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2 years ago

Android App Review: MellowYellow Theme for CM7

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With the arrival of the CyanogenMod 7 alpha for the EVO 3D and the Sensation, it meant I could finally take advantage of the theme engine that's built in. I've been on a bit of a yellow kick lately, so I was pretty excited when I pulled the trigger and installed MellowYellow.

For anyone who has used MattedBlues before, you'll probably be able to tell MellowYellow comes from the same developer. It's described as being for people that "love minimalism, dark greys and blacks with bright highlights" and it certainly delivers on that front.

Once you've selected MellowYellow from inside the Theme Engine app, all your taskbar icons, highlights, check arrows, and the like go yellow. That's expected, so all is good. There's also at least one new icon that I found, the 3G indicator, when you're not on Wifi or 4G.

The biggest visual change is the notification pulldown menu. Instead of the usual pulldown, all of the CM7 widgets are now black on a background of yellow. (I've found if you make the widget color black, it blends really well.) The pulldown bar itself is different, too, pleasantly transparent and sporting a MellowYellow'd Android head at the bottom.

The phone dialer has also received a much-needed revamp, with the same transparency found on the pulldown bar. The font has also been altered slightly, and there's plenty of empty space, giving the dialer a clean, open look. This is seen throughout all of the dialer menus, too.

Overall, I'm really pleased with MellowYellow. I liked MattedBlues when it came out, I knew these guys were good, but to see them branch out into other colors (orange next, please?) is great. The theme works without a hitch, looks great, and adds a great vibe to the phone.

MellowYellow for CM7 is $2.99 in the Android Market.

We've got more screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Waze and Android Central device giveaways

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A couple weeks back the good folks at Waze got together with us and had a blow-out of a contest.  The huge list of prizes -- tablets, and the best smartphones on the planet -- got everyone excited, and now it's time for seven folks to get even more excited, as we present the winners.  Playing was fun for all, and yours truly discovered a great app with Waze for Android, but the following folks get the added pleasure of some new Android gear to add to their experience:

Congrats ladies and gents!  The folks at Waze will be in touch shortly, via the contact information you provided through the app.  They just shared the winners with us so we could congratulate you ourselves.  Have fun with your new Android devices, and be sure to use 'em to munch some Androids while you're out and about.  Let's all wish them well in the comments guys.  And once again, thanks to Waze for the awesome contest!

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2 years ago

Type like a pirate - PirateKey X

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Arrrrr, matey. If ye wants to talk like a pirate, PirateKey X be the keyboard of choice. OK, we can't keep that up. But keyboard maker Swiftkey has released PirateKey X in advance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Monday September 19. Once you get through the piratey setup, it'll help predict your text like normal (and Swiftkey's really good at that), and as it does so, it'll help translate into pirate-speak.

So it's a little novelty app, but it's well done, and it's all a part of Swiftkey's larger community relaunch. You can get PirateKey X from Swiftkey's VIP community at the link below. Full release is after the break.

More: PirateKey X; Swiftkey VIP forum

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2 years ago

Voice Actions now available in 5 more countries, expands to Western Europe

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Voice Actions are some of the most popular features of Android devices. Google has announced today that they have expanded the service to include five more countries and languages.

Here are the new additions:

  • United Kingdom (British English)
  • France (French)
  • Italy (Italian)
  • Germany (German)
  • Spain (Spanish)

Voice Search is available for all Android devices with 2.2 (Froyo) and higher.If the application is not built into your phone, see the links after the break to the Android Market to get it for free.

If you have tried it out in any of the countries and languages mentioned above, we'd love to hear what you think in our Forums.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic now has an unofficial CWM-Recovery available

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As we saw previously, the Motorola Droid Bionic does have a build of Cyanogen Mod 7 up and running but in that video, CVPCS also showed an unofficial Clockwork Mod recovery running and now it's available for download for all. A few caveats do come with the release however so pay close attention:

  • This is not an official CWR release. Official CWR releases are signed off by Koush.
  • This will not be on market. I'll leave that for when Koush makes an official release.
  • This is for BIONIC ONLY.
  • I am not responsible for any loss of data if there are bugs present. I have tested it but that doesn't mean it's bug free!

In other words, use caution. It's not official, it just happens to work and don't go installing it on just any old device. It requires a Droid Bionic and that's it. Now, with that out of the way -- hit the source link for the download.

Source: CVPCS; via: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Samsung Illusion for Verizon appears on Flickr

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Although the Samsung Illusion name has been tossed around before on some road maps there was never an official announcement made for the device. Now, thanks to a little slip up from Samsung on Flickr, we're getting a good look at a 3G-only device, but not much else. Specs seem to still be missing for the information but those will come eventually. What we do know though, is that the device is eco-friendly (which we've also seen in the Samsung Replenish):

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a "green" certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its "green" phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Yeah, we know -- not much to go on, but it's interesting that's for sure. What do you all think? A low powered budget device running an 800MHz processor or does it have something a little more beefier under the hood?

Source: Flickr; via: Electronista

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch now available online from Sprint

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Despite having the longest name in smartphone history, the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch is the first of the Galaxy S II devices to reach the United States -- you can hit up Sprint online and order one right now.  It's going to set you back $199.99 and a two year agreement (or $499.99 if you buy it outright), but for that money you're getting 1.2GHz of dual-core, and 4.52 inches of Super AMOLED Plus loving.  Toss in Sprint's Wimax 4G, and an all new version of TouchWiz, and there's a lot there to get excited over. 

Settle in, dust off your credit card, and hit up Sprint -- then drop in the forums to spread the good word.  Things are gonna get busy in there I think!

Source: Sprint

Epic 4G Touch forums

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2 years ago

Android Central at the LG Marquee unveiling at New York City's Fashion Week

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LG brought New York City's Fashion Week to a close tonight with a panel discussion on the intersection between technology and fashion, followed by a swanky soiree high above Manhattan's Meatpacking District to unveil its next major device, the Marquee. While we got a peek at the Marquee last night at Pepcom, tonight offered yet another opportunity to get our hands all over it. If you're holding out for the next device on Sprint and are a little intimidated by the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch's huge 4.5-inch display, the 4-inch NOVA screen on the Marquee might be your perfect fit. It's not as fast or beefed up as some of its competitors, but the Marquee is respectable device in a stunning package, and easily the best looking LG smartphone to date. 

Hit the break for some photos and a video with the Marquee, which I managed to snag before diving head first into LG's signature cocktail, aptly named "The LG." The Marquee hits Sprint shelves on October 2 for $99 on a two year contract. (Yes, I realize I flubbed that info in the video but be nice, I was nervous. There were runway models in the crowd.)

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic gets a taste of Cyanogen Mod 7, but it's not quite ready

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Just in case you were wondering if CyanogenMod 7 would come to the Motorola Droid Bionic, the above video should clear that up. That is of course, CyanogenMod 7 getting a full boot on a Motorola Droid Bionic (read our full review) and while it's far from ready for the masses, it sure is a pretty sight. No telling how long we'll have to wait for a release (and no asking!) but we're certainly hoping sooner rather than later.

Source: CVPCS

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2 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a T-Mobile G2X from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The T-Mobile G2X is one of the original dual-core monsters.  The specs are great -- a Tegra 2 power plant, 4-inch IPS display, HDMI out, and easy to hack the daylights out of.  Now that Gingerbread has shown up for it, it's a beast.  Yes, I'm a bit biased -- I use one myself for my Tegra Zone gaming addiction (ZOMG Fruit Ninja THD).  And you can enter to win one in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a T-Mobile G2X

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