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When you own an Android device, you are assured of performing functions with much ease and convenience. That is one advantage of owning a very capable gadget, such as a tablet or a smartphone, all the more when the OS your device is running on is no other than Android. With the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, people have been very much eager and excited to try out the features that this OS has. Google Now is a much-coveted feature and launching it using the swipe-up gesture adds more to the feature’s flair. This time though, we won’t be…

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One of the perks of having an Android device is that it can be easily be customized the way its owners want. If you have read our articles about the best Android apps for customizing your Android phone, there are tons of apps from the Google Play Store that allow you to personalize your Android device. You can install a third-party keyboard, customize your ringtones, install an alternate SMS messenger, and much more. Android launchers can also be used to fully customize your Android skin. Previously, we talked about the best Android launchers for your Android device. But this time,…

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Let’s add another one to the list of home screen launchers that have incorporated elements of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Users of Apex Launcher can now test out the beta version of the app, which comes with the aforementioned addition of several Jelly Bean features. Here’s what you can expect from the new beta version of Apex Launcher (the Jelly Bean remix): When placing widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room When they are too big, widgets resize on their own to fit on the homescreen Quickly remove apps/widgets by flinging them to the edge of…

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When you’re getting bored by your phone, or at least by how it looks, installing third-party launchers – instead of going to a phone relationship counselor – is a more practical solution to bring the love back. One popular option to consider is the Nova Launcher, which has just been updated by TeslaCoil Software to accommodate some Jelly Bean goodness. The Jelly Bean-based version of Nova Launcher is now available as a public beta. If you’re wondering why it’s worth the shout out, it’s because the older version was based on the almost ancient (I kid) Ice Cream Sandwich. Here’s…

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If you compare an iPhone with another iPhone, you can see a lot of similarities. You can see similar square icons, the white or gray interface, the same search bar design, and the same virtual keyboard. Unless you gain special access to your phone, you cannot see a big difference between two iPhones. On the other hand, when you compare two of the same Android devices, they may look identical on the outside but they can be different on the inside. If you have read our article about the best applications for customizing and personalizing your phone, the Google Play…

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As the number of things we store on our phones continues to grow, the more we are inclined to find something that can help us browse everything easily. Sure, we can flip through each page of content but that’ll take forever. Instead of wasting precious time, speed up your browsing experience with Claystone Launcher version 2.0. Termed as the first-ever tandem launcher available for Android devices, Claystone Launcher 2.0 allows you to simultaneously use it with your phone’s standard launcher. The good thing is, you don’t have to scroll through various homescreens or even worry about extensive fiddling just to…

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One of the advantages of owning an Android phone is that it is customizable. You may have the same phone as other people but you may have different launchers, SMS apps, ringtones, and so on. Advanced Android developers tend to customize their phones by making their own custom ROM. They enhance existing software, add some apps, tweak its performance, and provide an edge that stock ROMs fails to offer. You might like: Best Android Launchers But, for a newbie Android phone user, you won’t need to study developer stuff and take note of confusing developer jargon just to customize your…

Researchers at NC State University have found a weakness in the Android framework (meaning the Android GUI and services, not the underlying Linux kernel) which has allowed them to create a proof-of-concept prototype rootkit that can alter which apps are launched when an icon is tapped. The result is that malware could easily install fake apps which look and feel the same as normal apps but which steal information off the phone. The example given by Xuxian Jiang, who led the research team, shows how malware could hide the smartphone’s built-in browser and replace it with a browser that looks and acts…

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Ever noticed how Android users have these different types of settings on their devices? Some techies are really good with these things since they know how to tinker with the User Interface (UI). Developers have created different ROMs to compliment Android devices, and one of them has made a name for itself for being user-friendly. MiHome Launcher features a unique style of UI that makes Android users personalize their device with ease and convenience. The thing about this launcher is that once you install this on your device, it’s considered plug and play. You can even see thousands of themes…