Why Theme GO Launcher EX v1.0


Current Version: 1.0
Requires Android: 2.0 and up
Category: Personalization
V1.0 update:

===Brief introduction:
Covers icons, wallpaper, folders

interface and app drawer. Get it and have a completely new makeover

of your smartphone with android OS at once!

===Important tips:
***This app only works with GO Launcher EX.
***Install GO Launcher free from the market first.

***How to Apply the Theme:
1.Please Do Not open directly after it’s installed.
2.Back to GO Launcher EX: MENU > theme preferences.
3.Choose and apply the theme.

***Change icons:
Some devices may not change the icons automatically.
1.Tab and hold an app in desk screens.(Not available in app list.)
2.Replace > Choose the theme’s icons.

***Circle Effect:
1.Only works in App list, MENU > Settings > Icon effect > Chariot


Facebook buys Instagram (insert groan here)

There goes the neighborhood. Only a week after finally arriving on Android, Instagram has sold out — to Facebook. The price, according to a press release: $1 billion in cash and Facebook stock.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, on his time line, says that it’s more than just absorbing Instagram into the Collective. “We believe these are different experiences that complement each other,” he wrote. “But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

“That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.”

For its part, Instagram says it’s business as usual. “It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away,” CEO Kevin Systrom said. “We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience.”

So we’ll have to see exactly what happens. As far as Android’s concerned, it’s more about the service than the app. The app itself isn’t all that great. The filters have been around in other apps for some time. (On the other hand, Facebook’s Android app is notoriously bad, too.)

And until Instagram gets its act together and works on more Android smartphones, it’s going to remain a non-starter for many.

HTC Watch movie rental prices slashed for Easter

If you picked up a shiny new HTC One X or One S this Easter weekend — or you already own an earlier Sense device — then you’ll find a special offer waiting for you in the HTC Watch app. Until the end of Easter Monday, the rental price of many movies in HTC Watch has been cut down to almost nothing — in the UK, the cost is just £0.05.

The HTC Watch catalog has been growing slowly but steadily since the service launched on the Sensation last spring, and it’s bundle on Sense 3.0+ smartphones, as well as tablets like the Flyer and Jetstream.

A few highlights in this weekend’s Easter Special offer include —

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • The Hangover 2
  • Final Destination 5
  • Cloverfield
  • The Matrix
  • 300

To view the full list, fire up HTC Watch and select the “Easter Weekend Special” option from the main menu.

Source: androidcentral

Toray Introduces Self-Repairing Screen Protector, Heals Scratches In Under 10 Seconds

Ready to meet the last screen protector you will ever need? Meet Toray’s self-repairing film that has the capability of healing minor scratches and blemishes in under ten seconds flat. The film’s self-cure coating can repair itself up to 20,000 times as long as the damage doesn’t go beyond the special elastic cushioning layer. Toray uses a wet coating method to enhance the rejuvenating properties of this PET film and according to Toray, works better in lower temperatures. This doesn’t mean you need to stick your device in the freezer to repair unwanted scratches, room temperature is what produced the ten second repair you are seeing in the above image. Speaking of the above image (although a video demo would have been nice), I guess this was the result after scratching the film with a metal brush.

This new Toray film is set to be released as a decorative layer for a few unannounced noteboooks but I imagine it wont be long before we start seeing it available for select tablets and smartphones.

Source: Tech-on
via: Engadget

Samsung trademarks ‘Youm’ for their flexible AMOLED displays [Videos]

Samsung has been teasing us with flexible displays for a few years now. We know they’re seeking a patent they and we should see the first devices by next year. Now this incredible technology has a name – Youm. Youm is going to be a game changer. It’s going to be thinner, lighter, and unbreakable. It will feature a TFT film, Organix Layer Encap, and a Polariser. If you’re not convinced at how awesome this is going to be, you need to hit the break to see some cool videos and hit the source link to see some of the amazing concepts that Youm will bring.

Source: oled-display
via: phandroid

Samsung shows off the ‘Berry Pink” Galaxy Note


I know that you’ve been secretly desiring the pink Galaxy Note ever since we told you about it last month. Well Samsung just officially unveiled it and it will be available in South Korea by next week. It will be called berry pink, and it will essentially be the same Galaxy Note that is available now. No pricing was mentioned, but it will most likely be priced the same as the other more mundane colors. Make sure you grab a berry pink case to go with that.

Source: Samsung
via: pocketnow

Lenovo Unleashes IdeaTab S2109 Tablet Featuring 9.7-Inch Screen And Android 4.0


You remember how we told you about that Lenovo tablet trying to sneak past everyone at the FCC last month? Well the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 has officially been spotted in the wild and is on its way soon, very soon. Here in a promotional video, you can see the tablet’s 9.7-inch screen with the 4:3 IPS display and its impressive 8.9mm thin form factor in action. The device will also feature a TI-OMAP processor, front-facing 1.3MP camera, 4 SRS speakers for quality audio, 10 hours of battery life and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now that the device is seen through all its glory, we shouldn’t expect it to be too long before interested buyers will be able to get their hands on one. In the meantime, why don’t you see the video in action once you hit the break?

Source: Notebook Italia
via: Phandroid

Pantech Vega Racer 2 To Feature Snapdragon S4 Chip And 4.8-Inch Screen With 720P


Again folks, if you haven’t been paying attention to Pantech before, you may want to start paying attention now. They’re currently developing the Vega Racer 2 smartphone which is slated to have some juicy features including the distinction of “world’s first smartphone with a ceramic body”. In addition, the phone will feature a snazzy 4.8-inch screen with 720P, Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip and a 4G LTE chip. In case you were wondering folks, yes— this device is awfully similar to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, except the Galaxy S III will feature an AMOLED screen along with the expected quad-core Exynos processor.

The phone is expected to be released in South Korea only, so that means we won’t likely see the device out here in the States sadly. Here’s hoping Pantech brings a variation of that device out to the U.S. eventually.

Source: IntoMobile

LG Tries To Distract Us From The Optimus 4X By Working On Another Flagship Smartphone Called The D1L

Most of the major manufacturers have their flagship devices out in stores now or on their way (see exhibit A and exhibit B), but what about LG’s flagship device? Sure we’d heard about about the LG Optimus 4X back at MWC this year, but LG seems to have yet another flagship device in the works. The device called the D1L, shares similar features with the Optimus 4X such as a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280×720 resolution. However, unlike the Optimus 4X which features a quad-core processor, the D1L will feature the snappy dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip. No word on additional information on the device or when it will be released.

So what do you think gang? You guys excited for the D1L?

Source: IntoMobile

Love Thy Enemy: Google makes more money from iOS than Android?


Well all know how much Android has grown. The latest reports show 850,000 devices activated daily and over 50% of the market share, but is it possible that Google makes more money from iOS than Android? The Guardian released what they believe Google made from Android from 2008 to 2011. They made this calculation based on figures that came up during negotiations from the legal battles of Google and Oracle. The Guardian believes Google made $543 million during this period, but again it needs to be pointed out that this is an estimate since Google never releases earnings from Android. I won’t get into all the details of the calculation, but they looked at what Google offered Oracle in turns of a possible settlement to arrive at their conclusion.

The Guardian thinks Google makes four times more from iOS. Where is the revenue generated from? Don’t forget Google is a search company and products such as that and Maps are used on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Back in October, Google CEO Larry Page said that they were “seeing a huge positive revenue impact from mobile, which has grown 2.5 times in the last 12 months to a run rate of over $2.5bn.” Notice how he used the word, “mobile?” He didn’t say Android, but people automatically interpret it that way.

Asymco took this information and went a little further by charting it all out. Assuming $1 billion in mobile revenue in 2010 (from Larry’s comment of 2.5x for 2011), they put together the following chart:

They went a little further by breaking it out per device here:

So there you have it. I didn’t spend a lot of time trying to “shoot holes” in these figures, but I think it’s safe to assume that Apple is pretty important to Google. In fact Larry Page downplayed whatever hatred Steve Jobs had for Android. Whether he really did hate Android or not, I’m thinking Google definitely doesn’t hate Apple.

Sources: theguardian and asymco