New app brings Google Now wallpapers to any compatible device

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For those of you longing to bring the Google Now wallpapers to any homescreen, developer Bongoman has created a live wallpaper app that allows you to do just that. While it is technically a live wallpaper, the only time it changes is when switching from day to night, which means virtually no battery drain. The app allows you to flip through Google Now-esque cards and then simply tap to apply the desired wallpaper. All the locations included in Google Now are here and there’s even a separate app for those of you with an HD display. Both versions of Google Now Wallpapers are available from the Play Store free of charge. Hit the break for a slideshow and Play Store links.

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Apex Launcher v2.0 available, new features for both free and pro versions, integrates Apex Notifier

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Developer Android Does recently released Apex Launcher v2.0, bringing a whole bunch of new features to both the free and pro versions of the popular app.  There are some interface upgrades, new translations, and the option to set the duration of vibrations.  The pro version has a new feature that allows users to place folders in the app drawer, but the main feature is the integration with the new Apex Notifier app.

The Apex Notifier is actually a separate app and is an extension that works with both Apex Launcher and Dashclock Widget.  With Apex Notifier, notification counts appear above other applications, providing an aesthetically pleasing effect as well as a useful feature.  A list of applications that the extension works with can be found after the break, as well as the links to all three apps in the Play Store. » Read the rest

Release candidates for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 start making their way to select devices

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CyanogenMod has announced they have release candidates ready for a few select devices. OK so the word few isn’t really accurate,  40 is the actual number and the list is impressive. For those of you who don’t know what CyanogenMod or CM 10.1 is, it is a custom ROM for select Android devices, CM 10.1 is the latest from the CyanogenMod crew and it is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean source code.

The devices listed for rc1 consideration is a who’s-who of current and former top end devices. The current lineup of Nexus phones and tablets are there, as well as the Nexus Q for those who happen to own one. The international HTC One X is there as well, and a few U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The list is too big for me to run through all of them, so click on the source and see if your device is listed. If not, be patient it may make the list sooner or later.

Source: CyanogenMod

Paranoid Android’s new Halo notification system hits testing stage with builds available for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus (GSM), and Oppo Find 5

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Not long after unveiling their newest project Halo, the Paranoid Android team has released alpha builds featuring the new feature for a handful of devices. Owners of the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus (GSM users only) and the Oppo Find 5 can all head to Paranoid Android’s Google+ page to download builds for their devices.

For those who haven’t followed the progress of this project, Halo is Paranoid Android’s solution to multi-tasking in Android. Inspired by Facebook’s recent Chat Heads feature, Halo places a small notification bubble on top of whatever application you are running. Tapping the Halo opens a small applet where you can respond accordingly. While this is in its earliest stages, the developers promise this is only the beginning. This is an alpha build  so if you are brave enough to try it, be warned that there will be bugs. Hit the break for a video of this feature in action.

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Paranoid Android’s new Halo notification system gets demoed in video

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As we recently reported, the awesome developers over at Paranoid Android have come up with an incredible new feature for their ROM inspired by Facebook’s Chat Heads. They are calling it “Halo” notifications and they’ve described it as the first step to solving Android’s lack of true multitasking. It works by forwarding all notifications system-wide to the Halo bubble. Clicking the Halo bubble opens a tiny applet where you can respond to any notification.

Halo will be included in upcoming builds of the popular Paranoid Android rom which is available for a plethora of devices. One lucky user got his hands on an early build and was nice enough to film a demonstration. Hit the break for the video and check back for more news on this feature as we get it.

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Free version of Beautiful Widgets with in-app purchases now available

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The folks over at LevelUp Studios have developed a free version of its hugely popular app, Beautiful Widgets.  Although augmented by in-app purchases for additional functionality and customization, it’s still worth a download due to the great looking widgets it provides for your home screen. Through in-app purchases it’s possible to unlock every feature that is included in the full paid version of the app.  This is nice because it allows users to pick and choose what kind of features they want, without having to pay for the full app.

Due to this welcome addition to the Google Play Store, the full app has been renamed Beautiful Widgets Pro. According to LevelUp Studios, both versions will maintain feature parity in future app updates.

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Matias Duarte on Facebook Home: “Shows an incredible amount of polish”

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Facebook Home was released only a short time ago and it hasn’t received much appreciation from users. While yes it was created for a niche market, that hasn’t stopped most people who’ve tried it from giving it a one to two star rating in the Play Store. In fact as I type this it sits at an average rating of 2.2 out of five. While it may not be a hit with the public it sure made an impression on Matias Duarte. If you’ve been living under a rock, he’s a key part of the Android design team and has been instrumental in creating the Android we see today. He praised Facebook’s software engineers by saying:

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Use a custom kernel to turn your HTC One’s logo into a functional extra button

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Are you the proud owner of a new HTC One? Is your only complaint the weird button layout? Developer tbalden at XDA may be able to solve your problem with his new kernel tweak which turns the HTC button into a sleep button (which also enables the home button to wake the device) or a menu button, depending on your preference.

This little tweak is possible since the digitizer of the HTC One extends a bit under the HTC button, which allows a different function to be assigned to it with a custom kernel. Currently, the hack isn’t 100% functional, and there’s been a tiny amount of weird behavior with it, but it’s definitely going to be a great mod as it’s further developed and tweaked. Hit the break below to check out the forum post to get the mod working on your shiny new phone.

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All-in-one toolkit for unlocking and rooting the AT&T and Sprint HTC One now available

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Well that didn’t take long at all. If you’re looking for a very simple and quick way to unlock and root your AT&T or Sprint HTC One, you can do it now thanks to hasoon2000 over at XDA. He already posted a toolkit for the international version a month ago, so this is very similar. This desktop application will install HTC Drivers, unlock the bootloader, and flash your own recovery. You want to make sure you grab the correct download that matches the carrier version of your phone so hit the appropriate source link below for instructions.

sources: XDA - Sprint version / XDA - AT&T version / XDA – International version

Larry Page confirms that Android does indeed run Google Glass

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In a recent interview, Google’s very own Larry Page has finally confirmed that Google Glass does indeed run the Android operating system. While it was widely assumed so, no official confirmation has ever been made until now. While it is a modified version of Android, it is nice to see the flexibility of Google’s operating system and it’s diversity in cross-platform.

What does this mean for Glass’ future? Well, integration  with Glass and your Android powered smartphone or any other device would be easy and probably recommended.

Does this confirmation make you guys any more excited for Google’s Glass’ impending release?

source: Techcrunch