Highly customizable and flexible apps & widgets which allow you to unleash creativity, personalization & productivity like never before. Create Android your own way. Some apps may have a learning curve.
Super useful for more restrictive launchers and - most importantly- creating complex homescreen setups that you can copy & paste. You start off with a blank canvas - and add/scale widgets with lightning launcher style freedom (almost) - save it -...
If your serious about customization you must have this app. Work it out and it's yr one stop for shortcuts, toggles and er... decor. This apps potential is limitless. I don't even have the words - go read the comments. It can do... anything.
This app will change your droid forever. Creates ability to add extra hard button shortcuts (ie. double tap home, home->menu button etc) Combine with gesture search, SMS, camera, anything for instant access. Setup then forget.
Combine with home2shortcut for a magical second launcher at the press of a button. Searches yr apps, contacts, bookmarks & music @ present. Remarkably accurate. Going a bit slow? Unchecked music from options, music can add a lot of rarely used data.
Launch anything, anywhere, anytime. Swipepad is the best "touch launcher" all round. With innovative plugins, plenty of space, customizable locations & option for multiple launchers (opened from different spots) it's fast, fast & fast.
Don't be put off by the price, if your serious about controlling yr droid, this app is irreplaceable. It's worth it. The possibilities are mindblowing. From beginners to expert, the functionality is here to design yr experience. Google it.
Free version is available with almost all features. The ultimate custom app drawer - plus shcts, contacts, bkmarks, labels, display as popup shcts, scrolling widgets or launch that folders from status bar. You need to try this, best organizer by far!
1) Create a folder (label) called "Status Bar"
2) In it include any folders you want access to from anywhere - ie. App Drawer. Main Menu, Speed Dial
3) Instant everywhere app drawer.
You can really do a lot with this, I couldn't recommend it higher.
The true power behind elixir, it's infinitly capable widgets. They can be in the status bar or even launched from shortcuts - even within other elixir widgets. Create speedial, app launches, setting toggles, power saving, transparency comp images...
This addon for swipepad allows you to set any widget to appear when tapping in the main app. But, this works as a shortcut so you can add this functionality to your home, widgets - anything that can launch shortcuts can now launch widgets too. Wow.
Allows quick extraction of resources (icon, dock, wallpaper) from major launcher themes. Super useful if you want to use the icons in a gallery compatible app and cba to manually extract from the apk. It's not perfect though but useful nonetheless.
Another alternative for the overlay launchers pack - this one has a simple & modern design - and is not as invasive of you workspace as some others - however, I suppose it all comes down to personal opinion in the end. Free lite version available.
This free backup tool provides an invaluable service to root users around the world. By saving the backups externally (ie to your PC) you can get around the 1 backup at a time per app limit. Restoration is easy, and it backs up both data & apks.
A popular way to get quick setting shortcuts in your status bar without too much hassle. Personally, I use Elixir 2 which has far greater customization potential but if you don't, this can accomplish that element.
The ultimate customizable lockscreen allwing addition of widgets and positionable sliders - adds an impressive armourery for anyone pre-ICS. Read the reviews for your device before buying though, its had its issues.
Comes with almost all functionality for free - which is a pretty fab deal - restrictions being only circle shape & limited icon choice. However, if you use LL or similar you can make the widget 100% transparent then stick any unclickable icon...
Want super fast access to your top contacts, fave apps, cameras & recent apps from your lockscreen? Don't want to pay for widgetlocker? Hate golocker? The answer is here. A free app wonder, your shortcuts are a slide away.
Are you still using the gallery? Stop. This here has many more sorting/hiding/moving etc features and... it's much faster. It doesn't tilt, its not 3D, but if performance and speed is what your looking for this is the best choice out there.
Create your own modern text based widgets using a whole host of inbuilt variables - or send yr own from tasker. Packed with functionality and a brand new ui this is one app every expert homescreen should have.
Arguably Androids greatest ever app. Link2SD is why my Ace has 4GB of int mem, it came with 200mb. I run over 300 apps smoothly, in great part to this diamond. Read the instructions, one time setup, never run out of space again.
Create a shortcut to any activity or intent. Amazingly convenient activity grabber tool allows you to create a shortcut to any screen by pressing a notification. So easy, yet so useful. You can go straight to any screen you can get to!
A fantastic gift to customization enthusiasts everywhere, this app will simply ensure your screen stays on til you say otherwise. It even gives you a notification to click to make it easier to turn off, isn't it sweet :-) It's also handy for games
If your really into customizing & optimizing your droid, this app can save you data, protect yr privacy, stop startup apps, speed up your device. Free and without limits, you can toggle as many intents as you please, with a filter to help beginners.
Nuisance caller? Getting marketing calls? Block yr husband whilst ya with yr lover? Block yr mistress while ya with yr wife? Only want calls from contacts? With quickly switchable profiles, password protection & high flexibility, this app does it all
Find out if you've missed any notifications from practically any app, these fab widgets are super duper useful for quick glance info. Though the more technical can pretty much whip this up with Tasker themselves.
Light Flow allows you to take control of your notification on your device. It's main features are:
- Controlling the notification LED for phones that have them (cycling colors through outstanding notifications)
- Sound control, including repeating...
Apps Share makes it easy to share the market links of the apps you like with your friends by social networks or email. It's very easy to use, you can share apps to your friends by one tap. Features
* App share
* Batch apps share
* Installed app...
Whatever yr upto on yr droid, this app is a genuine must have. This let's you save any content from browser, PC, share key, for offline reading or reference later. Great for collecting apps on playboard u want to download or online app manuals etc
A modern, simple styled widget - highly customizable (of course.) Like all clocks/weather widgets you really have to try this out to see if its the right thing for your homescreen but youve nothing to lose, its free.
The markets greatest slideshow photo frames by a long way. Download the free HD extension for many more beautiful frames. Basic styles available for pics aswell as random order, custom intervals & image quality. Various widget sizes.
This ones aimed at those interested in creating beautiful homescreen titles, I love this. You can set any app to own when widget is clicked. No variable support yet. Tip. Add yr own fonts! Try layering dif colored glows.
Minimal, classy, extremely customizable, and battery friendly "Do It Yourself" widget with almost limitless possibilities! If you like the software and want to support the development please rate it! If you have issues or requests send me an email...
A highly useful app manager, which allows disabling system apps, disabling some basic receivers (inc boot - startup), disabling individual activities from an app and it's main feature, cleaning obsolete int mem files. It does backup too. WHOOPEE
Another simple app with big timesaving results. When your screen goes off, it doesn't lock. Simple. Convenient. So when you press home to turn on screen, you go straight to your app. Yay! This won't work if u have password obviously...
Mega popular, yes. Overrated, not at all. Go SMS pro is a feature packed mine of SMS experience customization. Private box, individual notifications, endless appearance settings, scheduled texts, auto reply, blacklist, online backup and so much more.
Changes wallpaper automatically or when shortcut/widget is tapped. Cycle through 500 or alternate 2 day & night (examples) Also useful for quick switch if your usual paper isn't moms house suitable. Or anything really. It's great
Eye In Sky Weather is for those who like their weather clean, simple and beautiful. The app includes 14 of the best weather icon sets available, with the ability to add your own icon sets.
Four widgets and an expandable notification are available...
Totally Free. More accurate + less ram than Swype. Normal typing works too. Lovely themes available. Size customizable. Advanced text prediction, learns yr style as you type. Save on int mem for incredible performance. T12, T26 & T+ layout available
This is quite an advanced app, it includes a gui for - well the title. If this is something you'd be interested in, try DL some templates off the app store to explore 1st. Also it plugs in to tasker for serious customization potential.
A must for little droid tinkers out there, this app allows you to extract (eg icons), add & edit files in apk archives amongst others. Even if yr not resource mining or tweaking, it supports all major archives, perfect for any down/uploader.
Transform your Android into an alarm clock you really can trust, with the ability to override phone volume - incase you left it on silent - and a myriad of unique wake up tasks (inc barcode scanning), awake test + enough safeguards to wake the dead.
The graphics aren't as snazzy but BAM is another fantastic app finding app. It's packed with user reviews, detailed pros/cons and also allows management of your installed apps. Follow playlists & get recommendations.
Allows you to save on screen space - esp useful for small screen devices - by having several apps occupy one space. Still easy to access. Add shortcuts + special functions too. Great for settings tht you don't want too large but want quick access to.
Much more informative than most stock task managers, this app doubles up as a more useful one & minfree manager. In a sleek, colorful interface it presents an accurate view of what's running, and as what (hidden app/empty app/content prov etc).
It's basic looking, yes. But the data and color scheme are flexible in every way. Not one part of the widget can't be user defined. There is plenty out there for those seeking eye candy, but this is no. 1 for minimal, lightweight & customization.
Simi allows you to create customizable popup folders containing contacts, apps, shortcuts & bookmarks. Design & layout options are good but this is all through homescreen shcts/widgets so the supporting app is simply just th settings.
A major player on the Android market, even if your not into customization you probably have this. But - it's the real deal - unbeaten, despite close competition, this is the tool to clip yr music to make a ringtone.
Record and track anything (numerical) - your weight, mileage, fuel costs, calories, measurements, cigarettes, medication, anything. It features categories, a quick counter, goto value, logs every change, add comments, track your way.
Another fantastic basic file browser, with many functions & a smooth, dark interface. This app allows access into root folders (eg data, system) and allows browsing/extracting apks. Only if you have root ofc. Dont press menu key tho, it crashes lol.
One of the more popular RSS feed apps out there, it's not without good reason, greader brings with it a whole host of features google forgot. There's no reason to waste memory on resource hoggers like Pulse.
A fantastic way to download, so much more control, functionality & info than letting stock browser deal with it. Try it yourself, all your downloads will succeed now :-p plus you can queue them up, major perk
One touch and your recording, whilst choice of themes is a little limited, it's free, it's super fast and clicking widget doesn't take you away from your homescreen. Lightweight too. Perfect for voice notes or even to catch verbal abuse.
This one does bring a little eye candy, similar to circle launcher but glossier & more customization for the contact shortcuts especially. I made a very pretty speed dial with these once. Free version available too.
Random password, number, letter, name, contact and a dozen other generators with an emphasis on gaming (ie roulette) Randomics is a highly useful & flexible app. It's inclusion mainly due to the password & number features.
Image editor includes many unique features, feeling rather like a mobile "gimp" includes layer editing, transparency and a host of effects, perfect mobile tool for recoloring icons w/out losing transparency. Requires 'computer' free app to save as.
A unique look on file browsers, this one is designed to look like windows explorer. It's not perfect yet, but with a look, the familiar method of organising files may appeal to new droid users, and the plugins are damn good. At the least, it's novel.
I'm not a massive fan myself - but its not the apps fault, I'm just 100% single image wallpaper. I love scrolling but no LWP. Nevertheless, this is an incredible tool for anyone who wants to change the wallpaper per page.
Whilst not apparently suited to this list, if space is an issue on your device, combining as many utilities as possible is a winning idea. There are some other decent offerings out there so have a browse, but this one sure packs in a lot.
If you've got root on yr device, this is the app that grants that permission to other apps. Without this you can't exersize yr awesome root power. Many oneclicks install this app when rooting, but otherwise, its 100% necessary before using root apps.
Simple app that allows you to search for both iPod style icons (iTunes) or general icons (iconfinder). App also includes favorites and top icons features. There are a few similar apps out there.Basic yes but may be useful when designing a homescreen.