Nov 28th, 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve installed MiHome Launcher onto one of my Android devices. The homescreen replacement app has been out for some time in the Google Play Store and gives your favorite Android device the MIUI look without root.

The reason I haven’t been using the launcher is because 99% of the themes in MiHome Launcher (the single biggest selling point of the launcher) were tailored to the Mi-One (Xiaomi’s official MIUI phone). That phone featured a lower res 854×480 display, not 1280×720 found on higher-end devices these days. Thankfully, when the Mi-Two was announced, I knew that meant higher-def native 720p themes would follow suit — and boy, was I right.

Now, if you would allow me to introduce to you one of the most brilliant and creative themes I’ve come across in quite sometime. Normally, I like to keep my phone looking minimal in design, with flat icons and an almost futuristic “Tron” look to it. All that went out the window with this very dapper Gentlemen’s theme. The theme, found in MiHome Launcher’s “theme” section of the app, gives your desktop a classic, 1920’s look. That is, if phones weren’t all tethered to walls and booths back then (how did they live?!). With a muted taupe background, the theme is, in many ways, minimal. At the same time, your screen will be filled with big, extremely detailed, handmade icons. You have to really take a good look at ’em to fully appreciate the amount of painstaking detail put into these. I was flabbergasted.


The MiLocker lockscreen can be disabled in MiHome Launcher’s settings and if you put all your apps into a folder labeled “Apps,” MiHome will alphabetize them for you. Also, to get the clock to change according to the theme, long press the homescreen, then select the picture clock widget. Once placed on your homescreen (and you’re still in edit mode), click on it and select the Gentleman clock theme.

If this seems like a good look for your device, and you want something to show off to the chaps at your local speakeasy, head on over the Play Store and give MiHome Launcher a download where you’ll find even more free themes to better suit your style. Best of all, the app and all of themes are free to download. Cheers.

[Google Play]