Are you an Ubuntu fan? Then you are going to love Ryan Olson, the designer behind the Ubuntu Theme for ADW Launcher. Ryan launched the theme 4 days ago and so far it's been well received scoring a 4.28/5 average with more than 5000 downloads.
As Jaroslav mentioned today in his Modder’s Monday: Hacking Without Hacking – A Guide to Customizing Your Android Device Without Voiding Your Warranty, you don't need to root or hack your Android in order to customize your launcher, and ADW is one of the best launchers Android offers. Read More
Modder’s Monday is a weekly column about rooting, hacking, and other forms of modifying Android written by Jaroslav Stekl, a man who spends his days coding, hacking, hiking, and of course, writing for Android Police.
One of the many things that I love about Android, especially after spending several years with an iPhone, is how customizable it is - right out of the box. You can change your keyboard, tweak the status bar to make it work any way you like, change apps’ icons, and even install home replacements that alter how your homescreen works. Read More
Let's face it: browsing the Android Market on your desktop currently sucks. For one thing, there aren't any categories - just "Top Free" and "Top Paid." For another, there's no search!
On your phone, the situation isn't much better - you can search, which is good if you know what you're looking for in advance but you still can't filter those results. And discovering new apps is just downright horrible.
This is where sites like AppBrain come in. Read More
If you’re a rooted user, you’re probably familiar with the ADB command, and that it requires you to connect your phone to your PC with a cable. Enter adbWireles, which allows you to - wait for it - use ADB over WiFi.
The specifics of how it works are pretty technical, but here’s the laymans version provided by the dev (and translated from Spanish by the Goog):
adbWireless is a simple application to enable the wireless interface debug Android.
A new live wallpaper (LWP) app has been released on the Market. LWPs may be a dime a dozen, but this one is definitely worth a look:
From what I can tell, there is no actual relation to NVIDIA/Ageia's PhysX engine, other than a focus on physics (who would’ve guessed?). The effect is quite cool though - the particles move based on how you’re holding the phone, and can be set to act in various manners. Read More
You bought an Android phone because you’re into cool functionality, right? Don’t attempt to deny it, something that creates a database of your books, CDs, DVDs and video games is exactly the kind of thing you like.
Here we have Shelves. Putting to use your phone’s camera, Shelves scans the barcodes of your collections and automagically creates a virtual representation of them on your phone, for cataloguing, loaning, or just admiring. Read More
Cerulean Studios, maker of the popular chat client Trillian, has released the first public beta build of Trillian for Android. For the uninitiated: Trillian lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, allowing you to manage contacts and real-time status feeds efficiently. And when we say “multiple,” we mean pretty much all of them:
- Windows Live
- Facebook Chat
- MySpace IM
- Astra Account
Trillian already has mobile clients for Blackberry and the iPhone, and finally Android is joining the fray. Read More
Verizon announced that they’d be releasing an app for a variety of devices that adds functionality for FiOS customers. For example, iPad users can watch TV on the device as long as they’re at home. More relevantly to our purposes, though: they’ll be releasing an app to allow some smartphone users to stream video-on-demand.
There is a catch-22 though: the app only supports select smartphones - namely, those sold by Verizon. Read More
Using a camera to “scan” documents to a digital format is nothing new. There are a number of PC applications available that help users turn photographed pages into PDFs or other document formats. Android enthusiasts can now enjoy the same functionality, as higher resolution cameras on mobile devices have finally allowed this application category to reach maturity. This roundup will cover 5 apps you can use to turn your Android device into a portable document scanner. Read More
One of the most popular games for the iOS platform has just been released for Android, following a rapid porting process by Galcon developed Phil Hassey. On his blog he speaks of his desire to support even low-level Android devices, going as far as to purchase a G1 to use as a development test-bed. The porting process took a little over a week of code translation from the iPhone’s Objective-C to the Android NDK’s C++ and Java. Read More