People spend incredible amounts of time making their Android home screen just how they want it.
And I will share with you the secret of making a beautiful home screen.
It really is that simple. Icons are just ugly. There’s no avoiding this simple fact.
On the right is my current home screen. Nice, huh? Because its not spoiled by ugly icons.
It only has one widget, the word clock (FiveTime). Most widgets are also pretty ugly, and just cant be on my home screen.
But I still have icons. just a swipe to the left and I have all that ugly stuff. 2 screens of things that I need to access quickly. I don’t mind an extra swipe to open apps – it prevents the trauma of seeing icons when I only want to use the pull down menu.
I used to have the camera icon at the bottom right so that I could open the camera from the lock screen, but it was SO UGLY that I had to get rid of it – and let go of that easier way to open the camera.
Disclaimer: I haven’t really sacrificed much – I have an old windows phone with a dedicated camera button and OIS, and I just use that as my camera. Even when I had the ugly camera icon on my Android home screen, it was still easier to just grab my windows phone and hold the camera button until it is ready to take a photo or video.
There’s no going back to a device without a dedicated camera button, and not forever missing it.