If you’ve decided that you aren’t a fan of Google’s color scheming in the latest Play Store redesign, we might have the answer for you. A “blacked out” themed version of the Play Store has surfaced on RootzWiki, and it definitely has a stylish appeal to it, especially if you aren’t a fan of all the white that Google uses.
Installation is simple, but you’ll need to be rooted to be able to flash the file in a custom recovery. For those unfamiliar with the process, you’ll download the packaged zip file on your phone, then reboot to recovery, flash the zip, and reboot. If you’re a little more tech savvy, you can manually push the modded .apk to your device, but recovery flashing does the trick.
In addition to the Play Store, tons of other Google Apps have gotten the sleek, dark redesign, so if the idea sounds interesting to you, hit the link below to check out the other apps.
Microsoft sure is doing its best to stay quiet regarding its launch plans for its Office for Android, but it finally appears that we have an idea of when to expect the productivity suite and tools to hit our Android devices. The gang at ZDNET obtained a leaked roadmap for the mobile port of Microsoft’s Office product, also affectionately known as “Gemini”. The major thing to note right off the bat is that “Gemini” is not only being stalled for a launch later this year, but it’s looking like it will be ready around the fall of next year. As Microsoft’s Win32, Surface RT and Mac versions takes precedent, it will likely have the Android’s app version being developed on the back-end and won’t be ready for the masses until October 2014.
The long wait is definitely a bummer for sure. Here’s hoping that Android port will be worth the wait.
Deutsche Telekom has been working to merge its U.S. carrier, T-Mobile, with MetroPCS, and last month received complete regulatory approval. The German company thought the original deal was good, but MetroPCS shareholders disagreed. In an effort to save the merger and finalize it, they approved a better deal today. This new deal will lower the amount of debt transferred to the new company and lower the interest rate on that debt. Lowering the amount of debt transferred means a more valuable equity stake. MetroPCS shareholders are currently being offered about $4 per share in cash and a 26% stake in the combined company. Votes are already being held in advance of a scheduled shareholder meeting Friday and according to an insider, it’s not looking like the deal will go through in its current form.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Sure HTC may be dealing with unprecedented shipping delays for its One smartphone, but that hasn’t stopped it from releasing the coveted source code for the anticipated device, as well as the DROID DNA smartphone to the general public. This means that all of you fiddlers and hooligans that like to “tweak” the device will finally have one of the major tools necessary to make the phone just a wee bit better. DROID DNA owners will no doubt be happy about this news, but here’s hoping that all One fans will be patient for just a little longer because hey— the wait will certainly be worth it.
source: HTC (Twitter)
We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone comes jam-packed with a ton of awesome new features, but what Samsung is out to show there is truly more to the device than anyone could have ever imagined. The world’s largest manufacturer believes that “true innovation involves giving more meaning and comfort to the lives of users through new technologies“. The effect is that the Galaxy S 4 features a combined nine sensors and tons of recognition technologies which aim to learn a user’s behavior, which pretty much aims to make one’s life as easy as possible because hey— we can all be thankful for the Galaxy S 4 having the ability to turn the screen off on its own in order to prevent unnecessary touch interaction while the user is on the phone, right?
You can check out all the interesting sensors and jazzy stuff at the link below.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Fans on the Worms franchise will be pleased to know that Worms 2: Armageddon is now available on the Google Play Store. The appearance of this new title is thanks to developer Team 17 Digital Limited who managed to get the title back from EA. Worms 2: Armageddon is full of authentic Worms gameplay using a turn-based-strategy model. The new title includes 30 single player missions taking place across 5 themes. The developers threw in some new weapons like a Sentry Gun and Super Sheep to go along with classics like the Holy Hand Grenade and Concrete Donkey. Players can compete against other online players from around the globe and choose from one of twelve different game styles, including new Crazy Crates and Fort Mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch with one of two different processors depending on what country you live in, and according to the latest benchmarks, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 when running the latest test firmware. There are three different versions of the Galaxy S 4: The GT-I9500 running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.6 GHz without LTE, GT-I9505 running a Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz with LTE, and a Korean variant, the SHV-E300S running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.8 GHz with LTE. In these new benchmarks, the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 went head-to-head.
Not the greatest Android phone ever named, the ZTE Geek was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. Back in February, Intel announced its dual-core Clover Trail+ Atom processors and the ZTE Geek is packing the 2GHz version from that line. Here are the specs:
- 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
- 2GHz Intel Clover Trail+ dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1 megapixel front-facing camera
- WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless charging
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,300 mAh battery
The ZTE Geek shares a similar design to the Grand S and there are currently no details on a release date or price.
While many wait for the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 release date to arrive, Samsung is busy working on their efforts to remind buyers that their new device is a “life companion.” To that end, today some videos were released on YouTube for the new Galaxy S 4. Three of the ads focus on specific features and functions of the device, including the Sound Shot feature, the S Translator app, and Group Play. These three videos are about a half minute in length each, so we can probably expect to see these show up on television. These three short videos were all released by Samsung Mobile’s Netherlands account, so there may be some changes in other markets or they may not even show up elsewhere. The fourth video, coming in at a minute long and not limited to the Netherlands, is an overall teaser for the new device that reminds viewers of several selling points for the device. Hit the break to check out all of the videos.
Oppo is proud to have once built the world’s thinnest smartphone, and even though their current phone’s don’t hold that title, it looks they’re working on taking it back. The latest leak has Oppo’s new R809T phone coming in at 6.13 mm, or 0.24 inches thin. For lack of a better word, that’s ridiculous. Of course, it’s not amazing if you can’t cram in some worthwhile specs in that thin body, and Oppo is said to have a MediaTek quad-core processor with 1 GB under a 720p, 4.5 inch screen. It’s not bleeding edge technology, but impressive nonetheless. It’s set to debut in China for 2500 yuan ($403) off contract on April 26th, but no word if it’ll make it’s way to other countries. We’ll definitely keep you updated if we hear anything else about it.