Theme your phone with MIUI with out rooting, flashing or any of that scary stuff with 2 simple apps.
We recieved an email from someone yesterday asking if there was any way to get MIUI on their phone with out rooting or flashing anything. The answer is NO but….. you can get it to look pretty darn close to MIUI with a launcher and a widget. There are other apps you can pile on to make it look alot more like MIUI but these 2 are a good starting ground.
Here are some screen shots from my Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G (mouthful there) using the MIUI.ADW.Launcher app and the MIUIDark Digital Weather widget from the Android Market. No rooting or hacking nessesary and if you find you don’t like the whole IOS feel you can uninstall them and go back to your stock look. These apps work with pretty much any Android phone or tablet.
As you can see the home screen and app drawer have an iPhone look to them. This is not everyone’s cup of tea but the emailer is one of many that want to have the MIUI look and feel on their phone with out doing a little hackery.
Just a quick lesson on launchers on your phone and from the market. If you have an HTC phone it comes with a “Sense” UI and launcher, Samsung generally has “Touch Wiz”, Motorolla has “Moto Blur” and so on. When you install a custom launcher from the market like this MIUI ADW Launcher it just pretty much covers the launcher that comes stock on your phone and gives it a whole new feel and look. Motorolla users generally don’t like Moto blur so they will put another launcher over it with Launcher Pro or like the launcher I’m writing about here. It’s all preference! Also in a lot of cases a launcher can actually make your phone smoother. The head writer over at our sister site Root Your Droid’s main phone is a Motorolla Droid X2 and he feels that Launcher Pro makes his whole experience with that particular phone snappier and more customizable. My main phone is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and I personally can’t stand Touch Wiz so I use a launcher by the name of ADW EX (I’ll be doing a write up on both).
There’s also a lot of different customizations you can do with this launcher, screen preferences, drawer settings, general behavior, UI settings and a whole bunch more.
The weather clock that is in the screen shot of my home page is a widget from the market called MIUI Dark Digital Weather Clock (and it’s free). This widget IMo just gives it that final touch to give it a more of a MIUI ROM experience.
There you have it folks! You can enjoy MIUI on your phone with out voiding your warranty by rooting or flashing anything.
One last thing before you go and grab this launcher. When you first start the launcher it doesn’t have an app drawer button (ala iPhone). Just long press your home screen and press “Launcher Actions” then press “Open/Close App Drawer”. You can drag and drop it in your launcher bar and change it to any icon you want (long press the app drawer icon and edit it).
Thanks for the email! I hope I answered your question 🙂