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Android App Devs: Getting Your App Noticed in The Market

Monday 03rd of December 2012 /
Getting your application noticed on the Play Store can be almost as hard as programming it in the first place. As well, a properly marketed application is crucial to insure it was worth the investment and time. Here are a few tips on getting your app noticed in a sea of over 675,000.Where it Matters MostIt all starts with the Google Play store. Uniquely naming your app not only important to making it stand out, but it is also a requirement. Google will remove apps if their name or icon is too similar to another application. This was put in place to try to keep malware applications from posing as yours, however the rule can still see you app removed.Keywords and a good description is also key. It is important to remember that the whole description will not be visible from the application install screen and users will have to click the drop down arrow in order to view the entire thing. It’s important for the first few sentences to be captivating, as to make the user want to continue reading. Try looking at your competitors applications and see how you can make an even more tantalizin
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Microsoft’s Official SkyDrive for Android app coming in a few weeks

Tuesday 14th of August 2012 /
 There’s a couple of apps on the Google Play Market that has some SkyDrive integration, but an official SkyDrive app has yet to be seen. Soon that will change as Microsoft have officially announced the official SkyDrive for Android app.Today, as part of making sure SkyDrive is available to all Windows customers, we’re excited to announce that an official SkyDrive app for Android phones will be available in just a few weeks. The Android app is similar to our mobile apps for Windows Phone and iOS and allows you to browse your SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with “Send a link.” You’ll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.While Microsoft has yet to give out an official date as to when the application will be available, we’ll be sure to inform you all as soon as we get word. Would this app be of any use to you guys? Let us know!//source: Microsoft» See more articles by Macky Evangelista//
posted on: Hardware
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Samsung allegedly copied iPhone app icons too, Apple says and it may be right

Monday 06th of August 2012 /
The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial continues today with new testimonies and evidence submitted by each party to make it case. We’re going to share with you an interesting slideshow, as posted by CNET, that shows us a variety of images in which we can compare various app icons as found on the iPhone and/or iPad and on Samsung Android devices.Apple says that Samsung has allegedly copied app icons design including the app icon for the Phone app, Music app, Contacts app, Phpto app, Notes app and Settings app.And it will surely be interesting to see how Samusng will explain to the jury why its icons are so similar to Apple’s app icons. From where I’m looking I will say that they are awfully similar, and makes you wonder what Samsung designers must have had in mind when coming up with these app icons in the first place.Let’s take the Phone app: it has to be green, because we’re used to having green drawings on phones representing the button we have to push when initiating a call. We’ve associated green with making phone calls form before smartphones were launched. But does the
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Play Store userscript. View entire app history in a scrollable box.

Tuesday 02nd of October 2012 /
I made a simple Greasemonkey userscript that reveals your entire installed app history in the "My Android Apps" of the Google Play Store, which can be easily viewed in a scrollable box. This allows you to circumvent the twenty page/180 app view limit on the Play Store. If you're interested, here are some instructions... FIREFOX USERS:Make sure you have the installed. Go to and install the script. After that, you can go to the Play Store, and from the section, your entire app history should be navigable from a scroll box under "Other apps in my library". CHROME USERS:Chrome can no longer automatically install userscripts. You either have to install them manually or the script must be on the Chrome store. To install manually... Go to and download the script. Paste this url into your Chrome browser: chrome://chrome/extensions/ Now drag and drop the userscript you downloaded into your Chrome browser. The script should install. After that, you can go to the Play Store, and from the section, your entire app history should be navigable from a scroll box under &quo
posted on: Android Applications
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Go Launcher EX: Missing App Icons in Drawer

Thursday 15th of September 2011 /
I've been using Go Launcher Ex for a couple of days now after switching from LauncherPro, and I must say I'm highly impressed. I'm just about ready to uninstall all my other launchers (perhaps including LP and Stock TwLauncher).However, I've noticed sometimes when I start GOLEX (i.e. reboot my phone) that random app icons are missing from the app drawer!Most recently it was the YouTube icon. I've checked and YouTube is definitely installed (it's a Stock app on SGS4G), it shows up in every other place I've tried. I can even place the icon on the Home screen via (long-click on home) > Applications > YouTube. It's just not showing in the drawer.Any ideas why this might happen, or how I can prevent it?Thanks y'all!
posted on: Android Applications
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MIUI Music App Available in a Simple APK File

Tuesday 14th of December 2010 /
The MIUI ROM has been a very popular ROM brought stateside from China and has particularly been big on the Nexus One and Desire.  The music application from the MIUI ROM has been pulled and signed for easy installation. What makes this music app different? The layout is very clean, very well executed. It incorporates album art which is automatically downloaded as well as the lyrics for the track you are listening to. This is my new favorite music application. Since it is simply an APK you don’t have to worry about it changing your phone around. Feel free to download the file HERE if you would like to check it out. One thing to mention is my screenshots are showing the background as red but the application actually has a very brilliant blue background.Source: xda-developers
posted on: Software
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Arranging app icons in a 'wheel'

Wednesday 10th of August 2011 /
How do I arrange my apps to look like this? Thanks!
posted on: Android Themes
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HELP! Unable to customize app icons in app drawer!

Tuesday 29th of January 2013 /
So ive made some super cool app icons but am limited to the homescreen. I have ZERO computer access and only my phone so i cant do any adb (not like i know how anyway but i did get as far as screencasting and screen capture and getting adb to recognize my phone to make custom splashes). BUT my cpu broke so i NEED someone to steer me in the right direction so i can do the fun part of customizing more icons. If all else fails, in theory, if i can change my froyo app drawer to MIUI can i THEN have only my cool custom icons? If so, does anyone have a MOD that i can flash which will turn my froyo go launcher to miui???I havnt tried miui custom apps yet. I keep cm7, miui amd froyo for different features so i only need help with the froyo.Any ideas??? I dont mind working with es file explorer or build prop but please give simpler ideas first, im not a programing genious like you guys and gals lol
posted on: Android Themes
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Change individual icons in a theme?

Wednesday 04th of August 2010 /
Is there a way for an idiot like myself to change just one icon in a theme?Trying to change just the wifi icon.
posted on: Droid Themes
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Change the size of recent app icons in notification pull-down bar

Wednesday 31st of July 2013 /
Hi everyone,The title pretty much says it all, I'd like to reduce the size of the icons (or the bar) that shows you recent apps in the notification bar when you pull it down. The bar is larger than other notifications, and is just larger than is necessary, and if there's several notifications on there, they just feel like they're clogging up the screen.Is there any way this can be done without rooting the device as I'm not planning on doing that?Pic - As you can see, the notification toggle app bar is much smaller and nicer looking, and the generic notifications are smaller
posted on: Android Lounge
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