It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
Rosie Remaps Updated: Change the “Personalize” Button on your Desire Z
Personally, we think the HTC Sense softkeybar – or dock, whatever you want to call it – hasn’t been organized well enough. It consists of the programs button, the phone launcher and the personalize button. Although it looks good, there are a few things that could have been designed better. The phone button is really too big. We understand that it’s an important launcher, but this is just too much. In fact, there could easily be four buttons instead of three, allowing for a better user experience. Moreover, the Personalize button is completely useless: you can bring it up using the menu button or by a simple tap-and-hold on the home screen.
Four customizable buttons, that can be assigned to apps, settings, switches, and other things, would be a great option. To start, XDA member the1wingedangel created a hack for the Personalize button.
Originally posted by the1wingedangel
Well now you have options. I’ve made many different files to remap it to various common apps, and its growing with requests. (Check the image at the bottom of this post to see the corresponding icon changes)
-HTC/Google messaging app
-HTC contacts app
-Turn off screen (this one requires the Kill Screen app to work, see my thread here)
Yeah, that’s a lot of options. And we suppose the list will only grow bigger. Currently, it’s only for the Desire Z, but we’ll keep an eye on any further updates.
We hope that HTC will add such a feature in their next versions of HTC Sense – it really is a great improvement.
You can find more information in the mod thread.
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More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...