Mobiles & Tablets

Droidsphere: Pimp my phone!

Amrit Ramakrishnan | Updated on November 19, 2014

Don't make do with your Average-Joe UI. Amp up your device with these nifty apps that are worth the swipes!

With Android OS accounting for almost 40 per cent of devices worldwide, you might be forgiven for feeling a bit 'insignificant'. But fret not, as these customisation apps will ensure that you don't end up being just a statistic.

Below are three apps that will add life to your mechanical device; one is a launcher,one lets you personalise your lockscreen and the other lets you feel one with your wallpaper.

Choose one or more to enhance your smartphone experience.

Apex Launcher

An unassuming app, the Apex launcher helps you create a customised homescreen experience for your Android device. It is one of the most popular launchers in the Play Store and comes with a plethora of features that include customisable icon grids, scrollable dock, and fancy transition effects among others. Apart from your homescreen, you can also personalise the format of your apps, the background transparency, dock settings, folder settings etc. This is just customisation galore!

And some might find that to be a problem. There are just way too many options, but that is a very subjective drawback. Regardless, the app experience is butter smooth and the UI looks simple and subtle.

Photosphere Free Wallpaper

The name is self-explanatory. Photosphere Free Wallpaper allows the user to set a 360-degree panoramic photo as your live wallpaper. The ‘live’ effect is absolutely real and you get this feeling that a GoPro camera is mounted on your forehead, shooting the scenery that confronts you. You can either use the default image (of a beach) or use an image from the gallery or pick one from the internet.

All you have to do is go to the app settings and choose the image and set it as wallpaper. You can interact with the app in the sense you can personalise the movement of the picture, speed of the camera scroll, and choose to allow the 360-degree rotation (or else it’ll be pointless). Its major party trick is that you can scroll the image even when you’re not on your homescreen. Major disappointment with the app is the compatibility issue with the custom pictures as they look stretched when applied as wallpapers.

GO Locker

Unlock possibilities with the GO Locker app! This smooth app lets you personalise your lockscreen with a wide range of themes. It lets you define shortcuts and various widgets. The app is designed to let you be productive without waking up the phone. You can access themes, wallpaper options, general settings and change the brightness of your screen and other basic settings you might find necessary. Quirky things such as setting sounds and patterns for locking and unlocking the screen add to the novelty of the app. GO Locker has its own “Theme Store” which lets you select the different skins to apply, which are categorised. A theme store within an app? Very meta from the developers.

Published on November 19, 2014

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