There’s a bit of a laugh going on about Fugly Android, a tumblr website that highlights some of the ugly customizations available to Android. The sights aren’t pretty, but I’d like to remind everyone of something fairly obvious: That’s the way those people want THEIR device to look.
That’s why people love Android: it doesn’t tell them how their device should look; it tells them how to make their device look a way appealing to their own desires.
There are plenty of crap results by people with bad taste, but that’s just what happens when people with bad taste get to make decisions for themselves. Why should they be forced to have excellent taste like me if that’s not what makes them happy?
Anyway, here’s a look at what’s on my screen. come to think of it…this might be considered ugly, too. :)
Launcher: LauncherPro Plus
Wallpaper: Honeycomb wallpaper
Clock Widget: Cowon D3
Settings widget: SwitchPro Widget
Friend: “Drew, we’re in line for iPad2. Where are you?”
Me: “Eating tacos and watching Torchwood on Netflix…where you should be.”
Friend: “After I get my iPad, I’ll get some tacos and watch Netflix on my iPad….something you won’t be able to do on Android.”
I can only hope to see the Android tablets set for release get some Netflix love soon. It’s taking them long enough and I hate being unable to respond to my friends on iOS. Let’s get moving, Netflix!
- Andrew from http://www.androinica.com
Last week I finally went to take my trip to the Android Mecca: Building 44 at the Googleplex. This is the place where all of the Android engineers hang-out, build the software that we all love, and also home to the statues that pop-up every-time a new version of the software gets sourced. I’m looking forward to seeing a Honeycomb statue erected soon. Google showed that off last week and I was impressed.
I also noticed some other cool things at the Google headquarters. The campus has statues of great thinkers and food everywhere. They made some mushroom sandwiches that I’m still trying to figure out how to recreate. Also, there are bicycles everywhere with the Google colors on them. I noticed people riding them from building to building or parking lots and leaving them there for others to take when they needed to go somewhere. It’s a nifty little honor-code Google has going, but it would seriously suck to run into a building to drop off a form and walk back out only to discover someone else already took your bike.
Either way, the campus was cool. I hope to return for future events and get a deeper look inside. Thanks to the Google event staff for the invite…and the sandwiches. Man, I really need to know what they put on those sandwiches.
- Andrew, Androinica.com Managing Editor
Just got through security with my junk unmolested! I’m here at Miami International (always fly Delta, an unpaid plug) ready for the first leg of my trip to Vegas. Here’s what I’ll use to make it through the day
Samsung galaxy tab is really impressing people in the lobby. Even though its a development build that folks are holding, the software is captivating, fascinating, and epic. Puns intended. I’m not calling it vibrant because its a dev build and kind of clunky.
The sessions are filling up pretty quickly, so we’re in the lobby watching stream on video. Its kind of funny at the hotel because you’re running into people you have spoken with on twitter and tiny chat, and for the first time, you are putting faces to names…or avatars.
It feels like going to camp for the second summer and running into people you remember from last year. Welcome to Camp Droidawannaflasha. Parent pending on the name.