Android Skins for Different Types of Smartphones
It is already a privilege to us having a wide option of homescreen and lockscreen that are free of charge. All we need to do is choose from them. How are we going to do that? This article below can be a helpful guide.
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Android skins compared: Which version of Android suits you best?
Choice is nice, but when there’s too much of it, it can become seriously overwhelming. That’s one major caveat of being an Android user; there are so many different interface overlays forced on you by the manufacturers that it’s hard to keep up with all of their features. It’s also what makes it such a chore to decide which phone is the right fit for you among the numerous manufacturers who make Android devices.
That’s why we’re here to help. We laid out all the major differences between the five predominant Android interfaces: stock Android 4.4 KitKat, Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX 3.0, LG’s Optimus UI, HTC’s Sense 6, and Sony’s Xperia interface. We used the latest flagship from each of these companies to do the comparisons so that they’re all up to date. It’s all here in one handy place to aid you in deciding which manufacturer’s changes to the Android interface suit you best.
Let’s start with the thing you see first when you turn on the phone: the Lock screen. On KitKat, the Lock Screen lets you pin up to four app icons in the dock for easy access. All the various skins offer a limited selection of convenient widgets you can pin to the Lock screen, like one that starts up the camera app just as you unlock the device.
HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony all use Android 4.4’s native unlocking mechanisms, though Samsung also offers a fingerprint scanner on several models of its phones, including its latest flagship, the Galaxy S5. You can set it up in the Settings panel, where you’ll be asked to swipe a finger eight times, and then enter a alphanumerical password as an alternative. You can program up to three different fingers.
LG’s Optimus UI offers a neat, different type of unlocking feature. It’s called KnockOn, and this convenient addition lets you double-tap the screen to wake it up and put it back to sleep. You can also use the related Knock Code feature to unlock the phone by tapping out a pattern without turning on the screen. As I noted in my LG G3 review, it’s simply less tedious than some of the other unlocking mechanisms.
By default, Google’s stock KitKat Home screen is perfectly bare bones. It features a dock with four app shortcuts, a folder of the essential Google apps suite, and a button for the Google Play store. There’s also a pinned Google Search bar at the top of the page that will take you anywhere your heart desires, though you can also shout out “Okay, Google” directly from the Home screen.
If you swipe to the leftmost screen, you’ll give way to Google Now, which offers contextual information based on your account activity. Many other manufacturers have taken upon themselves to insert their own little informational app in this exact spot; Samsung’s, for instance, is called My Magazine, while HTC’s is called BlinkFeed. We’ll explain a bit more about the differences between these particular apps later on.
Source: Florence Ion
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