Even though Ubuntu is still being released in a month or two, you can now experience near perfect Ubuntu experience directly on your Android phone. This setup comes with a lockscreen, as well as 2 homescreens, one having access to the Ubuntu side bar and RSS fead widget, while the other has room for your frequent apps, calendar and notifications.
Part 1: Applying Apex Launcher Settings
Here’s how you should set up the launcher, start off by selecting your Menu button then Apex Settings on your homescreen:
- Portrait Grid: 10×10 (or change if widgets aren’t aligning)
- Manage Screens: 2
- Transition Effect: Any
- Wallpaper Mode: Multiple Screen
- Hide: Notification Bar, Shadows, Icon Labels
- Hide Dock: Enabled
- Home key action: Show app drawer (comes in handy)
- Resize Any Widget: Enabled
- Overlapping Widgets: Enabled (Pro Version only,but you can try work around it)
Part 2: Setting up the wallpapers
Before continuing, check to see that the wallpapers provided fit your phone (see link at the bottom of this post). The wallpapers have a resolution of 900×1600, so if these fit your phone you can skip to Part 3.
There are 3 ways of modifying the given wallpapers, here they are:
1.1 Drag a screenshot you have taken from your phone onto Photoshop.
1.2 Drag a wallpaper you want to modify over this screenshot.
1.3 Move the “handles” of this wallpaper so that they snap onto the screenshot.
1.4 Save this as a .png then copy it onto your phone.
2.1 Drag the image you want to modify onto Photoshop.
2.2 Select Image – Image Size.
2.3 Change this to your phone screen’s resolution (in pixels).
2.4 Save this as a .png then copy it onto your phone.
Method 3 (If you don’t have Photoshop or even a computer, use this method)
3.1 Download Photo Editor (free) from the Play Store:
3.2 Select Gallery – Resize/Fit – Resize.
3.3 Select Manual, deselect “Keep aspect Ratio”, then add in your phone’s screen resolution.
3.4 Save as either a .png or .jpg into a folder where you keep your wallpapers.
Once you have completed setting up all three wallpapers, open up MultiPicture Live Wallpaper, then follow these steps:
- Menu – Wallpapers – Live Wallpaper – Multipicture Live Wallpaper.
- Settings – Add individual settings – Add 1 then 2.
- Then change screen 1 settings – Picture source – Single Picture – Add Screen 1 wall, then repeat for screen 2.
- Remember to change Crop/Resize Ratio to – Fit to Fullscreen if you need to.
- Change transition type if desired.
- Go Back – Set wallpaper.
Part 3: Setting up screen 1 (Side bar plus RSS reader widget)
This wallpaper can either be one with icons or a variant of one with icons.
If you choose the one with icons (as shown in the video), then you need to add Desktop VisualizeR widgets (2×1 size) over each one, and change the image to the blank.png provided at the bottom of this post. If you choose the one with no icons, then your DVR icons must be those icons located in the link at the bottom of this post. DVR was also added at the top, stretched across the Search bar, with the image set to a blank.png and “Select Action” set to Launch Application – Google.
Minimal Reader Pro was also added as the RSS fead widget, with all backgrounds transparent, text white, and settings buttons and feed count hidden.
Part 4: Setting up screen 2 (Frequent apps, Calendar and Notifications)
For the Frequent Apps, Desktop VisualizeR was used again, with the same 2×1 size and using the icons that are provided. Select the appropriate app to launch, as well as clearing the label and taking off touch effects if desired.
Simple Calendar Widget was then used for the calendar. All that was changed is making the line and background transparent and changing the date on the left size to zero.
Finally UCCW was added at the bottom to display the notifications. To add a skin (located at the bottom of this post), choose any size for the UCCW widget, then select “open .uzip” and locate ubuntu notif.uzip on your phone. After it has been placed you can resize by holding down on the widget – Resize, and resize to a desired and position or as shown in the video.
Remember if you can’t edit your UCCW, it means your Hotspots mode is on, and you need to turn it off by going into your UCCW app from your App Drawer. To turn Hotspots mode off select Menu – Hotspots Mode – Off.
Part 4: WidgetLocker (the lockscreen)
Once you have downloaded WidgetLocker from the Play Store, open it from the app drawer, then here are the options you need to change:
Look and Feel
- Alternative Wallpaper: Enabled
- Select Wallpaper: Changed to the Ubuntu Lockscreen wallpaper
- Background Tint: 0
- Layout: Grid Size – 12×8 (change if widgets aren’t aligning)
- Hide Notification Bar: Enabled
Clock widget used is Clock JB, add it like you would any widget, by holding down on the homescreen – Widgets – Clock JB.
UCCW skin was used in the middle for the messages, add it the same way as the notifications in Screen 2.
To create the “slide to unlock” effect: Hold down on the screen – Custom slider – Use this theme (by milosstankostanko) – Swipe the arrow across to enable you to change the icon to a blank.png. It will now disappear on your screen, but it’s still there, just remember where you held down to add it, then resize it to a desired location. Remember you must copy this theme onto your phone, then use any file explorer to install it.