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ThaPhlash has been a staple in the Android icon community for many years now. In fact, he’s one of the most looked up to icon makers for Android by a lot of his fellow icon or theme developers. They inspire themselves to create the awesomeness that he himself creates when it comes to graphics for Android devices. There’s truly no other like him. While there are many that are great, if you ask 100 of them, I’d be willing to bet that 85 or more of them would say that they got their start or got their inspiration from seeing the work of ThaPhlash.
What you see above is the latest creation from ThaPhlash as far as his icon work is concerned. It’s called KEX, and it’s some of his best work to date. As you can see, these icons are totally custom in every shape, form and fashion. Icons for apps that just don’t look like any others by developers of other icon packs that you’ve ever seen before. Complete diversity and totally unique. Not to mention, totally awesome and amazing.
Now, for those of you that know ThaPhlash and what he’s done in the past, this will be some awesome news that I’m about to tell you. For those that don’t know about him and his past works of art, then just follow along with me for a second.
KEX is a first for ThaPhlash when it comes to icon packs. I know, you’re sitting there saying to yourself, “This man has done it all when it comes to icons, how can this possibly be a first?” Well, it’s true and what I mean by this is that KEX is the very first icon pack by ThaPhlash that’s available by him personally in the Play Store. Yes, that’s right folks! No ZIP files and no editing each icon manually on your home screens. Plus this means that all of your icons are now themed, including those in your app drawer.
But wait, there’s more! Once again, ThaPhlash has done something that no other has done, including himself, in the KEX icon pack. It’s called “dynamic icons” and you can read a bit about it here on Jack Underwood’s Google+ post about Today Calendar.
Now that you’ve read that, let me explain it a bit more. With some scripting and coding, Jack Underwood was able to get his Today Calendar icon to display the actual date on the icon, instead of having a static number that all icons have had since day one now. This means, that if the date is 5/14/2014, you’ll see the number 14 on the Today Calendar app icon, both on your home screen and in your app drawer.
What’s more is, he worked with Kevin Barry who is the creator of Nova Launcher, to get it implemented into Nova Launcher so that other icon makers could do the same thing. And this boys and girls is where ThaPhlash has done what no other man(or woman) has done before. He has several icons within the KEX pack that are dynamic and will change for various reasons. One is the Google Calendar icon. It’ll show the actual number for the date of the month of the current date. This is also true for Today Calendar and Business Calendar and ThaPhlash has stated that more calendars will be added upon request.
I will note, that for this to work, you need to be part of the Nova Launcher Beta Program, and you will need to have Nova Launcher 3.0beta1 or higher installed. If you’re not really interested in the dynamic icons, or you’re simply not a Nova Launcher user, the list below is all of the launchers that KEX is currently supported by.
KEX is available via the Play Store today, and the regular price is $ 3.99. However, ThaPhlash has a special sale going on since this is his first icon pack to hit the Play Store and you can pick it up for only $ 1.99, which is one hell of a great deal. You can grab it by clicking the Play Store widget below.