5 Android L themes, launchers and icon packs to install while you wait
Camouflaging your home and lock screens, app drawer, icons and notification bar to look like something else is a favorite pastime for many Android aficionados, especially those with even a little geek in their blood. Ever since Google made the unprecedented Android L announcement, which promises groundbreaking visual and functionality changes, yet skimps on the actual finished product, we've been jonesing that our phones see some of the visual goodness, as the wait for the real thing is shaping up to be a while.
As usual, it didn't take long for enterprising devs to come up with themes, mods and launcher skins that mimic Android L pixel for pixel. With the latest Android edition, we will be getting a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled the aging notification system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung's, LG's, or third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style card system, and there are plenty of other changes to Android under the hood, but those are not what we are interested in. What we want is the Android L look, without all the Android L wait, so we've rounded up a few of the ways to get those sweet L visuals here and now.
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The most faithful Android L representation comes in the form of a standalone theme that covers all visual clues from the developer preview and the Android L presentation, and then some. Unfortunately, it is paid, and runs on custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 11, Paranoid Android and the like, but it is definitely worth the money if you want to be as close to the real deal as humanly possible at the current stage of affairs.
Yep, simply installing the most popular third-party Android launcher now grants you access to the visual goodness that will eventually arrive with the Android L project on your phone. NOVA can now be decked with some of the Material Design looks and animations, as well as folder previews and app drawer icons, all inspired from Android L.
With full support for the most popular Android launchers, like NOVA, Apex, and most everything else, the aptly-named Android L Launcher Theme brings the full Android L visual experience to stock Android handsets for two bucks, and features the ultimate icon, widget and wallpaper pack to camouflage your homescreen into the latest Android looks.
Got the homescreen goods, but missing the Android L lockscreen and card notifications? Fret not, as the Android L LockScreen app comes to the rescue, and absolutely gratis at that, how about it?
Alternatively, you might simply want the icons and the weather widget that come with Android L. Well, Android L Icons & Weather Skin is free to download, and, as long as you use the Solo launcher, will dress your Google app icons in the L fashion, sprinkling the respective weather skin on top.
As an added bonus, here's a nice free app that can repaint your phone dialer theme to resemble the Android L style. You get the circular animation and other goodies, too. As the title hints, this is simply a theme for exDialer, so upon opening, you will be sent to the shop to install the third party dialer, and then swap its them with the Android L looks.