Lately I’ve been giving my Tasker creations a face lift. It started with me redoing the way my todo list works, making it both faster and have more features. I ended up using icons from the holo icon pack available from the Tasker developer, an icon pack that uses the official holo icons from Google. That lead me to create my own scene templates, which I then expanded to all my previous quick scene tasks.

I finished the last upgrade yesterday, replacing the button-based settings scene I use for everything with one that uses holo icons. I moved my home automation controls to a separate scene, and put location, profile, and brightness settings in its own scene as well. Those scenes are now available from the main scene, rather than being part of that scene. That freed up enough space to switch out the buttons with icons and text.

Ironically, I don’t have much good to say about the holo theme when used by Google or other developers. It’s most commonly used together with “ICS blue” (or whatever you want to call it), which I think makes the OS look cheap. Pairing it with black instead looks much better in my personal opinion, especially since my phone has an AMOLED screen where black is truly black. On a black device, you don’t see the screen, so it gives you the illusion of the frame and the screen being one and the same.