I change wallpaper on my Android phone quite often. I keep looking for new ones from many sources including the Google Play Store, XDA developers and many other sources.
and then I found Paperland
Paperland is a live wallpaper for Android and it is totally cool! There is a free version and a paid version available. Paid version gives you more customization options.
Here is how it looks like, by default.
But that’s not all. You can go to settings > randomize to get a different mix of colors, and all the other elements you see there. You can control speed as well.
Paperland can sync with your clock and display the wallpaper according to the time of the day. So for me, during day, I have cars, clouds, birds and the sun. When its night, the sun will be replaced by moon. The cars you see there, they all will have their headlight turned on.
I can go on and on about this live wallpaper, but to get the actual feel, you need to try it out!
Flipboard and Android were seen together first at the Galaxy S3 launch ceremony. The app was planning a debut on Android with S3 and later to be made available for all other Android devices. But, an unofficial apk file has been leaked now.
Flipboard is an app which I really really wanted on my Galaxy Note. I love Flipboard and I feel it will be a good combination with the huge screen of the Note.
I got what I wanted today.
I am going to try this out and if everything is smooth, I will probably remove Feedly apps for reading and have all in Flipboard.
Flipboard on Android
Feedly is an app that transforms your Google Reader stream in to a magazine styled UI, giving you a pleasant reading experience. I use it every day on Chrome, but not always on my phone, it takes a while to get my content loaded there, not sure if it is because my connection is slow. But, if Flipboard does this job better, I will move in there!
I’ve been using Galaxy Note for about 3 months now. Here are some useful tips I collected while getting to know my new phone (tablet?).
1. Cover the Screen With Your Palm to Pause Music
This is a cool thing that you can show off in front of your friends. While playing music, cover the screen with your palm (at least half of the screen from above) to pause playing. Music resumes when you take your palm off the screen. Here is a video demo.
2. Touch And Twist
Did that title tell you something? If not, here is a little more detail. Go to Gallery on your Galaxy Note and open up any image. Touch and hold the image with one finger and then twist it towards right, the image rotates to the side you moved your finger. Still confused? here is your video
3. Take Screenshot with Your Palm/Hand
You might have taken screenshots on your galaxy note with the S Pen. Now, here is another cool trick. Keep your palm in vertical position and slide from left to right, a screenshot will be captured.
It is not easy to master this trick, but its good to know, and is cool enough to show your friends!
4. Disable All Controls While Watching Videos
When you are watching videos on your Galaxy Note (which I must say is a pleasant experience on Galaxy Note’s biiggg screen) there are chances that you touch the screen, or press the home button or menu button and it interrupts your video. What if you can disable everything while watching videos?
Yes, it is possible, and also easy to do. Just press the power button once and you will see a lock icon on the screen for few seconds. Now try touching the screen or key. They all are disable.
To enable them again, just press the power button one more time.
5. Control Brightness from Notification Bar
When you have “Automatic Brightness” disabled, you can control brightness of the screen by sliding left or right on the notification bar. Slide your finger to the left to reduce brightness and towards right to increase it.
Hope you learned something new here today. Please share if you liked them!!
I got a nice little surprise today from Android Market update. An app named “pocket – formerly read it later” showed up in my list with this cute icon. It took two or three seconds for me to realize its my favorite app Read It Later.
Read It Later is now Pocket. Vow, what a change buddy!!
Read It Later is my all time favorite. It is the only paid app on my phone as of now. Well, that too when there is a free version available for download. It was worth paying couple of dollars for this great app.
Read It Later is no longer “reading only”. It is getting ready to become your collection of favorite online content – articles, images, and videos ( and may be more stuff in future, who knows!) I guess that is why they wanted to rename the app. But, they did not just stop with a new name and icon. They redesigned the complete UI of the app. It is a new experience all together.
I’ve heard that Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy Note is due in first quarter and was hoping to get the taste of this new Android build sometime in March.
This Sunday night I got an update message on my phone and I actually thought its the ICS update. I do not have experience with OTA updates so I didn’t know if Â new OS updates also come in the same style.
The update was around 72MB and took few minutes to finish. Once done I restarted and looked around for changes,Â definitelyÂ not an ICS build. The only visible change I could notice was the new phone app icon.
The rumored date of ICS is March1 so I will keep my fingers crossed! Just few more days to go! I can finally try and play with the new Chrome for Android beta!!!
It’s been two weeks or so since I got my new Galaxy Note. It was a wedding anniversary gift from my wife. I was quite surprised. But, for an Android fan like me, this is the best of the best phone available in the market now.
So, living with Galaxy Note. How is it?
I am quite happy with this new phone/tablet thingie so far. Its hard to say if it is a phone or a tablet, but that’s the beauty of it. Thanks to my big palms, it plays just like any other phone. The only thing I get used to is the surprised looks from people around me when I make a call or check email.
That said, this may not be for everyone. I happened to take less than 5 calls a day on this phone and use it mostly for reading articles/checking email/facebook etc… mostly web stuff. So, if you are someone who makes a lot of calls, this may not be for you.
If you are in to mobile gaming and watching movies on the go, this will be a good option.. provided you are ready to accept the additional size and weight of this phone.
My favorite apps continue to be ReaditLater and Feedly. After switching to Android, most of my content consumption happens during the waiting periods between work and home and other places….it also helps me keep my email box clean most of the times.
Okay, this rant comes after a long gap here. But I am not on any blogging break guys… chromestory.com is keeping me busy and I am enjoying it a lot there. Actually I am spending more time on blogging than I used to, in the past.
Here is another post about Android on Laptop and I’ve got a newer version for you all to download and enjoy. Android 3.2 honeycomb for your laptops!
This isÂ definitelyÂ a blessing for android fans waiting toÂ test driveÂ it on their laptops and netbooks. I’ve got a video demo, download link and installation instructions. Read on!
The following video demonstrates Android 3.2 honeycomb on Asus EEEPC 1000 HE runs the effect of other devices to be tested more Viewsonic Viewpad10, Dell Inspiron Mini Duo, Samsung Q1U, Viliv S5, Lenovo X61 and so on.