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CyanogenMod for Galaxy Nexus “won’t survive the jump to L”

By Bogdan Petrovan

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It comes a time in the life of every phone when updating it to the latest version of Android becomes more trouble than it’s worth. For the Galaxy Nexus, that time came when Google announced it wouldn’t receive the upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. However, a number of custom ROM projects clung on to the aging device, including the popular CyanogenMod.

Now a commit to the CM open source project suggests that support for Galaxy Nexus is going to be dropped. In the commit comments, CM’s Abhisek Devkota explains that the reason for the drop is the lack of ongoing support for the processor powering the Galaxy Nexus. Texas Instruments, the maker of the OMAP 4460 chip inside the Galaxy Nexus, pulled off from the mobile market in 2012 and stopped supporting its chips, which makes it difficult for developers to support devices that feature OMAP processors.

Another problem, Devkota said, is that CM for Galaxy Nexus lacks a full time maintainer that would be able to solve issues with the builds.

Under these conditions, the chances for the Galaxy Nexus to continue receiving new CM builds are slim – in Devkota’s words, “this will not survive the jump to L. R.I.P.” However, support could be resumed if a maintainer is found for the project.

Devices based on other “legacy” processors, including old Tegra and Exynos chips, are probably on the short list for discontinuation as well.

While other custom ROM projects, including Paranoid Android and Omni, are continuing to support Galaxy Nexus, it’s hard to blame CyanogenMod for giving up on an old phone that became very difficult to maintain. Google itself abandoned the Galaxy Nexus after the release of KitKat, and refused to change its stance even when users of the phone started a petition with thousands of signatures.


Via: Reddit;
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Google acquires Polar polling startup, part of an effort to improve Google+

By Andrew Grush

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Google+ may not compete on the same level as Facebook when it comes to mainstream popularity (which many of us G+ users prefer that way…), but the company continues to work towards improving the service, even if rumors earlier this year suggested Google was phasing back its plans for the social network.

The latest effort to make Google+ even better apparently involves the purchase of Polar, a startup that focuses on polling mobile device users for their opinions. So what’s that have to do with Google+? While its unclear what Google’s plans are for the Polar team, it seems that Polar’s founder Luke Wroblewski and several of the startup’s employees are joining the Google+ team.

Polar already serves various companies and mobile apps with polls right now, though they will be shutting down this support by the end of the year. Again we don’t know what Polar’s team is doing or how its technology might affect G+, though Google VP of engineering Dave Besris did have this to say about the new team members coming from Polar:

I’m thrilled to welcome +Luke Wroblewski and the talented Polar team to Google! They’ll be joining our team and helping us make G+ even more awesome.

The big takeaway is that, even if Google really is putting less focus on G+ than it has on the past (something we can’t say for sure), at least they aren’t giving up on their social network just yet. What do you think of Google+? For those that don’t regularly use it, what changes would you need to see before you became interested? If you are a fan, what is it about G+ that keeps you coming back for more?


Source: Wall Street Journal Blog, Engadget; …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Unlocked new Moto X will reportedly be called the ‘Pure Edition’

By Evan Selleck

It’s been known since Motorola officially announced their new Moto X that the device would be sold for AT&T and Verizon, as well as offer an unlocked variant for those who prefer that route. Now, a new report states that the unlocked version may actually get its own title to help it stand out even more.

The report comes from The Verge, and states that the unlocked variant of the new Moto X will actually be known as the “Pure Edition,” perhaps in an effort to differentiate it further from the models that will be sold under carrier flags later this year. While each device will technically run the same software, the carrier options will be subject to preloaded software out of the box, and perhaps worse, also be beholden to the update schedule of each respective carrier.

The unlocked variant, as usual, will not suffer the same.

So, will you opt for a carrier variant, or are you planning to pick up an unlocked new Moto X when it launches later this year for $499?

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Source:: androidandme

    

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Google Play Weekly

By Joe Hindy

Hangouts Dialer android apps


Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! It’s been a pretty exciting week in the world of Android apps news so let’s jump right in!

And now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!


Hangouts Dialer

[Price: Free]
Clearly the first trending app this week is the Hangouts Dialer. In order to make phone calls on Google Hangouts, you’ll also need this nifty little application. It’s pretty much just a dialer app that’s connected to your Google Hangouts account. It looks nice, it’s totally free, and if you use Google Hangouts, you should have this app.

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Month android appsMonth: The Calendar Widget

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Next up is Month: The Calendar Widget. This application is a calendar widget and a barebones calendar app that includes an incredible 70 themes across two different widgets. They sell theme packs like SwiftKey does so it’s a system many people are familiar with. It’s a good looking widget and there are a lot of themes to match a lot of styles. It’s free to try so why not?
Get it on Google Play


Angry Birds Stella Android appsAngry Birds Stella

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Angry Birds Stella was released this last week and if you’re a fan of classic Angry Birds, this is going to make you happy. It’s clearly aimed at a more feminine demographic which isn’t a bad thing all and it was actually kind of enjoyable to play but again only if you like Angry Birds. It’s free to play and that cute little pink bird is pretty awesome.
Get it on Google Play


theScore android appstheScore Sports & Scores

[Price: Free]
theScore has updated their application for the upcoming football season. It includes new scoring play visuals, player comparison data, odds movement visualizations, and situational team splits along with some performance improvements, small tweaks, and bug fixes. If you’re looking for your next sports app to make it through the season, this is a really good one to try.
Get it on Google Play
theScore android apps


Expedia Android appsExpedia Hotels & Flights

[Price: Free]
Last up this week is the official Expedia app. It has undergone a huge UI change that puts it more in line with the Android design standard. It also includes some new features and a limited time offer that gives you $25 off your first hotel booking of $100 or more. It looks way nicer than it used to and if you’re planning a trip soon, it’s worth checking this out.
Get it on Google Play
Expedia android apps

Wrap up

If there were any awesome app stories or Android apps we missed this week, let us know in the comments!

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LG L Fino and L Bello arriving to Brazil this week, other markets in the weeks to come

By Andrew Grush

LG L Fino LG L Bello for IFA Berlin

We first learned about the LG L Fino and L Bello back in August, where LG introduced the devices as “powerful alternatives to higher-priced smartphones” with the budget-crowd and emerging markets in mind. At the time LG didn’t give exact release timeframes, but today the company issued a press statement revealing that the handsets will hit Brazil this week and will follow in other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia in “the coming weeks”.

So what exactly makes the Fino and Bello stand out? Honestly, it’s not their specs. The Fino has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of only 800×480 and a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU with just 1GB RAM. Other specs include 4GB storage, an 8MP rear cam, VGA front cam, a 1900 mAh battery, HSPA+ 3G support and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for the slightly more powerful Bello, we get a 1.3GHz quad-core configuration with 1GB RAM, a 5-inch 854×480 display, 8GB storage, an 8MP rear cam, 1MP front cam, HSPA+ 3G support, a 2540 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Okay, so if specs aren’t the stand out here, what is? In short, these budget devices mimick the design of the high-end LG G3 and even borrow a few features from the handset such as Knock Code support, many G3 software features and even their own QuickCircle case.

As for how much these phones will set consumers back when they start arriving this week? That we don’t know just yet, though we imagine they’ll be reasonably affordable, given the specs.


Source: LG; …read more

Source:: android authority

    

SB Wallpaper Changer – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

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What is SB Wallpaper Changer?

SB Wallpaper Changer is a live wallpaper application that changes your wallpaper periodically. What it does is set the wallpaper and then you can set when it switches to new wallpapers. This is great for people who get bored with their wallpapers easily or for those who want to emulate this feature on desktop operating systems.

Here’s how it works. You get SB Wallpaper Changer and set it as your live wallpaper. Then in the settings you can set a trigger that will tell the app to switch up your wallpaper. There are a lot of options including locking and unlocking your device, changing to and from landscape or portrait, by a specific time interval, and you can even set a widget button to change it whenever you want. Once you get everything set up, it’s just a matter of hitting that trigger and your wallpaper changes to something different.

The app design is pretty standard for a live wallpaper so there’s nothing surprisingly there. It’s easy to use and to set up so we don’t anticipate a learning curve. You can include directories and sub directories on your SD card or internal storage which means you can curate your wallpaper collection over time and increase the number of wallpapers the app will choose from. You can also choose the order images appear by name or you can randomize it.

SB Wallpaper Changer review

These developers get sick of their wallpapers frequently.

PROS
  • Lets you change your wallpaper whenever you want with minimal effort.
  • Triggers include a widget button, time intervals, switching orientations, and more which is nice.
  • You can manage what images show up and in what order.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
CONS
  • There are issues based on your device. The developers do have FAQs in the app description which is nice, though.
  • There is an admittedly small number of people who would find this app useful.

7.0

Bottom line is that this is a simple application that can performs a single task. If you get bored with your wallpapers on a frequent basis, this is a great app to help remedy the situation. There are enough features to make trying it worth your while. Check it out!

Check out the last indie app of the day: Fragment
Check out the indie app of the day discussion in the Android Authority forums!


Source: SB Wallpaper Changer (Google Play Store); …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Verizon claims that their Internet TV service is coming in 2015

By William Neilson Jr

Intel TV Controller

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Last year, Intel was hyping their upcoming subscription broadband live TV service. Through press releases, Intel claimed that they would revolutionize the TV industry and succeed where others had failed. Then Intel ran into the exact same issue that Google, Sony, Microsoft and Apple face with this type of technology: content licensing restrictions.

In fact, Intel did not sign a single content deal and ended up selling their service to Verizon for $500 million. Verizon already offers Red Box yet that has so far failed to make a significant dent in the streaming industry due to Verizon’s struggles in getting a significant amount of the broadcast industry to agree to licensing deals needed to make a internet video service successful. Yet, Verizon still plans to offer an Internet TV service in mid-2015.

The telco expects by mid-2015 it will offer mobile users a “bundle with major broadcast providers” plus a collection of “custom channels,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said today at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference. “It’s the Big 4 for sure, and I would tell you that the very exciting part of this is some of the digital media out of the West Coast” including DreamWorks Annimation’s AwesomenessTV “that really goes after the millenials. It’s targeted content.”…”“There’s no doubt in my mind we can make it a win-win….Over the last six months to a year that dialogue has changed dramatically.” – Deadline

McAdam says Verizon is still talking to big content providers and that one of the reasons for this big push is due to his belief that the days of the pay TV bundle are numbered.

One thing to keep any eye on is how Verizon moves forward with this internet TV service and how it works with their LTE service. Verizon likely wants to see their wireless users eat up data on such a internet service which would allow Verizon to receive even more usage/overages fees from those customers.


Source: The Verge, Deadline; …read more

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Alcatel-Lucent exec says 5G talk by other companies is “ridiculous”

By William Neilson Jr

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As we have previously reported, a number of companies are already discussing 5G technology without any idea of what it actually entails. Some are even marketing that they currently offer 5G speeds when they are barely offering what is defined as 4G speeds. Others, such as South Korea’s 3 major mobile operators, plan to introduce commercial 5G technology by 2020-2021.

Michael Peeters, wireless CTO at Alcatel-Lucent, is therefore frustrated with the industry’s approach to 5G technology. Peeters contends the approach being taken is confusing to customers and confusing to the industry themselves. He went as far as to call it “ridiculous.”

In a keynote address at the Towers & Small Cell Summit, part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, Peeters said companies are throwing into 5G pretty much everything that was not included in earlier technology evolutions, with examples including massive MIMO, machine-to-machine (M2M) and millimeter-wave technologies. Further, he noted some companies are arguing that intellectual property and assets that they possess should be considered 5G components even though 5G has not even been defined. – FierceWireless

According to Peeters, companies should come to the realization that:

  • 5G technology will not be about more capacity or bandwidth.
  • 5G next-generation network architecture must be open and transparent.
  • 5G technology will not be deployed until companies prepare themselves for “4.5G” which involves deploying small cells so that costs can go down in congested areas.
  • Any significant upgrade (such as actual 5G technology) will not truly be ready until at the least 2022-2023.
  • Carriers need to enable the use of LTE in unlicensed bands (usually used by Wi-Fi) so that capacity of the network can be increased.


Source: FierceWireless; …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Xperia Z3 Compact is up for pre-order in UK at a great price

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Sony is doing lots of things right in its quest to become a force in the mobile industry, and offering quality compact devices is one of its smartest decisions. No other Android phonemaker has delivered true flagship specifications in “mini” devices, leaving Sony’s Xperia Compact series as the best option in the small device category.

At IFA last week, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 Compact, a 4.6-inch device combining a powerful processing package with a great camera and other top features. Now the device is up for pre-order at several UK retailers, and the price is surprisingly good.

Clove Technology and Handtec, two of the country’s biggest electronics retailers, are offering the Xperia Z3 Compact at about £350, VAT included. Handtec has the device up for pre-order in black, white, green, and orange for £347.99, while Clove only has black, white, and orange models, for £349.99. These are prices for the 16GB model.

For comparison, the Galaxy Alpha costs £500 at the same retailers.

This is an excellent price for a great device, especially considering that Xperia Z1 Compact (launched at CES in January) costs £310 on Sony and Amazon UK.

Interestingly, Sony and Amazon have also put up the Xperia Z3 Compact for pre-order, but at a much steeper £429. It’s not clear why Clove and Handtec offer so much better deals, or if their prices will remain low permanently or just for the launch.

Both Clove and Handtec ship internationally, North America included. While Sony has shown some more interest in making a bigger presence in the US, we’re not sure if the Z3 Compact will ever go on sale there. According to this user on Reddit, the total cost of importing the Xperia Z3 Compact (from Handtec) to the US is around $550.


Via: Xperia Blog;
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HTC is building a rugged Bluetooth camera, could take on GoPro – report

By Bogdan Petrovan

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HTC is trying to expand into new areas, following a very difficult period in its core smartphone business. The company is now making apps and services for users of competing smartphones, is developing the next Nexus tablet, and is rumored to release an Android Wear smartwatch early next year.

If a report from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan is accurate, HTC could also be looking at activity cameras in the vein of GoPro as a potential new source of income. Culpan, who is based in Taipei and frequently covers HTC, revealed the info on Twitter:

JUST IN: HTC is planning to enter GoPro territory with its own camera. Details to come..

— Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 12, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: HTC planning rugged camera that connects direct to phone: wide angle lens, BT, 16mp sensor. Can they compete w/@GoPro ?

— Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 12, 2014

From Culpan’s description, HTC’s mystery device sounds like a cross between Sony’s QX series of detachable lenses and the popular rugged GoPro action video camera. The large sensor points, however, to a focus on photography, rather than video.

HTC has an event scheduled for October 8 in New York, under the “Double Exposure” tagline, pointing to an announcement related to photography. Previous rumors suggested HTC would introduce a selfie-focused device codenamed Eye at the event, but it’s possible we’ll see this rugged camera as well.

Sony’s QX lenses haven’t really found success in the market, mostly due to their high price tag. The cheaper QX10 version costs about $160, while the high-end QX100 can hit $400 – that puts them beyond the reach of most consumers, while enthusiasts and professionals prefer the complete functionality of an actual camera.

Being rugged, HTC’s camera could clash with GoPro and other action cameras in the market – the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, which has similar features, retails for $400 in the US.

It will be interesting to see how HTC prices this device. Would you be interested in a rugged camera from HTC?


Via: The Verge;
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Source:: android authority