12-26-2013 10:20 PM
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  1. garublador's Avatar
    BTW I did try a couple of launchers but found the icon quality the same as the stock launcher.
    You can change the icons with icon packs.

    Here's a site that really shows off what type of UI customization is possible with Android:

    Beautiful Android Themes, Wallpapers, and Homescreens
    12-17-2013 11:44 AM
  2. Motogameruk's Avatar
    It's also worth joining the Nova Beta community on G+ there are loads of people there that can help you with themes, icon packs and home screens. The Android community as a whole are very friendly and most are willing to help you with questions or problems. There are no wrong questions, just wrong times to ask them

    Posted via the power of Nexus 4!
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    12-17-2013 12:34 PM
  3. RealPetChicken's Avatar
    I used to be the same way, loved my iPhone and iOS, and after switching to android i missed the iOS UI, however, i got used to the hollow look of android, and it customization that i never looked back. I just love android, it is a geeks dream. Like someone mentioned, try 3rd party apps.
    12-17-2013 02:18 PM
  4. macguy59's Avatar
    Got the Nexus 5 back and it's been updated to 4.4.2. Sound volume does seem a bit a better but still on the low end. Camera takes pics quicker now but I didn't really have a complaint about it before. Damn solid Android phone. I made the mistake of checking out the Galaxy Note 3 whilst I was at AT&T swapping back to the Nexus 5. VERY NICE Android phone/phablet. I have large hands (6'5" 215lbs) so the size of it doesn't bother me. Once a few settings are adjusted, the brightness on the Note 3 is MUCH better than the Note 2. Not crazy about TouchWiz but there are ways to minimize that. Going to finish the week with the Nexus 5 then pickup a black Note 3. Impressive phablet that takes great pics and video. Wish there was a pure Google version of it.
    12-17-2013 02:20 PM
  5. someguy01234's Avatar
    Galaxy flagship phones have much better camera than the Nexus which have been weak in that area in the past, but prose that's why they're cheaper. I think stock camera app sucks for now as well.

    There isn't a Google stock version of the Galaxy Note, but there is one for the Galaxy S4, they are called Google Edition devices, but whether you want it depends on if you prefer the manufacturers interface or Google interface. I personally don't think it make sense to have a Note with stock Google because it lacks the software to fully utilize the SPen which is the main feature and it's what the Note software are built around. I can imagine a lot of younger audiences getting the Note for it's size and performance, but completely omitting the SPen though.

    https://play.google.com/store/devices

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    12-17-2013 03:11 PM
  6. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    I'm one of the few Android users in my circle of friends and I'm thinking about jumping to iOS simply because their services work better and are better integrated into/across devices and easier to use with other users than Google's services:

    * iMessage
    * Shared Photo Streams
    * iCloud Video Sharing
    * AirDrop
    * iWorks Document Sharing
    * FaceTime
    etc.

    All just work better than on the equivalents do on Android and Windows Phone, and a lot of their media apps are better than what you can find on Android/WP. There are some apps available that you'd have to pay for equivalents on Android to get that functionality, as well. Except they're free on iOS - like UberSense (I own Coach's Eye on Android, so I'm well aware of it :-P )... At the moment we're using a Facebook group for a lot of stuff, since no one will touch Google+ (and I don't blame them) and most don't even have a Google Account...

    I also think iOS handles data back-ups better. They have the best Podcast repository in the world, as well (some podcasts don't have an RSS feed, so using a 3rd party podcast on Android won't help when the feed isn't accessible - you need iTunes to subscribe to them).

    The only hang-up is getting video off the device to my PC, which is easier with an SD card.

    I may just get an iTouch 5th Gen to use as my smart device and only use my phone for phone calls. I can tether as much as I want on my plan, anyways, so it would be like getting a new phone - just cheaper. However, I would really like the 120 FPS HD camera on the 5S...
    12-17-2013 03:28 PM
  7. yfan's Avatar
    Google's Android is about as open source as Mac OS.
    Oh. Please direct us to where we can download a copy of the entire source code of the most recent version of OS X. I'm not asking for the source code of the bundled applications (such as Safari, Mail, etc.); just the entire source code for the OS including the UI - not just Darwin.

    I had something of a revelation last night. The home screen on Android is what makes it so great (for me). The app drawer is a mess, but that's all you get to launch apps in iOS. But what I really miss from iOS is the fluidity of the interface. The bounce at the end of a page or the rubber band effect is just absent in Android (I'm aware of the patent disputes regarding these types of features). Their absence is what makes Android feel so stiff for me. There's something about the elasticity of the keyboard that also makes things less appealing.
    Not sure what you mean by keyboard elasticity. I don't think I could live without gesture typing on my keyboard, and that's not available on iOS. That being said, though, if you really feel iOS works better for you, that is what you should pick. You don't have to force yourself to like Android any more than I should force myself to like iOS.
    12-17-2013 03:53 PM
  8. mrsmumbles's Avatar
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    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    12-17-2013 03:54 PM
  9. macguy59's Avatar
    SPen . . . didn't think of that not working in stock Google. Although I don't see myself using a stylus for anything it's a great point
    12-17-2013 04:25 PM
  10. macguy59's Avatar
    The only hang-up is getting video off the device to my PC, which is easier with an SD card.
    Are you using a Mac or Windows based computer ? On a Mac there are some sync solutions that will copy over video (pics, music, etc) from Android OS. Not sure about Windows OS but there must be something that will do what you want. Thanks for your thoughts.
    12-17-2013 04:33 PM
  11. macguy59's Avatar
    Not sure why it's an all or nothing thing with some of you. Sounds like Android is, for the most part, working for him/her. I don't see anything wrong with this person wishing some things worked differently.
    12-17-2013 04:41 PM
  12. macguy59's Avatar
    You can change the icons with icon packs.

    Here's a site that really shows off what type of UI customization is possible with Android:

    Beautiful Android Themes, Wallpapers, and Homescreens
    Awesome site. Thanks !
    12-17-2013 04:52 PM
  13. Tall Mike 2145's Avatar
    As someone who is libertarian by nature, I don't give an asterisk-laden curse word what anyone else does or uses. However, this is a public forum and so public comment is implied, therefore I can and do give mine.

    I've been a technology enthusiast since the 1980s, which means a few things:

    1. I'm probably older than most folks here;
    2. I've been into technology longer than most folks here;
    3. I've been around long enough to have lived through much of the history that's led to this point;
    4. I've been around when you HAD to be self-sufficient or you were just plain screwed.

    Back in the day, Apple was a really great company. There really wasn't anything else out there like the Mac. Even when Steve Jobs had come back, for a while they were still a really good company. However, lots of dubious stuff has happened since. So, I object to living in the iOS/Mac OS X/iCloud/etc. ecosystem for those reasons. However, apart from that, because I am a very self-sufficient and knowledgeable person, I don't really need what they offer for purposes of backing up my data or making it available to myself on whatever device I want to. Whether it is data organization or compatibility, it's my responsibility to be knowledgeable in such matters and take care of it, which I have done and continue to do. So, what do I need lots of specialized software -- that it also utilizes vendor lock-in techniques is just icing on the cake -- to do this for me?

    I'm not, in the modern parlance, a particularly heaver consumer of media. I watch Netflix sometimes, and I have already ripped, transcoded, and backed up my own CDs and DVDs. Anything I watch gets watched either on my laptop or my phone. That's it. I don't own any modern media devices -- TVs, DVRs, network-based sound systems, etc. -- and have no desire to do so. But even if I did, Sonos and Logitech and the rest generally offer products which can and do function independent of the reach of the long arm of Apple.
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    12-17-2013 09:07 PM
  14. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    Oh God...

    Sent from my Galaxy S III using Tapatalk 4
    12-17-2013 09:28 PM
  15. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    I've never owned an Apple product and feel no need or desire to. I'm beyond happy with my Android phones. The screens are gorgeous, the fit in my hand feels nice, there's more space to type, there's an app for almost everything.

    What I admire about Apple is their amazing ability to make money, especially on products which lack the innovations of Android and others. The only new thing they came out with was iOS 7 which all their users are complaining about. (Then their users come running to Android and end up here, still embittered cult members of Apple, when they find out Android might require them to think for a moment or two out if the day. With my luck, I'll get banned for this.)

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    12-17-2013 10:02 PM
  16. Tall Mike 2145's Avatar
    Actually, I really am not God, n8ter#AC. I apologize for any confusion you may have experienced.

    Should you be interested in contacting said higher power, there most likely are assorted religious institutions in your local area which may be able to help.
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    12-17-2013 10:07 PM
  17. Tall Mike 2145's Avatar
    I've never owned an Apple product and feel no need or desire to.
    For the longest time, if you were any kind of graphic or publishing professional, there really was no substitute for having a Mac. Of course, I also remember the "bad old days" when PC users had to fsck with IRQ and DMA settings and often couldn't, for instance, connect to an online service and listen to audio at the same time.

    I'm beyond happy with my Android phones. The screens are gorgeous, the fit in my hand feels nice, there's more space to type, there's an app for almost everything.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    What I admire about Apple is their amazing ability to make money, especially on products which lack the innovations of Android and others.
    Apple isn't a company any longer; they are a cult. That should be quite obvious given the sub-par featureset you get with many/most of their products which their devoted minions are all to giddy to part with obscene amounts of cash to obtain.

    (With my luck, I'll get banned for this.)
    I'm certain my response to your comment here is going to be taken as a flame from an Android fanboy against Apple customers, which it really isn't. But you know the honest truth, mrsmumbles? I really don't care one way or the other. Though I could do with Tom Fairclough's intimate knowledge of Australianisms to more properly and poetically express the considerable amount of a certain fun-activity not given over anyone else's opinions in this regard.
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    12-17-2013 10:20 PM
  18. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    For the longest time, if you were any kind of graphic or publishing professional, there really was no substitute for having a Mac. Of course, I also remember the "bad old days" when PC users had to fsck with IRQ and DMA settings and often couldn't, for instance, connect to an online service and listen to audio at the same time.


    Couldn't have said it better myself.


    Apple isn't a company any longer; they are a cult. That should be quite obvious given the sub-par featureset you get with many/most of their products which their devoted minions are all to giddy to part with obscene amounts of cash to obtain.


    I'm certain my response to your comment here is going to be taken as a flame from an Android fanboy against Apple customers, which it really isn't. But you know the honest truth, mrsmumbles? I really don't care one way or the other. Though I could do with Tom Fairclough's intimate knowledge of Australianisms to more properly and poetically express the considerable amount of a certain fun-activity not given over anyone else's opinions in this regard.
    Lol, I agree with all you said. As for the flaming, I don't see it as such. I'm tired of the odes to Apple that get posted with surprising regularity here, for an Android forum. To me, that's the flaming/flame bait. It's intentionally antagonistic on the part of the cult of Apple because, if they wanted to express their devotion and be appreciated for it, they'd be doing it in an Apple forum, not here at Android Central.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    12-17-2013 10:37 PM
  19. vikramkyle's Avatar
    I think when android come in the market that time technology is very easy. I also like android
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    12-17-2013 10:55 PM
  20. frankenhooker's Avatar
    Users are supposed to control their device, not the other way around. I've never been someone who is particularly loyal to a company, I buy what suits me best at that time. The word 'cult' has been thrown about and it's apt at times. Some companies have such a following that it hampers innovation, they don't need to go to the next level because they're going to sell a truck load of units anyway.

    Buy a device that's best for you, you shouldn't have to try and like anything, if I picked up an apple device and didn't get on with it, I'd put it down and try the next device.
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    12-18-2013 03:06 AM
  21. Therk's Avatar
    Yep. I tried a few of them when I had the Moto X. Same results. Google Voice seems to be pretty accurate so maybe that's the way to go for lengthy texts. I find myself using Siri more for things like that anyway (Especially when Jan 1st rolls around).
    What happens January 1st?
    12-21-2013 07:51 PM
  22. macguy59's Avatar
    What happens January 1st?
    As of Jan 1, 2014 cell phone use in a car is handsfree only.
    12-21-2013 08:25 PM
  23. Therk's Avatar
    As of Jan 1, 2014 cell phone use in a car is handsfree only.
    A-ha! What state is that in? In Florida I think they outlawed all texting, even when you do it through a handsfree method like Siri.
    12-21-2013 08:50 PM
  24. someguy01234's Avatar
    A-ha! What state is that in? In Florida I think they outlawed all texting, even when you do it through a handsfree method like Siri.
    Didn't seem to help, whenever I drive around Miami area, almost every driver I see around me have a cellphone in their hand, they also like to use it while tailgating me.
    12-22-2013 01:50 AM
  25. macguy59's Avatar
    A-ha! What state is that in? In Florida I think they outlawed all texting, even when you do it through a handsfree method like Siri.
    Illinois
    12-26-2013 02:07 PM
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