Readers of a certain age will remember the way LCD screens looked back in the early 90s. We'd never heard of color LCDs – that would have been witchcraft plain and simple. LCDs were dingy little grayscale things that you saw on clocks and mediocre handheld games. Still, there's nothing like some nostalgia in this age of pocket-sized supercomputers, right? MyColorScreen user z3u5 posted a classic LCD theme for custom Android launchers recently, and it's a seriously cool effect.


This theme can be applied in various launchers like Nova, ssLauncher, and Go Launcher. You'll need to download the resource packs from MyColorScreen and apply the theme and backgrounds in your launcher. The icon pack has most of the apps you'll need, but you might have to make some adjustments. Not all themes have an LCD-style text, so you might have to remove the icon labels (otherwise the effect will be ruined).

The LCD theme also comes with skins for the UCCW widget, and Elixir 2 system info widgets. The video above will walk you through setting up the home screen. Parts of it are a little tedious, like applying the icons to shortcuts, but the final product is definitely neat.

[MyColorScreen, Z3u5]

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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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


    Obligatory "Can you do that on iOS? Didn't think so. Suck it, Apple" comment.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      I remember seeing something like this on Cydia.

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

        Obligatory "Yeah, but you don't need to root to do this on Android" response.

    • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

      Android themes remind me of teenage girls who paint their fingernails green and put Disney stickers on their backpacks. Stunningly terrible theme and unprofessional comment, as usual AP is on the cutting edge of adolescence.

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

        I guess you didn't catch the drift of sarcasm in that comment. I apologize profusely and will do better in the future. Forgive me, S.!

        • Samvith V Rao

          I very much doubt he got the sarcasm in your reply, either.

      • Pallav
        • ChainsawCharlie

          So glad that this prick has left us.

          • FrillArtist

            Bitter sap. He left a trophyless club to join a trophy winning club.

          • fabulosospucas

            Doesn't matter. Still a douchebag.

      • Chris

        most android themes look like shit, must like how stock android looked like back in the day. I find that happen a lot with "open source" no serous designers. they dont give a rats ass about design and great looks. Now with teens getting their noses in on tech, its gonna be a lot harder to get great design.....

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771795572 Esa Edvik

          It's also harder to find good spelling nowadays.

          • Chris

            It's also hard for some people to go though life worrying over spelling errors on the Internet.

          • Chris

            But since you are not an american id let it slide

      • skoobz

        Cool story bro. You mad bro?

      • Sam Thomas

        They made Blackberry for assholes like YOU

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    super gnarly

  • Jimmy Li

    Reminds me of my old Handspring PDA....XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/its.pajaro.pendejo Jose M Gonzalez

    WOW that's some talent. looks amazing n i want it on my phone :)

  • Mike Reid

    Cool. For about 5 seconds.

  • cy_n_ic

    Amazing work

  • Alvin Brinson

    Right off the bat, I tried ssLauncher and it started hitting Paid features required to complete the tasks. The article really should have pointed this out. Now I'm wondering how many of these other things I'll have to buy if I want this theme. Again, paid is OK, but not pointing it out is not OK.

    Not only that, the tutorial jumps steps. For example, he tells you to set the wallpaper... and somehow magically already has it on his phone, no explanation of WHERE it came from! At this point, I'm just saying forget this...

    • GraveUypo

      if you don't even know where you put the wallpaper file WHY the HELL are you even looking into this?

      it's the same as complaining about a book because it assumes you can read.

      • Joseph Remy

        I think he's talking about "Where do you get that wallpaper image from? What website, etc." Not where to put it on his phone.

        • GraveUypo

          same thing. it's ALL in the video description.

    • Josh Phillips

      The wallpapers appear to be available at the URL in the Youtube description: http://mycolorscreen.com/2013/03/13/lcd-2/

  • QwietStorm

    Reason #267 why I love Android

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  • StevesBalls

    Way too fucking complicated, this needs to be simplified. It boggles my mind that nobody has streamlined this yet in Android...

  • flosserelli

    Brings back memories of my Sony CLIÉ. Primitive by 2013 standards, but back in the day it was the cat's ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438070419 Jeremy Strauss

    I couldn't watch that video for more than 5 seconds. Seriously, that guy needs to lay of the coffee, his head never stopped moving. . .

  • Paul

    Is the broken/shattered/cracked glass in the bottom right corner, above the phone icon, part of the effect or did they just choose a crappy phone to show off their theme?

    • Matthew Fry

      It's part of the look. His phone isn't damaged that I can see.

  • primalxconvoy

    Don't forget to download the tamagotchi and snake apps and to use only retro sounds for your ringtones!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohammad.asad1992 Mohammad Asad

    where is the download link for this retro lcd ?

  • http://twitter.com/besttechsetup KJ

    Pretty cool man! some of the better theming I have seen, feel free to check out what I am working on too! It's not as retro but still some truly good and awesome looking theming. http://www.besttechsetup.com it's a work in progress

  • Icchi

    I got Phantom Widget after creating Elixir 2 widget, what gives? However, if I am using default elixir 2 icon, it is okay.