Best Apps for Phone Customization

Jun 3, 2017
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One of the most personalized items that a person carries with them is their mobile device. From the images that it holds to the music and wallpaper, nearly every aspect of mobile phones is tailored to each specific user. This notion of customization can be further extended to the operating system and user experience where apps and launchers exist in order to provide a unique interface for every user, something iOS devices lack. Using the apps listed in this article, users are able to get an unparalleled degree of customization for their devices for a range of features from lock screens to notifications.

For App Icons: Lines Free – Icon Pack

With so many different shapes, sizes, and colors that exist among app icons from the Google Play Store, Lines Free is able to standardize the icons into clean, sleek outlines to provide more transparency for the background as well as a more uniform appearance. Beyond just the icons, complete themes can be selected to include both the icons and tailored backgrounds for the best combinations that have been selected by professionals. While the notion that icons are typically fixed and cannot be customized, Lines Free is able to host a database of over 3,000 outlines for the most popular apps which helps to deviate from the given stock icons. Couple this with an analog clock, the add-on is one of the best ones for customizing how the apps and screen appear.

For Making the UI Look Like Google Pixel: Pixel Icon Pack-Nougat Free UI

One of the hottest devices currently on the market is the Google Pixel with its impressive hardware as well as new take on the Android operating system. Although the device is one which is highly sought after, it is also one of the most expensive which makes it difficult for many people to purchase. To reconcile this, Pixel Icon Pack allows users to customize their device to replicate the Google Pixel user interface without having to spend a large amount on the actual device itself. With this interface add-on, users are able to get rounded icons, the dock, widget drawers, and desktop that is indistinguishable from the original. Even within the add-on, users are able to further personalize their experience with the Google Pixel interface such as theme colours and layout for an even more unique experience, making it a powerful customization tool.

How to Get Pixel UI on Any Android Smartphone

Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones come pre-installed with Google’s new Pixel Launcher, a custom Android skin with features not available on other smartphones. While Pixel Launcher in available on Play Store, it remains unavailable in India. But worry not, here’s a short tutorial on how you can get the Pixel UI on your Android smartphone.

For the Battery Indicator: Energy Bar

With the battery icon being so small in the corner, it can often be difficult to read unless the battery percentage is enabled which takes up more space on the status bar. In order to customize this, Energy Bar is a simple line that spans the top of the device as a more visually appealing indicator. Users are also able to change their preferences depending on what colour they want to see at different battery levels. Furthermore, the pulsating animation once a device is charging is also able to give more information when compared to the basic battery indicator. For example, beyond just the current battery status, Energy Bar also displays the change in battery level since the phone has begun charging. As a lightweight tool that takes nearly no memory space when it operates, it can even able to automatically hide during full-screen activities to be a great option to customize the default battery indicator.

Get a Subtle & Colorful Battery Indicator on Android [How-To]

How to Add a Battery Indicator to the Top of Any Screen [Android] Full Tutorial: http://bit.ly/colorbat Subscribe to Gadget Hacks: http://goo.gl/XagVI In this video, I’ll be showing you a cool little app called “Energy Bar” that adds a tiny, 3 pixel-wide battery indicator to the top of your screen.

For Notifications – Always On AMOLED – BETA

A common habit among many phone users is to check for notifications or time by activating the phone very briefly to have a quick glance at the lock screen. Always On AMOLED aims to provide users with this information without actually having to activate the screen by having the device screen always on, as the name implies. Although the screen is always on, it is entirely black with the most relevant information in white as a way to save battery life. To further save on battery, Always On will automatically dim in darker environments or activate only when the phone is tilted at a certain angle using the built-in gyroscope hardware. The screens themselves are highly customizable as users can choose exactly what they want to see including time, date, clock, and colour of the text. To customize the lock screen display and get notifications and information without ever having to touch the phone, Always On is a tool that can provide a unique and original interface.

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For Keyboards: Typany Keyboard – Emoji, Theme

For a keyboard interface that is more personalized towards for the user, several keyboards are made available for a range of usages, from those that are dedicated to a specific language, help type faster, or even use more emoticons, the one that is able to offer the highest degree of personalization is Typany. With the app, users have the ability to create their own keyboards to include background, buttons, and themes. Furthermore, one of the best personalization features of the app is that it lets users build their own custom emojis which can then be used in conversation with others. Furthermore, users can choose how they want to input text, whether it is by swiping on the keyboard or clicking and even select from over 90 keyboard languages. Given how much a user is able to customize with respect to the keyboard, Typany is a great app for nearly all keyboard related personalizations.

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For the Lock Screen: Start

For all things related to lock screens, Start combines the most appealing app launchers with the most intuitive way to view all media, social feeds, pictures, and videos. Without unlocking the phone, Start gives quick access to the calls, messages, camera, and apps in a manner that is easy and smooth to save time. Even news and YouTube channels can be viewed right from the lock screen instead of having to unlock the device, navigate the various home screens, or explore different folders to find specific apps. To further customize the lock screen, there are hundreds of content sources in any language that can be chosen in which to receive information. To keep the most important apps right in the lock screen for easier access and a more personalized experience, Start is a highly recommended add-on that is completely free.

Start – your personalized homescreen

Start having fun with your lockscreen and make it into your Startscreen! With Start, you get everything you care about the most on your Startscreen. No more browsing through screens, menus to navigate or folders to search … everything you want is available for you on the first Millions of users enjoy Start.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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