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…)
Still one of our favorites, if not top favorite third party launcher, Nova Launcher, received a beta update today. Inside the update, users are treated to a new Lollipop app drawer option, giving off the same look and feel if your phone was running Android 5.0. (more…)
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…)
Late last week, an update was pushed out to beta testers of Nova Launcher, and today, the changes that there were made for the beta group are now available in the newest public release for all to download. (more…)
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…)
With Android L available for a few devices, everyone not able to flash the developer preview build are scrambling to get a taste of Google’s latest OS on their devices.
Thankfully, the Android developer community is top notch, churning out plenty of work to help get your device running like Android L. Why exactly you would want your phone to run like a buggy developer preview build, I don’t know, but that’s why we love Android. Freedom! (more…)
Being able to customize your phone just the way you like it is a double-edged sword. Android offers a lot of ways to change your phone’s appearance to your liking, but that also means that there is a lot of options out there for you to choose from. For me personally, whenever I sit down and decide to personalize things it can take a long time. Cyanogen Theme Showcase is looking to make that process much shorter, assuming you are running a CyanogenMod ROM. (more…)
Nova Launcher 3.0 “stable” is rolling out to all on Google Play, this afternoon, bringing with it the list of new beta features that were introduced a week ago. The update one-ups the beta, though, by bringing with it “OK, Google” hotword detection from home screens. That means you can say “OK, Google” from any home screen and launch a voice search – no need to tap in a search box or on a microphone.
After updating at the link below, you can activate “OK, Google” by heading into Nova settings, tapping on the “OK, Google” option, and then checking the box to enable it.