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jorian85 joe ryan

      without the black background it would actually be pretty cool.

  • HELP

    How can I change how my notifications bar looks? Like how some people have different colors for where it shows the 3G bars. I have ADW Launcher EX so is there a way?

    • Larry

      You have to be rooted to do that.

      • Anonymous

        android is fugly.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZ7DUMQB54W2ZKLWDXLH3C3Y2M joe

          ios is gay.

    • Anonymous

      android is fugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/briandshipley Brian Shipley

    Damn, I cannot look at those screen shots…left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • http://profiles.google.com/matneyx Dave Matney

    Not all of those are THAT bad. A lot are, but some are just attempts at good design by people with no sense of style.

    • Anonymous

      android is fugly.

      • http://TheAndroidSource.com Chris Gustafson

        Trolling a 7 month old post. Really?

      • Rlot10001110101

        Jobs is dead.

  • Anonymous

    If Giselle is impressed with that Android homescreen wait until she sees my minimalistic 4.3″ homescreen.

    Ladies like that right?

    • Anonymous

      android is fugly.