Thumb Keyboard Public Beta.


I haven’t been able to keep up with Android and tinker with my phone as much as I would like to because finals are looming on my horizon; but, I did come across Thumb Keyboard a few days ago. If you are lucky enough to have snagged a honeycomb tablet could be the thing for you, the layout is super nice, themes are included and it makes typing a breeze. I have found the stock gingerbread keyboard on my Droid to be pretty much on par with this, but this is nice if you want to throw a a theme over the stock look.

Features included in Thumb Keyboard: multi-touch, correct previous written words with suggestions, shortcuts – store and edit written phrases, mail signatures, logins and insert them with a simple tap, new addition to the prediction algorithm, new – resize the width of the letter keys on the split layout, alternative suggestions for voice input and a new design. I highly recommend downloading the beta becuase it is only going to improve from here, and it still is damn good as of right now.

Grab the Thumb Keyboard Beta here

 Via [XDA]

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Chalk Ball app review ~ Guest Post


Hey custom-android.net readers! It’s ljbaumer from the MagnaM0d Blog here to write a new guest post for you guys!

This is my first and only guest post so far aside from my introduction post here: http://custom-android.net/2011/04/26/guest-poster/

This guest post is going to be an app review about the cool new android game “Chalk Ball”, anyways let’s get started.

Promotional video from the developer:

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Motorola Zoom – WI-FI Only


My first thought when I picked up the Motorola Zoom is : Wow! This completely blows the standard Android interface out of the water. I was floored by how different the interface was: from the 3D You-Tube wall to the coverflow-esque recent page in the music player. I loved how browsing felt like i was I was on an actual computer ( sans the computer’s hardware keyboard) with the tabs and all. I loved how fast the dual-core Nivida Tegra CPU was enhancing the experience. The Android Market has been overhauled for the tablet, so that I was able to navigate easier on the Zoom’s large 10.1 inch display.The keyboard was large enough that is useful, Google really made it easier to type on the Zoom.The Gmail interface felt like Gmail’s interface on the computer , which is a nice change from the standard Gmail interface on the phone. Gaming is superb on the Zoom (The unit I was testing had Dungeon Defenders on it) .  I was very impressed by it.

Note: I was testing this at my local Fred Myers= West coast equivalent of Wal-Mart

LauncherPro Mod for Sense


If you like to use Sense on your new Thunderbolt, or any other HTC phone, check out this new MOD of LauncherPro from Rang3r over at XDA. I downloaded this and am trying it out now. The best thing about it? The fact that you can customize the dock! You still get the Sense feel, but you can change the shortcuts!! And with the most recent update of LauncherPro Plus, Fede added a GMail widget!

Now, I’m posting a screenshot just to show you the different dock shortcuts. Don’t make fun of my customization please…lol I have had a creative block for the past few weeks.

LauncherPro Plus MOD

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Beautiful Widgets now supports tablets, looks great on Xoom [Mini Review]


Beautiful Widgets by LevelUp Studios has been one of, if not the most downloaded app for Android other than some games. Everyone that doesn’t have HTC Sense seems to use Beautiful Widgets. They have now updated the widget pack to support Android tablets and the new look and interface for my Xoom sure looks like. I have some pics for you all to enjoy. It just recently finished it’s BETA.
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They have completely redesigned the layout, and menu’s and what not to be fully compatible with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and I must say, they did a good job. It works great, it’s smooth, and the new Moon phases sure are cool. I have Weatherbug for Honeycomb but the widget disappears every 3 minutes, very irritating when you can’t see it to remove it. So for now I’d have to recommend Beautiful Widgets.

On screen look of Beautiful Widgets on my Xoom, this is one of many different looks, you can make it completely custom, change colors, font, opacity and everything.
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Next up is inside the app when you touch the sun, or the clouds. the animation into full-screen is smooth and clear and you can still see the home screen under it, me likes.
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Here we have the new Moon Phase option, it is really cool and I’ve used it for the last few days just to check it out. It is really neat to see the different phases. Nice touch levelup, nice touch. They use honeycomb’s context menu on the top right of course.BW 4

Now to keep this short I’ll just show one of the settings tab, You can go in and change whatever is needed. Here is a screenshot of me changing the widget from showing weather and the sun, to my battery life instead. Options, and more options are what we get with Beautiful Widgets. That is why they are so popular.
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Go ahead and get Beautiful Widgets in the Android Market now and enjoy it!!

via Android Community

Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2: 10 Reasons to Pick Xoom


xoom vs ipad

Apple’s iPad 2, which was announced in a special event March 2, is expected to hit store shelves March 11. When it does, customers will have the unenviable task of choosing either Apple’s latest tablet or the many other tablets from competing manufacturers that are vying for their hard-earned cash. Although last year, the decision to choose the iPad was an easy one, in 2011, it’s not as easy as one thinks.

That’s especially true if customers decide to opt for either the iPad 2 or the Motorola Xoom. The former is likely the front runner, given its predecessor’s success, but the Xoom is also a fine option. It delivers a number of solid features that consumers would be quite happy with. Even better, it does so at a price that’s quite competitive.

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[Review] ZDbox Delivers All Of Those Android Tools You Ordered


While I was doing my daily “patrol” I was able to snag this app review by Brad Ganley over at Androidpolice.com. I really think it deserves to be put to the test, seems like an app that I will use very frequently, and what else can we ask if you can get all of its goodies for free. Enough talk, here’s the article:

“In the world of Android and, specifically, Android power-users, there are a lot of things you can do and a myriad of tools you can do these things with. One of my favorite things in the world is getting several tools I use regularly consolidated into a single package. If you use your device with any kind of regularity, you know that there are several things you like to know, modify, kill, lock, or enable. Enter ZDbox, a Swiss-army knife of sorts for Android.

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