Last Updated: January 3rd, 2012

Our inaugural Monthly Home Screen Challenge for the month of October was a great success. So much so that we decided to keep the challenge going, and we got some awesome submissions for November. As always, it was tricky picking a winner, and after much deliberation we finally settled on Hotmann, who came up with an interesting take on the periodic table.

Just like last month's challenge, we have taken the winning submission and broken it down into its basic components for your reading/designing pleasure. Enjoy!

Winner - Hotmann

Hotmann's entry can be difficult to comprehend at first, but on closer inspection it is clearly one of the most creative uses of an Android home screen that I have ever seen.


Hotmann has created this work of art on his Motorola Atrix which has a qHD display (540x960). His device is running on the Alien ROM (build #4), using the Simplicity theme.

On top of that, he is running Launcher Pro which is a great alternative to the stock launcher that comes with most devices, as it allows for a lot of customization. In this case, he has tweaked the default LauncherPro setup heavily to achieve his periodic table design.

The slick time and date display on the first home screen is achieved using the Minimalistic Text app. This app allows you to configure a variety of information and display it in a minimalist fashion on your home screen.

To obtain the red clickable "elements" on the home screen, Hotmann has used the Desktop VisualizeR app. This app makes shortcuts or widgets with either the image specified or the icon of another application.

Finally, the power control widget, seen on the last home screen, is from the Widgetsoid app. This app is essentially a switcher toggle for a digital clock, battery, network connection, and Wi-Fi level.

It is apparent that this home screen is not just made up of a custom ROM and a bunch of apps and widgets. However rather than waste anymore words explaining how this work of art can be replicated on your own home screen, we will direct our readers to his blog, which gives detailed instructions.

In his own words, Hotmann has "created something pretty unique" and we tend to agree with him.


In addition to our grand prize winner we also decided to pick four runner-ups. If you wish to read more about how they put together their set-up, click on their names to head to the relevant post.

Runner-Up 1: Ridiculous Hat


Runner-Up 2: Rick


Runner-Up 3: pcon


Runner-Up 4: Visual Perfection


The best part about the Monthly Home Screen Challenge is that it gives everyone a chance to flex their creative muscle and come up with a stylish, yet functional home screen. So, hop to it and get your entries ready for December's challenge!

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • David

    Can we have a link to that Darth Vader wallpaper?

  • Jesus Otero

    Most of these homescreens are hideous.
    Not mentioning which ones cus i don't wanna bring anyone down, but imma join in next month and show some serious homescreens! >:D

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We get to pick from what gets submitted. Join in if you got the chops :)

  • Bo

    The winning homescreen is probably the sharpest homescreen I've ever seen on any phone. VERY creative. I'm thinking of trying to replicate it.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm personally not sure how functional it is, if you can only click the icons in red, even though others may be visible, and it's highly inflexible if you need to edit the apps you want to show up, but it is indeed quite original.

      The author blogged about his process here http://jhotmann.blogspot.com/2011/10/homescreen-guide-elements-of-android.html in case you missed it.

      • Bo

        Oh, I didn't read any of his blog yet, I don't see why all the "elements" couldn't be live shortcuts...

        Guess I have some reading to do.

        • Hotmann

          You could easily make them all clickable. Just make the background with the boxes overlayed and then create a bunch of shortcuts to fill each page.

  • Hooman

    Can you please post how to make the homescreen like Runner Up 2? I always wanted a simple homescreen like this.

    • Nexuz-Uno

      I want to know what weather widget that is. Anyone know?

    • Sundog

      If you click on Rick's name above, you'll be taken directly to his entry with this notes.

    • Rick

      Damn, runner up! And yeah, just click my name for info :)

  • Nexuz-Uno

    Minimalistic Text doesn't work in ICS! AHHHHHH! I'm sad now. :(

  • Franco

    runner up number 4.
    Total class,great thought going into it.well done.