Jun 30 AT 3:12 PM Brooks Barnard 7 Comments

KooGoo: A unique icon set that looks brilliant on any wall


screenM_mtrnexus520140524_132427One of the most fantastic features available to Android users is the ability to apply custom icons. Here at Android and Me, we want to celebrate this. We’re going to start reviewing and featuring some of the new and great icon packs out there so that you can have the most awesome home screen on the block. Today it’s all about KooGoo.

KooGoo was released a little over a month ago by popular themer Andrea Corvi. KooGoo icons have a unique shape that’s not your typical circle or square with a flat look or long shadow. I’ve never seen anything else like them. One of my favorite parts of the KooGoo icons are how they sport a darker color on the outside and fade to a lighter color on the inside. I didn’t realize it at first, but they pop on any wallpaper. There are many sets out there that require a dark or a light wallpaper in order to take full advantage of the icon pack’s awesomeness. With the solid color on the outside of the KooGoo icons, they show up on a light wallpaper. Since KooGoo fades to a lighter and sweet candy-filled center, they also pop on a dark wallpaper. They’ll look brilliant against any wall.

screenM_wHknexus520140524_132429In addition to offering incredibly unique and fun to use icons, Andrea Corvi provides you with lots of good reasons to spend the $1.89 on KooGoo. KooGoo started out with 1,500 themed icons, and in less than two months, the pack now includes over 1,700. KooGoo receives updates all the time. It also comes with 88 wallpapers, which is far beyond what most icon packs offer. Corvi also includes Muzei and Behang BLink support for the wallpapers for you Android wallpaper aficionados.

In addition to the icon and wallpaper offerings, I really like Corvi’s app dashboard. It’s organized very well, making it easy to find the themed icons for your favorite apps. Corvi has them organized categorically, like Google and system apps. Additionally, Corvi provides a easy-to-use icon request tool that looks at the apps you have an your device and finds the unthemed apps for you. All you have to do is hit send. Out of the more than 100 apps I have on my device, there were only a few icons that weren’t already themed, and most of them were other icon packs. Outside of the hard work of icon-theming, Corvi has also done some unique and useful work with the dashboard app for the icons to give the user a great experience.

So what do you think of KooGoo? Is it something you might like seeing on your home screen? If so, follow the link below to pick up KooGoo in the Google Play Store. If you like Corvi’s work with KooGoo, he just announced a new icon pack, Balx icons, that will be released in July. Be sure to keep an eye out for that.


Screenshot_2014-05-09-19-40-33_eFEnexus520140509_194059If you’re not sure how to apply custom icons, there are a couple of ways to get the job done, one of which is to install a custom launcher. If you’re not familiar with custom launchers, check out this post about making your Android device yours. If you don’t want to install a custom launcher, check out this post about Beautiful Icon Styler, which can help you theme your stock launcher.

We’d love to see your home screen rocking KooGoo or any other icon pack. You can use the HTML <img> tag in the comments and show us your own home screen. Let us know what icon pack you want us to review next. Thanks for sharing!

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • uknowme

    No thanks. I’m using Metal Theme icons. These just aren’t for me.

  • jake

    Lumos for the win!

  • tony d

    anyone know what the name of that clock widget is on the first pic? the black clock?

  • MitchRapp81

    Required permissions: EVERYTHING, including your soul. Holy…. Every theme pack I’ve tried so far came with the delightful “no permissions needed!” message… but this one, woah… BEWARE !

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      Thanks for bring that up. I’ll be sure to watch for that and bring it up if we run into it with a review again.

  • Rich

    anybody know the clock on the 3rd picture? never seen that one before.