Outstanding Themes to Redesign Your Android

Customizability is one of Android’s most loved traits. The ability to tweak the look of every aspect of the OS experience makes for an extremely personalized mobile experience for each user. The most basic form of customization on Android is the home screen, and there are hundreds of launcher replacements out there. They all vary in terms of features, performance and eye-candy, but also borrow heavily from each other, letting users choose the best combination for themselves. A few of them support themes — the ability to package a coherent set of visuals that alter each aspect of the launcher UI, including the icons, widgets, and backgrounds.

Here’s a look at a few of the popular launcher replacements and the best looking themes for each, from iPhone-style makeovers to Tron skins.

ADW Launcher and ADW Launcher Ex

ADW Launcher

ADW Launcher is one of the oldest and most popular home replacements on the android platform. Aside from its insanely deep customization options, the one feature ADW loyalists swear by is its support for themes. ADW themes alter everything on the home screen from the wallpaper and icons to the dock and stock widgets. The more recently launched ADW Launcher Ex — the paid and thus more powerful version of ADW Launcher -= comes with even more customization options, including multiple docks and home screen transitions.

Being the most popular launcher replacement on the market, ADW also enjoys the highest number of custom themes, having around 150 at last count. Not all are worth your time, bandwidth, or space on the ever-so-precious internal memory. Here are 25 of the best ones we could find, to help you narrow your selection:

1. Black Glass

Black Glass

Black Glass

 

 

2. Buuf

Buuf

Buuf

 

 

3. Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry

 

 

4. Elegant

Elegant

Elegant

 

 

5. Eyefold

Eyefold

Eyefold

 

 

6. Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

 

 

7. Fluxed

Fluxed

Fluxed

 

 

8. Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

 

 

9. GS

GS

GS

 

 

10. Honeycomb Mixx

Honeycomb Mixx

Honeycomb Mixx

 

 

12. Honeycomb Sense

Honeycomb Sense

Honeycomb Sense

 

 

12. iPhone 4

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

 

 

13. Kapow

Kapow

Kapow

 

 

14. Matte Curve

Matte Curve

Matte Curve

 

 

15. Miui

Miui

Miui-style theme

 

 

16. MIUI.ADW

Miui

Another Miui-style theme

 

 

17. Miui Cartoon

Miui Cartoon

Miui Cartoon

 

 

18. One

One

One

 

 

19. Rustik

Rustik

Rustik

 

 

20. Sense Glass

Sense Glass

Sense Glass

 

 

21. Sticker Album

Sticker Album

Sticker Album

 

 

22. Tagture

Tagture

Tagture

 

 

23. Tron

Tron

Tron

 

 

24. Ubuntu

ubuntu

Ubuntu

 

 

25. White

White

White

 

 

Go Launcher Ex

Go Launcher ExGo Launcher Ex (previously just Go Launcher) is a very new entrant in the Android launcher race, but has already built a huge fan-base for itself. True, it doesn’t do anything radically different – rather, it focuses on bringing the best features from its competitors and adding a bit of jazz of its own – but it strikes such a good balance between power, flexibility and speed, it is hard to not like.

One of the biggest selling points (as well as the FREE price tag) is the beautiful themes available for it. There aren’t many, mostly because every theme is developed and released by the developers of the application themselves, but that limitation works well in ensuring a quality standard that is hard to get in most of the ADW themes out there. Here are the nine Go Launcher Ex themes available on the Android Market at the moment:

1. Backyard

Backyard

Backyard

 

 

2. Cartoon

Cartoon

Cartoon

 

 

3. Classic

Classic

Classic

 

 

4. Ink

Ink

Ink

 

 

5. Love

Love

Love

 

 

6. New Year

New Year

New Year

 

 

7. Sketch

Sketch

Sketch

 

 

8. Valentine

Valentine

Valentine

 

 

9. Wood

Wood

Wood

 

 

MIUI ROM

MIUI ROMMIUI is a Chinese ROM for Android that takes the best of the iOS and Android UIs and adds a bit of magic for an entirely unique smartphone interface that us non-Chinese users can mostly only drool over. The latest version of the MIUI ROM supports themes and has a growing collection of some of the most brilliant smartphone interfaces you can imagine. The ROM hasn’t yet been completely ported over to non-Chinese languages for all phone models, but there are a bunch of live projects dedicated to doing just that. In the mean time, here’s a look at some MIUI themes that we all may soon be able to play with:

1. arc.

arc.

arc.

 

 

2. Colourful

Colourful

Colourful

 

 

3. Cartoon

Cartoon

Cartoon

 

 

4. GingerSuave

Ginger Suave

Ginger Suave

 

 

5. Paper

Paper

Paper

 

 

6. Suave

Suave

Suave

 

 

Closing Thoughts

Those are our favorite sets of visuals for the Android phone. Got a favorite that isn’t here? Let’s hear about it in the comments below.


  • Biggy

    Anyone know any other good themes for Go Launcher EX?

    • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

      The Go Launcher Ex dev team recently released a theme template and are now encouraging third-party theme development. You should soon start seeing more themes on the market.

      • kittu

        can u name any???….m finding iit difficult to find 3rd party themes!! plz name sum gud themes :/

  • Dan

    You guys just posted about how LauncherPro is the best home launcher and then don’t provide any themes in this post?

    • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

      LauncherPro does not support themes the way ADW and Go Launcher do. You can manually modify it and make a custom LauncherPro installation available for others to download (you can find these in some forums), but that’s more of a hack than full-fledged theme support.

  • Dan

    I don’t get why you guys just published an article about how Launcherpro is the best launcher and then go and not mention it at all in this…

  • http://alagappan.co.in Alagappan

    Aren’t there any theme options for LauncherPro?

    • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

      Not as yet, but there will hopefully be support in the future.

  • Renee

    but does launcherpro even have themes?? i remember looking for some once, but the best i could find was a set of icons that i could pick from manually…

  • Mayank

    can someone please tell me which is the clock widget used in the image showing 8. Gingerbread theme listed under ADW launcher? and also the one used in the image showing the 4. Ink theme listed under Go Launcher?

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  • Adel

    eseth.net/profile/kenjiplaying check it out for go launcher themes..hope u like em…

  • http://www.myandroidtheme.com/ Android Themes

    Great theme list. I would suggest you Aero 8 Theme for go launcher. One of my favs..

  • http://www.xbox360videogames.com/ Katie

    Got a new phone recently with android as the OS. I was looking for the nice themes to download for my android and got here. I like the second one; Buuf theme and I think GS; number 9 is really cool too. But I shall stick with the Buuf the as video games are and will always be on the top of the list of my favorite things to do/ play.

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  • tae mo

    bulok!

  • jay

    Kapow!!!!!!!
    its dead link :[
    Nooooo!!!!!!

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