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Extreme makeover: 10 great Android personalization apps

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Extreme makeover: 10 great Android personalization apps
One of the best ways to make your Android smartphone truly yours is to customize it to your personal liking. And by "customize" we mean not just putting a photo of a cute kitten as a wallpaper. There are so many ways that an Android device can be tweaked: think custom widgets, advanced lock screens, alternative drop-down notification bars, and the likes.

That is what we have for you today: 10 Android customization apps that can help you modify your smartphone or tablet without the need to bother installing any custom Android launchers or flashing third-party ROMs. Do you know any other great personalization apps for Android that we've missed? Just drop a comment below and let us know!

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 06:53 9

1. android_hitman (unregistered)

excellent article. Thank you

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 07:18 7

2. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Excellent indeed. thanks PA.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 07:26 1

3. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Android Pro Widgets are an obvious copy of HTC Sense...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:04 1

13. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

It's an app with themes, if you don't like the stock look get themes but either way it doesn't look like sense.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 07:50 6

4. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:13 7

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2286; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Haha .. and there's a app for that.., for iPhone ...but it only changes wallpaper!! LoL

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 07:57 2

5. android8 (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

Great Apps !!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:38 1

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I wonder if the author knows about the geatest, by far most capable and most complex
personalization app ever - The Tasker

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:59 2

10. Nick_T (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Will sure check it out. Who knows, it may show up in one of our next picks.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:53 1

14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Actually the app name is just "Tasker", I used The to emphasize the badassery of it lol
It's more about to-do aspects of personalization than the visuals, but with a "scenes" mode you can create a whole UI.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:44 1

8. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I used to use Folder Organizer - back in 2010....if you have ICS/JB, then you are set as is, and you can get NOVA launcher to backup placement/folders.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:56 1

9. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Those are some great apps, but there are better ones. Screen cluttered you say? HA, get Circle launcher.. Its the best. Allows access to your most used apps just by touching anywhere on your screen.

Who needs folders? Oh yeah, the iphoney does.. Android users need to get out of folders..

I have just widgets on my screens. No folders, no icons.

Hunt3rj2.. Thats the problem. Everything is a copy of everything else. Otherwise we'd live in a weird 1 sided world. 1 tv manufacturer. 1 cell phone maker (coughs.. apple) 1 religion, etc.. Apples suit against Sammy will most likely be overturned in courts on "fair use" ground. Apple can't patent a square with rounded corners and a black background. Nor can they patent a rectangle with rounded edged. Otherwise, every 42" tv that is a rectangular box with rounded corners would be owned by 1 company. Things look alike because, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:28 1

12. Aeires (unregistered)

I use folders in Nova, but the icon is transparent so people can look at your phone without knowing there's folders on the screens. You just have to remember where you put them. ;-)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:26 2

11. Aeires (unregistered)

Launch-X. Great little app not many know about that lets you cram a lot of apps in a smaller space without looking cluttered or cramped.

posted on 09 May 2013, 01:35

15. itchyfingerz (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2013)

**Featured as top 3 for “Featured Android Apps”, “Trending Apps” and in the top 10 list for “Staff Picks” worldwide on the Google Play Store**

**Reviewed by Google, CNET, xda developers, addictive tips and many more reviewers worldwide**

Vybe- Custom Vibrations lets you create custom vibration patterns for your contacts and allows you to know who’s calling or messaging without looking at your phone. A unique experience where you can design distinct vibration patterns for your phone calls, text messages and app notifications (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Gmail, Facebook and Facebook Messenger!)
And it’s pretty simple! Just create a vibration, assign it to a contact and know who’s trying to reach out.

To put it simple just Create, Assign and Feel it.

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