This is My Android: June 2015

After kicking off our “This is My Android” series in February with the Moto X (2nd gen), I told you that it probably wouldn’t take long before I found a phone to replace it. I didn’t say that because the Moto X was aging or falling out of favor with my pants pocket, it’s just that I knew what was on the horizon – the Samsung Galaxy S6. Shortly after Samsung’s new flagship launched and found its way onto my desk, I knew almost immediately that this was the phone that would replace the Moto X.

So today, this is my Android, the Galaxy S6.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With More Material Design, New Features

A beta update is available for Nova Launcher users, one which includes plenty of Material Design aesthetics and new features. The update brings a true Lollipop feel to the application, which should now look much nicer with devices currently running Lollipop. And if you are still on a later version of Android, Nova should help make you feel a bit more with the times. But don’t worry, we know it’s just carriers and OEMs holding you back from Android 5.0+.  (more…)

This is My Android: February 2015

Quite often, we get asked things like, “What icon pack or wallpaper is in that screenshot?” or “What is that widget?” or “What phone are you currently using?” To hopefully help provide answers to those questions in a more official capacity, rather than so casual through the comments section, we decided that going forward we would try and put together explanation videos in a new feature called “This is my Android.” As we change phones or launchers or icon packs or start using a handful of new apps throughout a year, you will see videos of us highlighting them along with the reasons why we made a switch or change. Pretty simple, right?

As you can imagine, these should come out much more regularly in the coming months as we see the new 2015 flagships from companies like HTC and Samsung. Until then, though, let’s kick this off with a first look at my current setup. This is my Android(more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated in Google Play, Brings Lollipop Animations

A new update is available for Nova Launcher Beta through Google Play, bringing a few Lollipop features which can make any Android version user feel as if they are running Google’s latest.

The new animation can be found for opening folders, which goes on top of the already existing window animation which slides up from the bottom of the display. In addition, a Lollipop scroll indicator is included, as well as updated icon themes for the Calculator app, Contacts app, Downloads, Email, and many more.

Here is the full changelog.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With New Drawer Animations, App Drawer Search Additions

The beta group for Nova Launcher received an update for their launcher application today, one which brings new app drawer animations, as well as a few important bug fixes.

Detailed in the GIF image below, users can choose between a few nifty drawer animations, such as a circular opening, slide up motion, and others. To highlight the fixes, users were previously unable to manually change the app drawer icon on their home screen, but thanks to the update, this issue has been fixed. And here I was, thinking it was only me having the problem.  (more…)