Zac: What’s On My Homescreen (September 2014)

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This post was published 9 years, 4 months ago. Due to the rapidly evolving world of technology, some material it contains may no longer be applicable.

One of the best features of Android is the fact it lets the user customise and tweak pretty much everything about it, from home screens to default apps. There are so many icon packs, widgets and launchers out there now that it’s easy to find something that will suit your tastes.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to share what I have on my homescreen. I’ve been using Android for around two-and-a-half years now, most of which has been spent with custom launchers, so I have quite a few apps that are worth sharing.

Home Launcher
There are a lot of launchers to choose from out there, all offering a unique set of features. I’ve tested and purchased a fair few of them, but I always seem to come back to the same one. Nova Launcher Prime. It has always been the fastest, smoothest and most customisable launcher, whilst also being the easiest to set up. Most of you will likely have tried Nova already, but for those of you who have not, there will be an install widget at the bottom of this post.

Wallpaper
This particular wallpaper, along with most of the wallpapers I use, is taken from an app called Infinite Walls. Developed by Simon Tucker, this app has hundreds of wallpapers available spanning several categories.

What I love most about this app is the fact the developer is always happy to take requests. So far I have requested four wallpapers, and they’ve been added into the app pretty quickly and they always look amazing. It is also pretty nice that the developer doesn’t have to update the app every time new wallpapers are added. Most of the time they’re added server-side, so almost every time you open the app you’re greeted by beautiful new backgrounds.

I don’t often pay for wallpaper apps, actually this is the first one, but trust me this app is worth it!

Icons
The icon pack I’m using is called Parallax and is from the same developer that brought you the Naxos series. Only released to the Play Store this week, it already comes with over 1700 icons and 18 wallpapers, all of which are highly detailed. These are truly some of the most beautiful icons I’ve ever used, and they’ll be staying on my homescreen for a good while.

Widgets
When it comes to widgets I like to keep it pretty simple. On the leftmost screen I have my Google Play Music widget. On my primary homescreen I have Dashclock with my favourite extensions. On the right hand screen I have a Google News And Weather widget.

So that’s it! That’s my current setup. It’ll probably be different tomorrow knowing me, but that’s how it is right now. What are your favourite icons? Do you prefer a different launcher? Let us know in the comments!

Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
Developer: Nova Launcher
Price: Free
Infinite Walls
Infinite Walls
Developer: aninfinitedesign
Price: £0.58
Parallax - Icon Pack
Parallax - Icon Pack
Developer: mowmo
Price: Free
DashClock Widget
DashClock Widget
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