You don’t like Android’s UI? Here are some custom skins

There are lots of custom Android skins, but most of them are minor adjustments to the pure Android experience. Android 4.4 KitKat features a more refined user interface than previous versions of the OS. Here is what the home looks like:
Android-44-kitkat

Home launchers don’t fix the problem, since you run into vanilla Android once you leave the home to do something elsewhere. Custom skins are the way to go, as the modifications go beyond just the home. If like me you like Android’s functionality but find vanilla Android not so nice, here are some Android OS smartphone brands that hide the vanilla Android away and give you a more refined user experience.

Gionee’s Amigo

Gionee Amigo UI
I am absolutely in love with Gionee’s Amigo UI. It effectively hides Android so well that you would be forgiven if at first you did not know that you were looking at Android OS when you use their smartphones.

HTC’s Sense

HTC Sense UI 5
HTC’s Sense UI is sweet. Sense UI used to be heavy but recent reviews suggest that it has now been trimmed down nicely.

Samsung’s TouchWiz

Samsung TouchWiz
Samsung’s TouchWiz has come a long way. It packs in a lot of extra functionality, but in my opinion that’s also the problem. It is too busy with features that most people will never use. Too much unwanted stuff (bloatware).

Honorary Mention: Sony

Sony Togari UI
Sony’s custom UI is one of the best polished without too much bloatware piled in. On the flip side, it doesn’t do much to hide Android as much as the others do either.

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Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “You don’t like Android’s UI? Here are some custom skins

    • January 16, 2014 at 6:29 am
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      This was just lazy.

      Emmanuel,

      Care to explain why you think so?

  • January 16, 2014 at 1:15 am
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    @Emmanuel

    You were looking for a post with something like Nova Launcher, Go Launcher etc right? Oh the disappointment! 😀

    • January 16, 2014 at 6:41 am
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      Noni,

      Tehehe. The title of the article says “custom skins,” not “launchers”. So, if that is his reason, dunno…

  • January 16, 2014 at 7:42 am
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    No that’s not my reason, you already explained the difference between launchers and custom skins, rather I was expecting something more in depth like theming and third party skins.

  • January 16, 2014 at 11:52 am
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    Skins, themes, and launchers? whatever!
    The best interface changing app I’ve come across is Themer. use it on my Moto G and it’s amazing. wish I could post a picture.

    • January 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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      Hi Habeebpain, where did you buy your Moto G from? Online or in-store? I ve been searching everywhere for it. Will be seriously waiting for your reply.

  • January 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm
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    @Emmanuel

    There’s your article to write: theming and third party skins. Good luck :p

  • January 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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    Hi Habeebpain, where did you buy your Moto G from? Online or in-store? I ve been searching everywhere for it. Will be seriously waiting for your reply.

  • May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am
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    can i install Amigo UI 2.0 in my samsung GALAXY NOTE ?

  • September 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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    ok. it is good looking custom skins, but from where it has to be downloaded and how to install, i dont find any info.

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