Alleged photos of parts of iPhone 5 S are making the buzz over the net. It appears that someone got hold of photos of the home button and the vibration component of the much-awaited iPhone 5 successor. There are also some similarities with how the home button looks but the circuits are a little different.
Interestingly, the serial numbers on the photos of the home button flex for the iPhone 5 and the alleged 5 S are quite close to each other. For this reason, it seems like this is a fairly plausible rumor.
Some information about the future iPhone 5 S report that the handset's home button will feature a fingerprint scanner but this leak "debunks" that old rumor (if it's even possible to kill a rumor with another rumor, tsk).
Other rumors also report the possibility of a low-cost iPhone and one that might have the fingerprint scanner as earlier reported. We'll know in a few months if any of these were true.
Widdit Labs - a company that create lock screen apps, has created a lock screen widget that mimics Facebook's Home theme. This is the original, stripped-down "Homebase Lock Screen" app, which is nicely customizable and offers quite a bit in terms of changing the look and feel of your lock screen. From the reviews, it seem the theme little buggy, feel free to install it and check for yourself.
Some of the features include being able to set a default background, pick a personal unlock icon and choose a custom unlock sound as well as being able to add screens, remove screens and re-order screens.
How to personalize your Homebase:
After you install Homebase, an icon is placed on your home screen. Click this icon to access settings. Thought the settings screen you can edit the following:
- Turn Homebase on/off
- Add screens - click the "+" icon and you can add widgets, your favorite RSS feeds and more
- Turn off screens
- Re-order screens. Touch and drag to move them around
- Set your default background
- Set your personal unlock icon. Choose an image from your phone and crop it, or use the online gallery
- Set custom unlock sound
HomeBase runs on any Android operated device 2.2 and up.
Download: Google Play Store Link
Popular South Korean media site "ddaily.co.kr" have now reportedly confirmed the final specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S IV and Samsung is now fully prepared for mass production of the device. The debate of physical Home button being removed has turn out to be false. The device will be available by end of March.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S IV will inherit "Minimum organic" human-centered UI adopted by the Samsung Galaxy S III. Which means that physical Home button, along with the Return key to the right and Menu key to the left side of the Home button will be retained in the new flagship device.
There were several speculations that an S-Pen will be featured in the new flagship device, but ddaily.co.kr report suggests that's not the case. Though the S-Pen feature is missing, recent reports of "Non-contact Gesture" will be true. Details of the non-contact gesture function may have been misunderstood for "S-Pen Feature" in the device, the Korean daily reported.
According to Glbenchmark Specifications of Samsung Galaxy SIV (SHV-E300S) are:
- 1.9Ghz Quad Core CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 1920*1080 Display
- Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
- navigations keys are not present on Display
Other Rumored Specifications Of Samsung Galaxy SIV
- Supports Wireless Charging
- 4.99 inch Full HD Display with 400ppi pixel density
- Come with S-Pen Accessory
- 2GB RAM
- 13Mpx Camera
If you don't like how your home screen looks like on top of your phone's UI, you can always look for a launcher to customize it and one of the latest to come out is Chameleon Launcher. Last week, the launcher was introduced and many liked it and there are those who were not impressed as well.
Well, if you are an Android stock fan, chances are that whatever launcher falls on your lap won't impress you, whereas if you like to customize your phone and get those little extra features, launchers are the way to go. There are also those who think that the Chameleon is already quite outdated; it's really a matter of preference.
The Chameleon Launcher will work on devices that run on Android 3.2 or higher and for a little less than $4, you can have a version that works both on a phone or a tablet.
For those who want to check out a a pre-release version of Facebook Home, here's some great news, the ROM has leaked ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First 'Facebook phone').
The leak has 3 APKs - the main Facebook app ('katana'), the now-integrated-with-your-SMS Messenger app (orca) and the Home / Launcher 'shell' app (home). Simply install all 3 and you're set - bear in mind you do so at your own risk!
For all the details, check out MADOCO
Facebook Home is now available to download on Google Play. Facebook's Android launcher is currently only available to US users and is supported by only a select number of devices, including the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Facebook Home is the mobile experience that puts your friends at the heart of your phone. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends' posts and photos on your home screen. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you'll never miss a moment. And when you download Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting with friends when you're using other apps.
What's in this version:
• Glance at your phone for the latest photos and posts from your friends
• With chat heads and Facebook Messenger, you can keep chatting when you're using other apps
• See news as it happens with bigger, bolder notifications
• Get right to Facebook, Instagram and other essentials
Facebook Home has created a buzz in the internet world and many people have tried the leaked download on their phones. However, many complained that app access and switching are significantly slowed down by the controversial launcher.
On the other hand, if you are one of the more adventurous and would try everything to see if it's worth giving a chance to, you can already download and install it to verify these claims. Most Android phones that run on version 4.0 and above can install this launcher.
Also, you need to update your Facebook apps prior to activating the APK, but you can also get patched Facebook apps versions, if you have hardware issues.
The Company has not yet released any official statement regarding the Facebook Home launcher and interestingly, many people are trying it out but half are more likely to rate it low because they either don't like the interface or they don't like "too much Facebook" on their devices.
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The Facebook Home has received mixed reactions among those who have tried the "beta" application/launcher. While many approved of its smooth and convenient way of keeping tabs, others complained about difficulties accessing other applications and that they do not really have use for the launcher.
The Google Play Store has recorded at least 500,000 downloads almost a week since it was launched. This number seems quite disappointing, considering that FB users amount to over a billion individuals, showing how diminutive this number actually is compared to the total FB population. Many consider it grossly underperforming and even compared it to Instagram for Android, a photo social networking site that was downloaded a million times on its first day and has reached 5M downloads in less than a week since it was started.
On the other hand, many people were implying that the Facebook Home launcher was in beta and that the figures should not really concern Facebook officials that much, since only a few devices can actually use it as a launcher. It seems like they're missing the whole point of launching a beta test.
If it creates a significant interest and many people tried and LIKED it, then it will most possibly become a profitable launcher in application stores. However, with these kinds of figures, where testers posted less than stellar ratings, it will not be surprising if Facebook officials will overhaul it or write it off on their lists of applications to pursue in the future.
The Dynamic Phone, powered by Everything.me, is the new way for people to interact with their mobile devices: it gets what you want -- and instantly adapts to get you whatever you're thinking about.
Imagine your phone could be dynamic, constantly adapting to your interests, your location, your life. Everything.me Home is a launcher that turns your phone into a Dynamic Phone! you think it and you get it; your phone adapts to you.
The Dynamic Launcher by Everything.me, is the new way for people to interact with their mobile devices, and the ULTIMATE personalization tool for any Android smartphone. Your new home.
What's in this version:
- This version is about more speed and better support for widgets.
Facebook rolled out an update to Facebook Home yesterday, including support for customers of Instagram and Pinterest, in addition to a fancy new house icon. Other services, for example Flickr and Tumblr, also received support for that 3rd party launcher application.
Home is currently available on certain devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nexus 4, HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+ and HTC One.
- Use the Home app just as your lock screen or as your lock screen and app launcher
- Updated app launcher
- See photos and posts from Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr on your lock screen