Weekly poll results: We like custom launchers – a lot

Last week we asked everyone what launcher they were using on their Android phone or tablet. With over 9,000 votes, it’s time to look at the results.

Custom launchers — apps that replace the home screens, app drawers and (sometimes) widgets on our Android phones and tablets — have long been popular amongst the Android faithful. I use one. Phil uses one. Heck, I think all of us here at AC are either using one right now, or will be on our next phone. There’s good reason for this. Chances are you can find a launcher with exactly the features you want to make your Android look and act just the way you want it to look and act. Google shares the code for a good, albeit basic, launcher with everyone. The big names in the business, companies like Samsung or LG or HTC, can use what they want and add to it, or replace any part to make something they think is better. And so can the third-party developers out there, as well as “hobbyist” developers. And there are plenty of smart folks who are doing it.

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nPerf promises an all-in-one app for all your speed testing needs

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Common speed test websites and apps are very helpful for finding out your internet quality and connection stability. These services give us a clear look at what’s going on with our handsets and our carrier’s  network towers, but most times they are unsuccessful at using that information wisely. All they do is hand you your results and you gotta work with that.

A new speed testing service has arrived. It goes by the name nPerf and promises a full-featured internet speed testing experience like no other. What makes it most unique is its consideration in a plethora of factors, including speed, streaming, browsing tests, ratings and comparisons – it’s a powerful algorithm that should be quite accurate. The experience also includes extensive services, such as coverage maps, speed maps, tests synchronization and nPerf monitor (real-time speed tests on your notification bar).

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So far this is looking like one of the most out-and-out speed testing services, but that is not really what makes nPerf so awesome. This new app takes information from your results to construct interactive, helpful content for the user. What I specially like about nPerf is that it truly helps you find the right internet provider, depending on your area. It collects data on other users’ speeds and coverage, giving all patrons access via an interactive map you can study to find out how fast each network is when compared to the others.

Do keep in mind this is a community-driven project, though. nPerf doesn’t have too many users at the time. Information is coming in slowly, but it’s already enough to give me a good indication of the network conditions in San Diego. It will only get better with time (and your help). If it makes any difference to you (it probably does), nPerf is also reported to use 2x less data during speed tests, when compared to competitors.

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Those who want to give nPerf a test ride can do so by accessing the official website or downloading the application from the Google Play Store. The app is free to download, so you may as well give it a go and see how well it treats you. Then come back and hit the comments to let us know how you like it!

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Check out these beach wallpapers to brighten your day

It’s summer now, and for many it hasn’t been too kind.  In California we are experiencing wildfires due to a lack of rain and high temperatures, and in Texas they have suffered from an overabundance of rain.  If you would like to brighten your day, try out one of these beaches for a wallpaper.  A beach wallpaper could serve as inspiration for your next vacation or remind you of a wonderful trip.  Check out these 15 wallpapers we have selected for your viewing pleasure.

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AndroidGuys does not own any of the images posted here. If you own the rights to any of the photos in this gallery and would like credit, please let us know….

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If you see a wallpaper that belongs to you and you would like to receive credit, I would love to give it to you! Just drop a comment in the section provided below with some proof (You know, just so we don’t have people claiming things that are not theirs…) So, please choose those that you like and enjoy!

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Android M Developer Preview 2 fixes snoozing alarm clock bug

You’ll have already heard that the Android M Developer Preview 2 was released this week and amongst its various performance enhancements and bug fixes was a patch to solve a rather frustrating issue with the internal alarm clock.

Most people rely on their alarm clock on their smartphone to wake up for work, attend job interviews, or remind them of a stop on the train, but a bug in the first Preview of Android M was an issue that caused the snooze button to add a full 24 hours onto your alarm time, instead of the usual few minutes that is intended.

In the latest 2nd Developer Preview of Android M, this annoying bug seems to be fixed to avoid any further instances of inadvertently oversleeping by snoozing your alarm for that few extra minutes.

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Android M Developer Preview 2 fixes snoozing alarm clock bug

You’ll have already heard that the Android M Developer Preview 2 was released this week and amongst its various performance enhancements and bug fixes was a patch to solve a rather frustrating issue with the internal alarm clock.

Most people rely on their alarm clock on their smartphone to wake up for work, attend job interviews, or remind them of a stop on the train, but a bug in the first Preview of Android M was an issue that caused the snooze button to add a full 24 hours onto your alarm time, instead of the usual few minutes that is intended.

In the latest 2nd Developer Preview of Android M, this annoying bug seems to be fixed to avoid any further instances of inadvertently oversleeping by snoozing your alarm for that few extra minutes.

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USA Network’s New Show ‘Mr. Robot’ Shows Accurate Android Hacking, Including SuperSU And Flexispy

imageHave you seen Mr. Robot? The show is only three episodes in, but it’s already shaping up to be a surprisingly awesome hacking drama. And I don’t mean “hacking” in the CSI/NCIS/Scorpion “120WPM and 60 flashing windows” kind of hacking – the protagonist and his Anonymous-style compatriots use real methods and technology, mostly relying on a combination of known vulnerabilities, social engineering, and brute force attacks to play at being cyber-vigilantes.

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Foot Pedal Switch Specifically Made For PCB Drilling

Using the Toner-Transfer and Etch method for making prototype circuit boards is fairly common. One downside to this process is that any holes still need to be drilled. [Giorgos] hand drills boards all the time. He has a Dremel with a drill press attachment but he still prefers using a small pen-style mini drill to make the holes. There is one problem with this tool though, the on/off switch is in an non-ergonomic location. After flipping the switch tens of times during a drill job, [Giorgos] has felt some digit discomfort. He knew there had to be a better way.

His solution: a foot pedal on/off switch. This isn’t some off-the-shelf foot switch, [Giorgos] made it from parts and pieces kicking around in one of his junk drawers. The foot pedal frame is made from acrylic sheet. A couple of hinges allow the pedal to press down on an old switch, very similar to the ones found in guitar effect pedals. This switch was heavy-duty and had a strong spring that easily pops the switch and pedal back up after being pressed.

Wiring was easy, the positive lead of the DC wall wart was split and attached to the pedal’s switch. Pressing the switch makes or breaks the power connection, turning the hand-held drill on and off. [Griorgos] solve his ergonomic problem and cleaned out his junk drawer without spending a dime. We’d say that’s a triple win!

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Pristine Icon Pack

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XDA Senior Member ace132 shared with us his Pristine icon pack, which offers you beautiful flat icons compliant with Material Design guidelines. It is still under development, but it it has 89 icons, is supported by many launchers and CM Theme Chooser, and it comes with several Material wallpapers. It’s free for XDA users as well!

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AC editors’ apps of the week: Lifeline, Wolfram Alpha, Joyride and more

Our weekly app picks

It’s Appday Sunday and that means we’re back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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