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Old February 14th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #1451 (permalink)
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Looks like you might need to use different image dimensions since you're using Go Launcher:
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But does Launcher 7 allow you to have any picture you want on the tile icons or are U stick using the solid colors like blue, green, etc.??

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U really like that?

I honestly have no clue what I am doing - the icons are from XDA - was just messing around with the way it looks and came up with that.

Any idea where I can find more icons?

I tried using Gimp to design my own after inspiration from the show The Office - USA version - but wow very time consuming to start from scratch, esp when doing this while working lol!
Well, I don't know where on XDA you got those icons, but most of them are mine from this thread. If you go to Page-1/Post-1 of this thread, all information is there... including links to all of the icon galleries in this thread.

What I meant by the spacing was it doesn't look like you have "auto-stretch"/"auto-fit" widgets under the launcher settings. That would give you consistent icon sizes and, with the correct size icons, would also give you even spacing between all of them.

Finally, check out Overlapping Widgets if you want to try and make a clock that matches.

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Um... what? "kind of"? I assume you were referring to a specific post and not this entire thread, right?
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But does Launcher 7 allow you to have any picture you want on the tile icons or are U stick using the solid colors like blue, green, etc.??
I don't quite get how Launcher7 came out of tsmvengy's quote, but you may just have to check it out. I'm pretty sure you can use your own images for the widgets, but I believe it only has two different sizes of widgets and it only scrolls vertically (which is my biggest gripe with Windows Phone 7- I like separate homescreens rather than one continuous, disorganized mess).

Another good point about using this Android7 Theme is that you really don't need another launcher to get it to work. You can use your stock launcher so long as you don't mind smaller widgets and larger, possibly inconsistent spacing.

Anyway, give it a go. Also, might I ask, why so stuck on GoLauncher? tsmvengy is right- if you are using GoLauncher, there are different widget dimensions for it because that launcher doesn't space widgets correctly.
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Well, I don't know where on XDA you got those icons, but most of them are mine from this thread. If you go to Page-1/Post-1 of this thread, all information is there... including links to all of the icon galleries in this thread.

What I meant by the spacing was it doesn't look like you have "auto-stretch"/"auto-fit" widgets under the launcher settings. That would give you consistent icon sizes and, with the correct size icons, would also give you even spacing between all of them.

Finally, check out Overlapping Widgets if you want to try and make a clock that matches.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.
SOOOO sorry bro! U are totally correct they were from here. Most of the time when I am doing this am either at work "working" or at home and watching sports lol!

I tried having this concept appearance not sure if I am totally in love with it. I thought about doing one where the tile icons are based on the USA version of The Office but when I started it took me over an hr to do one icon!

Is there a place where there are more icons?
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SOOOO sorry bro! U are totally correct they were from here. Most of the time when I am doing this am either at work "working" or at home and watching sports lol!

I tried having this concept appearance not sure if I am totally in love with it. I thought about doing one where the tile icons are based on the USA version of The Office but when I started it took me over an hr to do one icon!

Is there a place where there are more icons?
Sorry, I just scoured through this whole thread because I remember that someone else had done an Office theme before, but their links must be broken because I couldn't find them.

Just gotta make them from scratch. Once you get one done, though, the rest are easier.
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I don't quite get how Launcher7 came out of tsmvengy's quote, but you may just have to check it out. I'm pretty sure you can use your own images for the widgets, but I believe it only has two different sizes of widgets and it only scrolls vertically (which is my biggest gripe with Windows Phone 7- I like separate homescreens rather than one continuous, disorganized mess).

Another good point about using this Android7 Theme is that you really don't need another launcher to get it to work. You can use your stock launcher so long as you don't mind smaller widgets and larger, possibly inconsistent spacing.

Anyway, give it a go. Also, might I ask, why so stuck on GoLauncher? tsmvengy is right- if you are using GoLauncher, there are different widget dimensions for it because that launcher doesn't space widgets correctly.
Regarding Go Launcher - from what I have read and seen - Go Launcher is the only one that allows the user to have the unread notification in the dock, esp when using Gmail.

That is my one major problem I have when I jumped from Crapberry to Android was the notification unread for my gmail account, thanks to some stupid 3rd party rule with Google, which I still cannot understand but anyway.

I tried ADW Launcher, which was cool but again the issue with the unread notification.
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Regarding Go Launcher - from what I have read and seen - Go Launcher is the only one that allows the user to have the unread notification in the dock, esp when using Gmail.

That is my one major problem I have when I jumped from Crapberry to Android was the notification unread for my gmail account, thanks to some stupid 3rd party rule with Google, which I still cannot understand but anyway.

I tried ADW Launcher, which was cool but again the issue with the unread notification.
That is a good reason. However, there is a way around that: Gmail Notification Fix

All of my third party notification apps, including ADWNotifier for ADW Launcher, work now... and I intend to keep it that way. I really don't see anything so important about the newest version of Gmail that I NEED to accept the update and sacrifice actually being notified about emails.
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That is a good reason. However, there is a way around that: Gmail Notification Fix

All of my third party notification apps, including ADWNotifier for ADW Launcher, work now... and I intend to keep it that way. I really don't see anything so important about the newest version of Gmail that I NEED to accept the update and sacrifice actually being notified about emails.

So this that U posted above will allow me to have unread emails and texts even if they are in my dock?
Will this work if my phone is unrooted?
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So this that U posted above will allow me to have unread emails and texts even if they are in my dock?
Will this work if my phone is unrooted?
So far it works on my Rezound, which is unrooted. All it does is install the version of Gmail before the privacy update that broke notifications. When I did it on mine, it just installed it over the newer version.

It can't break your phone doing this at all.
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So far it works on my Rezound, which is unrooted. All it does is install the version of Gmail before the privacy update that broke notifications. When I did it on mine, it just installed it over the newer version.

It can't break your phone doing this at all.
OK - maybe will try this afternoon. Might be calling on your expertise....

I really prefer ADW personally as GO themes are kinda few and far between, at least for my tastes. Also ADW is more user friendly, at least for my limited knowledge when it comes to Android.
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I switched to ADW EX from Launcher Pro. I'm trying to use desktop visualizer and the same images I used before, but now things aren't lining up correctly. Is there some secret setting I need to have on ADW in order to make the widgets line up properly?
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I switched to ADW EX from Launcher Pro. I'm trying to use desktop visualizer and the same images I used before, but now things aren't lining up correctly. Is there some secret setting I need to have on ADW in order to make the widgets line up properly?
Menu-> ADW Settings-> UI Settings-> Screen Preferences-> Advanced Settings-> Auto-Stretch

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Hi guys, long time lurker here, this thread has inspired me to have a go, here is my first attempt.

Need to do another 6 screens worth now though, and to try to get my head around the live tiles etc.

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Also guys, how do I set up a widget with a link to a folder? Been trying to get my head around this *simple* task for a day or so?

I'd like to put an icon on one of the homes screens, and get it to link to a folder with all my games in?
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thanks for all the info! first i made a set of icons that were similar to this one (using the paint program that came on the laptop and a free online photo editor)
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but i didnt like it as much so after playing around and changing it up
this is what i came up with.
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Also guys, how do I set up a widget with a link to a folder? Been trying to get my head around this *simple* task for a day or so?

I'd like to put an icon on one of the homes screens, and get it to link to a folder with all my games in?
Usually, you have to use a third-party app that categorizes apps into folders. I personally use: Folder Organizer - Paid App on Market. I also use Folder Organizer to show a pop-up of Bookmarks, too.

There's also a free version: Folder Organizer Lite - Free App on Market, but I don't know which features are missing from this version.

I think that Simi Folder Widget - Free App on Market also works, as well as Smart Shortcuts - Free App on Market.

Making this work with a Desktop Visualizer widget is super easy: just make your Desktop Visualizer like normal with an image of your choice, then press "Select Action", "Other", then scroll to your shortcut link (using Folder Organizer, it's called "FO Folder link - Folder Organizer").

Finally, you mentioned the "Live Tiles"... I don't "reskin" widgets as much anymore since most launchers now allow for Overlapping Widgets, which allows you to put any widget (like a toggle or notification) that can have a transparent background ON TOP of a Desktop Visualizer image widget. Works like gangbusters- just make sure to place the Desktop Visualizer widget first, then the widget you want to overlap it with, resize it under the Desktop Visualizer widget, and then restart your launcher- it will then show up on top of the Desktop Visualizer widget.

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I notice that there is no dimension listing for the Galaxy Note, I take it that this hasn't been worked out yet? Just making sure I'm not being blind before attempting the test.
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You re correct. The test would be required.
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I don't quite get how Launcher7 came out of tsmvengy's quote, but you may just have to check it out. I'm pretty sure you can use your own images for the widgets, but I believe it only has two different sizes of widgets and it only scrolls vertically (which is my biggest gripe with Windows Phone 7- I like separate homescreens rather than one continuous, disorganized mess).

Another good point about using this Android7 Theme is that you really don't need another launcher to get it to work. You can use your stock launcher so long as you don't mind smaller widgets and larger, possibly inconsistent spacing.

Anyway, give it a go. Also, might I ask, why so stuck on GoLauncher? tsmvengy is right- if you are using GoLauncher, there are different widget dimensions for it because that launcher doesn't space widgets correctly.
Hej first of all I wanna thank you for this amazing idea! It adds an whole other dimension to the smart phone experience. Loving it!

If I might be rude, I have always used GoLauncher ever since buying my Samsung Galaxy S2. Though admittely, I tried both launcherpro and ADW as well. But they felt less stable,smooth and intuitive.

However to incorporate your idea properly I switched to launcher pro, couldnt get the dimensions as tight for GoLauncher since I am not used to this kind of stuff. Then decided I dont like launcher pro at all, so switched back to golauncher and the kinda messy axes ( though still looking good). Might switch to ADW, that is if I cannot set up GoLauncher properly.

Now my question is how can one figure out the dimensions himself?? Cause I cannot make the test pictures properly.Sometimes I am running with a dockingbar+status bar (GoLauncher) and the other day I decide I dont want either of them.
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Good Themes. They almost look like a Windows Phone 7
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Paulmz,

can you make one Whatsapp tiles image ?

also one to check bus arrival timing, preferably an image of a bus ?
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can you make one Whatsapp tiles image ?

also one to check bus arrival timing, preferably an image of a bus ?
Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow. If I can get around to it, I will post them later.
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A. How do you get the weather widget that is pictured in paulmz original lockscreen?

B. Where can I find a tutorial to edit my lockscreen

C. What are the dimensions for a wallpaper that just covers the lockscreen (Not like a normal android wallpaper that is wider than it is tall)

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On my old lock screen, I used Beautiful Widgets with my "Debossed" weather skin (downloadable through the Beautiful Widgets app).

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This depends on your device, but it would simply be the actual resolution of your specific device. For instance, the resolution on my old Incredible is 480px-wide by 800-px high. That would be the exact size of a single-page wallpaper as used by WidgetLocker.

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Here are my AP7 Themed screens.. Modeled off of paulmz's original post.

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i would like to know if i can get Chuteboxe39's icons.. i tried pming him but he doesnt respond. i'd like to get my android phone 7 looking like his. if you guys have his icons, please share them.. thanks!!
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i would like to know if i can get Chuteboxe39's icons.. i tried pming him but he doesnt respond. i'd like to get my android phone 7 looking like his. if you guys have his icons, please share them.. thanks!!
It would probably be a good idea to link to the post you are referring. Not many people (myself including) a going to go through this long thread to find what you are talking about.

Just a suggestion...
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Love the theme. I took the idea and made a lot of my own custom icons.
Send me a PM if you'd like the icons to use

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Does anyone have icon dimensions for the Samsung Note using ADW Launcher without dock?

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Could anyone help me with the icon dimensions?
The screen is 1280x800.
I'm using ADW Launcher WITHOUT dock.
I'd also like to have 5 columns and 6 rows for the desktop layout.

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...Could anyone help me with the icon dimensions?
The screen is 1280x800.
I'm using ADW Launcher WITHOUT dock.
I'd also like to have 5 columns and 6 rows for the desktop layout....
This should do it:

Width:
1- 148px
2- 308px
3- 468px
4- 628px
5- 788px

Height:
1- 193px
2- 398px
3- 603px
4- 808px
5- 1,013px
6- 1,218px


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This should do it:

Width:
1- 148px
2- 308px
3- 468px
4- 628px
5- 788px

Height:
1- 193px
2- 398px
3- 603px
4- 808px
5- 1,013px
6- 1,218px


Hope this helps.
Once again, thank you so much for your help!
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Inspired by great work of Paulmz and a lot of good ideas along this thread i have my Samsung SII just how i like it long time ago. Im thinking to upgrade my device from GB 2.3.3 to ICS but i dont want lost this fantastic android 7 themes interface. Now im running Launcher Pro.
What launcher do you recommend me? Is Aplex launcher compatible with this android phone themes?

Thanks and sorry for my bad english.

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Inspired by great work of Paulmz and a lot of good ideas along this thread i have my Samsung SII just how i like it long time ago. Im thinking to upgrade my device from GB 2.3.3 to ICS but i dont want lost this fantastic android 7 themes interface. Now im running Launcher Pro.
What launcher do you recommend me? Is Aplex launcher compatible with this android phone themes?

Thanks and sorry for my bad english.

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I have only ever used LauncherPro (which used to be my favorite but apparently now sucks because the developer hasn't updated it in over a year) and ADW Launcher (I use the paid EX version) over the course of this Android7 theme, which I now use on my HTC Rezound.

It isn't really a matter of whether a launcher is "compatible" with this "theme". It is more a matter of how any launcher reacts to Desktop Visualizer widgets. For this "theme" to work perfectly, the launcher should be able to adjust the number of rows and columns on the desktop and have a consistent spacing between icons/widgets. This is also dependent on the device and the resolution as well.

Unfortunately, the only information I can offer you is to try it. If you run into any problems with widget image dimensions using a different launcher, do THE TEST and we can figure out new dimensions.

Hope this helps!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Ill try it. Its time to discover new horizons..

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Default Samsung Galaxy S3 my Homescreens + tile dimensions

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Paul, thank you so much for your inspiring work and helpful explanations on how to create great themes for our devices! This is long overdue from my side since I am using your suggestions to customize my SGS II for quite some time. A couple of days ago I received my new Galaxy SIII and although a great phone, I do not like it very much without your customized design.

The Galaxy SIII has a 1280x720 screen and I really couldn`t use any of the tile dimensions that were suggested in this thread for such a screen. Although using different launchers, the tiles did not line up correctly. So I did The Test you suggested and found the perfect tile dimensions for 4 columns and 5 rows (using ADW Launcher EX with dock and notification bar ON):

Width:
1x: 168
2x: 348
3x: 528
4x: 708

Heights:
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1x: 212
2x: 436
3x: 660

Hope this might be helpful for people using phones with the same screen resolution like I do. Here are my homescreens:

Main Homescreen:


Multimedia Homescreen:


Office-Homescreen (mail widget missing)


I will post all my tiles later this evening for those who are interested.


Paul, thanks again for all help and ideas. To be honest, I could need a hint from your side regarding the reskinned widgets on my main homescreen. As promised, I will post my tiles as well as the reskinned widgets later.

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As promised, here are my tiles for those who are interested:

my Tiles.zip - Speedy Share - upload your files here


And Dock Icons: Dock_Icons_ADWLauncher.zip - Speedy Share - upload your files here


@paulmz (and those who have an idea:-) :

On my main Homescreen (see above) you can see how it should look like with all reskinned widgets. I used Paul`s reskinned widgets (see his opening post) which I reskinned to fit the SGS3 Screen, resigned and installed. Although the images for these widgets match exactly those of the 1x1 tiles (136 x 212 pixels) the result is like that (all widgets are too big - only the bluetooth widget is too small - but none of these widgets fits exactly):



I am absolutely clueless why it doesn`t fit. I just replaced Paul`s images within the widgets by images with the right size, i.e. 136 x 212 pixels. Do I have to modify anything else within the widgets like an xml-file? Any hint or idea is highly appreciated. Here you can check the reskinned widgets, the resized images are already replaced but nonetheless included seperately:
Widgets_1280x720.zip - Speedy Share - upload your files here

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@paulmz (and those who have an idea:-) :

On my main Homescreen (see above) you can see how it should look like with all reskinned widgets. I used Paul`s reskinned widgets (see his opening post) which I reskinned to fit the SGS3 Screen, resigned and installed. Although the images for these widgets match exactly those of the 1x1 tiles (136 x 212 pixels) the result is like that (all widgets are too big - only the bluetooth widget is too small - but none of these widgets fits exactly)...

I am absolutely clueless why it doesn`t fit. I just replaced Paul`s images within the widgets by images with the right size, i.e. 136 x 212 pixels....
Yeah, this is why I stopped reskinning widgets with full "tile" backgrounds. Each developer has a different way of resizing their widgets to "automatically" scale to different resolutions.

Now I do all of my tile widgets using the Overlapping Widgets feature that most third-party launchers have. I reskin widgets with transparent backgrounds and then resize them to overlap a Desktop Visualizer widget with the tile background image. Works perfectly every time.

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Yeah, this is why I stopped reskinning widgets with full "tile" backgrounds. Each developer has a different way of resizing their widgets to "automatically" scale to different resolutions.

Now I do all of my tile widgets using the Overlapping Widgets feature that most third-party launchers have. I reskin widgets with transparent backgrounds and then resize them to overlap a Desktop Visualizer widget with the tile background image. Works perfectly every time.

Hope this helps!
Thanks for your quick reply! I will follow your way and use the overlapping feature in ADW Launcher EX.

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with desktop visualizer i can do a shortcut to a folder?or a website?
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with desktop visualizer i can do a shortcut to a folder?or a website?
Yes - in conjunction with Simi Folder. Just create a folder in Simi Folder first containing serveral programes or bookmarks. Then go to Desktop Visualizer and instead of linking to a (single) program, press "other" and choose Simi Folder. At this point you can choose your created Folder. Done.
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Hello ladies & gentlemen!
I am new here and at first i want to say a big THANK YOU to the community for all the incredible tutorials & examples. Yesterday I've found this thread and after two hours i decided to make my own theme. Quickly bought the apps in the Android Market and spent half of the night to build my

Menu created with "Launcher Pro Plus" & "Desktop Visualiser"
Lockscreen created with "WidgetLocker"
"Widget Locker" Theme is "MNML-Light"

Images are from all over the net: Android Market, Google Image Search, Fotolia, Graphicriver, SXC,...



I have attached a ZIP file with high resolution screenshots and also a ZIP file with all icons (80 files) i've done last night :-)

Thank you all for this awesome thread!!

Very nice desktop!! But, how is the battery drain, since it is so many widgets??
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I read and re-read and re-read this thread and I am just completely lost. I have an HTC Rezound. Could someone just point me in the direction to get started in? This is an amazing theme and I'd love to have it. I basically have Desktop Visualizer installed and LauncherPro Plus installed. I also installed a few of the 480x800 Blue Widget APK packs but have no clue what to do at this point. Any help would be much appreciated. Like even just a super generic step by step, so I at least know what order I'm supposed to be doing this in.
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Has anyone tried this with the Nexus 7? I've tried and failed, I can't get my sizing right. Does anyone know what the size the incomes should be?
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I like it
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Just wanted to say kudos to the OP for this. If done right these look awesome. Haven't tried it, but it's tempting!
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can anyone tell me where do you get pictures to make icons?all of your icons are great but they are not fit my htc sensation XE. if anyone can tell me where to get these kind of pictures I'll be thankful.
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Very nice desktop!! But, how is the battery drain, since it is so many widgets??
This "theme" using mostly Desktop Visualizer widgets. I have yet to see the Desktop Visualizer app in the list for "Battery Usage". They are not "live" widgets- they are only images. No noticeable battery drain at all.
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