Remember a few weeks back when I told you about the awesome custom etched Galaxy Nexus battery doors that you could get through an IndiGoGo project? Well the IndiGoGo project has successfully come to an end but our good buddy Omar Trujillo isn’t finished just yet. After exceeding his pledge goal 6x over, Omar decided it was time to set up a more permanent outlet for Android lovers to pimp out their beloved handsets. Enter AndEtch – your one stop shop for the ultimate in Android device customization.
I just did a review on the iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Speaker, which amps up your speaker on your smartphone or digital media player. The folks over at iFrogz were gracious enough to provide three units for our loyal readers. We like to keep our contests simple so all you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what your favorite song to listen to is lately. You will have until Sunday, March 11 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick three random winners and post them on March 12. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with your username. Only one entry per person please.
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In this day and age, technology is designed to make our lives simpler. We no longer need to pull over to a rest area to use a payphone. Paper maps are quickly becoming a thing of the past. We can now carry thousands of books with us without requiring years of weight training. The devices we carry with us every day are rapidly becoming indispensable.
So this is why we freak out when we suddenly don’t have access to our smartphones, either through damage or loss. This single point of failure is why we have a growing market of protective phone cases, insurance, and remote wipe software. How can we guarantee we’ll never lose or break our phones? Only one way I see…remove the device from the equation.
If there was no physical device we had to keep track of, there would obviously be no fear of losing it. But the device is what gives us the power to do all those wonderful things. So what if we natively had the same abilities our smartphones have without having to carry anything around? Enter the Android Brain Implant™ (ABI).
I just reviewed MyBackup Pro, which I think is an app that every Android user should have on their phone or tablet. The folks over at RerWare were gracious enough to provide us 25 copies to give to our awesome readers. It’s quite simple. Just head over to our forum post and tell us what phone and/or tablet you are sporting right now. You have until Monday, March 5th at 11:59EST. We will randomly pick 25 winners and announce them on Tuesday, March 6. Winners will receive an email with instructions in the email account that is attached to their username. Good Luck!!!
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What do you want to see most from Google: Jelly Bean Sneak Peak, Nexus Tablet, Android @ Home, Majel, set-top boxes, or something else? Let us know in the comments!
The folks over at Human Factors International, a company that specializes in user-centered design training and consulting, have published an interesting white paper about the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. Written by the CEO Eric Schaffer, the basic premise of the document states that even though the Fire has some fundamental usability issues with its user interface, it’s still a success for other reasons. What usability issues, you ask?
If it’s one thing I like doing often to keep my Android experience fresh and current, it’s change my background. Sometimes your background can get a little stale and some updating is in order. A new background, a new launcher or some icon rearranging can really freshen up a device if you know what you’re doing. So every once in a while we come across some pretty cool HD wallpapers and when we do, there’s really only one thing to do with them, share them with all of you. Check out some of the HD wallpapers below and don’t forget to let us know what you think. Feel free to also upload some of your very own wallpapers in our new forum to share with the rest of the Android community. And if you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for? You can sign up at the same link.
Jason Tyler, author of Google App Inventor for Android, has a new book on its way and you can pre-order it today. It’s titled, XDA’s Android Hacker’s Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Rooting, ROMs and Theming. For those of you ready to start hacking, but aren’t sure where to start, the XDA developer’s forum has long been a great resource. Tyler’s book presents it in a more easily approached manner, beginning with the basics.
Yesterday I mentioned that you can currently make a pledge to help fund an IndieGoGo start-up project and in return get your very own custom laser etched battery door for your Galaxy nexus. What I didn’t really emphasize is that the Talk Android logo is also one of your options for engravings! Omar was kind enough to include us in with his preselected images so the awesome Talk Android broadcast logo you see above is one of the $30/$40 laser etching options. So if you’re a die hard Android fan and a Talk Android advocate, now is your chance to promote your favorite Android news source and put a little “us” in your Nexus. I mean, what better way to show TA some love and still manage to pimp out your Galaxy Nexus at the same time! Hit up the source link below to make your pledge… all the cool kids are doing it.
Looking for the ultimate way to customize your new CDMA or GSM Galaxy Nexus? How about a new factory replacement battery door with a design of your choosing laser etched on the back of it!? Well, right now over at IndieGoGo (similar to kickstarter), you can do just that. For a mere $45 or $55 pledge (depending on whether you have the standard battery or extended), Omar Trujillo will send you a brand new factory battery door with custom laser etching of your favorite design. Now tell me that wont make your friends envious! There are even pledge options that include a new standard or extended battery as well. One thing to keep in mind though, when thinking of a custom image it must be able to be shrunk down to a 2″ x 2″ square in order for it to fit on the door properly, you’re gonna need to put some thought into this one.
If for some reason you’re not feeling very creative today, you can save 15 bucks and just go with one of Omar’s preselected images instead. The options that are currently available are pretty sweet and any of them would most definitely make your GNex stand out in a crowd. You could chose to go with CyanogenMod’s skateboarding Android, the Talk Android logo, or even a cool plaid-esque pattern of Androids that somewhat resemble Google’s custom Louis Vuitton style battery door.