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UKarbon skin review

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When it comes to protecting our smartphones and tablets from scratches, many of us choose to put them in cases that all too often both hide the design of the device and add a fair amount of heft to them. There are other options though, one of them being from UKarbon, a company based in the United Kingdom that offers a protective skin made of carbon fibre textured vinyl. You can buy a UKarbon skin to protect your smartphone, tablet, laptop, gaming console or even your Beats headphones from scratches as well as enhancing the item’s appearance.

I was lucky enough to receive a skin to review on my LG G3 from Harry Hextall, who along with Tom Summerfield, runs UKarbon whilst completing university. Read more

Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Exclusive Swype Update Before The Rest Of Us

If you own a Nexus S 4G on Sprint and you love Swype, you’re in for a fantastic treat.  Beginning today, you can be among the first to get the new version of the popular keyboard before the rest of the world does.

Sprint has partnered with Swype to bring an exclusive offer to their customers with the Nexus S™ 4G!

New features include:

  • Latest update to Swype on the Nexus S 4G
  • Custom Skin
  • Improved Tap Correction
  • Horizontal Word Choice List
  • Personal Dictionary Management
  • Shortcut Gestures
  • Option to choose between the original Swype Keyboard and a new, sleek custom one

And don’t fret if you don’t own a Nexus S 4G.  The update will roll out to the rest of us “in the coming weeks”.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out a video of Swype and its founder and to also snatch the source link for the download.  Have fun.   Read more

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

Love Android But Like The iPhone’s Keyboard? Get The Best Of Both Worlds

I’ve had my share of tinkering with the iPhone here and there and one thing I can honestly say about it, yes I can find others too oddly, is that its keyboard is solid and fairly accurate when entering text.  In Android’s early days I can recall thinking to myself “I wish I could have that keyboard on my Android device”.  Well, now you can have the best of both worlds.  Though there are tons of great keyboards on the Android Market such as Betterkeyboard (one of my favorites), Swiftkey and Swype, we thought it might be worth mentioning this one too, at the very least for aesthetics.  With that, if you’re ready to try it out you can head on over to our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available or you can snag the download on the Android Market.  As always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments.  Hit the break to check out a few more screen shots.   Read more

Slate3Duniversal Theme Available For Sense 3.0 Devices Courtesy Of XDA

If you’re a Sense 3.0 user, like that found on the Evo 3D and Sensation 4G, you might find it worthwhile checking this little tidbit out.  XDA member cypis has released a pretty cool theme offering improved performance in the UI aesthetics and scrolling department.  The developer is looking for more users and feedback.  So, if you’re ready to give it a go, check out the XDA thread link here and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the added functionality and looks in the comments below.

From The Developer:

Hello. I missed a little after cool slate theme from 2.1 Sense ROMs so I decided to make it myself.
This is not cheap and EMO theme with thousands of colors . Just pure elegance in 3D (screenshot’s in second post).

Its intended to work on ALL Sense 3.0 devices even on ports.

[via xda]

Customized TouchWiz 4 Launcher Available For All Android Devices Thanks To XDA

Are you a TouchWiz fan?  If you said yes, don’t worry, we won’t judge you….much.  Just messing.  But if you are a fan, we’ve got some good news for you.  According to XDA, members Fr4gg0r & Swiftwork have assembled a modified version of the UI that will work on “Every device with armv7 processor and froyo or higher.” While some may be asking “why in the world would I want that?”  Keep in mind that there are quite a number of mid-level entry devices that may never see the light of day when it comes to Android 2.2 or higher.  This could be one alternative to changing up their UI and keeping the device “fresh” for a little while longer.  What do you think about it all?  Do you prefer one skin/UI over the other? Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.  Hit the break for a full list of features from XDA.  You can check out the original thread here if you’re interested in providing any feedback.   Read more

First Impressions Of TouchWiz On The Samsung Galaxy Tab (Video)

I’m not one to just jump on the hate Sammy TouchWiz bandwagon and I don’t think I’ll be starting now either.  While Im not a big fan of “most” skins and overlays, especially Motoblah as I like to call it, I think that Samsung’s TouchWiz is one of the most least intrusive additions to the Android OS.  That being said, the guys over at Phone Arena put out a quick feeler of it on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, though this should be what we’ll see on the 10.1 version as well.  Keep in mind, this is a pre-production unit and we could see some big differences on the final product, though not likely.  However, for now, we’ll scrutinize what’s tangible.  To be honest, from what I can see in the video, I like it.  I honestly don’t have an issue with TouchWiz.  I think it does a great job of not completely hiding Honeycomb and yet remains effective and productive.  Some of the already in place widgets are the Associated Press widget, stock widget, date/time function and picture frames widget.  They’ve even added a mini apps tray that I believe will be very useful for most users.   What are your thoughts?  Hit the break for the video and let us know what you think whether you hate it or love it.

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K.I.S.S With “GO Weather Widget Skin Simple” For Android

Still looking for the right weather widget for your home screen?  Just want to keep it simple?  Look no further.  GO Weather Widget Skin Simple brings the “KISS” methodology directly to your smartphone.  With an LG weather widget look, you get everything you need all in one place.  The app does require that you have GO Weather v 1.9 or above to apply it, so if you don’t already have it, you can grab it here.  The themed widget offers a multitude of widget sizes and functionality such as up to date weather on a set city or your current location, accurate icons depicting current conditions, temperature, wind gauge and time of day.  The app definitely offers a nice and clean streamlined look for your expensive investment of a smartphone.  Ready to download it?  You can head on over to Talk Android’s popular apps database (QR code available) or you can snag it from the Android Market.  Hit the break for more screenshots and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the widget in the comments below.   Read more

LauncherPro OutInSpace Skin Available For Plus Users

Last week we mentioned that Fabio Maccari, the developer of the popular home screen replacement app, Launcher Pro, has added widget skinning to his application.  Well, we’ve seen a number of skins already hit the market running and we’ve got to say, they look great.  The OutInSpace skin in particular looks fantastic and is highly recommended for use with dark backgrounds.  If you’re a Plus user, then what are you waiting for?  Get on over to our popular apps database for the download or hit the QR code below after the break.   Read more