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If you've ever cruised through r/AndroidThemes, then you've probably seen some pretty impressive homescreens floating around. Some are ultra-minimal. Others are highly functional while still retaining an appealing look. Then, there are those that just stand out from the crowd because of a well thought-out layout.

The Sci-Fi Interface Theme by Reddit user Futant55 is a shining example of the latter. It has the look of something very difficult to create, but is actually just a few widgets precisely placed to fit in perfectly with the custom wallpaper. Have a look:

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Left: Homescreen; Right: Lock screen

Fortunately, Futant55 provided all the necessary files to recreate this look for yourself. It's worth noting that Apex is the launcher used in the above screenshots, so if you use a different launcher it may not turn out exactly the same.

Update: Turns out this theme was heavily inspired by this piece over at DeviantArt. We like to give credit where credit is due, especially considering it looks like quite a bit of work went into the original piece.

For instructions and all necessary files, check out this thread on Reddit.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Кристијан Ристовски

    The power of android, bitches and gentleman.

    • briankariu

      I wait for the day iphone 5 does anything remotely similar

      • 4dd0

        Don't hold your breath...

      • LewisSD

        Funny story:
        My friend who has only ever had iphones was explaining to me what a panorama camera is, and turn by turn directions and how the new iphone will have them. I didn't want to ruin his little apple high so I bit my tung and didn't tell them that android phones have had those features for years. I was laughing my ass off later tho lol.

        • Nicholas Loomans

          I wouldn't've bit my tongue. They won't learn otherwise.

      • William Peterson

        It won't... Ever

    • Some guy

      Please could you refer to women in a nicer way than this. Thanks!

  • Chris Nutt

    Nice, though I always feel these things look great in screens, but what do they look like in motion?

    Somebody needs to bring out a hobbiest launcher that allows a separation of widget function from skin so we can make our own skins.

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    Damn, that is one sweet theme going on. Stuff like this makes me glad to have a Android so I can customize.

  • Dennis Heffernan

    Looks very nice, sadly I can't try it. Stuck with Gingerbread....

    • krazyfrog

      "The power of android, bitches and gentleman."

  • tylerwatt12

    meh, too much rice

  • Freak4Dell

    It looks cool, but it'd be way too busy for me to use as a daily homescreen. My homescreen looks really boring, but I love it.

  • Meh

    That's not that hard to do. Seen better.

  • Jörgen Pettersson

    Oh come on, that is just horrible. Guess I'm all for minimal...

  • lordmerovingian

    Looks terrible. Just too garish for my taste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1219423822 Andrew Lumi

    Tone it down and you got a killer look on your phone.
    As a side note, this really proves that the ones who THINK DIFFERENTLY are Android users.

  • Souvik Kar

    Dumb question.. the reddit user mentions modifying the apk files of widget locker and phantom player. What does that exactly mean? I really like this look but I don't want to side load applications. More importantly, this seems a good creative initiative, but sounds like we would be using pirated apps. I really hope I have misunderstood his explanation and there is no piracy involved.

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      I don't know about "Phantom Player", but you can purchase WidgetLocker in the Play Store.

      And sideloading does not have to mean piracy. I know of some apps that are not available on the Play Store but are not pirated apps; they need to be sideloaded.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    TBH, that *is* one cool home screen. But I've went down that road before. At first, all's cool and well. But within one week, I realized that I've practically locked down my home screen; I can no longer add more ages or more shortcuts without worrying that my carefully crafted home screen will fall apart. And I also can't change the wallpaper because all elements depend on a certain wallpaper.

    So I gave up, and now content myself with a bland-ish, but much more functional, home screen.

    • Nicholas Loomans

      My issue was performance. To get my nice text lists I ended up with a homescreen that took minutes to load up (Over 20 widgets).

      • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

        You're doing it wrong :P

        But seriously, go check out ssLauncher or Lightning Launcher. They both support gridless, text-only interface, without having to resort to widgets.

        • Nicholas Loomans
          • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

            TBH, that's doable somewhat easily with Lightning Launcher. At least the right-side of the screen :-)

            Start by deleting everything on the provided home screen, change the row-height of the grid to quickly (and uniformly) size the shortcuts.

            Then, create the shortcuts (long-press on an app in the drawer, or choose from a list), remove the icons, right-align the labels, and change the font.
            The left side of the screen, you might need some widgets. But if some of the icons are merely shortcuts, then just create the shortcuts, and remove the labels. At this step, you might want to turn off grid to allow fine-tuning of position.

            I was a user of Lightning Launcher ;-)

          • Nicholas Loomans

            I've given up for now. My phone does txting and eBook reading.