Most of the home screen replacements out there are just variations on a theme. There are scrollable panels, icons, and an app drawer. Foneclay is something entirely different. With this app, you can turn your phone into functional, though bizarre art.

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The app itself is essentially just a front end for downloading and installing the artistic home screen apps. Tap on one that looks interesting, and you can preview the UI before you download. Each home screen is installed like any other non-Play Store app from system dialogs. Some of the options are more impressive than others, with animations and really cool art. Is any of it as functional as a real home screen? Probably not. Still, if you want your home screen of consist of a giant icon-wielding octopus, this is the only game in town.

Foneclay is currently stocked with around 30 "fones," all of which are free. Presumably paid fones will happen later. I don't think I could use these as my full-time home screen, but I'm sure someone will. It's free, so you should at least check this out for the novelty factor.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I'm so comfortable with my carefully crafted homescreens that I'm really too lazy to try this out, but hey, I think this is a very original idea =) It could turn out to be very cool indeed!

  • alexcue

    The foneclay folks need to hook up with some of the more talented people on MyColorScreen. There are some amazing homescreens on there. Wonder if some of the same effects could be used. Right now this looks a little too organic/messy for my tastes. I see this being more popular with teens.

  • ElfirBFG

    Looks neat, but not for me. I love my Trebuchet set up. I need to keep things folderised, and as Holo as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

    It's pretty neat. I'll rock some of these for a while. Diggin' the little tree screen.

  • olvi

    After many phones and many different custom home screens, sooner or later I always seem to return the factory home screen. But these look nice and will freshen up my phone for a little while. Maybe this time I won't go back to the factory home screen anymore?

  • wickets

    thanks....it looks very nice

  • flosserelli

    Reminds me of Talisman Desktop for Windows. I'm surprised it took this long for something like this to come to android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier C├írdenas

    I haven't tried it yet, but some people have commented that this app may cause massive battery drain because it uses flash for showing the HS.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Is it coincidence that just today I read articles about Microsoft Bob??
    I tried something similar yet less fancy with a nice background and customized icons using Desktop VisualizeR. I gave up soon since it's not practical.