4 years ago

Android App Review: SiMi Folder Widget Pro


I never really got behind folders on Android. They're ugly, clunky, remind me of using Windows (and if I wanted Windows on my phone, I'd be using Windows Phone), and they add an extra screen press to access what you want. In my time as an Android user, never used 'em.

Widgets, on the other hand, I love. They drain my battery really quickly show me information without forcing me to open an app, give me quick access to my favorite contacts, and can do a lot to spruce up the look of your phone.

When I heard about the unholy union innovative combination of folder and widget, I had to check it out. Fortunately, I already use the SiMi clock widget, so I had faith in this new fwidget.

On its face, SiMi Folder Widget does exactly what its name implies. It creates a widget that you can put apps (or contacts, bookmarks, or shortcuts) in. The beauty of the SiMi Folder Widget is that instead of an additional popup window (you know, opening the folder), the widget has an attractive mini-app drawer popup that gives you immediate access to all your stuff.

Creating your folders is easy, but not altogether intuitive. Coming from the widget frame of mind, I thought you added a widget, then put all your apps in it. Turns out, you open the app, make a folder, then you can put a widget out.

Once you've opened the app, there's a whole bunch of buttons to work with. The most-used one will probably be Folders, since that's how you actually make your folders.

Once you've gone into the folders submenu, there's an option to add a folder. This is where most of the magic happens.

You can name your folder, choose what kind of folder it should be, and also mess with the widget and launcher settings. Widget settings are straightforward enough. They let you change the icon, size of the icon and layout, text color and size, and background color.

Launcher options are how the widget will actually display your folder as a popup deal. You can pick between vertical and horizontal (pro tip: if you want multiple rows, choose vertical), if you want the titles to show, and also lets you pick the size and width of the icons.

There's also two launcher styles (iPhone and custom), and if you choose custom, you can fiddle with the background color, frame color, arrow color, and text color.

SiMi Folder Pro is $2.07, but there's also a fully featured free version, too. For anyone who wants to clean up their screens and look stylish while doing it, we've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 22, 2011


Time for some more apps! Who doesn't love finding new applications to download for your favorite device? Well, hit the break with us if you love apps, and want some help finding some new ones!

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4 years ago

Verizon users -- are you getting the Galaxy Nexus? [from the forums]


A Nexus phone on the Verizon network is a pretty big deal.  Plenty of people never thought it would happen (guilty), as Verizon has the muscle to have a bit more control over their network than most, and the Galaxy Nexus may take a bit of that away.  We're all happy to be mistaken about it though, trust me.  You guys deserve this phone, and have been waiting for this phone since the day everyone realized that Verizon wouldn't be carrying the Nexus One after all.

So now that it's official, how many of you are going to storm the gates and grab one ASAP?  There's other options of course -- the Motorola RAZR looks like a hell of a phone in it's own right, and HTC's Rezound will turn a lot of heads with it's sexy look.  And heaven only knows what's coming around the corner.  We couldn't make an easy decision ourselves in this case. 

It's a lot to think about.  It's also an interesting metric, and we all love interesting metrics.  Take a minute, hit the forums, and tell the world what you plan on doing once the GNex hits the shelves. 

Android Central forums poll: Now that it's official, what are you doing?

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4 years ago

Flick Soccer for Android now available in the Android Market


Full Fat Games is back after having launched the popular Flick Golf. They've taken up a different sport this time around -- Soccer. Flick Soccer has been released for Android and is now available worldwide on the Android Market bringing one of the most feature rich soccer games to the platform.


  • Full Fat Flick Controls mean everyone can play

  • Shoot for insane scores in Quickshot mode, it's you vs the keeper
  • Take it to the limit in Endurance mode, set piece action with bonus items

  • Try out Challenge mode for the ultimate skill contest

  • Have you got the accuracy to hit the bar? Find out in Crossbar mode
  • Smash It! breaking glass panels against the clock

  • Unbelievably accurate flick controls for stunning top-corner shots

  • The most realistic goalkeeper on the Android Market
  • Interactive defenders will jump and react to shots
  • Gorgeous visuals and immersive sound

That's quite a bit of gaming action to choose from. If soccer is your gaming sport of choice Flick Soccer may be something to look into. It's reasonably priced and supported on device Android 2.1 and up. Download link is past the break for you all -- leave some comments if you grab it. I'm interested in knowing how well it plays versus that of Flick Golf which I loved.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR in Verizon systems, reminds us that it will be awesome


With all the Galaxy Nexus talk, it's easy to forget that the Motorola Droid RAZR (check out our hands-on) will go up for pre-orders in just a few days.  Verizon hasn't forgotten, and the RAZR is sitting pretty in the equipment infocenter so that everyone at Big Red can be ready to answer your questions about this new Motobeast.  With great specs (dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass and Super AMOLED up front while Kevlar adorns the back), and a sleek thin profile, this is the Android phone to get for many of you.  I couldn't blame ya -- it's gorgeous, and it's coming soon.

Thanks, anon!

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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4 years ago

Will my tablet get Ice Cream Sandwich? Our predictions


Android is more than smartphones.  With the release of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, Android has moved into the big screen arena, and it's slowly picking up steam.  There are some very nice bits of hardware out there running Android and we all are getting antsy about when the one we're using might see some Ice Cream Sandwich love. 

That's where we come into play.  We are surrounded by phones and tablets, and we're going to use a little bit of insight to make a prediction or two about when we'll be seeing OS updates for them.  Hit the break, and read along.

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4 years ago

Guide the plane through the explosions with Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D



Who doesn't love classic game creations done right? The folks at Neon Play have brought us Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D and they have done it with some serious style. The game offers a 3D game play with a rear camera view as you fly through explosions, avoiding electrical lines, flames and plenty of other random obstacles. Each level is timed in the upper right hand corner as you fly through 60 different levels of game play, and you can chose between 12 different copters to fly with. Enough discussing, start downloading now and get to playing. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon Nexapoclypse continues: Galaxy Nexus and Rezound on Nov 10 still looking good


Is anyone tired of seeing the words "Galaxy Nexus on Verizon" yet?  I didn't think so.  We said it was coming.  We now know it's coming.  And here's even more reason to believe that it's coming November 10, just like we heard it would before

While things are always subject to change, the screen you see above should make more than a few happy.  Of course Verizon's still mum on an official date, but as of today, they still have stores and agents preparing for a Nov. 10 launch.  And for those more interested in some HTC hotness?  The HTC Rezound is still on that same Nov 10 track as well. 

That's 20 days and 3 hours (ET) for those keeping score at home.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums | HTC Rezound forums

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Verizon Wireless confirms what we already knew -- Galaxy Nexus coming to Verizon 'later this year'


Not to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so. And now we have official confirmation of what we've been saying for months -- the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon "later this year", with 4G LTE capability.

So now we can all relax. Hit the jump for the official presser, along with the now-familiar spec list.

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4 years ago

The look of ICS today, WiFi time outs [From the Forums]


We've managed to pull off a stellar week and even found time for a podcast but now the weekend is finally here! We were jam packed for news and discussions so a big shout out to you all who who were here with us all week. Pretty sure we broke some records thanks to you all. If you're looking for more discussion make sure you hit up the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot


We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Which carriers will get the Galaxy Nexus: Our predictions


Now that we've tackled which phones we think will (or at least should) get updates to Ice Cream Sandwich (along with the slightly more obvious tablet contingent), let's take a loook at which carriers you can expect to use the Galaxy Nexus on. While everybody's been freaking out over where exactly you'll be able to use the Galaxy Nexus, the answer is surprisingly calm and simple.

All of them.

Yes. All of them. And, yes, that's kind of a cop-out answer. But that doesn't make it any less true, though we've not seen any official annoucements. We'll break it down after the, erm, break.

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4 years ago

Casio launches an Android-based Point of Sale terminal


Today Casio announced an Android-based Point of Sale terminal. The Casio VX-100 EPOS terminal will run an custom version of Android 2.2 and Casio has built a software development kit that is compatible with the unit allowing not only their applications to be run on it, but other developers to develop applications as well. Some of the features of this device are:

  • Sales Management -Conduct a multitude of sales calculations including calculations by product (items, departments and groups), time and clerk. An optional cash drawer can be added to operate the VX-100 as a cash register.
  • Customer Relationship Management - Build a customer database associated with sales management data. Analyze the purchase frequency and monetary amounts for each customer, in order to identify create a list of preferred customers. Operators can send emails to a list of preferred customers who have agreed to receive them, or they can specify automatic discounts when ringing up bills for preferred customers, all associated with the sales management application.
  • Reservation Management - Take various kinds of orders and reservations from customers, including reservations for meals. Use the customer relationship management and sales management applications to manage databases’ of customer names and reservation details including names, number of persons and time, all from the VX-100.
  • Remote Control By E-mail - Receive e-mail messages from a cellular phone or computer, and automatically execute instructions contained in the messages. Even check sales data from a separate location, an ideal feature for busy business managers.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 & INC now available for the Sony Xperia Play



Gaming is always fun on an Android device, and even more fun if you are a Sony Xperia Play owner. Sony Ericsson has announced that they are now bringing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and INC to the Xperia Play starting today to enhance your gaming experience. Hit the break for some more information on the applications.

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4 years ago

Root now available for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II


The T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been rooted, thanks to Samsung releasing the kernel source.  Like most Samsung Android phones (and tablets) there's no trickery involved, you simply flash the new recovery with ODIN and you're able to flash unsigned update packages, like the one that contains the files needed for root.  The process is pretty easy, thanks to no locked bootloaders or rolling back to engineering builds, and we like easy.

You'll need working Windows drivers, and ODIN 1.8.4 or higher, but all the root packages and files are available at the source link, as well as easy instructions to get you on your way.  Goodbye T-Mobile Mall, and hello Root Explorer!  We're sure plenty of hacks will soon follow -- T-Mobile and Android hacking go hand-in-hand.

Source: Rootzwiki. Thanks, Mario!

More discussion in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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