Themes – Mianogen

If you are like me and you love to customize your smartphone (you’ll achieve much more customization features once you’ve rooted and installed a custom rom on your phone), you will find this theme very neat and classy.

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you “Mianogen” theme, made by Recognized Contributor “tung91“.

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Please note that these screenshots are made on a Paranoid Android ROM, with a tweaked DPI – so you will not get the same scheme for status bar, settings, sms app but you will get the same great graphics look.

Tung91 choose to replace the stock icons in AOSP ROM’s with Google JKF ones – a very smart move if you will. Those icons are so great, I wonder why Google didn’t implemented those in their Android versions until now. They are used in numerous Google apps around the world wide web, such as Google Calendar. You can find other Google icons in their G+ account: Here

As far as what made Tung91 to make this new theme, he quickly briefs us:

I just help my friend to make a CM theme and he want to make it simple as original, but replace some stock resource with MIUI’s resource to avoid “boring” and change to my favourite color – blue …. maybe you like it too , or not , but i’m just sharing it here.

Screenshot_2013-01-22-19-32-09As you can see in the above screenshot, he made a clean black background with a blue line – to match the stock ICS/Jellybean theme. The icons from the status bar are simple but yet powerful reworked. I personally like the battery icon, it seems like one of the UCCW widgets made around the xda forums. Please note that the status bar color is stock background color – which is BLACK, but as I am using PA rom, I modified the color to match more with this theme. You’ll probably tempted to say that this theme has nothing gray in it.

Until now…

In the next screenshot you will see pièce de résistance! The background of the Settings application is just beautiful! It matches so well with the JFK Icon, blue lines and with the small icons that are featured for every single setting you can make for your phone.

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Let me tell you something. I am a custom ROM lover from around 2009. All my smartphones we’re rooted and boosted with custom ROMs in first two-three weeks, so I installed a lot of Themes for CM7/CM9/CM10 and I was yet to find one that I would keep for more than one week. But this theme captured me in its simplicity that I am amazed I was not temped to move to another one. Indeed, you can bring a lot of arguments, there are a lot of themes and you can easily find the one you like the most, but for me, this is the right theme to go with if you are into minimalistic stuff.

There is also a PAID version for this theme if you want to support the developer – it can be similar with the free version or it can be slightly modified. Also, Tung91 is so nice, that he made also a “paid” version – it is a link to his paypal account and he stated that you can buy the theme with your own price. You pay how much you want, he receives the payment and he will provide you a download link for the paid version. Pretty great if you ask me. The reason for this “pay how much you like” action is that, he wants to raise money to buy a One X phone.

So go check this theme, here on xda forums and if you really love it as much as I do, please do pay how much you want to support the developer who is actually paying a lot of time and resources into making your favourite smartphone to look sleek.

This theme was proudly presented to you by DroidVoid team, until the next time, Flash’n’Customize, my friends!

Want the latest version of Android?

Want the latest Android version on your phone?
It’s that time of the year again. Google announces the next version of Android with a host of new features, and gets everyone talking excitedly about it. The user breathlessly reads about the new features, and sweats with wondering wether he’ll get it on his brand-new phone. After all, it’s a two-year contract he has signed, so no wonder he will get it, right?
Wrong. There’s a very less chance that he will get it, and it’s not because he does not have the the very top-of-the line flagship model of the company he has bought it from. After Google announces a new version of it’s OS, it is made available after one or two months to the manufacturers so they can release it to their customers as soon as possible. So our user-in-question should get it as soon as after a month, right? But what happens actually? Why do manufactures delay so much in providing an update to their users? Why is it always that all Apple users get an update around the globe, wherever they are, leaving Android users leaving in fury and shame?

The Android fragmentation

The Android diversity
Back in 2010, when Google announced its operating system, codenamed Android, there were not many oem’s who wanted to take the risk of trusting Google and making a phone based entirely off it. There was HTC, and then there were, well none. But Android began to grow at a very exponential rate, and now there are literally hundreds of oem’s making and selling Android devices. So how do the bug guys like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG differentiate their products from others and make something that truely stands out?
These oem’s have no option but to skin what Google provides them and give their own user interface to it. This is the reason why,lets say, a Samsung phone and an HTC phone, both based on Ice Cream Sandwich, look complety different. If you have seen a nexus device, that’s how the original Android looked like before it landed to the manufacturers.

Skinning is hard
Making Android look how they want is not an easy thing. If you think it’s just a matter of copying a code and replacing it with what Google provides them, you’re entirely wrong. Skinning with their own UI is a tremendous task, and this takes months to complete. After that, they have to ensure that it is bug-free, so the user can actually enjoy instead of spending time solving the problem and cursing the manufacturer. If you are a Galaxy s3 user who recently upgraded to jelly bean, you know the problem of opening the app drawer from the homescreen- the smooth animation of ics is replaced with a hard, un-sophisticated animation if you open the app drawer after a long time. And make no mistake –  the end user is not forgiving. Even small mistakes like this ruin the feel and aesthetics of the device for him, making him hate the oem more and more. So, giving Android their own UI and ensuring that it is bug free is a daunting task, which takes months.

The carrier problem
After months of hard work, when oem’s are actually ready with the update, they have to give it to the carriers(if you have a carrier based phone) to ‘pass certificates’. Carriers will never be fast. And there will be no one to blame except yourself to have bought a carrier based phone. Things begin to take an evil turn if the phone you bought isn’t a nexus phone.

The ‘worrying sick’ problem
What drives these manufacturers to go crazy in dealing with all this hard work, when the updates are free of cost, is that users are becoming aware of technology and knowing that their device isn’t up to date with the latest innovation. The moment Google announces a new OS, forums, threads, blogs get filled with the same thing – which phones will actually be able to upgrade to it. Users search like crazy and hope that their phone will make it to the list. And when their manufacturers declare that their phone wont be receiving an update, users get frustrated – and promise never ever to buy from that manufacturer again. People turn to the absolute last option they have – custom ROMs, and without proper researching, they end with a big paper bill.

The solution
The fact is that – no one can change all this. The one thing, however, that you can do about it is change how you think. You must understand that it is really tough for oems and carriers to co-operate with one another to finally bring up the update to you. Ask yourself this question – does my device serve the purpose for which it is bought for? If the answer is yes, then most probably you don’t need an update. Or if you are the one that must be at the top of the Android version, straight away buy a nexus device. You’ll be ensured a speedy delivery of the updates, delivered straight from Google.

Nexus devices

What do you feel? Reply in the comments section below!

A simple debriefing mission

I think it is fair to say that we all heard of Android by now, sure as hell we already know what Google is and its products. From the world’s #1 Web search engine to world’s #1 OS for smartphones in just a couple of years. ANDROID!

If you are living under a rock and you didn’t understand what is all this Android stuff, have no fear, I will try to break it down for you in the next few lines. Here are a few facts about Android:

  • Android is a Linux-based operating system (OS), originally developed by Android, Inc. – a company which was later on bought by Google.
  • The first Android phone was sold in October 2008, the HTC Dream.
  • Android is an open-source OS, Google releasing the code constantly, under the Apache License.
  • Android had a world-wide smarth phone market share, with 75% points, back in 2012, with 500 millions devices activated in total.
  • Android, Inc. was founded in October 2003 by Andi Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White.
  • Google took Android, Inc. into custody on August 17, 2005. Key employees of Android, Inc. remained at the company.
  • Major releases are named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat (i.e version 1.5 was Cupcake, 1.6 was Donut etc.).
  • First version of Android was 1.5 a.k.a Cupcake.
  • Current version of Android is: 4.2.1, the very well known “Jellybean”.

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