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The Fallout series has had a unique retro-futuristic aesthetic for nearly its entire run: it's a strange mix of post-apocalyptic settings sprinkled with themes of 50s and 60s Americana. Android customization enthusiast Turner Davis has applied this unique aesthetic to a massively-customized homescreen based on the game's PipBoy gadget, now on display at MyColorScreen. Best of all, he's detailed the steps needed to recreate this masterpiece.


For the uninitiated, the PipBoy is a wrist-mounted computer, sort of like a mix between an Apple II and Turanga Leela's ever-present watch thingy. The PipBoy functions as the game's immersive inventory and menu system, and its unique combination of style and utility has spawned several real-world copies. Davis' Nova Launcher homescreen incorporates user-selectable links to a ton of apps, widgets for calls and messages, a battery meter based on Fallout's ever-present radiation metric, and on-screen replacements for Android's default time and date display. The customized dock copies the PipBoy's hardware buttons for links to the phone, text, Chrome, and camera apps, plus the standard app tray. A customized lockscreen is an impressive finishing touch.

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If you want to copy Davis' fantastic design, he's created both an exhaustive Google+ post and two how-to videos to walk you through the process. The design uses Nova Launcher, the popular and highly customizable UCCW widget, and a custom UCCW skin. The skin comes in a free version and a $1 paid version, which includes white, blue, orange, and green versions of the theme. (One dollar for all this work is more than reasonable.) Custom wallpapers and settings files are linked in the Google+ post.

It takes quite a while to get everything working and adjusted, and it will probably take even more work to get this PipBoy theme working on a tablet. But if you're a die-hard Fallout fan with time and tenacity, it's well worth the investment. If you love this kind of super-customized work but don't have the patience for it, check out MyColorScreen's Themer, now in beta.

Source: Turner Davis Google+ via MyColorScreen

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Rahxy

    This is pretty rad! I know my husband would enjoy something like this.

  • Youri

    the possibilities of android always amaze me, IOS is missing out :P

    • bat0nas

      I asked my wife what she things about that (she has an iOS device). And the answer was "pfffff" (I don't know how to write that in English but the idea was - she doesn't care). I bet "pffff" reaction would be of the majority of the iOS users.

      Even in my office I think I'm the only one who customizes my Android. All others with fancy devices (one, s4, nexus4 etc. etc.) - use stock. Even the stock launcher shortcut/icon layout.

      I think you got the idea.

      • David Hart

        Yup, you speak the truth.

        I get my close friends to at least put an effort into making their devices a little personal, but most people really just don't mind/know/care.

        I don't exactly live and work in a metropolitan area, but I've never seen anyone with a customized home screen outside my close friends.

        • bazker

          But these very people are mad about wallpaper changing(if they know how to) and biying all this shells, covers etc like mad

      • irtechneo

        This is where I think the Themer app can make a difference. You find a theme you like and click apply---done. I have several of my "non-techie" friends that were too intimidated by uccw, zooper, launchers, etc using it and they love it.

        • I have an android so don’tYell

          Iphone does have a pipboy theme... I just read an article about it

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    Once again, Android shows it's complete superiority over Apple, Windows Phone and anyone else.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I think that there is a pipboy app for ios. If I remember, the iphone 3 was the defacto choice of phone to use when modding the "real" pipboy arm unit that came a special edition of the game.

      • Robb Nunya

        An app is nothing compared to this work-over.

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      • Mantas

        This completes theme altogether.

      • Wayne Randall

        Not for you. Move along.

        • NinoBr0wn

          Sorry sir. Didn't mean to step out of my place to ask for clarification. Dickhead.

          • Fuckyou Br0wn

            You didn't ask shit! Fuckhead

          • Wayne Randall

            Good. Don't let it happen again.

    • Ken Hunter

      Love this LW. Even without using a theme, it's my main wallpaper.

  • NinoBr0wn

    Awesome is not even the word.

  • Jeremy Wielopolski

    I haven't been doing much with my Kindle Fire lately... Although I've never played Fallout, this looks pretty badass. Think I'll give it a whirl.

    • Jeremy Wielopolski

      Or not. Can't get Nova Launcher compatible with it, even with Market Helper. Oh well, to the Evo LTE.

      • Jeremy Wielopolski

        It takes quite a bit of tinkering, but I finally got it working right. There's a lot of trial and error, placing and removing and replacing of widgets, but it works and it looks great. Now maybe I should check out this Fallout game...

  • http://about.me/pmen Paul Méndez

    Now I want to play some Fallout.

    • Göran Sävström

      Now that is a game I'd like to have on my tablet!
      - Maybe not very good for the marriage, but still...
      Fallout 1 & 2 in the tablet would keep me away from the rest of the world for a long time.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I got it set up on my device. It looks great and suits my current icon pack surprisingly well.


  • Randa Hafza

    Holy molly, well there goes my week

  • Robb Nunya

    Pretty damn cool, but the widgets keep crashing on me :( Maybe it'll get better in a few months.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    This is so awesome, but I was unable to get the widgets to layer properly. Sucks that I couldn't get it to work like he did in the video, I kept trying and trying but couldn't get the widgets to line up correctly. Grrrr... such an awesome theme too.

  • andres

    hi... i have some problems... the uccw dont install for my android 4.2

  • andres

    doesnt work the free.... not in my android 4.2

  • wendle

    little late to the party but i got it working pretty easily, your video helped a bunch, and i think this is the best thing i've ever done with any of my phones. thanks boss

  • Burton

    Read this clicked on the links, and it tells me that the items no longer exist on the google play store... where do i get the Fallout stuff... i have to two apps that he describes in the vid, but not the 'ingredients' to make it (so to speak)...?