April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Arikui Launcher is Metro and a Bit More
For a good while now, Android users have had to compromise quite a lot to experience a Metro launcher experience—most notably, widgets and home screens. Of course, this isn’t to disregard the apps out there that provide a pretty authentic Windows Phone experience, because they do. But the Metro experience does feel lacking for some, especially for those who’ve been conditioned to the flexibility and practicality of Android launchers.
So this begs the question, why not merge both Metro and Android into one launcher? Rather than concede our favorite Android features to feed our curiosity and interest for Metro, it’d be a pretty sensible idea to experience the best of both worlds in one launcher. Maybe a launcher like Arikui?
Developed by XDA Forum Member masa@android, Arikui Launcher is pretty much a welcomed and tasteful blend of Android and WP-style launchers. Yes, the colorful, vertically-scrolling tiles are there, and so is the tile customization such as opacity, resizing, and dynamic placement. Yes, the horizontally-scrolling home screens are also there, maintaining support for widget and shortcut placement, and our grid-like app drawer can still be accessed tapping the bottom edge of the screen.
In addition to the rather fine-tuned customization options masa@android has included in regards to tiles, further options for the desktop are also available. These include transition effects of home screens, transparency, locking tiles, and hiding tiles. Additionally, home screen setups can be backed up and restored, and there’s also support for Apex/Nova/Go/Adw icon packs.
The launcher is compatible with devices running Android version 4.0.3 or newer. If you’d like to check it out, be sure to visit the original thread for more details.
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites and vendors following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far....