If you are like me you will cast envious eyes over other Android owners themes, from elegant to flashy and wish you were able to do the same. You may have tried to follow instructional videos’ or site posts to get the same look and fallen short at one step or other. If so any additional help to get that perfect look is always welcome. The Play Store is not short of Launchers, from ones that spoof other OS’s to others that simplify using your handset, to Launchers that allow full customisation so what makes Buzz Launcher Beta any different than the current choices you have, and why should you install it?
The biggest advantage Buzz Launcher has is that transferring themes from one person to another is incredibly simple even to the point of linking to apps and widgets needed to complete a theme, and then even place the widgets on the Homescreen for you. Folders are loaded with the apps the theme creator used when uploading the theme, with Play Store links to those you don’t already have installed. Everything from downloading and installing new themes to altering and adding content is explained as you use Buzz.
Buzz loads with a simple and clean white theme that is pretty nice by itself. If you have a look around and play with the default theme the first thing you notice is that by default Buzz gives you a far larger placement grid than most other launchers give. It’s not fully free placement, but it should be enough for most themers needs. You will also notice that you have a little icon of four circles in a square layout, this gives you access to additional Buzz features and also system settings and your app drawer.
The first of the Buzz features is ‘Decoration’ and it pretty much does what you would expect. You can set the Wallpaper for individual screens and also a common one for use when an individual one is not set. You can set grid sizes, page margins, turn on and off the Status bar, page indicators and the dock. There is an option to upload your own theme with descriptions, and attributes and even the option of which of your homescreens you wish to upload. There is a Buzz settings option to change gestures, backup your current setup. The last of the Buzz options is for ‘Homepack Buzz’ this is where you will find themes uploaded by other Buzz users to download for yourself. You can browse by category, what’s hot, what’s new and a selection of staff picks. Obviously this is very taste dependant, but I found a lot of really nice looking themes all just a download away. It’s pretty easy to try theme after theme and install all the required apps and widgets, but I soon found that my phone was full of twenty odd apps for each task. A far better approach is to download a theme and alter it to use the apps you prefer (very easily done).
Buzz launcher is a great way to create and share themes, not to mention just hang on the coat-tails of others work. It has a strong social aspect with not only sharing themes, but also allowing you to post themes to social networks. It is still in beta so don’t expect it to be complete in every area. It does however deliver a lot of promise and if the developers keep working at it this could easily become a themers favourite.
The Buzz promotional video is shown below (complete with electronic sounding voice over)
Buzz Launcher Beta is free on the Play Store from the following link but apps and widgets used in themes may not be.