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    I am graphic designer/UI/UX designer and have sort of a strange question. I am aware that launcher/lock screen replacements exist but I am wondering if it is possible to change the entirety of Androids user interface?

    From what I understand the launcher and lockscreen are apps that can be replaced by alternate ones, but taking this idea to its logical extreme could someone essentially create an entire new UI, similar to HTC's Sense, but one that changes the way that the phone deals with homescreens/multitasking etc? I understand that this would be a very large project but I am looking for a basic understanding of whether or not this is possible, how it would work, and what would be required in terms of programming and resources. I am a pretty new programmer but have access to some resources to at least get this started. Any help or pointing me to another forum/resource would be great.

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    You'd have to rewrite the user interface software. Depending on how extensive a change you wanted to make, that could range from a little programming to as much as Google does in a year. (Graphically, it's like the range of changing the color of a star in the night sky to changing a desert scene to one with a whale sounding.)

    Without a detailed list of the changes you want to make, no one can tell you how much programming effort is involved. (Detailing the changes is actually the programming - that's your part. Coding it into something that runs on a computer is the programmer's part. Programming isn't writing code, it's designing the steps the computer takes to accomplish the task - and it's more easily done in a human language than in a computer language. IOW, you write the program in English, then code it in Java or whatever computer language you're using.)
     
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    Welcome to the forums,

    Yes, you can change it . but from what I understand would be a vary large project especially the way the phone deals with multitasking. And creating your own UI shouldn't be too difficult unless your starting from scratch I guess. Can someone backup me up here ?
     
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    you seem to be beating me to every unanswered post lol.
     

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