We can’t help it sometimes, though we know at times and depending on certain devices, live wallpapers can be a damper on your battery. But it’s beautiful ones like the Luma Live Wallpaper for Android that compels you to download a gorgeous app like this onto your smartphone. The Luma Live Wallpaper for Android offers you an array of beautiful colors and shapes such as leaves, hearts, flowers and other patterns to drift smoothly across your screen giving you an overall instant feeling of serenity.
- Luma is a colorful, interactive live wallpaper featuring beautiful combinations of drifting shapes and colors. With literally hundreds of combinations, it’s like having 500 live wallpapers in one.
- Luma comes with a set of designer themes that are made to match a range of homescreen themes and styles. Transform your screen into a beautiful mosaic of moving shapes and color.
There are a ton of options with the app especially when it comes to the customization department. You have the ability to create your very own color schemes, what shapes are involved and how or in what fashion they float across your device’s screen. The app is interactive as it allows you to scatter shapes and disrupt the flow by a simple touch of the screen. Check out the cool demo below from the dev and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. The app will run you a buck in the Google Play Store but it’s well worth the design and functionality you’re getting. Hit the break for the video and to check out some more screen shots of the app in action as well as to hit up the download links.
There’s a new beta in town and it comes from Shape Services, makers of the ever popular IM+. IM+ is an all in one messaging app that lets you chat with your friends using Facebook, Skype, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, RenRen, Jabber, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki.Ru, Yandex IM and Mail.Ru Agent. They just released version 6.2 with a black theme, which brings a lot of changes from user feedback. They would love for you to try it out and let them know what you think. Keep in mind it’s in beta. Hit the break for the full change log and download link:
April 22 appears to be a big day because not only is that the day Verizon‘s $30 upgrade fee is kicking in but that may be the day that the HTC One XL drops as well as the Inspire 4G reaching its EOL or end of life. According to leaked photos web-based training (WBT) has started at AT&T for the One XL. Another leaked photo (below) shows that the Inspire 4G will see its EOL on the 22nd of this month. The leaked photo above (as well as the one below) is thanks to XDA member EGBTMagus.
It was also said that an HTC Rep previously stated that the Vivid would replace the Inspire at its listed price point and the ONE XL would take over the Vivid’s old price point. The One XL, like the One X, is said to be delayed until May 6th. Until the day the official announcement breaks however, nothing can be confirmed. If it’s true though we should see the HTC flagship phone within the month. Keep it locked here as we will update you as the story breaks. Stay tuned!
Last month HTC spoke quite highly of their micro-arc oxidation process that they used on the HTC One S. The whole process explained, sounded very interesting. You can read more and see a video from the HTC YouTube channel by checking out our previous article on the specifics of this process HTC used, including claims that you wouldn’t even need a case for your beloved Android device.
Well there looks to be a turn of events a month later. This process HTC was bragging about in March may actually not be so great, and they may have to make some improvements. Based on some photos provided by XDA members enlan and robban87, there could be a real issue.
With the HTC One series landing on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, where does this leave Verizon Wireless? We would like to think the upcoming HTC DROID Incredible 4G will be a One X, but rumored specs don’t jive. In fact it doesn’t even line up with the One S. What was known as the Fireball is supposedly featuring a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4. I’m referring to it as a DROID, but honestly we don’t know if will be marketed as such, but I would be surprised if it weren’t. Sadly, this will only be the second device on Verizon to launch with ICS on board.
With the Rezound’s price drop, I would imagine we will see this one in big red stores pretty soon.
In a move that probably surprises no one, Verizon has taken to their web site to announce the fact that as of April 22nd you will be paying an extra $30 to upgrade your device. Upgrade fees are not uncommon as we saw AT&T double their upgrade fee from $18 to $36 back in February. Ever since their attempted implementation and redaction of their $2 dollar bill-payment convenience fee they have been looking at ways of making some extra cash. As Verizon puts it in regards to this new fee:
“This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever.”
For those of you that are pissed about this extra charge there are ways to supplement or remove the fee all together. For instance, you could use Verizon’s “Green” Trade-In program. Otherwise if you’re not wanting to pay this fee I would recommend getting your device upgrade in before April 22nd.
What about you folks out there? Does this sit well with you or is this enough to make you jump ship? Sound off in the forums or in the comment section below!
Thanks to all that sent this in!
HTC and Sprint held their event last Wednesday, and next Wednesday the 18th, it’s going to be HTC and T-Mobile. Our inbox just got the press invite and T-Mobile isn’t trying to be coy about this one as you see HTC One S is front and center. Looks like this is going to be a pretty big party because there’s going to be a musical performance by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. For now we’re anticipating an April 25 release, but we will know for sure next week.
For those of you on Staten Island who are patiently waiting and secretly jealous of those areas around you (like Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens) of having AT&T LTE service then you’re in luck as AT&T has flipped up the ON switch for you. You can now enjoy AT&T 4G LTE speeds in your area. And even more good news as folks in St. Louis can now enjoy the same service as well.
This is apart of the 12 city push that AT&T announced back in March and is following the launch of the service in three areas on April 8th. So go out and enjoy your new break-neck speeds on your 4G device and if you haven’t purchased one yet maybe the rumor of the Galaxy Nexus on AT&T might entice you to consider one. Hit the break to read the official press release. And for those folk left on the list of cities who are patiently waiting for this service don’t worry I’m sure you’ll get some LTE goodness sometime in the near future. Enjoy!
Google+ is now used by over 170 million people, but to take it to the next level, Google is introducing a more “functional and flexible” Google+.
Here’s a quick run down of the changes:
No more static icons at the top. Instead there’s a dynamic ribbon of applications to the left. You can drag apps up or down in the order you want, you can hover over certain apps to show quick actions, and you can show or hide apps by moving them in and out of “More”
When people think of the biggest story for 2011, Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility immediately comes to mind. The initial thought was Google may have had plans to use Motorola to create a new line of
Nexus premium devices, but really the more likely theory for Google’s major purchase has to do with MOTO’s vast number of patents— 17,000 to be exact, which would help in the legal fights against Microsoft and Apple as seen here… and here… and here again as some examples. Despite the sheer number of patents which would help, Google still has to deal with all facets of MOTO including the 20,500 MOTO employees working in 92 major facilities across 97 countries and set top cable box business in addition to mobile division. Google can be applauded for being aggressive and trying to make bold moves, but could it have gotten ahead of itself when making this big of a purchase? More importantly, could Google actually be considering a sale of MOTO so it can focus on its core strength– web search– instead of getting into the handset business? There are some indications that points to yes.