Androkkid’s Smooth Interface Imitates Android & Hero Sense UI
Just when we thought we were done seeing Hero themes for different Windows Mobile interfaces, a developer of a new UI drops another into our laps. This time, the Hero theme is for an interface called Androkkid.
You might have seen Androkkid emerge from the shadows sometime last month, but it was hardly an interface that could be used on a daily basis. At the time, it was more of a work in progress as it didn’t even have a clock widget and many features were disabled. It did, however, sport the traditional Android interface with its neat pull-up menu and sliding panels.
Well, the developer just released a new version, giving it a complete makeover. It’s now more functional with support for widgets and other customizations. Most notably, it gives you the option to choose between the default Android and Hero themes. Continue reading to get the details on Androkkid Hero edition.
After switching Androkkid to its Hero Sense UI theme, you will notice it has a working menu bar similar to Sense. The left button brings up the options and the right button lets you add different widgets or shortcuts. The middle button smoothly pulls up an animated program launcher, much like the HTC Hero. The launcher can be automatically expanded by tapping it or manually by holding and dragging. Just like the Sense interface, you can hold any shortcut on the launcher to pull it onto any panel.
There are currently widgets for the battery status, signal, a photo frame (randomly changes pics in an assigned folder), clocks (Hero, digital & analog), and appointments. As I mentioned above, you can add shortcuts to your favorite apps. This process is easy thanks to built-in menus, but there is a learning curve for adding SMS, email, calendar and contacts shortcuts (all of them display notifications). You basically have to know their file path and enter them manually. Users of iFonz will find this process familiar and I’m sure novice users can get answers from the developer’s XDA thread.
The cool thing about the widgets and shortcuts on Androkkid is that you can customize them. To do this, simply hold a particular shortcut or widget and drag it to the “edit” button that appears at the bottom of the screen. This gives you access to its properties where you can enter text, change icons, alter the file path, and even adjust the height/width of the icon (as pictured below). You can also choose to lock (“block”) the shortcut/widget to the interface, so that it stays on every screen when switching panels (iPhone-like). From the settings button, you can change wallpaper/themes, configure the number of panels, pick whether to start on reboot, enable/disable full screen and more.
Overall, the UI is rather responsive. Sliding through panels is fluid and the animated launcher is a nice touch. I should note that upon launching Androkkid for the first time, you will have to wait a few minutes for it to save all your program information. After that, it loads just as quickly as TouchFLO or Mobile Shell, even after soft resets. With a few more advanced widgets, this interface could be a great, free alternative to Mobile Shell 3-3.5. If you’re a fan of the Sense interface found on the Hero, it’s definitely worth a look.
You can download the latest version (0.8) of Androkkid from SimoSoftProjects. Make sure to download the widescreen wallpapers (40) and polished icons (213) at the bottom of the page, unless you prefer to make your own. Custom widgets for Androkkid are already being created as well.