Last week BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced that even though it was promised, the BlackBerry PLayBook will not be getting updated to BlackBerry 10. A few days later on a whim I was flashing the newest Jelly Bean version of SlimRom onto my 3 year old Samsung Captivate. As it was flashing, it occurred to me how bad it looks for BlackBerry that the Captivate, which is over a year older than the PlayBook can still be updated to a version of the most current evolution of it’s operating system. I suppose it is important to mention that SlimRom is obviously not created or maintained by Google or Samsung, it is managed by 3rd party developers (2 points for Open Source!).
||July 18th, 2010
||April 19th, 2011
||Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8
||Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
||512 MB RAM
||1024 MB RAM
My second thought was to simply wonder whether this is more about killing the tablet business off than performance. Thorsten has not been shy about saying that he thinks there’s no good business model for tablets. I personally think he’s flat out wrong. BlackBerry had a truly unique offering with the ability to pair a handset and tablet together utilizing BlackBerry Bridge. I guess all of this is moot for the most part, but I think it’s time to officially declare my feeling that the company formerly known as R.I.M. can R.I.P. As far as I’m concerned they’re no longer a relevant player in the smartphone business.
Vindicated(Formerly Resonate) is the base upon which I build all of my themes, allowing me to create a continuity between everything I put in the Play Store. It is also part of my personal obsession with making sure every app installed on my phone has a themed icon so that they all match. It has been a while since I published an update to the core theme and there are lots of new icons, the images above merely show the newest additions.
Newly Themed App Icons:
- AT&T Drive
- Polaris Office(The newest version)
- LG Tasks
- AT&T Family Maps(The newest version)
- Lux Dash
- Ninja SMS
- Evernote Food
- Wifi Analyzer
- Android Central
- Jo Frost Rewards
- My Firestone
- Volume Butler
Google Now is obviously a huge focal point for Google right now, and it’s surge of popularity lately coincides with the massive adoption rate of Jelly Bean in the consumer market. It seems at the same time the new design focus for graphical styling is flat design. Google Now’s subtle colors and light text have begun to bleed into other areas and are showing up all over the Android world in home screen layouts.
A few weeks ago I got a request on Twitter to make an APW Theme with the Google Now style, so I set to work on it right away. I thought it would be easy but as usual it’s not as easy as you’d think to make something look good and simple. I think it turned out pretty nice in the end, you can get it from the Google Play Store by following the link below.
Free iPhone Icons for Jailbroken Phones
I have been unable to do much for the iPhone since I have gone back to working full time at my old job. On top of that supporting my Android applications has been more than taking up the extra time I would have since anti piracy changes made to Jelly Bean by Google caused almost all my apps to break when downloaded through the Play Store. I made these Aluminescent Icons a while ago but have added a few new icons, hopefully you enjoy them.
These icons are for use in Winterboard in the var/stash/Themes directory. Make sure you have Summerboard mode turned on.