user interface

Holofication Nation mods teach popular apps how to look nice

Android might have the lion's share of the mobile device market but it is not without its fair share of warts. While Google has released design guidelines to help developers create beautiful apps, Google Play Store is plagued with inconsistent, unusable, and sometimes downright ugly apps. This is a situation that the Holofication Nation aims to rectify.

Facebook announcing their own flavor of Android

Last night Facebook sent out invites for an upcoming event focused all on Android, and it has the rumors a swirling this afternoon. We're hearing their own Facebook phone, a home screen replacement full of News Feeds and all sorts of craziness. One in particular from the New York Times seems to be logical, but anything is possible.

Netflix bringing new UI to Android phones

Netflix has been a powerhouse movie-streaming service for a while now, and its mobile apps have served as vital tools for watching movies and TV shows while on the go. However, Netflix's mobile interface really isn't anything to write home about, but it looks like that might change.

LG shows off new Optimus UI 3.0

LG is showing off the new Optimus UI 3.0 user interface that will be introduced later this month on the Optimus LTE2 and the new quad core Optimus 4X HD smartphones. The new user interface promises to allow users to take notes quickly with a feature called Quick Memo and be easier to unlock. The user interface also brings smart camera features.

Updated Chrome OS looks a lot like Windows

Let's step back from Android for a moment and take a look at Google's other OS. With no major updates since the Chromebooks launched last year, Chrome OS (the x86 self-contained Linux OS based on the desktop Chrome browser) is looking like the red-headed stepchild of the Google family. But it's finally getting some long-overdue love with the unveiling of a new "Aura" window manager and user interface. Those of you who use a certain Redmond product may notice a few... fleeting similarities.

Motorola’s 4.0 ICS launcher leaked, try it now

Now I know the first thing many of you might be thinking is why would we want this. Most people tend to steer away from Motorola's user interface changes previously known as BLUR. Well, with the latest Gingerbread builds on the DROID 4, and some of what we've seen from Moto's 4.0 leaks has been promising and I'm sure some wouldn't mind giving them a try on their own phone.

HTC One and Sense 4.0′s contextual menu button

More than a few of you have expressed concern over the HTC One's backwards compatibility, what with  it's three capacitive navigation buttons and lack of a menu button, check this out. Paul "Modaco" O'Brien has been playing around with the software headed for the HTC One X, One S and One V, and found out how HTC's UI designers have gotten around this limitation: basically, a virtual navigation area springs up on the screen when needed, doubling down on both virtual and capacitive buttons. The Menu button appears centered, and acts just like it did in Gingerbread-based HTC Sense packages.

Intel subsidiary brings windowed apps to Android

Android, and basically all major mobile OS platforms, don't use a visible windowing system Like OSX, Linux and, uh, Windows. Most of the time that's because there just isn't enough space on a smartphone or tablet screen for more than one application at a time. Wind River, a branch on Intel, has found a way around that restriction, and may make true user window management on Android a reality soon.

Trick your Galaxy Nexus into using Ice Cream Sandwich’s tablet user interface

I'll start this off with a massive disclaimer: do not do this. There's a decent chance that this will break your new Galaxy Nexus phone's basic functionality, and if you don't have a method of restoring a backup or flashing a recovery, you'll be very much out of luck. That said, when Google announced that Ice Cream Sandwich would change its interface depending upon whether it was on a tablet or smartphone, I instantly thought of the smartphone launcher hidden in Honeycomb. Poking around on my rooted Nexus I decided to try the same trick in reverse, setting the LCD density to a much lower value - essentially tricking the phone into thinking it had a ten inch screen. The result? A rudimentary (and very much broken) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet interface on the Galaxy Nexus.
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