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LG Makes A Surprisingly Big Deal Out Of Its UX 5.0 Software Skin Upgrade With A Video And Press Release

Years and years after Samsung, HTC, and Motorola started plopping bloated skins on top of stock Android, manufacturers are still trying to create semi-artificial market differentiation with their shiny software toys. While manufacturer skins have gotten more tolerable as of late (thanks in no small part to the way they've also become much more resource efficient), it's still vaguely annoying that all these companies feel the need to spend vast amounts of time and effort completely overhauling something that already works pretty well.

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[Deal Alert] All dbrand Skins Are 25% Off For Today Only

One of the lamest things about most modern Android devices is the lack of color options. One person can only choose between "Snow White," "Black Velvet," and "Rose Gold" so many times before wanting to scream, after all.

For situations like that, there's dbrand. They make custom skins for a variety of devices, allowing users to modify their device however they see fit (and change that look on a whim with different skins). Tired of looking at that stark white Note 4? Throw some red leather on it. The blue Nexus 6 not doing it for you anymore? Spice it up with the look of bamboo.

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[Weekend Poll] Skins: Will Your Next Phone Run A Clean Android, Or An OEM UI Layer?

Skins are divisive subject. Do they really matter? Are they literally evil incarnate? Is TouchWiz actually that bad? Well, now we're going to vote on it: will your next phone rock the stock, or will it be SenseWizwhateverLG'sthingis-ified?

For the purpose of our poll, "major" UI layer modifications will include a pretty broad range. Anything made by Samsung, LG, Sony (yes, sorry, that is a "major" skin), HTC, Huawei, ZTE, and a number of other OEMs that is not a Nexus or GPE device is considered "skinned" for the purposes of this poll. Motorola devices, Nexus devices, GPE devices, OnePlus devices (CM adds many functions, but aesthetically is / can be made very stock-ish), or any other phone that runs a version of Android with extremely minimal (or straight-up Google-approved) modifications will not be considered "skinned" for the purposes of this poll.

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OPPO Is Recruiting Testers For An LG G2 Build Of Its Android-Based ColorOS

Regular followers of the Android world know that manufacturers love to skin Google's mobile operating system for the sake of differentiation. As dramatic as Samsung and HTC can get, the Chinese OEMs sometimes take it even further, perhaps because Chinese users don't have official access to the Play Store and Google apps (making compatibility and certification less problematic). OPPO seems to be going even further than that: a new post on the company forum is recruiting testers for ColorOS on, of all things, the LG G2.

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ColorOS is OPPO's super-customized build of Android. It's either a skin or a fork, depending on how you look at it.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Nexus 7 Skins From dbrand And Android Police

If you're looking for a way to set your Nexus 7 apart from the pack, dbrand has the solution: custom adhesive skins. These skins come in a variety of colors and textures – everything from pink leather to white carbon fiber or metallic titanium. They're pretty badass. Of course, we would expect nothing less from a site with such fantastic design.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements.

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Motorola 'Dinara' Now A Reality – Moto Reveals The ICS-Powered ATRIX HD For AT&T

Remember last month when we finally saw a press shot of the fabled Motorola Dinara? Well, it looks like the device has come to reality as the ATRIX HD. Discovered earlier this evening, an official Motorola landing page gives us all the juicy details on the device, many of which we saw coming from the first rumors.

Maintaining Moto's recent design language, the device sports a carbon-fiber backing and a slight chin up top where the camera lives. One of the most beautiful things about the device so far is the fact that it will evidently run a lightly seasoned version of Ice Cream Sandwich, sporting on-screen navigation buttons.

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Orange Announces The San Diego, Europe's First Intel-Powered Android Phone

Intel has been conspicuously absent from the mobile arms race in recent years but 2012 is the year the company changes all that. After a significant showing at CES this year, Intel has now teamed up with Orange to deliver San Diego. No, not the city, and get used to making the distinction. The San Diego is Europe's first Intel-powered Android phone.

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The 4.03" device will be powered by the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460, and run on an HSPA+ network. The device also packs an 8MP camera, supporting 1080p video capture, and HDMI out. In an effort to keep up with the Joneses One X and the SGSIII, the camera also features a burst mode, boasting the ability to take up to 10 photos inside of a second.

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Beautiful Widgets Gets An Update, Gets A Snazzy New Skin Market Site And Multiple Weather Forecasts

Widgets are one of Android's best advantages over other mobile platforms. Unfortunately, not as many app developers give attention to widgets as we'd like, which only makes us appreciate Beautiful Widgets even more. The famous clock/weather/battery widget developer, LevelUp Studio, is updating its suite of widgets with support for multiple weather forecasts and, more awesome than that, a web store for discovering/installing widget skins.

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Taking a cue from Google's Play Store*, you can connect your Google account to the Beautiful Widgets Skins Market and automagically send skins to your device over the air and apply them without ever touching your device.

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[Editorial] Sense 4 On Ice Cream Sandwich: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For Android

Yesterday, we saw the first glimpse of Sense 4 on Android 4.0 on the HTC Ville. While watching the video, I assumed that the handset was running Gingerbread since it looked just like previous versions of Sense (save for the updated launcher). The only thing that even slightly resembled ICS is the Roboto font in the clock.

Then it showed the version information, which made me feel physically ill. This is Sense 4 on ICS? Say it ain't so!

I use a Galaxy Nexus as my main phone and the Transformer Prime is my main tablet, so I spend a substantial amount of time using stock ICS.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Skin Your Holiday Gift Giveaway Win One Of 50 Amzer Phone Or Tablet Cases For Doing Almost Nothing

Now that the holiday season has drawn to a close, a lot of you probably have shiny new Android-powered gifts you're struggling to put down for more than 30 seconds. That also means your brand-new toy might not yet have a case - and we're here to help. Our friends at Amzer have graciously provided 50 of their awesome phone cases to help protect your Android device from the many dangers it will face throughout its life.

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This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

 

Rajaram Janardhan

haibl

B J Books

Paul

Alex

Robert Walters

Jamey

Ismael

Kurtis Davidson

AdrianP

Chris Mckechnie

Melanie

Tommy Noshitsky

Sahil

Bud Boggy

B Jordan

Marc

Jaime

DoomsDave

sriracha

Joe Ewbank

Farmdogg

Rudy Rivapalacio

Josh White

Anthony Dickerson

Rojas

Zelrick

chris

Andy

Kevin

Daniel

Ankit

Justin J

Sanat Puri

Alex Do

Joseph (jbliv63)

Cristina O'Neill

brgulker

Phil

ricot lominy

Ondrej Holan

ZRod

Eoin

Andy Stetson

Julius

Mike

Joe

Jesta

Tiggerbits

Miles McQueen

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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