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Stock Android theme too common for you? Try the Ghost Black theme.

  • January 21, 2009 10:59 pm

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While Android and Mobile OS X look amazing straight from the factory, it’s always nice to be able to customize your gadgets.  Themes (skins) make your gadget a little more personal and allows your to stand out from the crowd.  Themes are the often overlooked part of mobile devices that can really add to the usability and appeal.  Todays platform of interest is Android.  While everyone else’s G1 looks the same, you can walk around and show off “Ghost Black”.  It is a wicked cool theme created by “toxtrepla” from xda-developers.com.  The theme is a beta so glitches and bugs are to be expected so apply the theme with caution.  To apply the theme, put the theme on the root of your SD card, rename it to “update.zip”, reboot into recovery mode, and apply the update.  Click through for more pictures of the theme in action.

Truphone now available for Android!

  • January 21, 2009 5:01 pm

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Do you like options?  Android?  Awesome!  Truphone is now available for download from the Android market place in the U.S. and UK meaning that you can take advanage of cheaper calling rates, local and long distance.  An excerpt from Virtual Press Release details Truphone’s features as follows:

As well as being able to make low-cost international voice calls, Truphone customers can also easily Instant Message their friends across a variety of networks including MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and Twitter from within one Android application.

Customers can also call friends anywhere in the world on Google Talk for the price of a local call, and similarly will soon will be able to Instant Message and call their friends on Skype.

A conversation haven!

Source: Mobile Whack, Virtual Press Release

Android coming to a Palm Pre near you…wait what?

  • January 21, 2009 4:53 pm

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Talk about quick!  Seems as if the Android community is already taking aim at the Palm Pre.  It is a very good looking device.  And while the WebOS looks awesome and probably will be, who doesn’t love Android invading another victim.  Apparantly, the project to port Android over to the OMAP 3 processor used in the Pre began as far back as July of ’08!  Gaining serial access to the bootloader and stuffing multiple OS’s and apps onto the fixed 8GB storage will prove to be the hard part.  It really is a shame they didn’t include a memory card slot to expand storage because 8GB really isn’t much at all.  I hope that the parties involved do succeed as an Android toting Pre would be pretty sweet if you ask me.  For a how-to on getting started head over to Palm WebOS Blog (NOT a beginner article or task). 

Source: Engadget, Pre Community, Palm WebOS Blog

Google “G2/Sapphire” brought to you by Mr. Blurry Cam

  • January 21, 2009 11:30 am

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The web has been pretty quiet lately regarding any new “G” phones.  Many G users might feel kind of depressed or as if there isn’t much progress being made on the G1′s sequel.  Well I have some good news for you.  Gizmodo has received pictures from one of their sources showing the (rumored) G2 in all of its glory.  You’ll immediately notice the difference between the G1 and G2 concerning the call/end buttons, an upgraded 3.2 megapixel camera (sorry night shooters…no flash) and a slide out keyboard.  Scratch that.  The G2 is going the iPhone/Storm way and relying solely on an “onscreen, software keyboard”.  (Cupcake anyone?)  The overall shape is more rounded and smooth looking.  Still kind of brickish, but hey, I just want to see this thing released, and hopefully before the (what seems like forever) rumored May release date!  Click through for a picture of the other side of the device.

DroidBerry 2.0 available now at Visto Themes

  • January 17, 2009 4:58 pm

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The Blackberry is no doubt an awesome smartphone.  With its multitasking capabilities mixed with its extremely versatile messaging services makes it a great force to be reckoned with.  Being that they focus so much on the core usability (which is by no means bad), the UI takes  back seat.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have beauty and brains.  Granted the new Precision themes on OS 4.6 and above are actually pretty sweet looking.  Regardless, one of the great things about the Blackberry are the limitless themes that are available.  Corey at Visto Themes has released Droid Berry 2.0, a Google Android inspired theme that does a great job of taking Androids look and moving it to the berry.  Great Job Corey!  Head on over to VistoThemes.com to grab DroidBerry or one of the other great themes created by Corey.

Source: Visto Themes, Crackberry

Android toting Agora NOT coming to an Aussie near you.

  • January 16, 2009 10:46 am

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The Agora was a very nice looking Android phone set to be released in Australia and manufactured by Kogan, apparently will be no more.  According to Ruslan Kogan, the company founder, the Agora has been “delayed indefinitely”.  Kogan has been forced to repay early buyers.  The reason for the heartbreak?  According to Mr. K, “future interoperability issues”.  Apparently the Agora was in a fairly advanced stage of development as the they had already finished production and that they were “within days of shipping the product”.  Talk about a bummer.   There is some tunnel light to look forward to as Android is set to really boom this year, so I’m sure this won’t be the only Android phone to set foot in Australia.

 

Source: Slashdot, Mobile Computer Mag

Google Chrome coming to OS X sometime in 1H of ’09

  • January 12, 2009 11:25 am

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The time is coming folks.  Google Chrome is coming to OS X.  Apple Insider is reporting that a conversation between a Cnet reporter and Google Chrome product manager, Brian Radowski, that the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome are progressing nice and that they hope to reach a release in the 1H of the year.  Apparently, the Mac version has reached the “test shell” stage meaning it can display websites but that’s about it.  There isn’t any extra features implemented yet as they want to get the speed and architecture done right first!  Head on over to Cnet News to read the full conversation and hopefully answer any Mac Chrome questions you have.

 

Source: Apple Insider, Cnet

Telstra boasts of HTC Android packin’ phone coming…”Better AND more functional than Pre”

  • January 12, 2009 10:50 am

 

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Them sound like fightin’ words.  Telstra has taken the gloves off and is boasting of an up and coming HTC phone running Android with “HTC tweaks”  What tweaks?  We’ll have to wait as Telstra didn’t release that info.  Apparently the headset in question is “better and more functional than the Pre.”  I can definitely sense the humility there. /sarcasm.  Said handset supposedly will have a “huge” display, which in the current smartphone market is pretty much required.  We’ll have to wait until MWC next month in order to see what HTC, Telstra, and Android have in store for us!

 

Source: Engadget

Google Chrome one step closer to Mac!

  • January 10, 2009 11:02 am

 

I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting somewhat unpatiently for Google’s Chrome browser to come to Mac OS X.  However, one of the stumbling blocks has been removed with the latest version of Chrome.  The older version used WinHTTP windows only network libraries, a problem for cross-platform support.  The new version uses its own HTTP network library.  Good news indeed.  It shouldn’t be too much longer until Mac users can enjoy Chrome!

 

Source: Alley Insider