5 Fresh Icon Packs: Alos, Sawyer, Etched, Balx, and Tenuix

Within days of posting our last “5 fresh icon packs” feature, another 10 or so quickly popped up on our radar to be featured in the next round-up. I feel like I say this almost every time, but icon designers just keep getting better and better even though you would figure that ideas from this scene would plateau or stall for a while. Thankfully, that hasn’t even come close to happening, which is evidenced by the five packs we have to feature today.

We have packs that carry a vintage vibe, others that put a better spin on Apple’s flat iOS theme, and even one that puts to use the floating circle button from Google’s Material Design. If you can’t find a pack in this round-up to slap on your phone, then I’m not sure you have any taste.  (more…)

Download: Galaxy Note 4 Wallpapers

The Galaxy Note 4 was officially unveiled by Samsung at a global press event last week, so as is the case shortly after these get-togethers, the wallpapers from the device are now in the wild.

As you know thanks to our coverage, the Note 4 features a 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display, so the wallpapers are quite large, weighing in at 2560×2560. Not only are they large, but Samsung has opted for a few very bright choices, likely wanting to show off the capabilities of their new Super AMOLED panel. Needless to say, the wallpapers do look nice.  (more…)

Here is the QHD-Ready Stock Wallpaper for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 4 next Wednesday, but if you want a taste of the device now, the folks at SamMobile have you covered. Posted this afternoon in its full QHD resolution (2560×2560) and 17MB self, the stock Note 4 wallpaper is now available for download.

It’s colorful, brings back memories of past Note devices, and is huge. This ‘paper would make a good home screen filler on almost any device you own, including a high-res tablet. (more…)

Fragment is My New Favorite Android Wallpaper App

Fragment, a prismatic art wallpaper app that was introduced on iOS some time ago, is now available on Android. To say that this app is “awesome,” is probably not doing it justice. If you like wallpapers, custom ones at that, and prisms, you should probably grab this app.

The app allows you to start with new photos taken from your camera, grab images currently stored on your device, or ask the app for inspiration before creating your own prismatic masterpieces. Once you have an image ready, the app’s all-inclusive set of editing tools are at your fingertips. There are over a dozen frames, shapes, and patterns to get you going, options for rotating/resizing/framing/dragging/zooming/etc., and even sliders that will let you adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and more. The possibilities for creating a new wallpaper are practically endless.

If that all sounds like too much work, there is a shuffle button that will attempt to pair shapes and color adjustments for you on the fly. Tap it as many times as you would like until you find a combination that looks amazing. (more…)

Wally Showcases Material Design in Wallpaper Heaven

Wally, a wallpaper app for Android that pulls from Wallbase.cc, popped up on Google Play at the end of last week as a great example of a developer putting Material Design to use. The app utilizes rippling touch animations, transitions that fade behind layers, floating buttons, and page swipes that colorfully slide from section to section.

Oh, it also has a solid wallpaper collection, with Muzei support, for those looking to spruce up their home screens. You can browse and save/set wallpapers, filter through a variety of options, and even search by text and color.

The app is free.  (more…)

5 Fresh Icon Packs: Elun, ClearPack, Saga3, Rifon, and KEX

After a couple of month hiatus from the world of icon packs, we are back with another set of 5 fresh. There are probably more than five that we could cover today, but pay day isn’t until Friday, so we don’t want to overwhelm all of you just yet.

We keep thinking that icon designers are going to run out of ideas or that we will get bored with the trends, yet here we are with another set that we can’t possibly pick a favorite from. There are round icons in this five, square ones, others with long shadows, and some with clear parts. Most have HD wallpapers to match their themes, and all are incredibly well designed.

Here are the next fresh five icons(more…)

Show Off Your Home Screens Day! [August 2014]

Having received quite a few requests for this post, here is your chance to show off your beautiful home screens to our community. Home screens can be an ever-evolving feature of your smartphone, and with new icon packs and wallpapers being released daily, there is no doubt that your device’s look has changed since the last time we did this in February.

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. If you might need a little inspiration, check out our icon pack posts(more…)