16
Apr
roundr

As an Android site, we try to keep a close eye on newcomers to the Play Store. Sometimes that helps us find new, innovative, and highly useful apps. On the other side of that, it also help us find WTF apps for the roundups. But every once in a while an app shows up that simply baffles the mind, because its existence is so seemingly questionable it's hard to imagine why it's a thing in the first place.

And that's what RoundR is.

Basically, it rounds the corners of your homescreen and all apps. Rounded. Corners. That's it. Because square corners are offensive and rude to some, I guess. Honestly, I just can't seem to wrap my brain around why anyone would want this. Judging by its five-star rating in the Play Store, it's pretty clear that some people do want it, though.

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You can adjust the radius of said rounded corners, as well as which corners become not square if you so choose. And that's pretty much it. If you've ever wondered what some of your favorite apps may look like with rounded corners, here are a few examples of what to expect with RoundR:

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L to R: Chrome looking edgier than ever before, Google Music with some subtle roundness, Instagram sporting round corners before it becomes cool

Can't say that I've ever looked at my phone and said "you know, I'd love this even more if the corners weren't so damn square. Too bad I can't make 'em round." If you have, though – RoundR is an app for you. You'll find it at the widget below.

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.

  • http://twitter.com/calebkester Caleb Kester

    Hear hear!

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Hahahaha :D

    • Barış Uraz

      Status bar düz uygulamalar yuvarlak köşeli :-) (Status bar is rectangle but apps are rounded)

  • http://profiles.google.com/soapinmouth Eric Steinberger

    why is it so hard to comprehend that some people find it aesthetically pleasing? it reminds me of web-os which I loved the look of but didn't like the lack of apps.

    • Cherokee4Life

      kind of looks nice if there wasn't a status bar at the top that is a rectangle. I could see this being an option in some launcher but a stand-a-lone app seems weird to me is all.

      • http://twitter.com/elmo61 Stephen Williamson

        on 4.2 the status bar is solid black (not sure how far back it goes but atleast one my nexus 4 it is)

        so I can see it not looking to bad on my phone but on a phone with a different colour or gradient status bar it would look odd (like in the screenshots!

        • XBIRDIE98

          I think the black bar goes back to Gingerbread as far as 'pure' Android is concerned, but HTC and other ODMs had implemented it on Froyo and possibly on earlier versions - I forget exactly which.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    This is what exactly MiUi does.

    • Kangaroo

      Says the man who has kurve....

      • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

        lol :D

  • Josh

    MIUI has done this for a while and I've always liked it. Especially on a dark device with a thin black bezel, it makes it look like the app is sort of floating on the screen. It's definitely not for everyone though.

  • makapav

    From the last line in the article: "You'll find it at the widget below"

    WTF? You're now calling hyperlinks to the play store a 'widget'? Aren't we getting a little ahead of ourselves? Pass around what you're smokin' this way, Sir.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      /facepalm

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      um, they use widgets on each play store listing, which feature a link to the app, qr code, and other info. What is that you are smoking? :)

      • makapav

        TIL. Now I'll go weep in a corner.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    WebOS ftw! Maybe Matias is behind this.

  • bydavidrosen

    downloading right now... so excited haha. my first ROM I ever used (drawing a blank on the name) back on the G1 had this effect and I freaking loved it. never saw another ROM or other way of getting this effect back

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    dangit, ap. now i'm too intrigued not to try this, and then leave a 5-star review.

    i guess there's something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well

  • Matthew Kaufman

    Saw this on Reddit yesterday and tried it out. It's just something different and I've liked it so far. For the past 5 years of owning an Android phone I've never once thought "I wish the corners were rounded" but today when I open up and app and see it I think "wow, it's cool that Android can do that.".

  • József Király

    ROUNDED CORNERS ON A RECTANGLE. The same with the iPhone - it is rounded, and for some reason, it attracts a great bunch of people. I think it is a great marketing, now, add ads to the app, or sell it, or dunno, but you could make serious money with it. Until Apple comes after your a**.

  • ddpacino

    Feels webOS-y.

  • Anthony Carbonaro

    How 'bout some BSG inspired corners?

    • sm

      hear hear...

  • attila_hargitai

    This was (is?) a default feature in MIUI. I always hated it...

  • Steez

    just.why

  • Jack

    It shows progress must be being made in smartphone wars when Apple allow an Android developer to license the shape they invented in 2006.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Eh... No, thanks. Eww, ugly.

  • MohammadAdib

    I'm the developer! Thanks for posting about RoundR!

  • Melvin

    webOS refugees unite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

    I'm not a big fan of rounded corners on UI elements, so I installed this thinking it was going to be just another "install it - try it - uninstall it" app but... it works nice and looks, well, kinda good.

    This app is going to stay on my phone some time until I get tired of rounded corners (maybe not more than a month) but it's actually a cool app after all. Reminds me of WebOS.

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