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Tips to make your Android feel new and fresh again

We all love our Android phones, but if any of you are like me I occasionally find myself wanting to change things up a tad. Most of us have the same phone for around 2 years while we are on contract, but if you’ve wanted some change in your Android world then I have a few tips to keep things fresh. From the obvious like new wallpapers, to changing the entire lockscreen and more so check it out below.

Beautiful Widgets is FREE from GetJar

Beautiful Widgets has to be my outright favorite Android application of all time. I've installed this as the first purchase on so many friends phones and tablets I can't even keep count. It has been in the top paid, most downloaded, and editors choice lists for the Android market for the last year, at least. I don't know how many times on blogs, forums, and here at Android Community readers have said "What's that clock widget, or weather widget?" It is Beautiful Widgets, and right now it is FREE.

HD Widgets App: Made for Honeycomb and look amazing

I don't know about you guys but I'm constantly changing my widgets and live wallpapers on my Android devices. When we have all these different options to choose from why not right? Today we have a set of amazingly awesome and beautiful new widgets designed specifically for Android tablets. HD Widgets brings crisp, clear, and truly HD quality widgets to your homescreen and is available right now in the Android Market.

Days Left Widget for remembering important dates

My favorite feature of an Android Phone isn't it's ability to play Flash or it's slick interface (TouchWiz and Sense notwithstanding), it's the cool widgets you can download. Sure, we've all see the myriad of weather widgets and 70's era clock radio flip widgets, but Days Left is just as useful as it lets users count down to very important dates. The widgets can be coordinated by date due, colors, and can even have several overlays. Sizes can also be adjusted to make room for more dates, or focus on more information.

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.

HTC to “Widgetize” Sense Lockscreen

Our good pal Ina Fried from Mobilized recently had a talk with Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera from HTC. What he had to show was a rather interesting set of upgrades for HTC's signature Android user interface "Sense." This is the interface you're using if you've got your HTC ThunderBolt working with no homescreen replacement app running- and if you don't know what a homescreen replacement app is, you don't have one running. So what's in store for the Sense-ual future?

*Spark Android homescreen app takes on Sense & MOTOBLUR [Video]

Android homescreens can end up pretty personal places to swipe around, as users build up their preferred layout of widgets and shortcuts, but now Hiplogic wants to make things even more unique.  Their new *Spark homescreen system borrows some of HTC Sense, MOTOBLUR and other Android UIs, pulling in weather, social networking sites and news into a single, geo-aware place. There's Facebook and Twitter integration, together with headlines and automatically-updated weather forecasts.  Right now it doesn't look hugely different from the carrier-loaded UIs we've seen, but Hiplogic reckon they've got more content partnerships and functionality in the pipeline that might just brighten things up for *Spark users.  Apparently that includes Astrology.com, CBS, Disney, EA, ET, Sky and others. The main benefit, of course, could be that by keeping your UI separate from the underlying Android OS, you're likely to get quicker platform updates rather than face delays as manufacturers tweak their systems to suit each new ROM. [youtube l0L0ehJd8os] Press Release:
HIPLOGIC LAUNCHES *SPARK, THE ULTIMATE ACTIVE HOME SCREEN AND MOBILE USER INTERFACE THAT IMPROVES CONTENT DISCOVERY AND IMMEDIACY *Spark – A Free Mobile Download – Delivers a Next Generation, True Multitasking Social Networking and Media Content Experience in One Simplified View September 14, 2010 (DEMOfall)—HipLogic Inc. today announced *Spark, a next-generation Mobile 2.0 platform that gives smartphone and mass market phone users the ultimate active Home screen experience. *Spark proactively updates content and social streams via real-time push notifications delivered directly to the home screen in a clean and organized format. *Spark beta is currently available for free download at www.sparkmyphone.com. *Spark leverages HipLogic’s mobile 2.0 technologies to bring application mash-ups to users’ Home screens, allowing users to view and engage with the following widget-style “Modules”: · Weather Module – Geo-aware module that displays current temperatures and extended forecasts for multiple cities · Headlines Module – Real-time streaming of breaking news, sports, finance, entertainment, etc. Users can click to read the full story or share via Twitter, Facebook or SMS · Status Module – Makes it dead simple to update Twitter and Facebook status, individually or simultaneously, directly from the Home screen · Stay connected with *Spark’s Twitter and Facebook Social Streams Module, delivering real-time Facebook and Twitter streams to the Home screen “*Spark is like the love child between the iPhone’s intuitive interface and the powerful, personalized, multi-tasking engine of Android,” said Mark Anderson, CEO, HipLogic. “*Spark is a geo-aware, socially integrated, interactive interface for your Smartphone. *Spark’s News, Social, Weather, Sports, Entertainment, Alerts & Other Programming is rich, active and ever expanding. You can turn on or off what you like, re-arrange your modules, add feeds and discover new content all from your phone’s Home screen.” HipLogic plans to release new modules for *Spark that further leverage its content partnerships. HipLogic has content relationships with media companies like Astrology.com, CBS, Disney, EA, ET, Sky and others. “*Spark will save users a lot of the time they’re currently wasting launching separate weather, news, browser, messaging, and social network apps every time they want to check their friend’s most recent posts, tweet a status update, or access current news, sports and weather, entertainment, and other information. Just imagine how much time having all of your most important information and friends’ social updates on your Home screen would save you in a single day,” says Matt Marshall, executive producer of DEMO. “And HipLogic’s plan to add new *Spark modules monthly makes the future of this new mobile social broadcasting & live information aggregation tool even more enticing.” *Spark delivers the following benefits to consumers: · Cleans up your Home screen, removing app clutter and enabling quick scrolling and personalization plus easy access to phone and browsing functions. · Provides a simple, elegant, and social mobile user experience (combines all a user’s essential social information on one Home screen. · Brings live Home screen “push” notifications to all phones (i.e. specified information and updates find you rather than you searching for it). · Proactively delivers live news, sports, entertainment & other targeted content to the phonetop through free modules (app-like widgets that deliver specific content). · Enables cross-posting to Facebook, Twitter, and SMS – update status / news / events / etc. across the three communication channels with a single click. The *Spark beta is available for free download via Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store, plus operator and 3rd party app stores.

Updated TweetDeck comes to Android, now with three widgets

When the TweetDeck beta was released early last month users were disappointed to see that the application did not have any widgets associated with it. However, now with the latest update they bring not one, but three widgets. [caption id="attachment_12928" align="aligncenter" width="324" caption="Currently bugged layout in Post Tweet widget"][/caption]

Fancy Widget Gets C&D From HTC

That actually took longer than I expected it to take. Maybe Fancy Widget wasn’t popular enough up until now. Nonetheless, Fancy Widget will soon be gone from the Android Market. Like HTC did with the original Beautiful Widgets, they have requested the makers of Fancy Widget to pull their app from the market and stop imitating their custom clock/weather widget design that is found in their Sense UI package.
“With the release of this update, we are also here to share with you some bad news. Due to HTC’s complaint, the current version of Fancy Widget will soon be discontinued and removed from the market. This is the last update to the current version, and we suggest everyone upgrade to this version as soon as possible”
Get it while it’s hot, if you read the statement above, this widget will soon be removed from the market. The last update will be the final release of Fancy widget. In an effort to keep up with the beautiful Widgets de ja vu, the makers are planning on bringing it back shortly with a whole new design. Odds are, the new design will not be as “Fancy” as the current but it still should be a free app and a nice replacement for the original clock app. [via eurodroid]

Battery Tips from Sprint To Maximize Life On The EVO 4G

One of the few gripes people is having with the new EVO 4G is short battery life. While on 4G and medium to heavy usage, I’ve seen the 4G go from fully charged to almost dead in 4-5 hours. This is unacceptable for today Smartphone’s. It should last at least 8 hours or more if you’re not a heavy user.
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