So, you got a fancy new Android phone for the holidays! Congratulations! Now that you’re all set up, the only thing left to do is find the best apps and start having some fun. Google Play offers thousands of different applications and games to choose from, so without getting lost looking through countless pages of apps, allow us to drop some knowledge on you.
These are our top 10 recommendations to get you started with Android. (more…)
We here at DL support third party launchers. One of our all time favorite launchers, Nova Launcher, has a beta version that received a major update over the weekend. In fact, there is such a long list of features that I will have to use a page break. Here I go. (more…)
Today, a new 3rd party launcher called Action Launcher is making the rounds. It’s from the creator of Tweet Lanes, one of the more popular Twitter apps available. This new launcher runs $4 in Google Play, a price similar to Nova Prime or Apex, only it has about a tenth of the features. Now, that may not be a bad thing for those looking to dive into an ultra minimal and fast launcher. Let’s talk about it. (more…)
Nova Launcher received a much-needed update last night to make it compatible with Android 4.2. The default icon set was changed to the new 4.2 set, a new Quick Settings action was added, and a bunch bugs were squashed. I’d say that it’s nothing major, but in reality, it sort of is major as it allows the app to work on the newest version of Android. Go get it!
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One of the cool things we can do with our Android devices straight out of the box is download a custom launcher and then apply icon packs that will drastically change the way an application’s icon appears. Take the above screenshot for example – I have Nova Launcher installed and have Kovdev’s Tersus icon pack applied. It gives each icon a uniformed square and minimal look. It’s clean, pretty, and super easy to do. (more…)
For anyone that uses the Apex or Nova third party launchers, you can go pick up their updates in Google Play this morning. For Nova, there are a ton of fixes and it also adds in some Jelly Bean goodies and “Project Butter” improvements. As for Apex, it’s pretty much the same. Lots of fixes, Jelly Bean improvements, but it also adds the ability to force the tablet UI on your homescreens.
As a note, there are reports that the Apex Launcher update has something wrong with it and is force closing a lot. You can rest assured that the developer is working on a fix and will release an update as soon as humanly possible.
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Last night, the Nova Launcher beta received an updated to version 1.3 beta 3, which merges the already speedy launcher with the Jelly Bean base. A couple of the features that the Jelly Bean stock launcher has brought to the table is the ability to automatically move icons and widgets when placing something new on a homescreen, along with the ability of re-sizing widgets automatically. You’ll notice some slight speed and performance enhancements which is always something to be happy about. (more…)
If you need more Jelly Bean on your device, Nova Launcher’s beta apk has been updated that includes a few goodies that might help your addiction. This is not the same launcher apk that is on Google Play, but these changes will most likely find their way onto the official app once they go through testing. In the beta, you can choose between the stock ICS or JB Google Search bar, custom widget list picker (requires root or actual JB), and some other fixes across the board. (more…)