Getting Started with Android: Give a Personal Touch to Your Desktop (II)

We continue with the special of the first steps with Android. Yesterday I explained how give a personal touch to your desk but we decided to split the topic into two post to make a more comfortable reading. Finally and ultimately the subject have crumbs.

In this second part we talk of the widgets, the launchers and by last I will give some little tricks to take into account when we are going to customize our Android. Made the introduction, let’s start talking about widgets.


One of the highlights of the desktops of Android. An element which, in my view, is not over curdling in computers but in mobile phones and tablets (more specifically in Android) work very well and They provide many useful things to the user experience.

Widgets are small desktop applications that it is used for very different purposes. Whether to take a look at our social networking how to activate or deactivate some connections of our devices, widgets tend to be very useful elements.

We could talk about length of the widgets in Android. There are hundreds of them and in general they are very useful and easy to find some that fit what you are looking for. A widget for the prognosis of weather of the week? We have it do a widget? to see our upcoming tasks and appointments in the calendar Also. Thus to infinity.

The use of widgets may prove to be very useful but in moderation. More widgets that we put more slowly will go the desktop so it is advisable to always have the indispensable and not to abuse them.

How to configure a widget? As in the rest of the elements. Click on the screen or through the options menu, select Add, and choose widgets. Again, depending on the applications that you have installed we will have more or less boxes to choose.

The truth is that It is difficult Choose a few widgets to recommend. Very Pure Calendar personally I like to organize the upcoming events and dates in Google Calendar widget for control of energy that comes by default in Android or time as Beautiful Widget widgets, MIUI Weather. There are many and very good.


Finally, but not least, I would like to speak of the launchers. Some applications of which we have already speaking in Xataka Android on occasion.

A launcher is, in essence, an application that manages the desktop of Android. From the form to display the different elements that we have seen up to add new options through widgets, shortcuts, etc..

There are a lot of alternatives and each one of them saves some feature that makes you unique. Personally, which I have tested, I’ll stick with ADW Launcher Ex which, although it is payment, is the application complete and fastest of its kind.

How do we set up a launcher? To install the appropriate application. Once we have installed it (whether it is called ADW Launcher, Go Launcher or Launcher Pro) when we come back to the desktop will ask which application to use to manage desktops.

Little tricks

By default Android does not allow to configure the desktops in landscape format but some launcher, such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher Ex can turn our desks according to the position of our terminal, or else we can set the address if you like us in horizontal format. Although personally I like more vertical (at least on mobile phones) but you know: for taste colors.

By default the desktop of Android has three pages But if we fall short, we can expand the number of these using launchers or specific applications for terminals rooted. The majority of the launchers allow us to increase the numer of pages on your desktop.

We continue with the distribution of the elements. The each desktop space It is of four rows and four columns. However if we use a launcher (as for example ADW Launcher) we can change the number of rows and columns to accommodate more icons, folders, and widgets. To increase the number of these

Try not to saturate the desktop. It is certainly very useful to have all kinds of apps and widgets to hands but it is not good to start to put elements that we use on a regular basis. Therefore, it put just enough, your Android os the smoothly running much faster.

For change the name of the icons and folders It is as simple as hold your finger on the icon you want to change, will get the option to rename it, edit it and go. This option is useful if, for example, we want to remove the names of the applications for “ clean ” your desktop.

The sky’s the limit

The possibilities of personalization they are endless. In these two articles have only spoken around small notions for all that you are starting in the world of Android. In the future will focus in-depth articles on customization because it is a world with many possibilities and it conforms to all kinds of tastes.

Now, as a result of the comments that have appeared in the first part, we encourage you to us shall teach your desktops. Xataka Android we have already spoken of many ways to make screenshots if you still do not know how to do.