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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WidgetLocker Lockscreen

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WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a lockscreen replacement that gives you much more freedom over not only how your lockscreen looks, but how it functions. The premise is simple: Open up the lockscreen to having widgets and shortcuts of your choosing, and give you the ability to make any slider a shortcut to any app or process. The result is a pretty cool experience that really tightens up the efficiency factor of your device.

When you open WidgetLocker for the first time, you're greeted by a very informative walkthrough, showing you not only how to change your lockscreen up, but also how to access menus, activate Tool Mode, and remove sliders. There's also a tidbit about the 5-second rule that's worth knowing about.

Customizing your lockscreen is a fairly straightforward affair. Everything functions just as it would on a normal homescreen, so you can either long-press or do the menu > add route to pull up the applicable menu. From there, you're given the options to add another slider, applications, shortcuts, or widgets. It's all the same as doing anything on a homescreen, so you'll be treading in familiar territory.

Where things get really cool is the Custom Slider menu. TeslaCoil has packed the slider menu full of different themes, ranging from the stock Android slider to iOS's, MIUI to MotoBlur. Once you've picked your skin of choice, you slide the slider to configure what exactly you want it to do. This is rather limitless as well, giving you the requisite unlock option, in addition to WidgetLocker specialty actions, application shortcuts, or launcher-specific shortcuts.

WidgetLocker also boasts a highly variable and detailed settings menu. From here you can alter everything from which buttons unlock the screen to what WidgetLocker-specific widgets you want to use. You can also customize the look and feel of everything and a whole host of other things. If there's something you want to control, there's probably a menu option for it.

WidgetLocker is $1.99 in the Market, but with it's successful revamp as version 2.0 not too long ago, the price is well worth it. Especially if you're the type who wants things your way (and let's be honest, who isn't?), this is a must-have app.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 getting ready for its Gingerbread update

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 review

Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus One Android 2.3.4 update now available from Videotron

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Believe it or not -- there are still a few carriers out there who have yet to push out Android 2.3.4 for the Nexus One. Until today, Videotron in Canada was one of those carriers but they can now be removed off that list as they've now made Android 2.3.4 available for Nexus One owners. If you've not already gone ahead grabbed the update through other means, you can fire up system updates and get it now.

Source: Videotron; Thanks, Bryan!

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3 years ago

Asus EeePad Slider delayed

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Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.

Source: Asus UK

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 63

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Mickey and British import Alex Dobie talk up the quiet release of the Motorola Droid 3, Google Maps offline, and where tablet pricing is going. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to change screen time out length

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3 years ago

NASA App now officially available on Android

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Just in time for the final space shuttle launch, NASA has released an official app. It features NASA twitter feeds from around the agency, live streaming of NASA TV, current NASA mission information, and a whole lot more. So, if you need to get your outer space fix while on the go, be sure to download this free application from the Android market today! Download links available after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S hitching a ride back into space on the final shuttle flight

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The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for its (and the shuttle program's) final launch today (weather permitting). And while its most precious cargo is the astronauts on board, probably the most nerdy is the addition of a pair of Nexus S Android smartphones, making yet another jaunt into the final frontier.

The "Pure Google" phones will be put to use on Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (thankfully acroynmed "Spheres"), which are small CO2-powered contraptions that test orbital maneuvers.

Wonder if they've just been rooted.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Float

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Float is one of those games you come across that has a deceptively boring idea behind it that you're willing to write it off, but once you try it, you realize it's a lot of fun. As it was put to me, Float is a game that "makes you feel happy." While I'll leave that up to each one of you, I will tell you it's a game about keeping balloons from getting popped.

Float's gameplay is relatively simple: tap the balloons to keep the from falling onto the spikes. If you lose three balloons, it's game over. You can tap them high on the screen to ensure you never lose a life, but the game entices you to take risks by providing you with a bonus line that multiples your points 10 times over if you wait for the balloon to drop beneath it.

Rounds last around 25 seconds, on average, and the timer loudly clicks down the last couple of seconds so you know the end is nigh. At the conclusion of a round, the balloons fly away, you're shown how long the new round is, and more balloons continue to rain down.

To keep gameplay from getting completely and utterly stale, Crawl Space Games have added in just a mad plethora of different game options. While the actual tapping the balloons is the same, there's some added mechanics, like lose one balloon and your game is over. Then there's the opposite of the standard game, called Up & Away. In this game mode, you tap the top of your balloon to keep it from floating off the top of your screen.

It's definitely a nice touch and keeps the replay value higher than if you were just slinging birds tapping balloons up the entire time. That being said, Float is very much a game in the same vein as Angry Birds, a time-killer/think-about-nothing kind of experience. It's definitely entertaining, just doesn't require much thought after a while.

There's a free version as well as a paid version in the Market for 99 cents, but based on their descriptions, they seem to be the same app. Perhaps if you feel like donating, that's what the paid app is for. For a bit of pointless fun, free isn't a bad price, though.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Asks: What feature are you looking for in your next device

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As we all know tons and tons and tons of Android devices are dropping all the time, and keeping up with the newest device on the market is enough to make anyone want to file bankruptcy. Comparing all the specs of the devices can be a daunting task, as it appears each time you are comfortable with a decision, something new is releasing, or being announced. So, where do you draw the line? What is the most important feature about a new device for you, is it screen size, resolution, processor, operating system, camera, or something else? Be sure to take a second out of your busy day, and let us know what is most important to you in your decision making process. 

What feature is most important in your next phone purchase?survey software

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