Themes: Wallpapers for your Desktop and Droid!

Think that new black and purple looks pretty slick as it is on the website? Yeah, me too. That’s why I decided to make more of it! Yes, this has nothing to do with tech news, but I’ve made wallpapers for both a 1080p desktop display as well as for your Android (840×480) device! If I get enough requests, of course I’ll make some more. Next up are probably 320×480 and a 1024×768 variants. These are just something I whipped up real quick, thought some of you might be interested in. They’re pretty slick. The font I use is called “Defuse” and it can be found here. I took the “splatter” from here because I was too lazy to make one myself. I’m being honest, and that counts for something, right?

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

Save the top ones target to use it on your Droid, or download the one below for your desktop. Be sure to leave a comment if you need a different resolution or be a real American and do it yourself!

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Long Term ROM Review: Apex 2.0 “Beta”

Well guys I know its been a while, but life happens ya know? And one thing you can always count no matter what happens in life is that the world keeps spinning. Including the tech world! One of our favorite devs, Fabdroid/@bigxie has done just that and released the “beta” version of his Apex ROM for the Droid X and Droid 2. Now this isn’t like what most people think of when they hear “beta”. Like he says himself, it’s “beta” in the Google sense of the world. This is no doubt a daily driver ROM. I’ve been going back and forth with other ROMs based off of various (read: waaaay too many) different leaks of the Gingerbread build from Motorola. ZombieStomped, Liberty GB, Rubix BlurryBread all come to mind and none have left me properly satisfied. Granted Liberty isn’t finished yet and I’ll of course be giving it a fair shot when it’s got some polish and finish. But until now there hasn’t really been “that” ROM based off Gingerbread for our Droid 2. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve tried that’s being made for the Droid 2. Most of the ones I’ve flashed that get updated are actually Droid X ROMs and then having the DXtoD2GB.zip flash file on hand. But this Apex 2.0 has really come along and I think you’ll be very impressed with how it looks, feels, and performs.

Keep clicking if you want to find out more in my in depth review and whether it’s worth installing for you or not!  Continue reading

The Android Web Market

Its always one thing after another with Google and Android. They keep coming up with stuff I didn’t know I needed and now I can’t live without! The lack of a desktop variant of the Android Market has bugged me for some time simply because the mobile one tends to feel a little bit cramped after a while. But no more!
The visually rich and immersive experience that is the Android Market online is eye catching and refined. They really hit the nail on the head design wise. There’s no wasted space, but it doesn’t feel gaudy or overwhelming. It keeps the simple green and white color scheme from the (default) Market on Android devices. As such, apps are also divided by paid or free sections, altough it consistently defaults to paid. Login is simple with your Gmail account and clicking any app on screen brings you to its page. The app’s icon is on the top left with all the basic info you were looking for available without scrolling all at a glance. Nice. All app purchases must be made through your Google Checkout account (credit card) so carrier billing is not available (yet!).
The most useful feature this new Market brings is OTA installs of apps. That’s Over The Air installs, as in, no-user-interaction-wireless-just-click-and-BOOM-its-already-installing-blow-your-socks-off simplicity. That’s seriously how my first experience was. I wondered if there was a WordPress app for Android. My previous process of going to androlib.com, scanning the link, going to the market, and then installing manually was gone. All I did was sign in to market.android.com, search WordPress and hit install. Being over WiFi and the app being only 880kb I barely even saw the “Downloading…” in my notifications bar. Now that’s magical (*cough* Apple *cough*).
I can currently find no real faults with the Web Market as it is. Its slick, intuitive and a downright delight to use. It even let’s you give your multiple Android devices nick names! Just in case you have so many you can’t remember them all… ha. I look forward to seeing how this full featured Web Market evolves in the future. Apple, your really gonna have to step it up with this one.
Peace out.
-Willy

Hello world! (Yes, I’m keeping the title)

(Wait, didn’t I just change it then?? :S )

Welcome to A Droid Blog. My name is Wil Nelson. While obviously Android and my personal experience with the OG Motorola Droid (That’s Original Gangsta, yeah) will be the main focal point here, I have a lot else going on besides that such as: anything with PC’s (mostly hardware, but you’ll find I’m still a hardcore Linux fan), music (mostly alt rock), and my faith. You’ll see all these topics and more pop up over the course of time, but I look forward to filling up that little section of Cyberspace not yet used for something that hopefully turns out to make your day just a little bit better. Run on sentences are a bonus for my posts as well! =P

Anyways, welcome to my little patch of the Blagosphere, “A Droid Blog”. I hope you enjoy the visit!

Here’s a map to assist you:

My Location

That's "A Droid Blog" in the top left side.

Peace out!

-Willy

P.S. Bonus points for the line count of the XKCD references.