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The best three Android interface apps

Nermin Bajric | March 26, 2014
With plenty of user interface add-ons available on the Google Play store, it can be hard to decide what to download, especially when there's a price attached. The following are our three favourites.

Action Launcher Pro: Settings

Action Launcher Pro has a thorough Settings menu which is accessed by either tapping the home button on the home screen of your smartphone/tablet (for those which have one), or by tapping the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and then 'Settings'. Here you can also lock your screen to avoid accidentally moving icons and widgets.

The menus seem complicated to start with, but once you navigate through them a couple of times, it all becomes straightforward.

Action Launcher Pro: Features

Chris Lacy has done a great job at segregating most of the options at hand, meaning you don't have to dig too deep to find a certain setting.

There is also a backup and import option so you can save your setup and install it on a new device rather than wasting time coordinating everything over and over.

DashClock: Appearance

DashClock is a very useful lock screen utility which provides notifications to a range of apps.

The left screenshot shows the appearance of DashClock for those who use a lock pattern, PIN, or password. Swiping down from the widget provides further detail, as seen in the centred image. By entering this view, you can also access the settings menus; just tap on the little gear/cog icon.

The general appearance of time and data can be altered via the settings.

DashClock: Settings and Extensions

The DashClock settings are fairly straightforward, allowing you to organise the order in which Extensions appear on your lock screen.

Note that not all apps are supported, but most of those which are, are free. A quick link to a full list of DashClock Extensions from a range of developers can be accessed by tapping the three dots in the top right.

kovdev: Nox and Lumos

kovdev's mission statement is "to provide users with an assortment of design options to personalise their Android devices," and it delivers on this. The Dave Kover and Ben Lee combo has created a series of icon packs which complement Action Launcher Pro.

The only problem is selecting which one to download as they cost $US2.23 each.

The first and second screenshots in this slide are of the Nox and Lumos apps, respectively. Nox contains very simply square icons with a hint of a shadow from each. Lumos is reminiscent of Apple's round-edged icons.

All of kovdev's designs are very similar to the originals, but offer a unique twist. Not all icons are supported, though; those which have not yet been addressed utilise the app's default look with a border. Credit must be given to kovdev for very frequent updates which are rolled out at virtually the same time to the team's full portfolio.

 

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