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Fifteen free apps to customise your Android phone

Personalise the look and feel of your smartphone with these handy apps

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Android is a flexible mobile operating system, you can really customise it and make it your own. You can swap out everything, from the browser to the app drawer, for something better. Although rooting your smartphone may be the best way to customise it, the process can be complicated. For quicker, easier options look to the Android Market, which offers a wealth of apps that can get the job done better than any of the stock software that shipped with your phone.

Here are my top picks for the best apps to customise an Android phone.



If you want to change the look and function of your home screen or app drawer, the easiest way is to download a launcher replacement app from the Android Market. ADW.Launcher gives you a wide variety of controls over most of aspects of your home screen. For instance, you can change the colour of the app drawer or hide the status bar. ADW also supports themes, allowing you to change the look of your home screen and app icons drastically.

  • ADW.Launcher
  • LauncherPro
  • GO Launcher EX
  • Launcher 7
  • Myxer
  • Backgrounds HD Wallpapers
  • Retro Camera
  • Little Photo
  • Winamp
  • DoubleTwist
  • Handcent SMS
  • GO SMS Pro
  • ChompSMS
  • Dolphin Browser HD
  • Opera Mini



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