Oct 02 AT 2:18 PM Dustin Earley 24 Comments

My Color Screen’s Themer enters closed beta, we go hands on


When My Color Screen announced Themer, its new app aimed at taking care of all the heavy lifting when applying in-depth themes to your Android device, it received a lot of attention. If anyone could make customizing your phone better, it would be My Color Screen. Well Themer has finally entered closed beta on Google Play, and we’ve had a chance to play around with to see just how good it is.

Before we get into actually using Themer, let’s talk for a very brief second on how it works. Themer essentially operates as a replacement launcher — much like Nova or Apex. Nothing is changed on the default launcher when applying themes. In order to make these crazy themes work, Themer uses a bunch of custom widgets made up of different fonts and pictures, full of different links and buttons.

The Themer launcher takes care of all the widgets, icons and wallpapers in a couple seconds from start to finish. You don’t have to do anything. You can export the themes to do some intense tinkering, or you can edit them as they currently sit as your new theme. You can customize a lot from the theme, but it’s really unnecessary. Since this app is already tailor-made for the lazy customizer in all of us, everything is set up to go.

Now, on to using Themer to customize your device. I’ll make this painfully simple: Themer is so easy to use, anyone could do it. I could end the hands-on here. All you do is pick a theme from a visual list, apply it, and you’re done. Every theme I tried worked well right from the get-go. In fact, I’d almost recommend not messing around with anything. Things get overly complicated when you start to mess with the custom widgets and the layout. Besides, if you wanted to do all that, you’d just make these themes by yourself, right?

As for the rest of the app, there’s not a whole lot to talk about. The settings menu is pretty limited, though is it easy to edit icons from there. You can favorite themes or search for themes. You can mess with folders, the desktop and the dock. But again, all of that’s unnecessary. If you take away one thing from this brief hands-on, make it this: Themer is very easy to use. It works exactly like you think. Apply the theme, and use it. I know I keep repeating myself on this, but it’s all I can think about while using the app. “I can’t believe how easy this is! It really does work.”

If you can get in on the beta, I highly recommend it. If you can’t, don’t worry, we’ll let you know when it’s available for everyone. With how well it works, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was sooner than later.


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Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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