Five custom skin and ROM features that stock Android needs

We love the Open Source Android Project. It's where the Android community starts, where ROM developers go for "blessed" code, and without it, Android would still be puttering along behind lesser platforms. But the really great thing about Android is that it's adaptable - and anyone can adapt is. Many custom ROM developers out there (and, to be fair, manufacturers as well) have made natural and obvious additions to Android that are so useful, Google should go ahead and add them right into the main development tree. Here are five of my favorites:

Here’s why the Galaxy S III Pebble Blue was delayed

Samsung has confirmed their Pebble Blue Galaxy S III has been delayed with comments earlier today, basically stating that their high standards weren't met with the blue models, thus resulting in small delays and new versions being manufactured. Samsung hasn't mentioned any specific reason for the delay of their "newly invented" Pebble Blue color but it appears that we now know why.

Ematic announces the eGlide Steal 7-inch ICS tablet for $119

Today Ematic has just revealed their newest entry into the Android tablet game. The name might be new to some, but they've recently been producing tons of budget tablets and today's is no different. Just as the name suggests their new tablet is basically a "steal." Being a 7-inch Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, with a capacitive touchscreen all for only $119. More details after the break.

More Google Wallet problems: phone reset bricks service

Google Wallet can't catch a break. After some legitimate security concerns and a root hack, users from around the Internet are reporting a serious flaw in the structure of Google Wallet on new phones. Apparently a factory reset will completely disable Google Wallet on some (and possibly all) NFC-enabled Android devices. This isn't even a root/mod issue - just using the built-in Android reset function will break the authentication for your device, rendering it inoperable for Google Wallet.

Samsung trademarks Galaxy Rush, Galaxy Amp, and Helm for future devices

In the usual Samsung fashion we are seeing three new trademark filings this week. This isn't really anything unusual because over the past few months we've seen tons and tons of these filings. Sometimes six at a time for Samsung, all being names for Galaxy devices. Today we have three new ones to add to our list while we wonder if they'll ever hit the shelves.

Lenovo patent shows clip-on tablet keyboard

Even the most enthusiastic touchscreen typist couldn't argue that it beats a physical keyboard, especially for devices like tablets where one hand is often needed just to hold it up. A Lenovo patent spotted by PatentBolt points to a non-standard solution: just slap a physical keyboard on there. Or perhaps "clip" is a more accurate term, since the device in Lenovo's patent filings actually has two separate pieces for separate hands.
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