When it comes to beautifying your phone, most of the options involve complicated modding procedures, installing sketchy software, or spending entirely too much time shuffling through configuration screens. Sometimes, all we need is a low maintenance option that does the hard work for us. To that end, Sparky Lock Screen is determined to deliver an ultra-fast, incredibly simple lock screen replacement that looks great without making you work for it.



Simplicity is obviously the driving force behind Sparky. There is but one option: which theme you want to use. That's it. No extended configurations, no toggling of checkboxes, no picking through pages of background images. Each theme is designed to play to the strengths of its imagery, so unlocking might be achieved by tearing the bottom of a ticket or sliding a dial to start the messaging app. You can test each lockscreen before choosing, which presents a brief instructional screen to show off the capabilities within the scene. The total lack of extensive configuration options may not appeal to the hardcore theming crowd, but that's not the goal here; it's about having a set-it-and-forget-it experience.

Sparky Lock Screen is currently only supported on phones, but judging by the Play Store description, a jump to the big screen is probably forthcoming. The graphics are crystal clear on my Nexus 4 and HTC One, and everything runs very smoothly. A lite version is available to try out for free with two sample themes: the Donut and Sketchy (1st and 2nd screenshots above). The full version can be had for $1.99 and delivers all 8 scenes. If you feel like a change of pace for your lock screen, this one is definitely worthy trying out.

Thanks, Rodrigo!

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • s_bomb

    These are really creative and look very polished! I won't be using them long-term because I am too much of a Nexus/AOSP fanboy, but these look like great lockscreen options.

    • Adam Truelove

      Finally, someone like me. I tend to shy away from anything not AOSP stock, but I'll give these a try just for fun.

    • steve

      I love Android so much, I think my next phone is going to be Nexus 5. Right now I am using a Note 2. A lot of people complain about touch wiz, but when I put a AOSP custom rom on my phone, I loose features from Samsung, like running two apps at once splitting the screen, spen doesn't work as good, and camera features, etc, etc. It really puts you between a rock and a hard place. But there's no doubt about it, stock Android is the quickest Android.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I'm hooked on my minimally configured CyanogenMod lockscreen (app launching from the home screen), and I'm not quite ready to give that up. However, this is the first thing I've seen that could almost tear me away from it. I've already suggested it to a few of my non-techie friends and they love it.

  • sourabh

    i downloaded it,chose a theme and it asks me to buy the damn app.i got irritated and uninstalled the app immediately.Hate these kind of apps where they seem to include all features of the paid version but asks you to buy stuff

    • Gerard

      Man, you are cheap. A beautiful home screen replacement for less than the price of a beer, but you need to start bitching. Get off my Internet, please!

      • sourabh

        Home screen replacement? interesting.

      • QwietStorm

        Give it a rest. He has a right to his opinion.

      • Harjifangki

        Problem is, there are lots of country that are not supported by Google Play.
        So you want to buy something from an app, but you simply can't, because your country isn't supported. Which is quite irritating.

    • someone755

      Dude, the free version only has 2 themes available.

  • steve

    I will have to give it a try. Definitely right about modding the device, it is a lot of work.

  • someone755

    Wow, looks awesome. Maybe a reason to go back to stock from all these AOSP-ish ROMs.

    • ithehappy

      Lol, only kids like you and some idiots use AOSP over-hyped crap.

      • someone755

        Ahem. Cyanogenmod. Paranoid Android. AOKP. Chameleon. AOSP. EOS. CodefireXperiment. P.A.C. Is that enough or do you need more convincing?

        • ithehappy

          Well I know the names of all the crap ones out there, CM is the best crap and should be awarded. All others come close. I laugh hard when I see kids/idiots like you start to use those garbage and praise it in every way possible. Then after a year all the normal people come back to stock because they can't tolerate the bugs/missing features. As I said, no normal people will even waste a minute to see what those garbage craps offer other than some bugs lol, but well kids are there, flashholics are there who format their device almost everyday and flash something new and be happy.
          Meh! Shame on you disgraceful people.

          • someone755

            Well I want to know why you feel the hate towards AOSP. I've seen people fight over Android and iOS, even Sammy and HTC, but never over stock or not-stock. I for one choose a ROM, see some videos and if it's cool, I roll it for about 6 months. No flashes in that period, just using my phone.
            Some people (including me) don't need all the features integrated into OEM ROMs. BlinkFeed, Zoe, TimeScape, Air gestures etc. For me (and many others), that's bloatware, simply because I don't use it. If features are broken or missing, that's fine, as long as they're things I don't use. But be warned, give me a ROM with a broken camera or 3G, I swear I'll throw my ol' Nokia at ya'.

          • ithehappy

            I don't comment on anything I don't use. So yeah, I've used it. When I had the S2 I flashed C.M to see what was the fuss about, well within one minute I noticed screen banding issue, then I had to flash G Apps separately, lol, on an Android phone, then I had to reboot the device twice to make the signal appear, have they fixed the RIL yet? Oh maybe not, that's their trademark. I've a Note 2, so Blinkfeed, Timescape all those are unknown to me. But yeah I do love the S Pen, and the Air View too. All the kids who use that C.M garbage in their Note 2 quite proudly say, yeah the camera photo quality was better in TW, as well as the battery life, and crap load of other bugs which are gifted with the Rom. Well maybe those garbage are good for low-mid range phones, like I've seen my friend using C.M in his Galaxy Ace, but using those nonsense in a top of the line device like S4, Note 2, S3, XZ, One are plain ridiculous and something like you've been given a Ferrari and the first thing you do is detach the v12 from it and put a Corolla engine in it.
            Kudos kids.

          • GragonV

            Ok, I need the tablet-UI on my Nexus 7 (top in 7" tablet area), so would you non-kid please tell me how to active it with stock rom? Thanks.

          • someone755

            Build.prop tweaks. Last time I checked, it worked. :P

          • someone755

            Now now, that's not all true.
            It's a thing of preference. I for one like minimalistic design. The things in TouchWiz, to me, just scream, USE ME! And I don't like that. You, on the other hand, obviously prefer all the features bundled in there.
            As for the bugs inside CM, give the devs time. OEMs have months to prepare TouchWiz for you, normal developers have a month, two at most. Then there's all that about not releasing sources (or doing it after a year or two).
            There's a ton of AOSP ROMs out there that work just perfectly. Maybe it isn't the fact that the ROMs are buggy that frustrates you, maybe it's that you choose the wrong devices to be the judge of AOSP? Try giving a Nexus phone a try. Or maybe a Sony Xperia one (unlocked and CM'd, of course). You'll see that features are (mostly) retained, bugs are nonexistent and, well, it speeds up your phone drastically.
            About the Ferarri comparison, no. You're mistaken. A GCC Linaro-built AOSP ROM can boost your phone's performance over 100%.

  • GazaIan

    This looks amazing, but it's hard to justify When WidgetLocker supports hundreds of themes, and this only has 8. Still, I have a spare $2 in my account, I'll buy it.

  • Mohammad Khan

    U can actually make these lockscreens using Widgetlocker

  • Mastermind

    Looks gorgeous.