Google IO 2016 Coverage

Theme iPhone Black Available For Go Launcher EX

The Go Dev Team is at it again and this time they’re giving you a little iPhone love for your Android device.  If you’ve been sporting Go’s latest launcher application we’re sure you’re enjoying the many skinning and thematic options available to you.  Well, now you can add iPhone’s look and feel to the list.  The theme, created by Sam1374 over at, a site dedicated to making themes for Android, iPhone and Nokia’s OS, is one of the nicest looking themes we’ve seen yet.

One of the first things you’ll notice is the cool stressed leather appearance along with gorgeous looking icons.  The UI, without a doubt, is slick looking and the black background gives your home screen a unique and contemporary feel.  If you’ve been looking for a theme reminiscent of Apple’s popular handset but want to enjoy that look and feel on the beautiful large displays which Android offers, look no further.  If you don’t already have Go Launcher EX you can download it here.  And if you’re ready to give the theme a try head on over to our popular apps database where you can find a QR code available.  And if you prefer, you can snatch the app up on the Android Market as well.  Hit the break for a few more screen shots of the cool theme and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.   Read more

Google Krad+ v1.2 Allows You To Change Your Google+ For Android Background

Want to change that plain Jane white background on your Google+ application?  XDA member santiemanuel, has been hard at work to give you just that.  If you’ve got an AMOLED screen for your device then you’re in luck.  Head on over to the application thread to check out the developer’s inverted colors theme which gives you a nice black background along with a new icon, plus more.  Subsequently, you now get to benefit from saved battery life having an AMOLED screen and all.  The only hitch, is as of now, there is a known bug which causes the app to force close.  However, no other issues were brought to light.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application in the comments below.

[via xda]

LG Optimus Black Going The Way Of Customization, Will Have Swappable Colored Backplates

LG has announced that the days of putting out a device of status quo, such as black candy bar slates, are about to change.  The company has recently announced that they plan to mimic Dell’s strategy with consumer goods, utilizing one little word, and that is “customization”.  James Choi, Marketing Strategy and Planning Director of LG Electronics Global states:

“We are going back to a time where specific phones will be targeted at specific audiences”

With the release of the LG Optimus Black, consumers will also be able to purchase various colored swappable back plates for their devices, to better express their personality through the aesthetics of their smartphone.  We applaud LG for giving the user options when it comes to the customization of their hardware, although it will be funny to see a neon pink Optimus Black. But, hey, like I always say, options are good and the customer loves choice, right?.  So, keep it up LG.  And here’s to hoping no one gets a fire orange pink Optimus Black right out of the box.  All kidding aside, we’re sure LG will provide the original case, in which then one could go online to their dedicated site and purchase the back plate of their choice.  Let us know what you think in the comments below and what color you’ll be going for.

[via pocketlint]

Hands-On With LG Optimus Black and Optimus 2X at BGR

BGR has some great pictures from the LG event last night, getting some shots and talking a bit about both the Optimus Black and the Optimus 2X. They said that while both devices were very snappy and reponsive, the Optimus 2X with it’s dual-core Tegra-2, predictably, absolutely flies along. The display was kicked out to a 42″ TV via HDMI, and that video and game performance were remarkable. While the Optimus Black couldn’t quite keep pace in the performance area, they commented on how super thin and sleek it was, being “all about aesthetics,” and noted that the 2 megapixel front-facing camera is really making nice strides in video chat.

Both devices were running Froyo on display, but are expected to actually ship with Gingerbread. Hit the source link for all the pictures, and let us know what you think about LG’s new offerings.

[via BGR]

Chrome OS Tablet to be released on Black Friday

Some big news came out today in the ever-expanding world of tablet machines. Apparently HTC, Verizon, and Google are teaming up to release a Chrome OS tablet on Black Friday. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and it’s the biggest shopping day of the year. This year it will be on November 26th. With all the buzz Android has been getting lately it’s been easy to forget about Google’s other OS. Though if this proves to be true that won’t be the case for long.

HTC and Google famously hooked up to bring us the Google Nexus One, an incredibly capable phone that didn’t achieve the sales results many thought it deserved. Since then Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that they won’t be releasing a second Google phone, but apparently they still do want to get Google branded hardware out there.  As of right now details are few but here’s what we think we know:

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Dell Streak, available in red

According to the Streak ordering page over at Dell’s website, the device is now available in red. While the device was originally only available in black, here’s to hoping that we don’t see any unavailability due to the change in color options (White iPhone, anyone?). The red version is available at Dell’s European page starting at £449.00, but ordering is limited to two per customer. To check it out for yourself, hit up the source link below.

Would you get a red streak, or stick with black? Maybe you’d like it in magenta? Let us know below in the comments!

[via Dell]