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Google Now Helps You Customize Your Android

Dave Parrack 13-03-2017

Google has launched a new website aimed at helping you customize your Android homescreen. One of the biggest advantages Android has over iOS are its many customization options. And Google is now trying to ensure you’re taking full advantage of those options with the Android Taste Test.


While geeks will argue their OS of choice is best, in reality both Android and iOS have their positives and negatives What It Would Take for This Apple Fan to Switch to Android There's a reason I'm using an iPhone instead of an Android. Here's what could make me switch. Read More . However, one area where they do differ is customization. While Apple likes to remain in control at all times, Google wants you to make your smartphone your own.

Testing Your Aesthetic Preferences

The Android Taste Test is available on Google’s #myAndroid microsite. And the test is designed to help you, “Craft your home screen just the way you want it”. Google does this by asking you a series of questions related to your aesthetic preferences.

These questions are all multiple choice, and based on visual cues. Which means anyone should be able to take part without having to strain their gray matter. At the end of the Android Taste Test, Google will recommend various elements for you to add to your phone.

These recommendations will cover wallpapers, icons, launchers, widgets, and keyboards. You can then just click on the ‘Download Now’ button to be whisked to the Google Play Store. It should be noted, however, that Gboard is recommended every single time even though other cool Android keyboard The 5 Best GIF Keyboards for Texting and Emojis on Android What's the best GIF keyboard for Android? These keyboards make it easy to add GIFs and emojis to anything you type. Read More do exist.

Make Your Android Unique to You

With Android powering 9 out of 10 smartphones Android Now Powers 9 Out of 10 Smartphones The mobile operating system war is now over. And Android won. Because while Apple still sells shedloads of iPhones, 9 of 10 smartphones sold around the world is now powered by Android. Read More , Google clearly feels a sense of responsibility to help people get the most out of their smartphones. After all, the more owners make their Android their own, the more likely they are to stick with Google’s operating system in the future.


Do you own an Android? If so, will you be taking the Android Taste Test? Or have you already customized your homescreen to suit your personal preferences? What else should Google do to help Android users make their phone their own? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. N.Dufault
    March 30, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Why is it that every time I think I've discovered the perfect app to accomplish my goals, it turns out that the app indicate that I must also download even more apps to make the first apps work???? Very frustrating!!!!!

  2. Rana Husain
    March 22, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Yet not done any test..

  3. James
    March 20, 2017 at 5:08 am

    A theme engine for Android 7.1.1 on Pixel so we could use a dark theme instead of all this bright white.

  4. Mike Smith
    March 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    There are plenty of great wallpaper apps in the Play Store, 'Backgrounds' is brilliant. I'll take the test but I doubt if I shall use the recommendations, I've personalised my home screen to just how I like it already.

  5. ChezB
    March 14, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I tried the android taste test, the icon packs were good but the wallpaper apps suggested, have option of auto update wallpaper, which doesn't work.

  6. Michael J Tobias
    March 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Yeah, I tried the "Android Taste Test" on 3 different browsers and I can't get it to work.

    • Mike
      March 20, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Same issue... Doesn't seem to work (Firefox 52.0.1).