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Guide: The Best CyanogenMod 12 Themes

In the past few years, a heated debate has been waged - and goes on to this very day - about the superiority of mobile operating systems, and because of different perspectives, there is no clear victor in the arguments pitched, save for one - customization. Google's Android operating system is known far and wide...

Just Where Is Cyanogen Taking Us?

If you have rooted your phone or flashed a custom rom, chances are you have heard about CyanogenMod. The company has given users the chance to customize their devices greatly, remove bloatware and keep up with the latest OTA updates long after their device has been abandoned by their carriers. By developing a universal installer,...

Today Calendar Developer Deals With Pirates In A New Way

When Jack Underwood, developer of Today Calendar revealed that only 15% of users of the premium version had actually purchased the app, he also revealed his plans for dealing with the 85% of users that were pirating the application. When he first gave the figures above, Reddit users took it upon themselves to help his plight, offering a wide...

A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six...

A Picturesque Trainwreck of a Lockscreen

When Microsoft announced Picturesque, their new lockscreen replacement for Android, I was skeptical. Originally I ignored it, but finally I decided to try it out. At a first glance, I was impressed: the interface was surprisingly clean and appropriate for an Android phone, and it seems Microsoft left their Windows Phone motif completely behind for this task....

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe. A world is at...

The Best Wallpaper Apps to Stay Fresh

Android features all sorts of customization, from icons to themes. The brave of you also jump into the waters of XML editing and flashing experimental visual tweaks. It's safe to say that we all love Android customization, and it remains one of the reasons we pick the platform over any other mobile OS. With Android,...

Apple Plans Music Service that Might Hit Android

Android users have their fair share of music streaming applications, from Spotifiy to Grooveshark all the way to Google's own Play Music service. Apple's iTunes online music store has been one of the major players in music distribution ever since it came out in April 2003. While the shift to a digital service was undoubtedly...

The Rise of Material Design and its Paper and Ink Reality

Over the last decade, the digital world has witnessed a paradigm shift in people's outlook towards design, and it experienced a tenfold increase in its importance. Gradually, but firmly, software bundles ranging from entire operating systems to standalone apps moved on from solid black drop shadows and gradient backgrounds to the clean, minimal and flat design...

Piracy Testimonies, Causes and Prevention

We’ve talked plenty about how Android often gets less developer focus than iOS and other platforms, and how the system as a whole often sees slower updates, missing functionality, delayed releases or an absolute lack of support. Some popular apps never make it to our green robot OS in the first place, and many users are often...

Motorola’s Success: The Repertoire That Saved Them

Motorola had a big turn-around in just a few years. While their Droid line-up was one of the devices to kick-start the hearts of Android fans, they had a short period of time where their direction was not all that clear. For a while they released devices like the Droid Razr that weren't bad in...

Lollipop Update Status: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Lollipop was probably one of the most awaited iterations Android has seen. While I remember everyone being crazy about KitKat and how it promised to finally optimize Android to the level we deserved, Lollipop's enticing redesign sparked even more intense furor in enthusiasts. Developers too saw a great deal of novelty that would allow them to explore...