Nexus 7 Now Available in White

Nexus 7 Now Available in White

Dec 12, 2013

Google’s flagship tablet is now available in pearly white, for those who don’t like the industrial black of the standard model. For now, this model only comes in 32GB and so far, WiFi only. No word if this brightened hued version will be open to LTE or come in lower storage sizes.

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The device is now available through Google Play. Google is also running a holiday promotion for anyone who buys both a Chromecast and Nexus 7 together, can receive $35 in Google Play credit.

Theme Thursday: JAMT for CyanogenMod 7

Theme Thursday: JAMT for CyanogenMod 7

Oct 11, 2012

As my EVO 4G gracefully nears the end of its life I figured that now was as good of a time as ever to finally commit and root my phone. My mod of choice was CyanogenMod7 which is the highest version available for the EVO. I have been wanting to do this for some time and after doing so I have to say that I am glad I did. But this blog post is not about rooting and modding, as it is all about the wonderful world of themes. So I decided this week, in celebration, to do this Theme Thursday on my favorite CM7 theme (so far).

That lucky theme is called JAMT, which stands for ‘Just Another Minimalistic Theme’ and it comes in two distinct styles, black and white. For today I will be looking at specifically the white one, because, well, its cooler. The advantage to themeing the whole operating system instead of simply the launcher is that all the apps that fall under that OS are now themed in accordance with each other; bringing an enveloping, unified, and custom feel to any phone. This means that the messenger, dialer, contacts, clock, ect apps all have the same styling which is radically different than the more Gingerbread-esque that CyanogenMod delivers.

Judging from some of my past Theme Thursdays, it is easy to determine that I am a huge fan of minimalistic themes, and minimalism in general. So choosing JAMT was really a natural choice for me and it is one that I do not regret. The beauty of this comes in the simple way everything is portrayed; with the dialer relying on stark black and white as well as some well chosen shades of gray in the menus. The status bar looks great and gives almost a Windows Phone 7 feel to the whole thing. Even apps like Facebook and GMail are tweaked to adhere to the white , sterile regime.

One problem is the fact the the standard ADW Launcher does not follow suit as it is not a real part of CM7. I found this setback to be not a problem as I simply downloaded the ‘Elegant’ theme which fit right in with a nice white background. Other than that setting up this theme is no harder than downloading it from the Play Store and selecting it in a list, and unlike other themes in the past because it lays right on top of the OS there is no performance lost in the process. I would almost root my phone solely just to get access to themeing the OS like this.

Theme Thursday: Plate

Theme Thursday: Plate

May 3, 2012

After last week’s radical departure from the norm, I think it is a good time to take a step back into a theme that might be considered more professional. This week’s theme is called Plate, a product of White Eye Design, and it is just one of many excellent GO Launcher themes by the company. One of the aspects that is boasted front and center on Plate’s Play Store page is that this theme comes with over 120 different icons. As I have stated probably ad nauseum, it is very important for a theme to come in with a strong arsenal of icons for any user’s app collection. Even with this large collection of icons, the apps that do fall through the cracks are not even noticed because the normalcy of the theme means that normal icons fit right alongside the stylized ones. This effect is greatly aided by the grey box that surrounds each icon and adds a really clever segmented feeling to the whole theme.

GO Launcher has a great way for the user to browse through wallpapers and they encourage theme developers to include multiple backgrounds. The wallpaper that comes with Plate is definitely not anything that will blow anyone away but the house in the field is a nice touch and adds another layer of class onto this already stylish theme. Another nice touch is the silver dock which when placed behind the darker grey boxed icons gives a surprisingly realistic embossed effect. Adding in the fact that Plate plays well with practically any custom wallpaper, be it dark or light, and there is a total package here that should not be missed by anyone who is looking to add a slight touch of elegance to their Android. While there, be sure to check out some of the other White Eye Design themes and check back here for a possible post looking at another one of there themes in the future.