Apr 17 AT 2:15 PM Dustin Earley 34 Comments

RoundR is my new Android app obsession


Rando? Rando is so last week (OK, I still use it every day, but you have to admit that sounded good). The new Android app I can’t stop gushing about to everyone and anyone who has an Android phone is RoundR. Because my phone’s display now has rounded corners. And rounded corners are cool. (Just like bow ties. Or fezes. Or Stetsons. Take your pick).

Featured in Taylor’s Fresh Meat 10 new apps roundup, RoundR serves only one purpose: to round the corners of your display. That’s it. I’ve been using it since yesterday, and the novelty has yet to wear off. I absolutely love it. Performance wise, it serves zero purpose. In fact, some even say it degrades performance. (I did not find this to be true). RoundR merely exists to provide you aesthetic pleasure. Simply open the app, choose which corners to round, choose the corner radius, and you’re done.

Just about anyone I’ve shown RoundR to looks at me in a way that makes me think they are assessing my sanity, followed by a comment along the lines of, “Oh yeah, that’s neat.” Perhaps my enthusiasm towards turning my Nexus 4 into a webOS lookalike is a bit over the top, but I really, really like it. RoundR makes every app look fresh; It breathes new life into stale software. The same boring apps I’ve been using for years now have a new visual appeal, something I can normally only experience by taking drastic measures like switching operating systems.

I’ll tell you what. Download RoundR, give it a shot, and if you don’t like it, well, just uninstall it. It’s free, so you have nothing to lose, and in my opinion, a lot to gain.


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

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I can’t agree more. In fact, I installed it expecting to *not* like yet but here I am, still running it and loving it! And I agree even more, it really does sound stupid. But seriously, just try it. Even for no reason other than to prove us wrong!! :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamhester William Hester

    That reminds me of really old CM 4 on my G1 when the corners of the notification bar were rounded. Oh, the memories!

  • SGB101

    Just put it on and lol I love it. All we need now is the old cm screen off that closed like an old tv. I loved that.

    • uknowme

      The Rom I’m using does that. I love the tv effect.

    • Chris Clark

      That isn’t a CM feature. That’s AOSP Android. All the Nexus phones still have the CRT off animation. It’s HTC, Samsung, etc. that have decided they don’t think the users want it.

  • spazby

    It does remind me of palm pre – webos was great…

  • halo0

    I kind of like it too.

    • halo0

      (looks at floor in shame)

  • ibap

    OK, reconsidering the weight I give reviews here…

  • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

    I’m giving into the peer pressure. If someone says it’s cool on the Internet, I’d better jump on it!

  • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

    Oh. I really like this. I want to be able to turn the diameter up to over 9,000, though, so I can only see like, 1/10 of my screen. That would deter people from using my phone without permission. (I know, “So would screen lock,” but that messes up my awesome lock screen wallpaper!)

  • Dirge

    Love the Doctor Who reference. ;)

    Anyway, this app caught my attention when I saw it in the Fresh Meat apps. I’ll give it a whirl.

  • Derek

    Woooo….rounded corners…..

    So what?

    • SGB101

      There is no ‘so’, it’s just a bit of fun.

  • R.S

    Tried it out this morning when you first posted about it. Would look okay if Jelly Bean hadn’t changed my notification bar from black to grey.

    • Chris Clark

      I don’t understand, the notification bar in Jelly Bean is still pure black. Looks great on my Nexus 4. Are you running an HTC or Samsung phone where they changed the colors on you?

      • R.S

        Must be a Samsung thing then because both my S2 and my friend’s S3 got dark grey notification bars with Jelly Bean.

  • Vance

    I don’t if it’s the bourbon or the altitude but I’m digging this app! I went with rounded upper right and lower left only and feel a little gay admitting that.

  • Nathan D.

    Who doesn’t love rounded corners?

  • rpras

    Rounded corners on rectangles?! I smell a lawsuit coming!! Seriously though, I have to try this out. Can’t believe I said that! :-)

  • Mohammad Adib

    I’m the developer! Thanks for posting about my app! :)

    • xallies

      I love u

    • stevepwolf

      how do you get it to not show up in the notification bar? unchecking it in the settings doesn’t do anything…

      • justgable

        If you’re running Jelly Bean then go into the App Info and there is a checkbox right under the “Force stop” button to “Show notifications”, uncheck it.

  • herbivore83

    I read about this earlier and was all like “No. What? Why?” But, if it is as cool as bowties, fezes, and Stetsons then I feel like I have to try it.

    • herbivore83

      UPDATE: I have officially changed my icons and set-up to more closely resemble the Palm Pre. This app is going to get tons of use.

      Damn you, Apple-patented rounded rectangle! Why do I love you so much.

  • Eli

    You buy a cerr phone prease!!

  • donger

    Everyone loves round objects.

  • josue85

    Since all the cool kids are doing, I’m going to give it a shot too :)

  • Austinuity

    Fezes, hands-down. This is a cool thing, though :)

  • Uncle Rico

    NICE!! very nice subtle.. but tasty detail to my nexus4!! :P
    left it at the default setting of 10… just right!

  • masterpfa

    Really people are you all for rea………

    “What I can change the radius of the corners?”

    “I can apply to any combination of corners?”

    OK I’m hooked too, nice subtle effect that JUST works

  • roofuskit

    “I’ve been using it since yesterday, and the novelty has yet to wear off.” I hope you understand how ridiculous that statement sounds. Why don’t you try giving it more than 24 hours before you give something a glowing review and decide you’ll love it forever?

  • Eric Shanahan

    What launcher is in the image on the phone to the right?!?! It looks great!