Android Phone 7

Ok. I know what you’re gonna say. Why the hell would I want my Android to look like a Windows Phone 7 interface?!

Why? Because we can do it better. 😉

Some of you may have seen the new Windows Mobile 7 interface and thought to yourself, that’s kind of a cool idea having large icons to represent the different functions of the phone. Well, there’s a way to do this, and you can even create your own icons for it.

Thanks to paulmz from for these instructions. They were created on an UNROOTED HTC DROID Incredible using LauncherPro, but they can be adapted to other Android devices.


About the images:
I created all of the icons from scratch myself using images from my personal photo collection, Google image searches, and Stock Exchange (stock.xchng – the leading free stock photography site). All images were resized by cropping in Photoshop or GIMP (This post shows the process: Image Resizing Using Photoshop). Also using Photoshop I added a 35-pixel high black rectangle with a 60% transparency and the white text with a small drop shadow (This post shows the process: Creating Image Labels in Photoshop). Save them as a .png file and copy them onto the phone (I put them in a “Widget Photos” folder in the DCIM folder).

How to get the images as a widget:
1. Make sure the .png image files are on the phone.
2. Add a new widget to the home screen (long-press empty space, select “Widgets” from pop-up).
3. Go to “Desktop Visualizer” and press the correct widget size (listed as width x height).
4. Press “Select Icon”.
5. Press “Image File”.
6. Search for and select your image (may be different depending on gallery, etc.).
7. Press “Select Action”.
8. Press either “Launch Application” and select application,
….-or- press “Other” to select a shortcut.
….NOTE: If you select “Other”, “Activities”, you can have widget trigger certain parts of
….certain apps (ie. go straight to “Alarm Clock” without having to go through “Clock”).
….ANOTHER NOTE: If you select “None”, it will be only an image widget that does nothing.
9. Press the “Label” box and delete all text in this box – leave it blank.
10. Ignore “Label Color”.
11. Adjust “Touch Effect” to your liking.
12. Press “OK”.

Also, don’t forget to make just a blank (preferably black) wallpaper to go behind the widgets.

Voila! Clickable gallery widget with a custom image.
Also… No LauncherPro widget resizing is necessary!

Click here to see what this looks like and to find the needed Apps to do this.

For those who need a little help figuring out image sizes for the Desktop Visualizer widgets, the following list is based on LauncherPro’s homescreen arrangement of 4-columns and 5-rows: (HTC DROID Incredible)

1×2: 110×260
1×3: 110×395
1×4: 110×665
2×1: 230×125
3×1: 350×125
4×1: 470×125
4×4: 470×665
Large (3×3): 350×395
Middle (2×2): 230×260
Small (1×1): 110×125

All dimensions are in pixels, width by height.


xda-developers posts for the original idea:





One response to this post.

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