10 beautiful custom Android home screen layouts #5

Hi everyone and welcome to the latest post in our special series for custom Android home screens, made by some of our most inventive users!

The results from last week are in, and we’re happy to announce that Dzojezakon grabbed first place with 203 votes for his artsy and simplistic design. With that, we’re moving on to this week’s candidates – we’ve selected some very stylish low-key layouts that will surely impress! 

Please note that if your own personalized creation …

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 receives OTA update to Android 7.0

The Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is right now receiving its update to Android 7.0. Verizon is disseminating the update OTA, with software version 25.11.10. Once you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure that your battery is fully charged before proceeding. In addition, you should make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before continuing with the updating process.

Android 7.0 Nougat includes the multitasking multi-window feature which allows you to look at two apps at the same time. With the update, quick settings can be customized in the order that you want, …

Best new Android and iPhone games (February 16th – February 24th)

Every week, we go through the new and notable games for iPhone, iPad and Android devices like the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and we pick the best new releases that are worth a special place in your collection.

Hidden Folks is a game that we absolutely loveThe new Android and iPhone games that we pick have to be fun, well-ported to mobile, and not overwhelmed by in-app ads. Put simply, they need to be high quality games, but we don’t discriminate by genre: you will find everything here, from shooters, RPGs, platformers, racing games, to strategy and more.

With …

Get a handle on your inner world with these 5 mood tracking apps for Android and iOS

Sometimes life can make one feel like riding a roller coaster of emotions. Moods, thoughts, and feelings shift up and down at random, unpredictable intervals – making it difficult to stay grounded in reality. For better or worse, there’s no such thing as manual controls for one’s inner world, but thankfully, there are many ways to cope with whatever’s bothering our brains.

Keeping a mood diary is often recommended by psychologists and therapists treating people who can’t get a grip on their mood for one reason or another. It’s also a source of interesting insight for the curious minds …

Say goodbye to Messenger: Google's SMS app is now Android Messages

Google certainly has a problem with its messaging apps – that is, there are way too many of them: there’s Allo, Duo, Hangouts, Youtube, and also Messenger. And now, to further add to the confusion, the company has chosen to change the name of the latter, which is now called Android Messages.

Messenger is Google’s default SMS app, and can be found preinstalled on many devices running stock or near-stock Android, such as the Google Pixel. The name change is not that surprising, really – the other Messenger, that is,  Facebook’s, is a much more popular app, and it’s …

T-Mobile starts seeding Android 7.0 Nougat for LG Stylo 2 Plus

LG Stylo 2 Plus, the mid-range Android smartphone making the rounds at various carriers in the United States, has just been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. If you’re a T-Mobile customer and own LG’s handset, then you’ll be pleased to know you’re eligible for a software upgrade.

T-Mobile updated its support website to confirm its LG Stylo 2 Plus is now getting Android 7.0 Nougat. Software version K55010p is what you’ll be looking for in order to upgrade the phone.

Aside from the new feature and improvements included in Android 7.0 Nougat, T-Mobile also mentions …

How to scan QR codes and regular barcodes using just your camera app and Now on Tap (Android)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to scan a QR code using your smartphonephone, only to realize that you don’t have one of the myriad of dedicated scanning apps available installed on your device? Downloading a relatively small app on the spot is not that big of a hassle, but do you really need yet another app on your phone just for scanning a certain type of barcode that’s not all that popular in outside of Asia anyway? The answer is “no, you don’t”.

In fact, on Android, you can simply use your default camera app, or a substitute of …

Archos unveils a shock-proof Android tablet with IP54 dust/water resistance and keyboard dock

Although tablets aren’t quite as popular as they used once to be, you shouldn’t count them out entirely just yet. Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching, and one device that we’ll be keeping a close eye out for is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The Tab S3 is the successor to 2015’s rock-solid Tab S2, with some of the main features expected to be a 9.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM. It’s shaping up to be a pretty impressive bit of tech, but it’s definitely a tablet you’ll likely want to baby and coddle.

If you’re someone who’s prone to being rather …

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android soon to receive a massive update

Arrow Launcher is mildly popular among Android users, but Microsoft hopes to improve the app’s appeal with regular updates that add new features and improvements.

The last massive update for Arrow Launcher was released last summer, but smaller ones were pushed to Google Play Store almost monthly. Those who use the launcher will be pleased to know that Microsoft plans another big update for its Android application.

Arrow Launcher 3.0 has already been released in the beta channel, and after a short testing period, it should be published in the Google Play Store …

Google enables search through Google Drive files on Android devices

The Search application developed by Google is now being updated with a new feature that will make it easier for Android users to find the files they need on Google Drive.

Google announced the next release of its search app for Android would allow Drive files and folders to be indexed via Firebase App Indexing. As a consequence, they will appear as results when Android users are searching for them in the Google application.

Whenever you want to search for specific files, you can tap the “IN APPS” tab to view any Drive files that might fit your query. You will then be able to choose …