Winners of Nexus 7 tablets from KitKat promo in India getting the 2012 model

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Looks like people in India are getting shorthanded during the KitKat/Nexus 7 promo. Winners everywhere else in the world received a brand new 2013 Nexus 7 as their price while in India, it’s the 2012 model that’s being given out to the users. As expected, winners from India  aren’t quite pleased and have been trying to voice out their opinions toward KitKat India but to no avail. Nestle’s response is that the new Nexus didn’t launch in India until November, two months after the promotion.

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CyanogenMod announces WhisperPush SMS system for CM 10.2 nightlies

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Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.

The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.

source: CM

CyanogenMod discontinues development on 4.3 and will focus mainly on KitKat 4.4

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Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.

While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.

source: CM 

Samsung India leaks info on Galaxy S Duos 2

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Samsung India has leaked information on the upcoming (yet to be official) Galaxy S Duos 2. The model number will be GT-S7582 and will have the following specs:

  • 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • 5MP rear facing camera, .3MP front facing
  • Android 4.2

This device will most likely stay in Europe/Asia and may never see daylight in the States. Either way, the lower-tier device should be announced officially by Samsung in the near future.

source: AUSDROID

Moto G can now be rooted with any computer (Windows/Mac/Linux)

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If the price of $180 wasn’t enough of an enticement to make you grab a Moto G, maybe its ease of being rooted might. Thanks to the famed Android developer Modaco, you can now root the popular budget device using any computer, whether it be a Windows, Mac or Linux.

To carry out this process, your bootloader does need to be unlocked. Also, doing any of this may invalidate your warranty so do this under your own precaution. Otherwise, hit up the source link for download links and instructions on how to achieve this process!

source: MODACO

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 resumes Android 4.3 OTA update

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Due to an unexplained and unexpected problem, AT&T stopped their previous 4.3 OTA push to their Galaxy S 4. Today, it looks like they’ve resumed the updates with a slightly new build than the previous one thus assuming that some sort of a fix was made. Nonetheless, the update brings the build number to 1337UCUEMK2 and here is the official changelog per Samsung:

  • Android 4.3 OS upgrade
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
  • Group Play 2.5
  • Samsung Apps
  • Knox
  • Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
  • Call reliability improvements

source: AT&T

“Androidify” your Christmas tree with this Android ornament by newPCgadgets

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While there’s not much flair to them, as they’re just transparent and simple looking, these Android Christmas ornaments are still quite the novelty. You can grab yours for $7.95 through newPCgadgets. Check out the source link to get yours!

The Android Christmas Tree Ornament is constructed from 3/16″ clear acrylic and is 3 1/2″W x 3 1/2″H. The quality acrylic design will ensure that they last for many holiday seasons to come.

source: newPCgadgets