Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
Tired of Being Left Behind? iOS7 Instagram for Android
Instagram has become a necessary evil for many people around the globe. Sharing pictures laced with sepia filters and other effects is one of the latest crazes in the world of mobile photography. This world is, however, split into two: the world of iOS users and that of Android users. So for any software company attempting world domination, it must be at the top of its game by catering proper and updated code to its
victims users. Instagram seems to either not understand this simple concept, or they must not really care much about Android users. As it turns out, the UI for Instagram on Android can be classified as lousy at best, yet people use it because it is what it is, and there is not much out there that can replace it. On top of that, you have the iOS7 version of the app, which is far more streamlined and easier to use.
XDA Senior Member krishneelg3 decided that the Android version could use a bit of a makeover to make it more like its iOS counterpart. This is how the modded Instagram for Android came to be. All the goodies that you can find in the iOS version are present, such as tabbed navigation as well as a far more intuitive layout. The app is not just a skin, but rather a fully functional, re-built version of the original. So, if you were looking for a reason to ditch the official app, now is your chance.
The dev is looking for feedback as the app is in early beta stages. Bugs are present, so do not be alarmed if something does not work the way it should. Please be sure to include a logcat if you can. This always aides in the bug squashing process. You can find more information in the original thread. Happy hipster snapping!
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Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...