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Get the Android L and Material Design look with these cool apps

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 11 months ago

We have already taken a look at five cool features of the upcoming Android L release that you can get right now, but we've also come across a couple of others that do a lot of the transformation work for you. So if you want the Android L look on your device, say hello to the Moonshine Icon Pack, and the IdeaL Theme Light. 

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The Moonshine Icon Pack even has a Material Design-themed installer. / © AndroidPIT/Nexbit Design

Moonshine Icon Pack

The Moonshine Icon Pack has almost 400 icons based on the existing Moonshine icons and what we've seen of Material Design in the L preview and during Google I/O. This is a massive effort considering I/O was only held about a week before this app was uploaded to the Play Store. The icon pack also has some nice original wallpapers, including the one seen in the Android L developer preview, and more added to the cloud picker, so you don't need an update to get the new ones.

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Bring Android L to your phone with the Moonshine Icon Pack. © AndroidPIT/Nexbit Design
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The Moonshine Icon Pack contains a variety of themed icons. © AndroidPIT/Nexbit Design

Considering the amount of work done is such a short amount of time it stands to reason that the developer will continue the hard work and add more icons and wallpapers as time permits. So if you want a quick and easy solution for an entirely new look on your phone, grab the Moonshine Icon Pack and be sure to rate and review it in the Play Store.

Moonshine - Icon Pack Install on Google Play

IdeaL Theme Light - Android L

To install IdeaL Theme Light, you are going to need a custom ROM with the CyanogenMod 11 theme engine and root access. This may seem like a lot of work for some, but the Android L effect created is really something. Featuring an overhauled framework and systemUI, with custom animations, fonts, wallpapers and icons, all based on what we had seen in the Android L developer preview - this app is nothing if not comprehensive. It borrows a lot of elements from other designers (including the Moonshine Icon pack detailed above), but all of the various aspects are brought together seamlessly. Check out the pictures below to see it in action.

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The IdeaL Theme Light dialer and calculator interface. © ANDROIDPIT
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Ideal Theme Light's calendar and clock apps. © ANDROIDPIT
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This is how the settings and notifications look in Ideal Theme Light. © ANDROIDPIT
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And this is Ideal Theme Light's app drawer. © ANDROIDPIT

Do you like Google's new colorful and playful aesthetic? How often do you change the look of your phone?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Seij Blanco 11 months ago Link to comment

    If you were using a dark theme before on an amoled display then this will really use your battery more because it uses more LEDs because of its light theme

  • Mark R. 11 months ago Link to comment

    not sure if this is related but since installing my battery life has nose dived...

    • Kris Carlon
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      11 months ago Link to comment

      Hey Mark, check your battery stats in Settings and see if the theme is the cause of your battery drain. If it is, let everyone here know!

  • Mark R. 11 months ago Link to comment

    yes great theme brings a new fresh look & feel. Only thing I don't like so far is the keyboard - doesn't feel right not having any 'dividers' between the letters.

  • Loony 11 months ago Link to comment

    I use IdeaL with the "Durgon" Icon pack and Smart launcher (6 icons) on my LG G2.
    Looks very sweet and cool, thanks for the showing me this theme Admin ;3

  • Saem Sarguroh 11 months ago Link to comment

    I have the theme on my Oneplus One and I guess the theme already includes the icons from moonshine icon pack.

  • Amat Mulisha 11 months ago Link to comment

    Wow. I want that ideal theme light. What a beautiful material ui.

  • Andre Sinaga 11 months ago Link to comment

    this is joke, my G2 isn't compatible with the Ideal Time Light - Android L when I want to download it, or does I must root my phone?

    • Loie Favre
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      11 months ago Link to comment

      To install IdeaL Theme Light, you are going to need a custom ROM with the CyanogenMod 11 theme engine and root access.

  • kingboudi1 Jul 16, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm confused whether i should stick to Samsung or get a Nexus :(

    • Kris Carlon
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      Jul 16, 2014 Link to comment

      That's a massive change! Do you know anyone with a Nexus you could try out? One way to tell if the Nexus might be for you is to think about how many of Samsung's software and hardware features you use, because you won't get any of those on a Nexus. I just wrote a comparison between the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5 which highlights the big differences. There's a video coming up tomorrow too if that's more your style.

    • Rebel3percent Jul 25, 2014 Link to comment

      Definitely get the Nexus..

  • Nishant gauns Jul 10, 2014 Link to comment

    For me nothing come close to velur icon's... Which are your favorite admin???

    • Kris Carlon
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      Jul 10, 2014 Link to comment

      I had been using Glasklart for a while and recently switched to Moonshine icon pack, which I'm digging for now.

  • Henry B. Jul 8, 2014 Link to comment

    Just downloaded this, it looks pretty cool. Although it's telling me 'import from launcher' and I have no idea what it wants and all my apps have moved places :/

    • Kris Carlon
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      Jul 8, 2014 Link to comment

      That always happens when you install a new launcher. Basically, the new launcher doesn't know where you like your stuff unless you import the layout etc from an old launcher. If you were using the Google Now launcher previously you'd just import from that launcher to get the same set up.