GO Launcher HD Goes Live In The Play Store

It’s official everyone— GO Launcher HD is now available for all Android 3.0+ tablets today. When we last saw the launcher, it was in beta and had some minor kinks to be worked out. Those kinks are ironed out and the developers want you to look forward to the noteworthy features in the launcher:

  • Support dragging operation on dock bar
  • Add / Delete screens
  • Self-define folders to categorize apps
  • Check running apps and clear all
  • Brand new adding interface

If you’ve got a tablet and are sick of those darn skins or want to jazz up stock Android a little bit, be sure to give GO Launcher HD a whirl today. It’s available for the low price of free for Honeycomb+ tablets.

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Question To Android OEMs & Manufacturers: What’s The Benefit Of Having Custom Skins On Devices?

 

Ah yes, the variation of the Android platform. Some people love it while others hate it. Let’s face the cold, hard truth about Android: it’s an open-source platform in which any individual can take the basic source, tweak it a little and truly make it their own. Similarly manufacturers can take the basic open source and throw it onto all sorts of devices with all sorts of hardware configurations. What do both amateur developers and established manufacturers of Android devices have in common? Each want to develop and create an end result or product that is “unique” and more or less different from its competition, while also providing a need for its customers and consumers. Amateur developers have a different perspective from both the engineers/developers at Google and OEMS– that’s to take the Android platform which notoriously omits items such as built-in functions like the ability to take screenshots and make it available for all. OEMs and manufacturers conversely see the bare Android platform as too basic and will slap on enhanced features such as social communication widgets. Independent/amateur developers and OEMs/manufacturers have different visions, but again— they’re looking at the bigger goal of answering what they perceive to be Android customer’s need ands try to address them.

What Android users truly want or need can be subjective and there’s no real right or wrong answer. However, we all believe Android’s benefit to users involve the freedom of choice. There are a myriad of options prospective and interested consumers can look into when it comes to manufacturers. For those who want a simple phone which allows for web browsing, messaging (texting and Twitter) and basic phone calls, there are a ton of budget options such as the Pantech Burst smartphone. For others who are interested in watching videos, listening to music or gaming on the go, there are other devices which feature dual-core processors with built-in GPUs such as the HTC Rezound. Whatever it is a prospective user is interested in, they’ll find what they want. Now suppose I ask this question to you: considering Android is truly an open platform, is it fair that manufacturers generally market devices with various hardware profiles, but only one UI option? More importantly, what is the benefit of having an Android device with a custom UI and would manufacturers and ultimately consumers be better off having the option to choose between a device with a custom skin or no skin at all? I personally believe that not only is it unfair for OEMs to market most devices with custom skins, but also marketing devices with no skins may be a financial benefit as well as positive perception from the various levels of the Android community.


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When it comes to customizations, nobody does it better than Perfect Keyboard for Android [Video]

I have to be honest. I’m not really into keyboard replacements. I’ve found that most of the time they either respond slow or are buggy. I have tried a few, but I always end up going back to stock. I recently tried Perfect Keyboard, and it might actually be the first keyboard that I keep.

First of all,  the reason this is called Perfect Keyboard is not because it’s perfect, at least “out of the box.” What’s perfect for me may not be so perfect to you so that’s why they offer so many customizations. It’s the user that makes the keyboard perfect so the title implies that this keyboard is actually perfect for everyone because each user will tailor it to their needs. Isn’t that what Android is all about? Customization is what attracts most of us to Android and Perfect Keyboard delivers that.

There are various settings for the look, feel, touch response, and word suggestions. For example, if you want blue keys with pink letters, you can do that. Do you want vibrations? How about being able to set any image as the keyboard background? You can do that as well. They even have nine preset keyboard themes that include Basic, Honeycomb, Stone, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC, iPhone, and others. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there is a while bunch more that you can download from the Play Store.


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Samsung Galaxy Note is finally available on Three UK

No phone creates more buzz than the Samsung Galaxy Note. Just whip one out anywhere in public and watch the heads turn. The Galaxy Note has been available in the UK for several months, but it was never available on Three. Good news because it’s finally available on contract or Pay As You Go from all Three stores or online.

You can get it on contract for plans ranging from £30 to £38 per month. If off contact is your fancy, you can grab it for £499 and select from either the All in One 15 (£15) or the All in One 25 (£25) monthly plans. Also check out our full review of the LTE U.S. version.

Full press release after the break:


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Google Flight Search Updated To Let Users Find Flights To Destinations Worldwide

One of Google’s more useful products has gotten a sweet update. Google Flight Search has been updated to include international landing spots— on the condition you’re starting from an American airport of course. Through its blog, Google announced it has added support for 500 airports outside of the United States. Guess you now have another reason to look for that long-desired trip to Melbourne, Austrailia now that you have Google’s backing, right? If you happen to be in the process for booking an international flight in the near-future, why not give Google Flight Search a whirl? It awaits you today.

source: Google Inside Search Blog
via: Android Central 

Android 4.0 Update For Nexus S And Nexus S 4G Smartphones Is Very Much Real And On Its Way

It’s been so long since Ice Cream Sandwich was released, so it’s a bit surprising Google’s Nexus S and Nexus S 4G hasn’t been given any official love. For those of you who have been lamenting over the fact the update hasn’t arrived yet for your Nexus S phones, cheer up— word on the street is is Google hasn’t forgotten about you and is finally ready to push out the official update. No exact date of when the updates will arrive, but we do know it will arrive on devices “in the next few weeks.”

Let’s just hope we don’t have a repeat of Google teasing us with a buggy update. We’ll let you know when the update is officially pushed to devices.

source: Engadget
via: PocketNow

Electronic Arts brings NBA JAM and FIFA 12 to the Play Store

Basketball and soccer fans have something to get excited about today because Electronic Arts (EA) just released NBA JAM and FIFA 12 for Android in the Play Store.

NBA JAM has a 90′s feel and features 3 modes of play:

  • Play Now – Select a team and jump right into the ballgame.
  • Classic Campaign – Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats.
  • Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi or Bluetooth

FIFA 12 is probably the best soccer game available and features:

  • 22 officially licensed leagues, 500+ licensed teams and more than 15,000 players.
  • 32 official stadiums
  • New control schemes with 360° player movement and gesture-driven skill moves

Hit the break for download links

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YouMail Update Includes One-Click Unwanted Call Blocking

Unsolicited, unwanted calls. We all get them. They are the spam of voice calls. If you use Google Voice, you can already block unwanted calls, but not everyone wants to port their number to GV. For those folks, there’s YouMail, a visual voicemail app that can use your own phone number as long as you forward unanswered calls to their service.

Today, YouMail has announced that the new versions of both their apps, YouMail and WhoAreYou, now support one-click blocking of calls from unwanted numbers. Blocking a number causes calls from that number to no longer be visible or ring the phone. On top of that, blocked callers will not be able to leave a message, and they receive a greeting that states the number is out of service. Out of service numbers tend to get removed from spammer call lists. Bonus!

Full presser and download links after the break.


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Are Dan Hesse’s Days At Sprint Numbered?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint’s board of directors is getting more hands-on in business negotiations and partner handling, and distancing themselves from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. This is a bad sign for Hesse since this type of behavior from a board usually means they are either trying to secure themselves against a shareholder lawsuit, or they are getting ready to fire the CEO.

Hesse has become the face of the third largest carrier in the U.S. over the last five years, but considering Sprint has been losing money that whole time, that’s not necessarily a good thing. The board can easily use him as a scapegoat, and articles that paint the board as the guys trying to undo Hesse’s missteps, like the WSJ article does, only serve to strengthen the board’s position. An anonymous source says, “The board as been stunningly engaged. It sort of has to be because the company’s not doing well.


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Lawsuit Brought Against Google Over Quality of Apps

Get this, plaintiffs Dodd Harris and Stephen Sabatino have brought a lawsuit against Google claiming, “Google fails to test Android phone programs for its online store, and then will not refund customers who purchase defective apps.” They go on to equate this to unfair and fraudulent business practices, for which they want damages and an injunction.
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