Typically, it takes us weeks to put together posts that highlight short lists of the best icon packs to see a recent release. But something happened since the beginning of the year, as numerous icon designers gave us icon packs that we have been juggling with on the daily because they are so damn good. We talked last year about designers stepping things up a notch, however, 2014 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for the icon and wallpaper game if this is the type of work we have to look forward to. (more…)
Another week, another great icon pack released to Android users. The newest entry in a growing list that we can’t seem to stop switching between is Influx, from Alex Miller. I have actually been testing this pack for a number of weeks and would suggest you all take a look to see if its 630+ hand-crafted icons will meet your needs. Yes, it has long shadows, but it also features rounded edges, a bright-but-not-too-bright color palette, and a set of wallpapers that may justify the price even if you don’t need another icon set. (more…)
In the eight months since we last put together a “Show off your home screens day!” post, I’d imagine you have changed things up a time or two on your phone or tablet. With new icon packs, clocks, and wallpapers being featured regularly through our Icons and UCCW series, you should have plenty of options to choose from to make your home screen something special.
Today’s post is like all of the others in that we want to see what kind of magic you have put together. With on-screen buttons becoming more standard and through Kit Kat’s transparent notification and navigation areas, home screens are looking better than ever. At least we think so.
For those new to this concept, this is how it works. Setup your home screen the way you like it, grab a screenshot of it (Power+Volume Down on most phones, Home+Volume Down on Samsung phones), and then upload it through Disqus (comments) along with a description of your apps, launcher, wallpaper, and clock.
Here is a look at all of ours to get you started. (more…)
Icon packs for Android have come a long way over the last year or so. I can still remember years back when every new set was embossed, glowing, based on some gimmicky theme, or pulled out of an 80s rock video. It was rough, especially if you wanted to customize your device with some class. Thankfully, developers like Ryan Kelly, Dave Kover, Jsin Jaques, Alex Miller or Viktor Vucinic have our backs and are producing really beautiful stuff on a regular basis.
If you caught Wednesday night’s Droid Life Show, and last week’s Droid Life Show, you might have heard us mention an upcoming icon pack from kovdev, titled Lumos. The pack is now live on Google Play and it’s the best way to breathe new life into a device. As long as you are sporting a third party launcher such as Apex, Nova, or Action Launcher that allows the applying of icon packs from Google Play, then you will definitely want to check this one out. (more…)
Has it really been over two months since we last put together and Icons and UCCW episode? Sorry about that, but it has been a tad busy around here lately with the Nexus 5 (our review), Bamboo backs, Kit Kat updates, and other end of the year fun. Excuses aside, we had an incredible amount of icon and clock skin submissions to dig through since episode 6, so here are a full four layouts to give you some inspiration for that next home screen setup. (more…)
Ever since we saw the massive leak of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” from last week which showed new UI elements, we have been awaiting the arrival of mock-ups of the icons and wallpaper from themers. This weekend, a couple of wallpapers and icon sets have emerged, helping us all take a step closer to the next version of Android a little ahead of Google’s schedule. (more…)
It has been a few weeks since we last dropped a batch of icon sets and UCCW skins on you, but feel as if we have enough quality submissions to put together episode 6 of this ongoing, reader-driven series. We had a number of really great icon sets to pick between this time, some of which we are saving for episode 7. The clock skins weren’t as bountiful this time around, so until we see more that catch our eye, we had to limit this episode to three setups. Ready to see them?