August 1, 2014

Icon packs that you must have on your Android device...Round Three

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Sawyer by Nathaniel Webb(ArtVandelay440)

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Nathaniel Webb aka ArtVandelay440, isn’t known for releasing a lot stuff frequently, yet the things he does release are usually superb. Sawyer is definitely no different in that aspect. And yes, as you see, I do like squared icons every now and then. Thanks to Sawyer and the awesome looking retro style look and triple stripe affect. If you’re a squared icon person instead of all the round stuff, I’d highly suggest throwing Sawyer(Not Tom Sawyer) at the top of your must have icon list.

Included in the set is 736 custom icons, icon mask and icon back features, 36 custom made HD wallpaper, Muzei and Behang Wallpaper support, built-in icon request tool and of course a full theme dashboard for an amazing low price of just $1.99.

Sawyer Screenshot


Shapes And Shades by Manuel Labrador Vianthi(MLV)

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Icons using just the shape of the app icons themselves without a backing/background or anything like that are becoming more of a thing here lately and Manuel Labrador Vianthi has done a marvelous job making an icon set like that called Shapes And Shades. Throw in the basic Google colors as well as other bright, stand out colors and MLV has a great set going here.

Toss $1.79 his way in the Play Store and it’ll get you a whopping 1,770+ HD icons, 50+ HD wallpapers all made by MLV and of course Muzei support. Plus you can guarantee that Manuel will be updating this set on a very regular basis so that 1,770+ number is going to grow rapidly.

Shapes And Shades Screenshot

Refocus by Joshua Masih(XONYX)

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Usually I only do 10 icon sets, but this time I figured I’d give everyone a little bonus round if you will. And it comes in the form of a currently unreleased set of icons called Refocus by Joshua Masih. As you can see by the image above, similar look to Balx as far as shape and the 3D look. Yet Refocus is different by means of custom icons themselves. Joshua hits it out of the park with making your normal every day icons look completely different. You can notice by the screenshot below if you look at icons such as Google+, Hangouts, the Phone icon and many others.

As mentioned, this set is still currently in the works and not available on the Play Store, kind of. But trust in me to give you a way to get your hands on it. Joshua does have a Google+ beta testing community setup and you can ask to join that community. If he accepts you(and I’m sure he will) you can then join the beta program and purchase Refocus for a discounted price(99 cents I believe) and get your hands on this great set. Plus, once the icon pack has officially been released, you get all the updates without having to pay anymore money.

You can visit the community here: Refocus Google+ Community and click the button to ask to join and then probably wait a couple of hours or so and be granted permission to enter and get your download on.

Refocus Screenshot

Final Thoughts

Please note that these are some of my favorite icon packs currently and ones that I suggest everyone take a close look at. One thing I do ask is that if you purchase any or all of these from the Play Store, please make sure to leave a few words of encouragement for the developer praising them on their hard work that they have put into making these icons and making our mobile devices so amazing looking.

Also don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t as they all certainly deserve it. If you have any issues, please hit the Email Developer button near the bottom of the Play Store listing and I can almost guarantee you that you’ll get a response from the developer and they will help you in any way they possibly can as they want to earn that 5-star rating from you.

This is something that’s very important and it only encourages them to continue doing what they are doing to make our devices that much more awesome in the near future.

Let us know in the comments what you think of any or all of these icons and if you have some you’d like for us to showcase, let us know that too and we will certainly take a look at them.