One of the great things about the Android operating system is being able to customize the software to our hearts content. There is absolutely no reason the layout on any two phones should appear the same unless it’s by design. Motorola offered even more freedom of choice when it released its Moto Maker customization tool allowing Moto X owners to customize their phones on the outside as well. Now it seems that Motorola is getting ready to expand Moto Maker to cover the upcoming Moto G (2015 edition). Read more
Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.
The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.
Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Amazon launched its Fire HD Kids Edition tablet in the U.S. last year September, and now the global retailer has decided to finally launch the kid-friendly 6-inch tablet in the UK. Amazon has bundled a protective case, two-year ‘Worry-Free’ guarantee and 1 year’s subscription to its Fire for Kids Unlimited service with the tablet.
Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) is known today for the Project Ara modular phone among many other endeavors — but today the division isn’t making news for a particular product update, but because of staff changes.
Samsung announced two new SD and microSD memory solutions, the PRO Plus and the EVO Plus. Both are set to launch some time this month.
The company’s PRO Plus memory solution is designed to handle high-res photos and 4k content from all of your usual devices–DSLRs, smartphones, tablets, and almost anything that can use a SD or microSD card. This particular card only comes in 32GB and 64GB models, but has excellent read and write speeds up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively.
If you are the proud owner of a new Chromebook Pixel, you’ll be glad to hear of a new, experimental feature called Lucid Sleep. Whilst it sounds like some sort of hush-hush project at Lockheed’s SkunkWorks facility, Lucid Sleep is actually a way of ensuring that your new Pixel Chromebook keeps up to date with push notifications while it is sleeping, much like your smartphone does.
Choosing the perfect weather app to suit your specific needs is a subjective topic, some of us want or need up-to-the-minute updates while some are satisfied with a basic overview of the day’s forecast. A weather app that can fulfil both these requirements is The Weather Channel app which has just received an update that brings a couple of new features. Read more
Owners of OnePlus One handsets might want to start tapping the Software Update button on their devices because Cyanogen’s OS 12 Lollipop update is busy rolling out after passing certification a few days ago. That’s right, the wait is (finally) over, and now you can choose whether to continue using Cyanogen’s firmware or the OxygenOS ROM developed by OnePlus. We have more details and the OTA link after the break.
Samsung only released the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones a short while ago, but there’s already some good news for would-be hackers and tinkerers. The Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) team has just announced the availability of its custom recovery for the Galaxy S6.
So, you’ve just got your hands on a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone and you’re already wondering how you can remove some of the bloatware, install a custom recovery or maybe even install firmware developed by a third-party such as Cyanogen. Thanks to Samsung publishing the kernel source code for both handsets, this possibility is now a step closer.