How to make your Android phone look like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Jan 6, 2012 10:04 AM –
Most who have experienced the latest version of Android operating system would agree that the user interface is redefining, modern and slick. At the moment one-ish phone officially supports the new software, and you can have it on other phones by way of rooting, flashing ROMs and getting highly technical. But for those that want the look of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) the easy way, you can by installing a few Android apps.
Below we’ve included convenient download links to install the recommended apps…
First thing you need to know are the popular theming app engines out there which will determine the ancillary apps needed. We’ll be pointing out GO EX Launcher and ADWLauncher EX (we recommend the former over the latter as you’ll get more ICS experience). Both are highly popular, have free versions of the base app, many widget add-ons, and a plethora of third party themes to customize your device. Download either below and review our reviews to know the full features… Lets get started:
GO Launcher EX
Go Launcher EX is a home replacement app from Go Launcher Dev Team. Unless you are very new to Android, you’ll probably be aware of this home launcher. The app entirely replaces your native launcher, whether that be HTC’s Sense, Motoblur, the original Froyo and Gingerbread Android launchers or other manufacturer created homescreens. The app is completely free to download and is similar to LauncherPro and the recently reviewed by AndroidTapp ADW Launcher EX.
description: ADWLauncher EX is a fully customizable home replacement for your Android device. It offers many highly customizable settings, customizations, and effects to make your Android device yours.
Now that you have the launcher app, you’ll need a theme. Note: The first is for GO Launcher EX then ADWLauncher EX.
ICS GO Launcher EX Theme
description: ICS GO Launcher EX Theme! Get the looks and feel of Android 4.0! ★Description: This is it. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) theme for GO Launcher EX. ★Features: This theme includes the Ice Cream Sandwich icons, folder and 11 official backgrounds! ★ICS GOWidget Theme: Use this in combination with ICS GOWidget Theme made by me (Kani) to have the perfect Android 4.0 feel.
Ice Cream Sandwich (theme)
description: Get the look of Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ for your favorite launcher! ***** Features ★ New graphics for dock bar (ADW & Go)! ★ Themed search widget (ADW only)! ★ Ice Cream Sandwich system icons! ★ Wallpaper pack included ★ ADW Theme support ★ Launcher Pro theme support (limited to icons) ★ Go Launcher EX theme support ★ Support for Desktop Visualizer ★ Support for Folder Organizer
Lets tidy up with anything else missing; like the Dialer, widgets and lock screen. (Note: these apps are only for Go Launcher EX).
ICS Pro All in One GO Theme
description: ICE CREAM SANDWICH ALL IN ONE – FOR GO! PRODUCTS – All in One theme that works with: + GO LAUNCHER + GO SMS + GO CONTACTS + GO WIDGET + and there is MORE! An Ice Cream Sandwich theme/skin/style that is amazing!!
For the Lock Screen. (Note: You’ll need Go Locker app installed for this theme).
ICS Lockscreen HD
description: Ice Cream Sandwich Lockscreen! GO Launcher EX Locker Ice Cream Sandwich HD Lockscreen! You must have GO LOCKER app Installed to use With Go.Locker now you have this on your phone in any version Ice Cream Sandwich Lock screen!
Lastly, how about that Live Wallpaper?
Spectrum ICS Pro LWP
Free or $1.19 for the Pro version
description: Spectrum ICS Pro LWP is the ultimate live wallpaper for people trying to give their devices a fresh Ice Cream Sandwich theme. The app gives you plenty of cool customizations so not only can you make your wallpaper look unique, you really do have complete control over the look and feel of every aspect. In a nutshell, I was looking for a really smart LWP that had that colorful, stripy ICS effect and this was just by far the best option.
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