Personalization on Android: beyond custom launchers
When we talk about personalizing our mobiles Android, we usually fall on the launchers custom ROMs or system-wide ROMs. They are certainly an effective method, and one of the easiest to understand. However, there are options to customize our mobile phones with stock Launcher, the one that comes standard.
In the case that concerns us today, we talk about the Launcher of Android One, the one that is practically Pure Android and that we find in phones like Xiaomi Mi A1, Moto X4 or the entire mid / high range of Nokia presented at MWC 2018. With Android One the user is guaranteed two years of updates system updates and security monthly. It’s a very compelling experience for a wide range of users, and one that keeps its own tricks.
One of those interesting functions that are somewhat hidden is the possibility of modify the shape of the icons, just like you can in Nova Launcher. This can only be done from Android Oreo henceforth, since it is the version of the operating system that implements the adaptive icons – Icon versions capable of changing shape.
How to change the shape of icons on Android One
And how can this be done in Android One? It is very simple. First of all, you must have the Launcher activated and in use, so make sure you are using the Stock Launcher. From there, press and hold on an empty area of your desktop. The screen will “zoom out” and you will see a bottom menu with three options. The one that interests us the most is the third: Settings.
By selecting this option we will not be going to the General Settings of the device, but to the Home Settings. Among the options offered to us, today we are interested in the one that says Change icon shape. This option will allow you to change the shape of those icons that are adaptive on your mobile. You can choose the category of system, that of Square, Squircle, Circle or Tear. The choice is now to your liking, depending on what you prefer. But it does exist, and it allows a degree of customization that is appreciated.