Here at Android Guys, we’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. In fact, we love it so much that we have an ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.

Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!



Black and white. Two of the most powerful “colors” out there. I put colors in quotation because many would argue that black and white are not colors.

Nonetheless! This week, we’re going to appeal to the photography and film buffs out there with our Black & White theme. Many photographers and filmmakers will tell you that the most difficult medium to work with is black and white. You have to be very meticulous and deliberate with your arrangement of light and shadow, but the payoff is astounding.

Nothing can capture atmosphere and mood quite like black and white can. Be it film or photography, black and white has and will be here to stay. I find black and white to carry a sense of “classiness” with it, so let’s give our devices a little “class” this week with this minimalist Black & White theme.

Why pay for some of these apps?

You might put in a few bucks to get things rolling but you’ll be glad you did in the long run. The sheer level of configuration and customization behind a few of these titles means endless designs. If you’ve been doing the custom home screen stuff for a while, you may have already purchased some of these apps already.

What you’ll need

A couple of things to note about this design:

  • Desktop grid is set to 5×4 with subgrid positioning enabled
  • The Dock is set at 7 icons
  • We are using the ’21’ clock that comes with MIN for Zooper Pro
  • Widget scaling is set to 85
  • The notification bar has been hidden in Nova Launcher’s ‘Look & feel’ settings
  • Normalize icon size, has been disabled in Nova Launcher’s ‘Look & feel’ settings

Once again, what we’ve shown you here is only the tip of the iceberg with what you can do with your phone’s look! Using the apps we feature each week, your imagination is the only limit to your creativity. Feel free to leave your ideas and creations below in the comments, and stay tuned next week for a new edition of Steal This Look!



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